Meet Yuri Hauswald, a veteran—and a legend—of the gravel racing scene. A self-proclaimed “free range kid”, Hauswald grew up on a farm in rural Petaluma, CA with no TV. So, it’s no wonder he developed a love of the outdoors and nature.
Hauswald earned a degree in American Lit and played collegiate lacrosse at UC Berkeley. He discovered bike riding while working as a teacher after graduating from university. It all started with a simple love of exploring with friends and pushing your physical limits. But it soon turned into much more.
Throughout his pro biking career, Hauswald has won the 24-Hours of Adrenaline twice. He also won the 2015 edition of Unbound and took second place at Unbound XL (a 350-mile ride!) in 2018. These are just a few highlights from a long list of accomplishments.
Hauswald has been a regular fixture at bike races and festivals for almost three decades. Some of his favorites include the Downieville Classic, the Sea Otter Classic, Lost and Found Gravel Festival— and of course Unbound.
The athlete spent the early part of 2022 recovering from a fractured tibial plateau. Fortunately, after some downtime, the gravel grinder is on the mend and ready to pedal again.
When he’s not riding his bike, Hauswald works as Elite Athlete and Community Manager for Gu Energy Labs. He’s also a mentor, ambassador, and content creator. Hauswald is a driving force behind the short film Lost on Purpose. The project explores the Lost Sierra region, where 15 towns will be connected by new and existing bike paths.
Fun Fact: Hauswald helped CamelBak to create the Chase Bike Vest 50 oz. It helps cyclists stay hydrated and fueled up on those extra-long rides without being weighed down. Yuri is a long-standing CamelBak Athlete and we absolutely love working with him!