MTB Race News Gear
Buy It Here!
Shirts, Socks, Hoodies and More...
Home Calendar MTB RaceNews Team Photo Gallery About Us
search:

True Grit Epic MTB Race - St. George, Utah

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |April 10, 2012 2:04 AM
< 1 2 3 4 5 6 >
True Grit Epic Mountain Bike Race - St. George, Utah

Advertised as a ”tough, technical mountain bike race” the True Grit Epic in St. George, Utah, is quickly becoming known as one of the toughest ultra-endurance races in the west.

Located is southwestern Utah, the True Grit racecourse is a 50-mile loop that includes some of the most challenging desert trail riding you’ll find in a bike race. The winner of the True Grit needs to be a stellar bike handler as much as a mountain goat on the climbs.

In stark contrast to last year’s brutally cold temps and steady rain, 2012 offered up some of the most comfortable riding weather imaginable with temperatures in the mid-sixties and cloud cover to shade the bright sun. Riders had only a gusting wind to deal with.

The True Grit offers 25-mile, 50-mile, or 100-mile race options with the 50 being the showcase event as most of the pro talent lined up for this event.

The men’s 50-mile event included some high-powered riders from all over the west including Drew Edsall (Kenda/Felt), Josh Bezecny (Trek Store), Columbian Hector Riveros (Bandwagon Racing), and locals Bart Gillespie (Revolution), Bryson Perry (Lifetime Fitness), and Duff Johnson (Kuhl/Rocky Mountain).

A strong lead group formed early on with Edsall, Gillespie, Johnson, Bezecny, Riveros, and Nick Fisher (Rooster’s) all vying for the top spot.

"The Columbian [Riveros] would just stand and power away on every double track climb’” Edsall said after the race. "Finally, he got out front on the way to the Zen trail.”

Now on the most technical section of the race, the Zen trail ruined many racer’s day including Fisher who suffered multiple flats and Bezecny who crashed heavily but carried on.

Riveros still held the lead exiting Zen and powered his way through the following miles of singletrack. Edsall held second place followed closely by Gillespie and Duff Johnson.

It wasn’t until roughly mile 35 that Edsall surged ahead and claimed the lead from the Bandwagon Racing rider.

Once out front, Edsall flowed through the more technical Barrel Roll trail increasing his lead.

By the end of the singletrack riding, Gillespie had bridged up to Riveros and the two powered along the double track and road sections to the finish. The Columbian’s power on the open climbs was too much for Gillespie as a gap opened virtually in sight of the finish that proved too much for the Revolution rider to close.

In the end, Drew Edsall cruised across the line to claim the win holding on to a healthy gap over second place Riveros. Gillespie took third with Duff Johnson just seconds behind.

Roger Arnell took the fifth and final podium spot.

The women’s race was dominated by Utah’s top female pro Kathy Sherwin (Stan’s NoTubes Elite). Although this was her first 50-mile mountain bike race Sherwin made it look easy. She led from the start and avoided any major problems along the way to claiming the win.

"That was a great race,” said Sherwin, "It has all the fun trails down here. It’s just like the long rides I come here to do with my friends.”

Second place went to Erin Swenson (Swensonator) followed by Kimberly Ridgeway.

The hardcore points of the day want to the brave riders who competed in the 100-mile event. These intrepid folks completed 2 laps of the 50-mile course.

Cary Smith (Team CF) took the long-distance title over Utah rider Casey Zaugg (CocoNutz/UTMB) and Coloradoan Jonathon Davis (Trek Store Boulder).

Reigning 2-time National Ultra Endurance champion Amanda Carey (Kenda/Felt) took the women’s 100-mile event overcoming several mechanical issues and a wrong turn.

  

Results

Pro Men 50 Mile

1,

Drew Edsall

Kenda/Felt

3.53.00

2,

Hector Riveros

Acli-Mate/Bandwagon Racing

3.55.10

3,

Bart Gillespie

Revolution

3.55.15

4,

Duff Johnson

Kuhl/Rocky Mountain

3.55.40

5,

Roger Arnell

M

4.06.50

6,

Kevin Day

Kuhl/Rocky Mountain

4.07.10

7,

Josh Bezecny

Trek Bike Store

4.07.40

8,

Doug Johnson

Bandwagon/Acli-Mate

4.09.20

9,

Bryson Perry

LifeTime Fitness

4.09.40

10,

Drew Free

Revolution/RaceUSCS.com

4.12.20

11,

Shannon Boffeli

Epic Brewing/MTBRaceNews.com

4.18.20

12,

Mike Hileman

EyeGear Sport Optics

4.20.50

13,

Robb Parsons

Wells Fargo Private Bank

4.21.10

14,

Brian Tolbert

Kuhl/Rocky Mountain

4.31.50

15,

Tyler Eusden

Bikebarnracing.com

4.39.00

16,

Stewart Goodwin

Goodwin Media

4.43.40

17,

Karl Lippisch

Team Eye Gear

4.47.30

18,

Douglas Rock

Red Rock

4.57.30

19,

Chris Edmundson

Boulder Cycle Sport

5.05.50

20,

Taylor Foss

Kuhl

5.15.40

21,

Dayton Crites

Soil Saloon

5.25.40

22,

Bobby Swenson

Hale Center Theater

5.27.20

 

Pro Women 50 Mile

1,

Kathy Sherwin

Stan’s NoTubes Elite

4.43.50

2,

Erin Swenson

Swensonator

4.53.00

3,

Kimberly Ridgeway

LV

5.15.00


Single Speed 50 Mile

1,

Corey Larrabee

CarboRocket

4.27.00

2,

Kenny Jones

Cutthroat Racing

4.32.50

3,

Dave Bagley

Domo

4.34.10

4,

Mike Shane

Club Ride

4.44.00

5,

Brian Stevenson

Willas Wheels

5.09.50

Pro Men 100 Mile

1,

Cary Smith

Team CF

7.44.00

2,

Casey Zaugg

Coconutz fuel

7.59.30

3,

Jonathon Davis

Trek Store Boulder

8.46.10

4,

John Mallow

Ruby Canyon Cycles

8.54.50

5,

Jeff Higham

Epic Endurance

9.21.00

6,

Jamon Whitehead

Frontado

9.40.40

7,

Steve Reiter

Big Wheel Racing

10.10.40

8,

Thor Loechell

Carborocket

10.14.20

9,

Samuel Johnson

Shimano

10.31.50

 Pro Women 100 Mile

1,

Amanda Carey

 Kenda/Felt

9.40.00

Close (X)