The 2nd annual Mt. Ogden 50/100k is in the books. The event is held at beautiful Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah, on a combination of ski resort and Forest Service trails. This year, event promoters added a 100k option to their already popular 50k race from last year. It was immediately clear that turn out was excellent by the full parking lot and long registration lines the morning of the race.
The 100k racers started just after 7:00 AM. In the Pro Women's race KC Holley (Trek 29er) immediately took the lead over Sarah Kaufman (Elete) and never looked back. She finished the race in an incredible time of 6:03:04. Kaufman, who is just coming off a 10-day break from the bike, felt flat the first lap however her legs came around on the the second lap and she finished in a respectable 6:16:00.
After the first lap of the Pro Men's race, Biker's Edge teammates Jake Pantone and Quinn Bingham established themselves as the leaders. They were followed by Chris Holley (Trek 29er), Kevin Day (Kuhl), and Johnny Hintze (Biker's Edge). Bingham flatted on the 2nd lap allowing Holley to take over the second position. Pantone finished the 100k course in an astounding 5:08:45.
The 50k racers also completed two laps on a shortened version of the 100k course. Approximately half the race took place on the rocky Snowbasin Ski Resort trail system and the other half on the US Forest Service trails. The contrast of the two trail systems was remarkable as the Snowbasin trails were rocky and hardly affected by the overnight rains. The US Forest Service trails, normally fast and buff, were muddy and slippery the first lap causing many 50k riders to be bogged down by wheels that stopped spinning.
In the Pro Women's 50k race, Erica Tingey (Las Vegas Cyclery) charged up the first doubletrack climb followed closely by Heather Holmes (Yeti), Kelsey Bingham (Rooster's), Jen Hanks (Revolution/Peak Fasteners), and Emma Gerrard. Holmes caught Tingey on the long descent, however Tingey used her road racing skills to drop the Yeti rider on the subsequent 2-mile road section up to the start/finish. After her attack, Tingey was not to be seen again and finished in 3:10:18 followed by Holmes, Hanks, Gerrard, and Meg Plank (Kuhl). Bingham called it a day after the first lap even though she was in fourth place.
Nick Fisher won the men's 50k Pro race in a time of 2:45:03. He was followed by Chad Harris (Racer's Cycle Service), Scott Morrison, Nathanial Sheehan, and Adam Lisonbee to round out the podium.
Pro Men 100k:
1, Jake Pantone (Biker's Edge) 5:08:45
2, Chris Holley (Trek 29er) 5:11:49
3, Quinn Bingham (Biker's Edge) 5:14:01
4, Kevin Day (Kuhl) 5:15:03
5, Johnny Hintze 5:31:06
6, Ryan Krusemark 5:56:45
Pro Women 100k:
1, KC Holley (Trek 29er) 6:03:04
2, Sarah Kaufman (Elete) 6:16:00
Pro Men 50k:
1, Nick Fisher 2:45:03
2, Chad Harris 2:48:30
3, Scott Morrison 3:05:10
4, Nathanial Sheehan 3:05:29
5, Adam Lisonbee 3:05:54
6, Josh Mortenson 3:21:31
Pro Women 50k:
1, Erica Tingey (Las Vegas Cyclery) 3:10:18
2, Heather Holmes (Yeti/Sunflower) 3:12:52
3, Jen Hanks (Revolution/Peak Fasterners) 3:21:57
4, Emma Gerrard 3:28:07
5, Meg Plank (Kuhl) 3:52:18