Photo: Casey B. Gibson
GAGE HECHT WINS COLORADO'S
SUPERIOR MORGUL OMNIUM
May 22nd, 2017
Another team race free weekend and a week ahead of the Winston Salem races, Gage Hecht and Laurent Gervais entered two local races to get some final race kilometres in their legs.
Gage Hecht participated in the Superior Morgul Omnium, which this year expanded outside of Boulder County for the first time in its eight year history. The Colorado Bike Expo took place in the middle of the criterium course, with a beer garden, food trucks and activities for kids.
"On Friday, I won the crit," Hecht says. "The break I was in got up the road about twenty minutes in. Later on, I made it away from that group and lapped the pack in the last lap."
An individual time trial followed on Saturday, in which Hecht took second place behind George Simpson, who didn't take any points in the criterium and so wasn't dangerous for the overall standings.
"I got second in the road race," Hecht continues. "I joined the break by bridging up to it on the major climb. George Simpson went solo with about five miles to go. I ended up sprinting and finished second."
Hecht came away with the overall win in the omnium, with 107 points over Elevate KHS teammates Alex Hoehn and Connor Brown in second and third place.
"I'm really happy with the weekend, and where my fitness is currently," Hecht concludes. "I'm really excited to join the team and race with them again soon."
Canadian rider Laurent Gervais travelled east for the Wilmington Grand Prix, which is part of the National Criterium Calendar, but also features amateur racing, as well as distance rides through the Brandywine Valley and a family-friendly street festival.
"Wilmington was pretty good overall," Gervais looks back. "I tried a couple of times to get away from the field, but nothing would stick. I knew my best chance to take the win was to be in a breakaway."
"Justin Mauch (Herbalife Natures Bakery) went solo with five laps to go and the field was disorganized and looking at each other, and so he won. I managed to cross the line in 22nd place."
"I'm happy with my form, and I'm looking forward to Winston-Salem now!"