In one of the largest sprint finishes in UCI Gran Fondo World Series history, 35 year-old Clinton Mortley outsprinted a surging pack of 75 riders to win the UCI Cache Gran Fondo world championship qualifying race in Logan, Utah USA.
On Saturday morning the 35 year-old amateur racer completed the 76 mile almost-dead-flat race in 3:00:53 according to the preliminary results. Brian Zimny was runner-up in second place and old-man John Mansell, 57, was third, both with a time of 3:00:54.
On the flat ’n fast course without any difficult terrain, 75 riders made it to the final mile together and finished within 15 seconds of Mortley.
Nina Wade, 39, won the women’s category in 3:01:01 and crossed the finish line in 42nd place overall. Spring Bastow was next at 3:01:10.
Almost 300 riders participated in the 11th edition of the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship qualifying race, each trying to earn a starting bib at the world championships taking place in Trento, Italy in September on a very challenging mountain course.
The amateur race was the third and final opportunity for North American riders to qualify for the 2022 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. To qualify, riders had to finish in the top 20% of their age/gender category.
Complete UCI Cache Gran Fondo results HERE.
Photos: Cache Gran Fondo