James Wilson - Graveleur

James Wilson - Graveleur

June 26, 2019

James is the co-founder of Graveleur. Graveleur started as a result of a post ride coffee discussion, it's aim is to build the Australian gravel community and get as many people of the couch and riding bikes as possible. They have a growing community on Instagram and Facebook: @graveleur – plus a website www.graveleur.cc

"My first bike was a silver BMX. I spent my early years riding this bike everywhere. I built sweet tracks with jumps and rad burms in the local bush. Fast forward 20 years, I had taken up cycling in my early thirties, with my only regret that I stopped riding after those early years on my BMX. I soon re-discovered the joy of riding and the perspective that it brings. Most importantly it got me off the couch.


I have since spent several years racing cross country, focussing mainly on endurance events. This racing has included a combination of 4 hour, 100 km and 12 hour solo (once) as well as team 24 hour races. This racing has been on my steel frame single-speed 29er.


Then I built myself a gravel bike. This has become my go to bike – commuting, bunch rides as well as the occasional century and double century adventure gravel ride, with the occasional flashpacking trip thrown in for good measure."


  • Hometown 
  • Saratoga, on the Central Coast, NSW

  • Nickname
  • Hipster Ned, The Flying Beard

  • Instagram
  •  @jr_w

  • Favourite ride
  • The Thunderbolts Adventure. This is a 227 km, 5000 VM ride through the Barrington Tops National Park near Gloucester, NSW. The Thunderbolts Adventure has lots of climbing and so many amazing vistas – it just keeps on giving! My Kevin absolutely loves this ride.

  • Achievements:
  • 2018 – 1st CX/Gravel Category, 68 km – Convict 100
  • 2016 – Equal second World Champion – Woodend, Victoria, Aus
  • 2015 – Equal second Single Speed ANZAC Oceania Champion – Rotorua NZ
2013 – 2nd Single Speed Category, 50 km – Convict 100


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