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Lawrence Naesen, Emily Newsom join The Growler field as purse triples to $55,000

Lawrence Naesen competes for Belgium at the 2023 Gravel World Championships

Several high-profile athletes have confirmed they will line up April 13 in northern California for the one-day Growler event, which is a pro-level 139-mile race at Levi’s GranFondo. Lawrence Naesen, who retired last year after six years at the WorldTour level, added his name to the men’s start list while former road cyclist and Gravel Locos winner Emily Newsom joins a growing field for women. 

A significant change in the prize purse has been made by organiser Levi Leipheimer, who told Cyclingnews “our prize list nearly tripled”, as it has moved from $20,000 to $55,000. The pay day will be divided equally among the top five men and top five women completing The Growler, a trek across wine country of Sonoma County that features rough roads and 13,500 feet of climbing . 

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