Ethan Berends was understandably delighted as he looked back at the race that could well consider itself the toughest one-day multi-surface cycle event in New Zealand. Berends of Mobius BridgeLane claimed the win in the UCI 1.2 event ahead of Michael Torckler of Blindz Direct and Hayden McCormick of the New Zealand National Team.
For newly crowned Gravel & Tar Classic champion, Ethan Berends, the reality of victory is going to take a little while to hit home. “I think it’s going to take a couple of days to sink in,” Ethan told RoadCycling. “I’m over the moon right now, the other guys had such a good ride, the whole team did well. They put me in a perfect position for the whole race and I was just able to pull it off in the sprint.”
Berends, who just recently came from the Australian National Championships, where he placed 21st in the road race, is just 19 years of age and has a fantastic future ahead of him. He is schedule to race the upcoming Herald Sun Tour with his Continental level Mobius BridgeLane team and hopes that his success at Gravel & Tar in Palmerston North will help his team to get more invites to races around the world.