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Gallery: Huffmaster Hopper’s 50/50 surface mix sees Williams win on a Venge

Maude Farrell of Mill Valley takes the women's race.

After a Covid year, Miguel Crawford’s Grasshopper events are back in full swing in northern California, and L39ion of Los Angeles’ rider Tyler Williams and Maude Farrell took the win’s at this past weekend’s Huffmaster Hopper, an 89-mile race that was half gravel, half pavement.

While gravel tires were the common denominator for most, the mix of pavement and gravel brought out bikes of all sorts, from mountain bikes to road bikes. Williams won on an aero bike — his Specialized Venge — with Specialized Roubaix Pro 30/32 tubeless tires on his wide DT Swiss wheels.

“I was super motivated for this Grasshopper,” Williams said. “We have such strong fields in Northern California so it was going to be a good test of where I am going into the summer. I have done some mixed-terrain races in Europe like U23 Paris-Roubaix, Tro Bro Leon and Antwerp Port Epic. I would say that this course was comparable so that had something to do with my bike choice. I had to be aggressive early because I knew on the dirt downhill I would be on the back foot compared to the more technical dirt guys.”

Check out the gallery below from Jeff Vander Stucken and Brian Tucker of the day’s dusty action.

Full results are here.