Heber City – Drew Free and Caedran Harvey won the 2019 Wasatch 50 Elite Men’s and Elite Women’s categories.
Despite the long nature of the course, the race came down to the last few miles and particularly the last 400 meter for Free. He described the last of his race for us.
“When I made my move I was able to get to the front as we approached a lapped rider. At some point, as we were moving around the lapped rider, Jules (Goguely) and Sam (Sweetser) got tangled resulting in Sam taking a pretty hard spill. From that point, I was able to get into the last singletrack section and hold off Jules on the descent.”
Millard Allen, who won the Singlespeed category, had a bit different type of race winning his with some well placed attacks and strategy.
“I made an attack on the first lap near the top of the main climb. Three single speeders were together and due to several reasons, I wanted to try to gap one person on the downhill and not allow another from gapping me. Corey Larribee ended up being my biggest competitor in this race and I was able to create a gap at the transition (start of lap 2) and then more on the climb in the second lap. Corey stayed with me and narrowed the gap I created in the first lap when I made a move. I was then able to take it easier on the chunky DH trails.”
Complete results can be found here.
Almost 200 racers lined up on June 8th, on what one would expect to be a nice early summer day, started out with a brisk, cold wind. This was in line with the fact that snow drifts were on the race course and reroutes and trail work had to be done to create a viable course.
In regards to the trail conditions, Free said, “I love this course and the conditions this year were as good as I’ve ever seen them.” Echoing his sentiments, Dan Mahlum, who took the top spot for Expert 40-49, mentioned, “I really appreciated the reroute around the long stretch of snow. After riding the course the week before I wasn’t sure how this reroute would be achieved but I like what you guys did.”
Race Director, Margaret Gibson, was pleased with how the race went off. One place she would like to see growth was in the women’s fields. She said, “With equal pay out and prizing for men and women, we would really love to see more ladies out to the races.”
The next race in the series is Rage at Snowbird.
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.