Race Report: 2019 Outlier Offroad Enduro - Vail, Colorado

Oct 4, 2019
by Eddie Clark  



Part bike demo and part bike race, the Outlier Offroad Festival presented by SRAM is a Colorado favorite that welcomes everyone from newbie beginners to seasoned pros for a 3-day weekend of playing bikes on ripping fun trails at Vail Resorts. For the 2019 edition, the fall colors were in full effect, and the tracks were in prime condition after a nice evening rain on Friday night made for some of the best dirt of all five editions of the Outlier Offroad.

A 7 15am racers meeting made for a chilly start to the day.
A 7:15am racers meeting made for a chilly start to the day.

With two stages being raced each day, ample time was available for practice laps and demo laps too. Each of the four stages featured roughly 2,000 feet of vert on some of Vail's most fun and challenging trails with the Lionshead and Vail Village gondola's taking care of the bulk of stage transfers.

Snow above treeline and rain below on Friday night made for prime conditions and fast tracks all weekend.
Snow above treeline and rain below on Friday night made for prime conditions and fast tracks all weekend.

Long-time Colorado gravity racer Steve Wentz took third place in the Pro Men s race.
Long-time Colorado gravity racer Steve Wentz took third place in the Pro Men's race.

Cat 1 2 3 MEn s Stephen Wilson catches some air off a step down on stage 1.
Cat 1,2,3 Men's Stephen Wilson catches some air off a step down on stage 1.

Wonderful fall colors were on plentiful display this weekend.
Wonderful fall colors were on plentiful display this weekend.

Emily Haag establishing her lead on stage 1 s Mane Lane trail.
Emily Haag establishing her lead on stage 1's Mane Lane trail.
Cat 1 2 3 Women s third place went to Dylan Fiore.
Cat 1,2,3 Women's third place went to Dylan Fiore.

Gondola view of stage 1 finish line.
Gondola view of stage 1 finish line.

Possibly some of the best stage transfer views of the season at Vail.
Possibly some of the best stage transfer views of the season at Vail.

5th place Pro Men John Bailey on PMT.
5th place Pro Men, John Bailey on PMT.
Antonia Wurth keeping it dialed on stage 2.
Antonia Wurth keeping it dialed on stage 2.

Men s 30-39 winner Brandon Daurelio on stage 2 s PMT.
Men's 30-39 winner Brandon Daurelio on stage 2's PMT.
Big views and big descents were the theme for the weekend.
Big views and big descents were the theme for the weekend.

Izak Boardman taking the win in the junior category with a time that would have landed him in 8th place in the pro field.
Izak Boardman taking the win on stage two and for the overall in the junior category with a time that would have landed him in 8th place in the pro field.

After the first day of racing was wrapped up, it was time for lunch and then laps. The demo venue was the place to be for trying out new bikes, and there were a lot more than a few to try!

Packed venue with 13 different bike manufacturers in attendance.
Packed venue with 13 different bike manufacturers in attendance.


George Poggemeyer riding to 4th overall in the Pro Men on stage 4.
George Poggemeyer riding to 4th overall in the Pro Men on stage 3.

Antonia Wurth put her Spot Rollick through the paces to take the Pro Women s overall win.
Antonia Wurth put her Spot Rollick through the paces to take the Pro Women's overall win.

Golden canopies are hard to beat.
Golden canopies are hard to beat.


Jason Blodgett finished in second in the PRo Men s race with a slim 4.8 second margin behind first place after 4 very long stages.
Jason Blodgett finished in second in the PRo Men's race with a slim 4.8 second margin behind first place after 4 very long stages.

Pro Men s overall champion Eric Yoon.
Pro Men's overall champion Eric Yoon.

Second placed pro women s Molly Murrow.
Second placed pro women's Molly Murrow.
Kevin Ross won the highly competitive Men s Cat 1 2 3 19-29 race.
Kevin Ross won the highly competitive Men's Cat 1,2,3 19-29 race.

Emily Haag took the overall win in the Cat 1 2 3 women s race.
Emily Haag took the overall win in the Cat 1,2,3 women's race.
2nd placed Cat 1 2 3 women Samantha Jerding on stage 4.
2nd placed Cat 1,2,3 women Samantha Jerding on stage 4.


Pro Women's podium

Pro Men s podium
Pro Men's podium


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6 Comments

  • 9 0
 One of the best events of the year! Love coming to Vail for the Outlier!!
  • 6 0
 Too bad they got rid of that pro purse. Those guys deserve some winnings
  • 3 1
 Oh man, haven't heard of this one, looks like a great time. Putting on my calendar for 2020.
  • 1 1
 Am i tripping or was it only two stages?
  • 7 0
 4 stages. 2 per day. It rained on Friday night until about 10pm. The dirt on Saturday morning was incredible. Most of the pros commented that it took them 3-4 turns to trust it because it was so ridiculously grippy. Just one of those lucky days.
  • 1 0
 @BreckEpic: Yeah the grip Saturday morning was nothing like I've ever experienced.

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