Langley wins Rooted Vermont Gravel Race
Emma Langley and her Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank teammates rocked the Rooted Vermont gravel race this past weekend, with Langley taking the win and Lauren Stephens claiming second place in the 82-mile event.
The race was a mass start of about 500 competitors (including men's categories), and Langley, Lauren Stephens, and Emily Joy Newsom set out ready to tackle the technical and hilly course as a team.
Emma Langley celebrates on the top step with Lauren Stephens at Rooted Vermont.
A lung-bursting climb early on split the field up, and after some regrouping, it exploded again when the riders hit class IV roads at around mile 25.
"This two mile section was a double-track road that contained mud ponds, (they called them puddles, but I think ponds is more fitting) a rocky ascent, a slippery and rock-studded descent that I was less than comfortable navigating, and another slip n' slide up to finish it off."
Stephens leads Langley to the "W" at Rooted Vermont.
After this technical section, Newsom spotted Langley a few meters behind and took the opportunity to help pace her teammate to the group ahead. From there, Langley rejoined Stephens, and the two worked together until the finish.
"Things were fairly hectic at the start of the race, and Emily kept me calm and helped me move up whenever we needed to," Langley said. "Eventually, it was just me, Lauren, and Mo Wilson up the road. Lauren and I were able to get a gap with about 45k to go, at which point we worked hard to maintain the gap, and Lauren kept us safe and in the lead to the finish!"