Justine Barrow and Julien Gagné pilot the henhouse to victory at Gravel Locos

Justine Barrow and Julien Gagné pilot the henhouse to victory at Gravel Locos
Justine Barrow and Julien Gagné pilot the henhouse to victory at Gravel Locos

The Australian champion puts 14 minutes on women’s vice-champion Marisa Boaz while Niki Terpstra takes second place among the men.

It was two decisive victories at the Gravel Locos 150 this weekend as Australian champion Justine Barrow and Julien Gagné piloted the coop and took clear solo victories in Hico, Texas.

Gagné won the men’s 147-mile (237 km) race with 6,285 feet (1,916 m) of elevation gain in 6:34:22 with Niki Terpstra nearly three minutes in second and Adam Roberge close behind in third. It was a long solo that led the Canadian to victory, Gagné taking off after the group was reduced to around ten riders while there were still more than 100 km to go.

Barrow opened up an even bigger gap on her nearest rival as she completed the slightly shortened course, with some river crossings scrapped due to high water levels. The rider, who had only just arrived in the United States a few days earlier, finished more than 14 minutes ahead of Marisa Boaz when she was then Emily Newsom third.

“With a mass start and super strong men (and women), the first 90 minutes of the race always feels like a critical hit, which certainly hurts my legs for the rest of a 7.5 race hours. Not to mention the 33 degree heat. “said Barrow in an Instagram post.

Barrow, who also won this month’s round of the Nannup UCI Gravel World Series in Australia, found herself leading the women’s peloton in a men’s group at 25km and didn’t see her rivals for the remainder of the race. Although it wasn’t all smooth sailing, with a crash around 80km leading to a bent derailleur hanger.

“This win is special because I have never won a race over 200km,” Barrow said. “I was third here last year, and these long races are their own type of torture, which makes success even sweeter! “

A win in Gravel Locos also bodes well for the future, with the race being a key lead in the event for the fast-approaching Unbound Gravel race on June 1st.

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