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Amity Rockwell (Trek/PAS/Maurten/Schwalbe) and Kenneth Karaya (Crew AMANI) gained stage 3 of the Migration Gravel Race on Thursday. It was Rockwell’s second stage victory of the week within the elite girls’s competitors whereas Karaya’s win within the elite males represented the primary stage victory for the east African-based Crew AMANI squad.
Rockwell took over the ladies’s GC lead, driving solo throughout the road forward of Xaverine Nirere in second and Lydia Lglesias in third. Annabel Fisher (Café du Cycliste), who gained stage 1, had abdomen points and completed off the rostrum.
The lads’s division was managed by German Lukas Baum (ORBEA x Leatt x Velocity Firm) and Australian Lachlan Morton (EF Training-EasyPost) for the primary two days of racing. On stage 3, Baum suffered a mechanical and Morton took “a tour of Tanzania”, apparently organisers referring to him going astray. The 2 leaders apart offered Karaya the chance to push away with a solo assault for the victory. Luis Angel Mate completed second and Seth Hakizimana was third.
The 140km route was presupposed to be the best of the 4 levels, however 1,250-plus metres of elevation achieve mixed with muddy situations offered no reprieve for the racers.
Riders had been handled to a wide ranging spectacle as they encountered a stampede of zebras and witnessed wildebeests roaming freely of their pure habitat. “The beautiful wildlife encounters added an additional layer of journey and awe to the race, creating unforgettable moments for the individuals,” organisers stated on their social media.
The fourth and last stage of the 650km Migration Gravel Race is Friday, heading again north throughout the Mara River. The race is the second cease within the Gravel Earth Collection.