Justin Barrow (Roxsolt Liv SRAM) won the second Australian round of the Trek UCI Gravel World Series on Sunday, as the podium rider in the Australian National Road Championship proved to be a fierce competitor on the gravel roads around Beechworth in Upper Victoria. country.
Barrow used her strength to climb the 115-kilometer Gravelista event to bring down the Samara Sheppard less than 20 kilometers from the line, in a section taking riders over the previous views that extended into the snow-laden mountains of the Murmongi Lookout as they made their way back toward the Beechworth start/finish line.
“There was also a very steep climb around the 80km mark, which made it difficult and weakened our group, but my main competitor was still with me at that point,” Barrow said. cycling news. “I planned to attack on the last climb, this is my strength.”
This planned attack pulled enough of a gap to propel Barrow to the end of the race in north-east Victoria, round two of the UCI Gravel World Series held in Australia after the seven-race race at Nanob that provided an early-season event in May. .
The 1,700-meter Beechworth Trail began with a brisk descent on the trail, moved into Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park, moved on to Eldorado and on to a second heavy climb, with the last efforts toward the lookout offering only moments of relief between a series of hikes. steep slope.
It was then a fairly steep hill across the last 15 kilometres, with surfaces varying from smooth paved roads to nearly vanishing ones that ended up as narrow paths through bush on the outskirts of Beechworth to the line in the center of town.
“We were together for most of the race until near the last climb where I just attacked Justin,” Sheppard said. cycling news. “It was really steep and she just got that gap and really held it from there. She’s a tough rider.”
“I was able to get some time back during the descent but not enough to get back on the steering wheel. But that’s the really fun thing about gravel racing, there’s all these different elements to it.”
Barrow, 43, finished the race, which was 85 percent gravel, in 3:51:48 with Shepherd back 27 seconds, then in third was Courtney Sherwell, who crossed the line after about 12 minutes.
The splits came early, at a high pace straight from the gun, and during the first part of the race, Barrow, Sheppard and Sherwell were the top three in the women’s class, all sitting in the same group in the mixed start event. Pausing to get a much-needed water restock knocked Sherwell out of the group, and extended the gap to the leading duo too far to join them again.
The event in Northeast Victoria, Australia marks the ninth event of the UCI Gravel World Series and, like all other rounds, is an opportunity to qualify for the UCI Gravel World Championships, which takes place in the Veneto region of Italy October 8-9.
|POS.||Passenger Name (Country) Team||result|
|4||Kate had to||0:33:26|