Adam Roberge won the inaugural Big Sugar Gravel 103-mile race in Bentonville, Arkansas on Saturday.
The Canadian finished in just under five hours to take the win by five minutes ahead of runner-up Dennis van Winden from the Netherlands and nearly seven minutes to third placed John Keller from the USA.
“The first part of the course was really difficult and technical,” said Roberge in a post-race press release.
“People were having trouble, or people were dropping because they were too tired and the group started getting smaller and smaller and it turned into a gravel race. I put the hammer down on a climb and after that I knew I was still feeling pretty good.”
When asked if he had fun, Roberge said, “It’s a weird kind of fun but I did.”
The marquee Big Sugar event offered a 103-mile course of challenging roads through the Ozarks with approximately 8,000 feet of elevation gain.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Adam Roberge (Can)||4:59:10|
|2||Dennis van Winden (Ned)||0:05:14|
|3||John Keller (USA)||0:06:57|
|4||Bradyn Lange (USA)||0:19:02|
|5||Luke Hall (USA)||0:20:58|
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