2023 Belgian Waffle San Diego Champion

Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Russell has long made time to enjoy the mountains. In his youth, Russell was addicted to mixing it up on tarmac and gravel, and wasted little time joining the competitive ranks at a very young age. By 13, he was racing bikes, and since pedaling into the competitive scene, he’s dominated contests at a blistering pace. Among Russell’s ever-growing war chest of multi-discipline biking honors are 5 National Championships (yes, FIVE!), a U23 Pan American Championship, participation on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Long Team, and U.S. representation during no less than 7 World Championships. In fact, he’s ascended the podium more than 40 times in his career. In 2022, Finsterwald grabbed a highly coveted podium spot at the inaugural Life Time Grand Prix. As he rounds out a series of very aggressive traning blocks throughout the winter season and as we look ahead to 2023, Russell will be fully focused on the Life Time Grand Prix and Gravel World Championships.




Colorado Springs Colorado and Tucson Arizona

Favorite races

Rule of 3 and Whiskey 50

Main goals for 2023

Unbound Gravel 200 and World Gravel Championship


Neversecond athlete and top off-road racer Russell Finsterwald shares his fueling plan for Leadville 100.

Russell's Pick

Whiskey Off-Road Fat Tire Pro Crit

On a late-April night in Prescott Arizona, we had a blast shooting Neversecond athletes Keegan Swenson, Sofia Villafane and Russell Finsterwald throttle around a 1-mile road circuit against a stacked pro field at the Whiskey Off-Road El Yucatero Pro Fat Tire Crit. Shooting and editing by Matt Shapiro.

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