Angela Patterson Edwards and John Mansell to win Utah Granfondo

The 2021 edition of the Utah Granfondo which is also known under the name Cache Granfondo had 1440 riders from 28 different US states at the start and counted for the second time as UCI qualifier event for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.

Riders had the option between 4 different courses, but the 76-miles distance was the only race which counted as official qualifier for worlds.

The 76 miles start was given in one wave with a neutralized start of a few miles to leave the city. The race has some minor elevation with some rolling hills but the majority of the course was flat and fast, resulting in a 23-men sprint at the end to award the overall winner and the winners per age group.

It was a close battle with John Mansell of the 55-59 age group outsprinting a lot of his younger opponents to claim overall victory before Supe Dursteler (M19-34) and Taylor Edwards (M35-39). We also saw riders from the 60-64 and 65-69 age groups in the same sprint finish battling for the win. The average speed of the first group was 25.2 mph (40.57 km/h).

The 55-59 age group showed also power in the female categories as Angela Edwards Patterson and Cj Boyenger scored the fastest female times in an average speed of 24.1 mph (38.8 km/h) to take the first two spots in the ladies’ race. Shane Ellis (F45-49) took overall third in the same sprint finish.

The time trial who was scheduled had unfortunately been cancelled because of Covid-19.

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