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Moab Rocks Stage 2: Porcupine Rim - Moab, Utah

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |November 13, 2013 2:25 AM
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Moab Rocks Stage 2: Porcupine Rim - Moab, Utah

Kerry Werner Rebounds with a Stage Win – Aardal Overcomes Mechanical to Win Stage 2

Kerry Werner (BMC Development Team) bounced back from a flat tire yesterday to take the win over Russell Finsterwald (Trek Factory Racing) on day two of Moab Rocks.

Werner was on a mission to take back time from the start of today’s race. On a route that takes riders from town up the long road climb past the world-famous Slickrock Trail a sizable group of riders crest the climb together as the leaders seemed content to get a good warm up in before the hostilities started.

Once on Sand Flats road Werner and Finsterwald wasted little time before putting pressure on the rest of the group.

A powerful surge got the youngsters away early and Werner went to work taking back time he had lost in stage one. 

The time did not come easy as the two showed impressive power over the opening 15 miles of double track that included over 4,000 vertical feet of climbing and a scouring headwind that whipped the Moab sands across the road.

Nick Gould (Ska/Zia/Trek), Travis Brown (Trek), and Josh Tostado (Bach Builders) formed the chase group and did their best to keep the leaders in site. 

Tostado gapped the others just before the Upper Porcupine Singletrack started while Gould was content to follow Brown into the tight twists and turned of the UPS.

Hitting the singeltrack did nothing to slow down Werner and Finsterwald. With Finsterwald using his previous experience to shred the trail and Werner staying close.

The lead duo polished off the UPS and Lower Porcupine Singletrack with no difficulty taking turns at the front and pushing the pace all day.

They crossed the finish line together with Werner getting the stage win.

Tostado took third, followed by Travis Brown and Gould.

The women’s race once again belonged to Kate Aardal. The Canadian stage racing veteran had plenty left on stage 2 and overcame mechanical troubles to extend her lead in the general classification.

For the second day Aardal established a lead on the opening road sections of the course but quickly noticed some fork issues as she dropped  into the Porcupine Singletrack. As the trail got rougher her fork kept spewing out more and more oil leaving her with a very harsh ride down some of the roughest trails you’ll find.

The fork issues cost her some time but not enough to keep her off the top of the podium for a second day in a row.

Tomorrow is the third and final stage of Moab Rocks. Stage 3 starts at the Gemini Bridges trailhead and takes in the relatively new riding area known as Magnificent 7. The stage includes almost 31 miles of riding with 3,500 vertical feet of climb.

Brief Results

Open Men


Kerry Werner

BMC Development Team



Russell Finsterwald

Trek Factory Racing



Josh Tostado

Bach Builders



Travis Brown




Nick Gould




Jonathon Firth

Honey Stinger/Planet Foods



Drew Edsall




Evan Ross

Griggs Orthopedics



Aroussen Laflamme




Chris Brown

Woodcock Cycleworks



Jonathan Nutbrown

Ridley’s Cycle



Shannon Boffeli

Epic Brewing/



Christian Gauvin

Rocky Mountain



Diogo Malagon

Oskalunga Never Dies



Matt Duggan



Open Women


Kate Aardal

Ridley’s Cycle



Heidi Rentz

Ibis/Poison Spider



Jennifer Moos

Rose Bandits



Trish Grajczyk

Deadgoat Racing



Wendy Lyall

Yeti Beti


GC Results After Stage 2

Click here for results from today's stage Open Men's GC

Click here for all GC results from today's stage


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