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The Traka 360 records crumble as Mattia de Marchi and Amity Rockwell strike

SIENA, ITALY - MARCH 03: Alexey Lutsenko of Kazahkstan and Astana-Qazaqstan team attends Strade Bianche 2023 race route recon on March 03, 2023 in Siena, Italy. (Photo by Sara Cavallini/Getty Images)

Records tumbled on the gravel roads of The Traka over the weekend, with Mattia de Marchi (Enough Cycling Collective) breaking away surprisingly early in the 360km gravel event to become the first rider ever to finish in under 13 hours. Then Amity Rockwell (Trek/PAS/Maurten/Schwalbe) also slashed the women’s record, having shaved more than an hour off the previous best time when she crossed the Girona finish line.

Rockwell had entered as one of the key favourites for the event, which this year also served as the opening round of the Gravel Earth Series, but that didn’t mean she was taking anything for granted. “I never expect to win,” the rider front the United States said after crossing the line. “In 360km so much can happen and you are not in control of most of it.” 

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