Our Mobius Future Racing riders have commenced their campaign at the Tour of the Gila and have reported in from Stage Two with their race report.
After workshopping some of the problems that led us to be caught out behind crashes in the first stage we set off on a 122km loop course around Silver City and the surrounding hills.
The first hour of racing was brutal consisting of two big climbs and technical descents stretching out the peloton, and causing big splits. The race entered the valley and the pace lulled meaning that the team was able to regroup. We took position behind Rally who had taken up chase of a small break defending their GC lead.
With two hard climbs before the final 20km Pete Livingstone and James Fouché pulled our train to the front to set a strong pace over the final climbs allowing Ethan Berends (our highest placed GC rider) to sit safely at the front of the peloton.
For us to be able to set the pace of the peloton at just our second UCI race was impressive and bodes well for both the rest of the tour, our American campaign and our NRS racing at home. Even more impressive is that James and Pete have both crashed this tour and have continued to work for the rest of the team keeping them in position all day when many other riders would have stopped.
A fast and chaotic finish made it difficult for the team to stay together, but most of the team were able to arrive in the front bunch. It was Eric Young of Rally who took the stage win despite the leadout of UHC who took second with Travis McCabe with Jose Aguirre rounding out the podium.
The next stage is the Time Trial.
James Fouché’s Ride File: