Mariposa Bicycles featured prominently on the podiums at the 2023 UCI Blue Mountains Gravel World Championships qualifier. Devon Clark won the women’s race, while Ashlin and Michael Barry finished third and seventh place overall in the men’s races, Ashlin and Michael Barry. And Connor Wilson placed 2nd Overall on an Allied Echo.
Ashlin and Michael rode their Mariposas with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 hydraulic groupsets, Princeton Carbonworks GRIT wheels and Maxxis Rambler 700C x 38mm tires. Devon had a SRAM groupset, ENVE G23 Wheels and Pirelli gravel tires on her bike. Connor Wilson’s Allied Echo was built up with a Shimano GRX Di2 groupset.
Photography by Jody Wilson
The race took place in the Blue Mountains and field included professional racers from Columbia, Australia, The Netherlands, the United States and Canada.
The race split early, as the course featured a tough climb at the start the led into a double track muddy section.
Ashlin Barry finished 3rd overall on a Mariposa steel bike with a Ritchey Carbon fork, Dura-Ace Di2 hydraulic groupset, Princeton Carbonworks GRIT Wheels and Maxxis Rambler 700c x 38mm tubeless tires.
Michael Barry was 7th overall and won the Men’s 44-49 Category with the same set up.
Devon won the women’s race on a similar set up with ENVE G23 wheels, Chris King R45 hubs and Pirelli gravel tires.
A friendly rivalry among the Ontario based riders.
Devon enjoys her victory.
Local legend, Devon Clark on the top step, with Tessa Neefjes (The Netherlands) and Ella Bloor (Australia) finishing second and third.