Race Report: 2021 Sturdy Dirty Enduro

Oct 15, 2021
by Jessica Hatch  
Photo: Matthew Mikaelian

That heart-pumping, smile-inducing energy we’re all feeling? That’s from the Sturdy Dirty Enduro’s return to the mountains. Presented by evo, the Sturdy Dirty women’s race was held last Saturday to great fanfare after COVID canceled the event in 2020.

Photos: Matthew Mikaelian

It was a long time coming. Here’s what happened leading up to the highly anticipated event:

The Lead Up
In 2020, the Sturdy Dirty went virtual with an Instagram bike ride photo challenge (hashtag: sturdydirty2020). Norco Bicycles hid prize pack cards on what would have been the Sturdy Dirty course, and the challenge was followed with an IG live raffle courtesy of the race’s dedicated sponsors. Then in March 2021, the Sturdy team launched Train 2B Sturdy, an inclusive, all-women’s fitness and training program that boasts over 400 participants. It featured workout plans, virtual talks, and exercise classes with fitness coaches, physical therapists, and other industry professionals, along with bike maintenance clinics at evo’s Seattle store.

The Sturdy B’s, organizers of the Sturdy Dirty Enduro, partnered with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, evo, and Georgetown Brewing to host monthly trail building and maintenance days at the Raging River Mountain Bike Trail System, which generated over 800 volunteer hours. The Sturdy B’s led the volunteer trail building effort and provided direct design feedback on the new “spicy blue” trail, Canyon Creek Downhill (CCDH), one of the featured trails on Saturday’s race.

Blue Dragon rock roll was one of the features sessioned during Train 2B Sturdy group rides. Linnea Rooke shows us how it’s done. Photo: Brandon Clarke

Race Day

This year, the sold-out Sturdy Dirty brought nearly 250 racers for its inaugural race at the Raging River Mountain Bike Trails, located on Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands overlooking beautiful views of Mount Si.

Caitlin Ramirez is all smiles with Mount Si looming in the background. Photo: Heather Carter

Volunteer check-in under the Sturdy Dirty sign, masterfully carved by Leigh Woody, Bellingham, WA. Photo: Brandon Clarke

Derek Kidd of Norco Bicycles lending his expertise as pit crew for any Sturdy Dirty racer in need. Photo: Matthew Mikaelian

After the racers fueled up with a tasty breakfast and coffee, it was time to head out to the course. The rain held off throughout the race and the trails were perfectly tacky, resulting in fast times and huge smiles.

Layla Grissom taking the Sport course by the reins and in a tutu. Photo: Heather Carter

Tutus were popular on race day, and more than one unicorn was spotted on course. Photo: Heather Carter

Jill Kintner, the five-time Queen of Crankworx, Olympic BMX Medalist, and local role model, would take top spot on the podium. Photo: Brandon Clarke

Jill Kintner in her native element. Photo: Matthew Mikaelian

The new Spicy Blue trail flavor of Sturdy Dirty hot sauce makes rider Andi “Zoltinator” Zolton squeal with excitement. Photo: Heather Carter

Sienna Templeton flying through the mystical forest. Photo: Heather Carter

Hannah Supplee must not have gotten the memo that this is supposed to be taken very seriously. Photo: Heather Carter

But what really had everyone grinning ear to ear were the aid stations. Presenting Sponsor evo came packing with adorable Modelitos and on-course bike support. And Adam Andrade flew across the country to share the most divine peanut butter brownie bacon fresh roasted s’mores you’ve ever tasted.

evo’s on-course tech support came to the rescue for Alison Pickrel who took home a first-place win in the beginner category. Photo: Brandon Clarke

Team Dad Bod served the ladies an unforgettable time by showing off their vintage 80s Jazzersize collection during the bonus enduro section they added (Stage 2.25), a mandatory tricycle race! There was a lot of fun to be had, tasty desserts, chicken wings, and jello shots to be consumed, but there was some serious racing, too. Sturdy Dirty racers pummeled through roots, rocks, steep rolls and drops, with experts and pros grinding up a 3,500 ft. climb.

Whoa Nelly, too much fun is being had over here! Photo: Brandon Clarke

Denise Shwend, left, won the "Spirit of the Sturdy" award for getting so many new riders into the sport, receiving a “take a friend biking” prize package from evo.

Photo: Brandon Clarke

Fortunately, everyone made it through the race with no major injuries. The only physical therapy needed was more fun rides on trails like this. Photo: Brandon Clarke

Julie Lofqvist Traum demonstrating the start of a flawless peek, push, recover. Photo: Erik Patak

Kathryn Dove looking solid into the home stretch of the race. Photo: Heather Carter

Expert 19-29: 1. Nikki Peirtsegaele 2. Sara Spencer 3. Lily Krass Photo: Erik Patak

Beginner 40+: 1. Lisa Currie 2. Julie Meyers 3. Brooke Shore Photo: Brandon Clarke

Sport 19-29:1. Krystalynn Steckler 2: Sienna Templeton 3: Emily Thompson Photo: Brandon Clarke

Junior Expert: 1. Julia Lofqvist Traum 2. Sophie Lymberis Photo: Brandon Clarke

Pro wins: 1. Jill Kintner 2. Ingrid Larouche 3. Alex Pavon 4. Linnea Rooke 5. Devon Simpson Photo: Brandon Clarke

Derek Kidd of Norco Bicycles was thrilled to help out at the women-focused event:
bigquotesThe level of stoke that these ladies bring to the PNW cycling scene is absolutely off-the-charts. The event was flawless from start to finish; a great course, great vibes, and great fun for everyone including us in the pits. Can’t wait for next year!

The Sturdy Dirty Enduro donated $3,000 to Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to put towards its work in trail building, advocacy, education and volunteerism Photo: Brandon Clarke

Little shredder Ani wins a sweet new Norco bike in the raffle and then teaches Jill Kintner how to fist bump. Photo: Matthew Mikaelian

Sturdy Dirty organizers, Katie Jackson and Ady Bee Lane, show Mr. Simmons the proper way to limber up. Photo: Dad Bod Cameron Piercy

Queen of Jill’s comfy Norco chair, Marlo, the Golden Retriever. Photo: Matthew Mikaelian

Who runs the world? Squirrels! Photo: Heather Carter

High Fives for a great day all around! Photo: Brandon Clarke

Chris Shalbot of evo had a lot to say about the community the Sturdy Dirty has helped build:
bigquotesIt’s incredibly inspiring to see what this race has done for the women’s riding here. To see top-level riders like Jill and Alex turn out is special but it’s also pretty amazing to see the number of first-time racers in the Beginner & Sport classes...Everyone has to start somewhere and the more inviting and welcoming these events are the more folks are going to continue to show up and participate and get involved. We’re forever grateful to have such a benchmark event in our backyard.

Race results and more information about the annual event are available at www.sturdydirty.com


  • 11 0
 Best event in the western hemisphere, hands down.
  • 2 0
 Was SO good to be out there again having all the fun!
  • 4 4
 This is what biking is all about! What a contrast with a thing like Rampage, no defying stunts, just normal people enjoying a ride.
  • 3 0
 Both is what biking are all about. This sorta stuff is stupid fun and just going out and riding chill enduros with friends is the absolute best. Pushing your mental and physical limits trying crazy stuff on the biggest jumps you can handle is also the best. Biking is the best.
  • 2 0
 Thumbs up for the lady in the full tye dye kit. Pretty sweet.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a great event!
  • 1 0
 Glad we got to go out and cheer. Racers were having a lot of fun
  • 1 0
 Congrats Ingrid Larouche!
  • 1 0
 Even the queen of Crankworx gives up her throne for Princess Marlo. lol
  • 1 0
 So pumped we could be part of this! Stoked for 2022!!
  • 1 0
 Soo much fun!
  • 1 0
 Party in the woods!

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