Prado and Heidi Volpe take the 2010 Traverse
Written by: Jens Raz
shorter little sister of the Warrior’s Society Vision Quest was held this
weekend in Orange County. Much of the same territory and trails were covered.
Albeit shorter with "only” 41 miles of racing and 8200 +/- a foot of
climbing, this race was by no means a walk in the park. The climbing is more
sustained and steeper in sections with no real time to recover for extended
periods. Exposed to the beating sun makes nutrition and hydration key to not
only push the pace but also just to finish!
memories of 100+ degree temperatures in 2008 still lingered. The
elevation gain and the use of the main descent from Vision Quest told you that
Traverse was sure to be a suffer fest!
day’s events unfolded like this:
small group of protagonists lit up the first climb right from the start. The
2009 La Ruta Winner, Traverse as well as past Vision Quest Champion, Manuel
Prado, was back to exact his revenge after his DNF in the 2010 VQ.
Munoz, at the age of 22 and with recent fame for winning the 2010 Counting Coup
(also run by the Warrior Society) also dominated at the start. They were
challenged by X-Terra Champion James Walsh, Mario Correa and Doug Andrews to
round out the elite group of 5. Charging hard and close behind was Guy Sutton
in his first Pro Race.
out of Blackstar Canyon the first victims were dealt their cards as Mario
Correa dropped back before the halfway point up Motorway. Pushing past was
James Walsh who later crashed before Lower Holy Jim on the Main Divide. Guy
Sutton consistently trailed behind by 3-5 minutes.
win was yet to be decided between Manuel and Doug Andrews barring any
mechanicals. Still fresh on Manny’s mind must have been the devastating
mechanicals that cost him at the 2010 VQ. The two battled it out in the
hills of the OC while the determined Danny Munoz hoped to close the gap.
legendary descent of "Trabuco Canyon” decided the race. Littered with
poison oak, overgrown branches, loose rocks, errant hikers and potentially
dangerous wildlife, Trabuco, is one of the fastest and most technically
advanced trails in the region. Manuel Prado took the hole shot and never
relinquished the lead in the last few miles to secure the win! Doug
Andrews took 2nd place while running low on a tire with Danny Munoz coming in
battle continued between exhausted but experienced leaders. Guy Sutton pulled
ahead of James Walsh on Trabuco Canyon to take 4th place just 40 seconds behind
the women's race Heidi Volpe also took a repeat victory crushing the
competition with a time of 5.07.
Knight came home in second at 5.49 followed by Mary Dannaly.
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Manuel Prado (Sho-Air/Specialized) 3.51
Doug Andrews 3.57
Daniel Munoz 4.04
Heidi Volpe 5.07
Laura Knight 5.49
Mary Dannelley 6.03
Ryan Weeger 4.42
James Walsh 4.10
Tommy Robles 4.33
Mike Caffrey 4.36
Jens Raz (iRide Adventures/MTBRaceNews.com)
Ton Van Daelen
Johnny Dalton 4.22
Bill Lenhart 4.37
Jeroen Besboom 4.46
Armando De Armas
10, Blake Hudson