Grit World Racing’s Andrew Juiliano has won a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award from the Society of American Travel Writers for his embedded reporting of the Belgian professional cycling scene. The project took place over the course of 4-months as Juiliano traveled to Europe to chase a professional cycling dream while telling the story along the way. “Grit World Racing: A Belgian Cyclocross Odyssey” won for the category of Special Packages/Project. New York Times staff and National Geographic Traveler staff were the other two winners in the category.
“Andrew Juiliano takes readers along as he competes on the European bicycle racing circuit. In a chronology that appears in print and online, Juiliano captures the hardships of competition and the joy of being with a team of friends. The competition takes them to different cities – even to China – where he also writes about his surroundings and the food and drink. The series, supplemented with social media, is a fun read that informs as it entertains,” The SATW judges commented on the collective body of work,
“I knew I endured all the physical and psychological beat downs of bike racing for some reason!” Juiliano exclaimed. “I’m a firm believer that you have to immerse yourself in an experience to really find and tell a story. See it. Smell it. Eat it. Feel it. I gave this project my heart, my health and a large portion of my sanity. What a honor to be recognized by a organization like the Society of American Travel Writers for grinding through it all.”