Oliveira embraces gravel at Belgian Waffle Ride San Diego

Flavia Oliveira (Excel Sports) rolled across the finish line at Belgian Waffle Ride California, exhausted but still smiling. Since 2007, the Brazilian climber has racked up a mountain of accomplishments, including multiple World Championship participations, a national road title, and top-10 in the 2016 Olympic road race. But after 15 years of racing internationally, Oliveira was ready for something new and found it in the emerging US gravel scene.

The pandemic pushed Oliveira to make the switch to gravel in 2020. The domestic road race scene was suffering, and, like others forced to contemplate their next move, Oliveira reckoned she had two choices.

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