Pedal Magazine - - Out In Front -

Rob Britton (Rally Cy­cling) cap­tured his sec­ond Tour of the Gila over­all vic­tory in New Mex­ico on April 22. He first won the pres­ti­gious five-stage event in 2015. Fel­low Canuck and team­mate Sara Poidevin fin­ished sec­ond over­all in the women’s race, also claim­ing the Best Young Rider’s jer­sey.

“This is prob­a­bly one of my favourite races and some­thing I’ve fin­ished in the top-10 nearly ev­ery time. Last year, I won the KOM,” said Britton, who hails from Regina, Sask. “This year, it was nice to be able to put in the ef­fort on Mo­gol­lon fi­nally, have a good time trial and seal the deal.”

Britton started the five-stage event with a strong sec­ond-place fin­ish on the open­ing stage. He took the over­all lead for good fol­low­ing his fourth-place fin­ish in the 26km ITT in Stage Three, won by Serghei Tvet­cov (ROM) of Unit­edHealth­care. He com­pleted the Tour, fin­ish­ing sec­ond on the fi­nal Stage Five to Pi­nos Al­tos, known as the Gila Mon­ster, with more than 7,000 feet of el­e­va­tion.

For Poidevin, it was a solid week of rac­ing. “I’m so grate­ful for all my team­mates. I think we learned a lot as a team this week and, per­son­ally, I gained a bit of con­fi­dence,” said Poidevin. “I think we can take a lot away as a team be­cause we got stronger through the week and showed that we can put up a re­ally solid fight against the other top teams in the coun­try. There’s still lots of rac­ing left this sea­son and this week left us pretty hun­gry.”

Rob Britton

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