For the 1st time in a little over 5 months, the temperatures cooled just enough to race mountain bikes. The temps proved invigorating for the morning cross-country racers (the mid-70s) but not so much for the afternoon E-Bike racers with temperatures 90+ in full, Boulder City, Nevada sun.
With the lack of races for 5-months in these parts, cross-country racers were more than ready to begin their desert race season. The Pro's were combined with the Open and Category 1 racers and their course was very challenging. Their racecourse was 14 miles with nearly 1,700 feet of climbing. Racing/riding 14 miles at Bootleg is more like 20+ miles at other places. Some of the Bootleg Canyon trails can challenge the very best and did exactly that at this race. The amateurs raced an easier, but still challenging racecourse. The Category 2 (Sport) racers completed two 6-mile laps while the Category 3 (Beginner) racers did 1 lap.The Pro-X-C Race Results:
The Pro Women's times were 1:25.19 for 1st and belonging to Jen Hanks and Brianna Boney in a respectable 1:35.34 for 2nd. Matthew McGee took 1st in the Pro Men with a blazing time of 1:13.04, Aaron Smith not far behind with a time of 1:14.18 (Team Hammersaw) 2nd, and Jose Gonzalez 3rd in 1:23.42. The E-Bike Race
The E-Bike race started at 1:00 pm and it was getting hot with no shade. The next DVO Coyote Classic will have cooler temperatures but also see the start of the E-Bike race moved back to a 12-noon start. Nice weather is okay but we want perfect weather!
The E-Bike race used the beginner/sport XC racecourse and had the "most laps in 1-hour format". With nearly all racers taking just under 30-minutes to complete a lap, race organizers knew it would be the fastest time for 3 laps. That was a whopping 18-miles at race pace and for most, battery management came into play.
The fastest lap of the day goes to Hall of Fame mountain biker, Joe Murray with a time of 23.02 for his 1st lap! The total for 3 laps to win was 1:12.50 and it took a Hall Of Famer that won the very 1st NORBA XC race to produce that time. Local E-Biker, Bret Runion was only 42 seconds behind Joe and another local, Bill Benda was just 45 seconds behind Bret. The Pro Women saw Aubrey Dean Adams take 1st in 1:26.21 and Helen Padilla take 2nd in 1:26.32. It was an exciting race.
Full Results HERE
Series Standings and registration for the next race HERE
A huge thanks go out to the late Brent Thomson for having the vision, passion, strength, and friends for making these mountain bike trails. Also, not possible without the Boulder City Parks Department, DVO Suspension, All Mountain Cyclery, MJT Designs, Box Components and, the accurate timing performed by Hammersaw Productions.