Eden, UT – Nicole Tittensor conquered the Battle at North Fork beating out Natalie Quinn by just 11 seconds for 1st Place in the Elite Women’s category. This was a particularly special win for her.
In her words, “It was actually extremely special. My husband was almost paralyzed in December 2017, he’s had 3 surgeries on and around his spinal cord over the last year and a half. A couple months ago, he was released to work and ride a little, and no more frequent doctor visits. This race was actually my first win since his incident. So we did cry a little when I crossed the finish line. “
She described her winning effort and strategy,
I knew it was Natalie’s home course, and it is always difficult to beat someone on their home course. She was stronger than me across the long dirt road at the end of the lap, so I knew I had to have a decent gap on her at that point to the finish. I charged as hard as I could and barely held her off with only an 11-second lead as I crossed the finish line. It was a great day for me and sent me to nationals with some good confidence.
The Elite Men’s race was won by Justin Desilets followed by Porter Hawkes in 2nd.
This was Hawkes’ first Elite Men’s race. He gave us a rundown on how things shook out.
I have always loved the Battle at North Fork. The long climb and tight descent fit my riding style to a tee. The first 1.5 laps everyone was in a tight group with Gabe Noorda leading. On the road climb leading into the 2nd lap Justin Desilets made a solo attack on Gabe, who unfortunately was suffering some severe back pain, and the rest of the field. He gained about 30 seconds.
Chris Holly went off the front to try and bridge the gap and I caught his wheel and rode it the rest of that lap. Going into the 3rd lap I made a small attack on Chris and was able to pull in front of him. The climb that followed was gnarly. I gave everything I had and was able to reach the downhill in second place with Chris right on my wheel. The battle for 2nd place was on!
The racing was super tight until Chris made a small mistake on Mule Shoe downhill that allowed me to make a small gap and capitalize on it. I rode across the finish line in 2nd place at my first elite I-Cup race.
All in all, it was another great day of Intermountain Cup Racing. Full results can be found here.
The next race in the series is the season finale at Powder Mountain.
About the Intermountain Cup Mountain Bike Racing Series
Founded in 1991, the Intermountain Cup consists of X-country and endurance MTB races throughout Utah. With six X-country races of approximately 25 miles and one endurance race of approximately 50 miles, the series covers some of the most pristine and difficult rides in the state. With categories for kids and youth to the highly competitive elite segments, Intermountain Cup offers a competitive MTB race for every level of rider.