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After making a big splash in gravel with its Lauf Grit fork and True Grit bike and traveling across the U.S. to gravel events in the last few years, the folks from Iceland invited gravel enthusiasts to experience its version of the growing discipline.

The Rift took place a few weekends ago, with riders from America and Europe taking on the challenging 200km route that went around an active volcano.

For riders such as winners Colin Strickland (Meteor x Giordana x Allied) and Alison Tetrick (Specialized), it was very much a "We're not in Kansas anymore" situation, with the route offering stunning beauty on a landscape far from what they experienced at the Dirty Kanza 200.

The Rift route featured plenty of climbing. The Rift Gravel Race 2019, Iceland. © Snorri Thor / Lauf

The Rift route featured plenty of climbing. The Rift Gravel Race 2019, Iceland. © Snorri Thor / Lauf

Snorri Thor provided pretty pictures from the event that, let's be honest, are probably going to make you want to sign up for the event in 2020.

For more from Snorri Thor, visit his website and Instagram page.

Photo Gallery: The Rift 2019 Gravel Race

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Suzanne Wheatall follows the leader on a smooth section of the road. The Rift Gravel Race 2019, Iceland. © Snorri Thor / Snorri Thor Photography

Suzanne Wheatall follows the leader on a smooth section of the road. The Rift Gravel Race 2019, Iceland. © Snorri Thor / Lauf

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