From gravel racing to buying Pogačar’s Tour de France-winning bike: Formula 1 star Valtteri Bottas’ love affair with cycling

An avid gravel rider, the Formula 1 driver is certainly is no slouch outside of a car

FNLD GRVL test event in Lahti. Photos by Thomas Maheux
(Image credit: Thomas Maheux)

Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas is a world-class athlete and a bit of sports nut, too. Outside of the workouts required for a race car driver, he also enjoys partaking in a variety of sports. Not only that, he’s naturally athletic, highly competitive and probably would have been successful in a number of different disciplines. 

Having grown up in the outdoor sports haven near Lahti, Finland, he skis, snowboards and Ski-Doos in the winters and enjoys running and playing on bikes of all kinds in the warmer months. Like a good Finn, he also played ice hockey for some 10 years in his youth before car-racing started demanded most of his time. Hockey remains his second love though cycling may be tied for second. 

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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.