Everything gravel - racing and riding: Anna Marie Abram's Gear of the Year 2022

From the start line to bikepacking epics, these are my top kit picks for 2022

Image shows Anna Marie Abram riding on gravel
(Image credit: Stefan Abram)

This was the first year in over a decade that I didn’t compete in a single road race. Instead, I’ve committed whole-heartedly to gravel – racing the enduro formats of Gritfest and Grinduro, along with the more familiar arrangement of the Gravel National Championships. Naturally supplemented by bikepacking trips, including loops around Wales, Hungary and Slovakia.

This is all reflected in what I’ve chosen as my 2022 Gear of the Year: largely performance focused, lots of practicality and all best suited for when your tires are wider than your rims are deep.

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Anna Marie Abram
Fitness Features Editor

I’ve been hooked on bikes ever since the age of 12 and my first lap of the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit in the bright yellow kit of the Hillingdon Slipstreamers. For a time, my cycling life centred around racing road and track. 

But that’s since broadened to include multiday two-wheeled, one-sleeping-bag adventures over whatever terrain I happen to meet - with a two-week bikepacking trip from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia being just the latest.

I still enjoy lining up on a start line, though, racing the British Gravel Championships and finding myself on the podium at the enduro-style gravel event, Gritfest in 2022.

Height: 177cm

Weight: 60–63kg