Formula 1's Alfa Romeo races onto the gravel biking scene to sponsor of Valtteri Bottas' Finnish race

F1 Driver and race co-founder Valtteri Bottas merges his two worlds at his hometown gravel race

Formula one driver Valteri Bottas in cycling clothing
(Image credit: Thomas Maheux)

Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas is well-known for his love of cycling. He might make his living inside a car but he spends countless hours in the saddle — which offers him an escape from the monotony of gym workouts. 

Merging business with pleasure, Bottas and his Alfa Romeo F1 Team KICK today announced a partnership around the inaugural FNLD GRVL event. Bottas is partnering with the organizers of SBT GRVL to host the much-anticipated (and equally vowel-less) event in his home region, the Finnish sports haven of Laht, on June 10, 2023. 

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.