EvoPro Racing nails first UCI victory from classy breakaway

Posted on: January 19th, 2019

The European season hasn’t yet begun but pro racing is already in full flight in Australia and New Zealand. Earlier today the new Irish cycling team EvoPro Racing enjoyed its first UCI-ranked win; Luke Mudgway first man to the finish line at the Gravel and Tar Classic.


EvoPro Racing has taken its first victory in a UCI-ranked race with Luke Mudgway doing the honours.

The young Kiwi made the winning escape in the Gravel and Tar Classic in his home country earlier today.

And when it came down to four riders – Mudgway and Cyrus Monk for EvoPro and two New Zealand national team riders – the EvoPro men made no mistake.

Mudgway sprinted in to claim the UCI 1.2 ranked race, with Monk taking 3rd place to cement a memorable day for the new Irish Continental team.

In between the two EvoPro men was Ryan Christian. The New Zealand national team rider competes with the Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes Continental team in Britain.

James Oram, who has ridden for the past three years, took 4th place for the national team as last man in the breakaway.

Gravel and Tar Classic race is a 130km international elite men’s race with five gravel sectors making up approximately 40km.

It is gaining a reputation as the Oceania region’s hardest single day road race on the UCI calendar.


Daniel Whitehouse, Cyrus Monk, Wouter Wippert, Shane Archbold and Luke Mudgway at the start in their new EvoPro Racing kit. They took 1st and 3rd in Gravel and Tar on New Zealand’s north island. (Photo by Marion


The organisers invite eligible UCI registered ProContinental and Continental squads as well as the New Zealand national team and other strong road teams from New Zealand and Australia.

During today’s race, after 32km the main field reached the first section of gravel, with 17 riders emerging off the front during that section.

And while the groups behind never gave up, the leaders were still clear when the race hit the second gravel stretch.


Breakaway formed at front

However, after that second section the leaders numbered 11. And with Monk, Mudgway and Daniel Whitehouse present for EvoPro Racing, they blew the front of the race to pieces.

Just five men survived at the front after that third sector. A small group would catch them just before the fifth sector and the leaders split and regrouping as the attacking was in full flight.

In the end five men would form again at the front; the eventual top four and Glenn Haden (Tank Guy-Bike Box).

However, Haden was distanced before the finishing, leaving a straight battle between two EvoPro men and two Kiwi national team riders.

And with Monk committing full to lead-out Mudgway, the 22-year-old New Zealand international rider made no mistake; demolishing the final dash to the line to win into Palmerston North.