Justine Barrow and Julien Gagne fly the coop to claim victory at Gravel Locos

It was a pair of decisive victories at the Gravel Locos 150 over the weekend as Australian champion Justine Barrow and Julien Gagne flew the coop and carved out clear-cut solo victories in Hico, Texas.

Gagne claimed the men's 147 mile (237km) race with 6,285 feet (1916m) of climbing in 6:34:22 with Niki Terpstra nearly three minutes back in second and Adam Roberge close behind in third. It was a long solo that led the Canadian to victory, with Gagne taking off after the group had thinned to around ten riders when there was still more than 100km left to go.

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Men's top 5
1Julien Gagne6:34:22
2Nikki Terpstra+2:46
3Adam Roberge+2:56
4Jasper Ockeloen+3:24
5Ivar Slik+3:45
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Women's top 5
1Justine Barrow7:30:06
2Marisa Boaz+14: 09
3Emily Newsom+34:56
4Lucy Hempstead+47:05
5Laura King+48:32

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.