Kaysee Armstrong recently swung through Colorado to win Roll Massif Wild Horse Gravel. The Liv Factory Racing cross-country mountain biker and gravel racer was en route from Salt Lake City to her home in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Now, after a few weeks at home, Armstrong — and adopted cattle dog Annie — are back on the road for a very packed summer of bike racing. First, it’s off to Emporia for Unbound Gravel. Then, Armstrong will travel to Oregon for the Oregon Gravel Grinder Stage race before heading south to Belgian Waffle Ride in San Diego. In August, she’ll be back in Colorado for LeadBoat, the double doozy of the Leadville Trail MTB 100 and SBT GRVL.
Then, Armstrong will go international with her Liv Pique 29er mountain bike: first to Canada for the BC Bike Race and then all the way to South Africa for the Cape Epic.
In September, she’ll travel to Idaho to defend her title at Rebecca’s Private Idaho.
This is Armstrong’s Liv Devote, the bike she rode to her win at Wild Horse Gravel, and which she will also race at Unbound Gravel this Saturday.
Kaysee Armstrong rides for Liv Factory Racing and this is the brand’s Devote gravel bike.
This is Annie, who joined Armstrong for her recent cross-country travels. Annie and Armstrong are shown here at the High Lonesome Ranch in western Colorado, home to Wild Horse Gravel.
Armstrong runs a number of Shimano Ultegra components — instead of the company’s GRX gravel parts — including these Di2 levers for a simple reason, she says: “global bike shortage.”
She does have a GRX Di2 rear derailleur, though, which offers a clutch that Ultegra does not.
46/36. For Wild Horse, many riders used a 34 small ring and still found a few of the steep hills quite trying.
A left-side Stages power meter keeps tabs on wattage.
Cadex is Giant’s high-end components brand. This is the Boost saddle, with carbon rails integrated into the shell.
40mm Maxxis Ramblers fit out the Cadex 42 wheels.