Round 1 of the Revolution Enduro
Series kicked off this past Sunday at Granby Ranch Resort
in Colorado. With a big winter snowfall and wet spring in the Colorado high country, racers were treated to perfect weather for the race weekend that offered a practice day on Saturday and five race stages on Sunday.
Event organizer, David Scully, was challenged with a sold out race that was capped at 250 racers to accommodate concerns of a single lift to service the five stages. The 2018 the race saw afternoon thunderstorms that caused the day to run long due to the wet conditions and the single lift access. This year, racers were split into three groups and staggered start times with some groups starting the day with a pedal transfer while other groups relied on lift service to have each group racing a different stage at the same time. Ultimately the race had all five states operating simultaneously that kept the stage-start lines short and saw all the racers done with the race day and enjoying lunch and beer by 1pm.
“We want to see racers on their bikes, not waiting in long lines at a lift or a stage-start.” said David Scully. “We worked with the resort to open some side country courses that offered short pedal transfers to raw and fresh-cut lines and allow the three racer groups to move to different zones and have all the stages running at once for a better racer experience.”
Youth and Junior men and women racers were in full force making up a third of the race participants.
The always competitive Masters Men category contest was led by the 2018 series winner, Grant Shoemaker, taking four of the five stages.
The Pro Women winner, Ariana Dittmer, took control of the race early with four consecutive stage wins to confirm her 1st place.
Moving from Amateur to the Pro Men category for 2019, Christian Atkins took the top podium spot again, with new challenger Coloton Perterson and vetran pro racers Chris Heath and Zach Rosato pushing the pace in front of Jake Ingram for the top five podium placings. Full results here
Round two of Revolution Enduro
heads to Powderhorn Resort
, Colorado on June 23. This is a new stop for the series offering lift and side country stages. Full event details and registration information can be found here
. Thank you, to all the racers and sponsors that make it possible to offer these events!