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Round 1 of the Enduro Cup in Moab, Utah - Results, Photos & Video

May 7, 2018
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Sunny skies and warm spring temperatures welcomed the first stop of the 2018 SCOTT Enduro Cup Presented by Vittoria in Moab, Utah. Four timed stages with a 3,000-foot descent over world class, technical slickrock challenged riders on the Klondike Bluffs Trail System.

Cody Kelley races stage 3 at Round 1 of the 2018 SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria in Moab UT on May 5 2018. Photographer Sean Ryan EnduroCupMTB


Last season’s overall winner Cody Kelley carried his momentum from a year ago to take the top spot for Men’s Pro/Open in Round 1.

“It’s always good to start the year off on a high note. I’m stoked out here. Good crew out here in Moab. Having fun,” Kelley said. “I honestly just love the desert. Being from Salt Lake, we come here a lot during the winter. I’ve always just enjoyed it. It’s good times here.”

Nate Hills races the Pro division in Round 1 of the 2018 SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria in Moab UT on May 5 2018. Photographer Noah Wetzel courtesy of Enduro Cup

Colorado native Nate Hills, who finished third in Moab in 2017, improved his finish and placed second.

“It went well. I have nothing to complain about. I made one mistake. I had a lot of fun,” Hills said. “We had a tailwind that made it faster. I had a thoroughly good time for my annual spring Moab shred-fest.”

Competition in Men’s Pro/Open was tight as the top 10 riders finished within a minute of each other.

Cody Kelley races the Pro division in Round 1 of the 2018 SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria in Moab UT on May 5 2018. Photographer Jay Dash courtesy of Enduro Cup

Michael West races stage 3 at Round 1 of the 2018 SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria in Moab UT on May 5 2018. Photographer Sean Ryan EnduroCupMTB

Chris Boice races stage 3 at Round 1 of the 2018 SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria in Moab UT on May 5 2018. Photographer Sean Ryan EnduroCupMTB

Men’s Pro/Open:

Cody Kelley – 18:15.970 – Riverton, UT
Nate Hills – 18:33.833 – Dillon, CO
Chris Boice – 18:45.942 – Albuquerque, NM
Mike West – 18:49.341 – Boulder, CO
Mitch Ropelato – 18:49.528 – Ogden, UT

Ileana Anderson finished first in Women’s Pro/Open, good for her first podium finish at the SCOTT Enduro Cup. Now calling Park City, Utah home, Anderson used two stage victories to claim the top spot.

“It was awesome. I’m super stoked. It was a lot of fun,” Anderson said. “Just got to hang out with my friends and ride all day. Super fun course.”

Ileana Anderson races the Pro division in Round 1 of the 2018 SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria in Moab UT on May 5 2018. Photographer Noah Wetzel courtesy of Enduro Cup

Lia Westermann races the Pro division in Round 1 of the 2018 SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria in Moab UT on May 5 2018. Photographer Sean Ryan courtesy of Enduro Cup

Young-gun Lia Westermann finished seconds behind Anderson for second place. After finishing fifth in overall points a year ago, the 19-year-old is off to a strong start in series points.

Last year’s Moab winner, Cooper Ott notched a third-place finish.

“I really like the atmosphere. A lot of different people come and race this race and it’s fun to get a bunch of juniors out here and amateurs,” Ott said. “Actually, a really big pro women’s field as well. It’s great.”

Cooper Ott races stage 3 at Round 1 of the 2018 SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria in Moab UT on May 5 2018. Photographer Sean Ryan EnduroCupMTB

Lia Westermann races stage 3 at Round 1 of the 2018 SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria in Moab UT on May 5 2018. Photographer Sean Ryan EnduroCupMTB

Ileana Anderson races the Pro division in Round 1 of the 2018 SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria in Moab UT on May 5 2018. Photographer Jay Dash courtesy of Enduro Cup

Women’s Pro/Open:

Ileana Anderson – 21:37.264 – Park City, UT
Lia Westermann – 21:45.462 – Salt Lake City, UT
Cooper Ott – 21:49.094 – Crested Butte, CO
Lauren Bingham – 21:54.961 – Sandy, UT
Stefanie McDaniel – 21:59.002 – Phoenix, AZ

The Vittoria Bolt was awarded to the fastest time on Stage 3. Cody Kelley (04:01.235) and Cooper Ott (04:52:382) took home an additional $100, thanks to Vittoria.

Cooper Ott left and Cody Kelley right took home the Vittoria Bolt and 100 Round 1 of the 2018 SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria in Moab UT on May 5 2018. Photographer Jay Dash EnduroCupMTB

An impressive group of 40 junior riders took the course with Talus Lantz and Ainsley Haggart winning the men and women’s fields, respectively.

“It’s good for the future of the sport. It’s also cool to ride with those kids.” Kelley said. “They’re stoked to be racing, which is huge at their age and then they’re doing well, so it’s awesome.”

Podium finishers in the Pro/Open category shared $5,000 equally divided between men and women. The podium athletes in the Expert, Amateur and Junior categories received gear from SCOTT Sports, Vittoria and G-Form. A special thanks to Chile Pepper Bike Shop in Moab for hosting registration and the athlete meeting.

Michael West races stage 3 at Round 1 of the 2018 SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria in Moab UT on May 5 2018. Photographer Sean Ryan EnduroCupMTB

Nate Hills races stage 1 at Round 1 of the 2018 SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria in Moab UT on May 5 2018. Photographer Sean Ryan EnduroCupMTB

The SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria will hit the trails for Round 2 in Angel Fire, New Mexico, on June 9-10.

“Angel Fire is super fun. Last year I didn’t get to race at all because I had a bunch of injuries, so I’m excited to go back and race,” Anderson said. “A bunch of my teammates are going to race Angel Fire too.”

Aeddon Allen races the Junior Men in Round 1 of the 2018 SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria in Moab UT on May 5 2018. Photographer Jay Dash courtesy of Enduro C

Tobias Brotherton races stage 3 at Round 1 of the 2018 SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria in Moab UT on May 5 2018. Photographer Sean Ryan EnduroCupMTB

Jackson Howard races stage 1 at Round 1 of the 2018 SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria in Moab UT on May 5 2018. Photographer Sean Ryan EnduroCupMTB

Eric Bodine races stage 3 at Round 1 of the 2018 SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria in Moab UT on May 5 2018. Photographer Sean Ryan EnduroCupMTB


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42 Comments

  • + 28
 Damn, is Nate Hills on the sb100? that's gotta say something about the range of use for that bike...
  • + 46
 To me it says more about Nate than the bike. Dude can stomp
  • + 4
 @Sprockingcrail: For sure, very impressive overall.
  • + 2
 On those trails its probably the right choice... if you're a beast.
  • + 12
 Or that the trails are flat
  • + 1
 He's running a 130mm Pike which probably helps. Still a rad dude though
  • + 2
 @bekahn: still bumpy as f*cking hell. requires a lot of flow.
  • + 3
 he upped the fork to 130mm but still. Switch infinity is the real freaking deal. Those bikes hit way higher than their weight class suggests. to be 20 or 30mm more in fork travel feels perfectly at home with that linkage. It's incredible.
  • + 2
 summit county yooooo
  • + 1
 @bekahn: hahaha
  • + 2
 @bekahn: Flat and pedally, but rough as hell, too.
  • + 1
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: I agree, the new SB100 is sick, I would totally get one, but at $3,400 for the frame only it's just way too expensive for the average rider to afford... I wish I could get one!
  • + 2
 @mtbmaniak: yea I agree for sure. I was lucky to get a deal on my 5.5, only reason I could afford it!
  • + 1
 @bekahn: enduro or cross country race?
  • + 1
 @mtbmaniak: Can't agree more, Yeti makes a great product, but their prices are just way too much. It's a good time to be a biker with all the new innovations coming out and tons companies becoming more price competitive. Be nice to see Yeti fall into the price competitive spectrum.
  • + 11
 Not one pic of Ropelato? Ah well, Congrats all.
  • + 2
 too fast to be captured by standard cameras Wink
  • + 9
 Chris Boice! Yeah buddy! Get after it. Dude is gonna crush at Angelfire.
  • + 3
 ABQ represent!
  • + 3
 Dear Enduro-Cup,
Her name is ileana anderson. She won the Overall enduro cup title in 2016. That girl is always on the podium. Who wrote this???? Seems like you guys should be spelling the winners name right....
  • + 6
 How about old man West. Dude's like 50 and still crushing it. Big Grin
  • + 5
 Way to go, Chris Boice! Representing Burque!
  • + 1
 RIDERS: MTBNM media crew was at the race shooting, check out our article, tag your friends that were racing too!

mountainbikenewmexico.com/2018/05/11/scott-enduro-cup-moab-utah
  • + 3
 Did anyone notice Cody Kelly WON and a 27.5 bike? 27.5 AIN'T DEAD
  • + 1
 And Hills took second on a 130/100 mm bike!
  • + 3
 Holy shit it's Nate Hills!
  • + 3
 West showin' the young guys what's what.
  • + 1
 "Klondike a snoozefest"....maybe if you haven't ridden it since 2001 when EKG was the big trail.
  • + 0
 which trails are these, im in moab pretty often and i dont recognize the spot?
  • + 5
 "Four timed stages with a 3,000-foot descent over world class, technical slickrock challenged riders on the Klondike Bluffs Trail System"
  • + 6
 Klondike is outside of Moab proper. It's kinda snoozefest really, but not bad for a stop on the way home
  • + 3
 You probably dont recognize it cause nobody goes to moab to ride klondike, unless they are doing this race.
  • + 7
 Wow, no love for Klondike! I love that little area, you gotta earn your turns but theres loads of good rowdy DH sections if you ride it the right way.
  • + 1
 @zorba73: Yeah its not a terrible bike ride, it just gets overlooked for sure.
  • + 1
 No knee pad Chris,,, crazy!!!
  • + 1
 What's the full face rule for this series? Varies based on course?
  • + 1
 Dont need one for Klondike bluffs (probably one of the flatter courses on the series), I bet in the rowdy terrain in Angel fire they will all be wearing them.
  • + 1
 Good job guys
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