Rumors & Rumblings: Van Gilder Gets Record, Williams Wins Again, Ortenblad is Back
Van Gilder Wins Across the Decades
When Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) won her first Tour of Somerville criterium, she wasn’t able to share the podium photo on Facebook or Instagram and chances are good it is in a shoebox with other 4 x 6″ cycling memories. The living cycling legend first won the New Jersey race in 1999, and this year, she was gunning for a record fifth win at the annual New Jersey race celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. A record fifth win would also give her wins across three decades.
Van Gilder accomplished her record feat by winning the TofS criterium on Monday. For good measure, she also added a win in Saturday’s Bound Brook Cycling Classic that is also part of the Somerville weekend. She celebrated by showing her mad podium ups: