Race Report: Porsha Murdock & Colton Peterson Win 2022 Big Mountain Enduro Race #3 at Brian Head, UT

Aug 29, 2022 at 7:31
by BigMtn Enduro  
This photo represents the kind of riding you can expect at Brian Head
This photo represents the kind of riding you can expect at Brian Head

The third stop of the Big Mountain Enduro series presented by Specialized brought racers to the town of Brian Head, Utah this past weekend. This is canyon country, but don't be fooled because the base elevation is 9,600 feet above sea level and the air is thin.

Dropping into the stage 6 waterfall.
Dropping into the stage 6 waterfall.


The terrain at Brian Head Bike Park and the surrounding area is technical, loose, rocky and incredibly unique. It took a bit of getting used to before racers were able to find their flow on the varied stages. This area of the US sits on the edge of the Colorado Plateau, the foundation of many geological wonders like Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. That said, steep - fall line trails are commonplace in this part of the country and added some extra spice to most of the tracks that racers tackled at BME stop #3.

This is canyon country - Cedar Breaks
This is canyon country - Cedar Breaks

Last big obstacle on Wildflower before the end of the day.
Last big obstacle on Wildflower before the end of the day.

The racing included 7 total stages, with around 8,500 feet of descending and 3,600 feet of climbing over the course of two days.

Amateur racers dropping in to practice stages
Amateur racers dropping into practice stages

Transfer back to Brian Head Bike Park - wheelies only.
Transfer back to Brian Head Bike Park - wheelies only.

Familiar faces from the North American Specialized Enduro team, Maxxis Factory Racing, Yeti Cycles, Cannondale, KHS, Pivot and many other teams battled it out on the tracks. Most of the pros were coming off of a 3-race stint from the EWS, so fatigue is starting to set in as the end of the race season approaches.

Only a few more minutes to go after a long push up to stage 4.
Only a few more minutes to go after a long push up to stage 4.

Day 1 of racing had two stages in the backcountry followed by a very technical third stage back inside of Brian Head Bike Park to round out the day.

Racing stage 2 of backcountry
Racing stage 2 of backcountry

Day 2 started with a steep transfer to the top of the mountain (a brutal hike-a-bike) before doing the final four stages in the park that included a mixed bag of challenging tracks that tested every racer out there.

Ultimately, the riders who could push the limit and best navigate the gnarly tracks were Porsha Murdock and Colton Peterson who took the wins in the pro categories.

In the Pro Men's field, Peterson managed to snatch the win from Kelley by a narrow margin of two-hundredths of a second (nearly 33 minutes of total racing), making for some exciting racing this weekend. The two racers traded stage victories all weekend long with Kelley winning 4 out of the 7 stages and Peterson winning the remaining 3.

In the Pro Women's field, three ladies traded victories all weekend long - Porsha Murdock taking 4 stage wins, Rachel Anders taking 1 and Kailey Skelton (the US Downhill National Champ) taking 2. Ultimately, with a lead she had been pulling away with all weekend long, and even after a crash on stage 6, Porsha managed to win with a 35.4 second lead over her next closest competitor.

Porsha Murdock takes the win at the 2022 BME stop at Brian Head.
Porsha Murdock takes the win at the 2022 BME stop at Brian Head.

Colton Peterson celebrating his win at the 2022 BME in Brian Head
Colton Peterson celebrating his win at the 2022 BME in Brian Head

Final results for Pro Men's field:

1st: Colton Peterson

2nd: Cody Kelley

3rd: Max Sedlak

4th: Duncan Nason

5th: Aiden Chapin


Final results for the Pro Women's field:

1st: Porsha Murdock

2nd: Rachel Anders

3rd: Lia Westermann

4th: Kailey Skelton

5th: Kate Lawrence

See the BME Results page for full rankings HERE.

Big Mountain Enduro prides itself in equal payouts for men and women, in addition to offering tens of thousands of dollars of product prizing to its amateur categories which includes Specialized gear, Maxxis tires, FOX suspension, Shimano pedals, POC protection and eyewear, Stans No Tubes wheels, Industry Nine hubs, DT Swiss wheels, FSA components and wheels and 10 Barrel Brewing beer (to those 21 and older).

Also included in the amateur prizing was a Specialized Enduro frame won by the winner of the Amateur Women's category for this stop. A different amateur category is chosen at random for each event.

Winner of the Specialized Enduro Frame - Women s Amateur Category
Winner of the Specialized Enduro Frame - Women's Amateur Category

The final stop of the 2022 Big Mountain Enduro series takes place in Bend / Mt. Bachelor, OR in just a couple of weeks on September 17 - 18. The Overall Series winners will also be awarded at the BME Finals, so racers won't want to miss the action and huge prizes that will be handed out at the last event of the season.

Until then, check out the photo essay below to get caught up on the action and keep an eye out for the Brian Head BME Highlights video dropping around noon on Wednesday, August 31.

Words by Dirk Badenhorst

Photos by Dirk Badenhorst, James Stokoe & Eddie Clark

Climbing up to stage 1

Mixed lighting conditions on stage 2 in the backcountry.
Mixed lighting conditions on stage 2 in the backcountry.

Jake in the final stretch of stage 3.
Jake in the final stretch of stage 3.

Racing through burn forests on stage 2
Racing through burn forests on stage 2.

Fact You can shred in jeans.
Fact: You can shred in jeans.

Lia hitting the final jump on stage 3 after a long day of riding.
Lia hitting the final jump on stage 3 after a long day of riding.

Practice Day in the Backcountry - Stage 1
Practice Day in the Backcountry - Stage 1

All smiles despite the painful hike a bike.
All smiles, despite the painful hike-a-bike.

Waiting for the stage start
Waiting for the stage start.

Sprinting down the flat start on stage 5
Sprinting down the flat start on stage 5.

If you re having fun you re going fast. True or false.
If you're having fun, you're going fast. True or false.

On his way to winning the expert category
On his way to winning the expert category.

Nose heavy on a big step up on stage 4.
Nose heavy on a big step up on stage 4.

Lia in the flow state - racing to her 3rd place podium.
Lia in the flow state - racing to her 3rd place podium.

Transfer to stage 5
Transfer to stage 5.


Burn Area
Burn Area.

The Utah backcountry on stage 2
The Utah backcountry on stage 2.

If you re having fun you re going fast. True or false.
If you're having fun, you're going fast. True or false.

Top of stage 5
Top of stage 5.

Lunar landscape on stage 6
Lunar landscape on stage 6.

Stage 4 views of Brian Head Utah
Stage 4 views of Brian Head, Utah


Womens Podium Celebrating
Womens Podium Celebrating.

A little hazing by Cody Kelley for Max s first BME pro podium
A little hazing by Cody Kelley for Max's first BME pro podium.

Friends celebrating on the podium together
Celebrations are a must.

Celebrating their win and podium.
Celebrating their win and podium.

Celebrating her podium
Celebrating her podium.

Womens Pro Podium
Womens Pro Podium.

Mens Pro Podium
Mens Pro Podium.

Cheers to a great weekend
Cheers to a great weekend.



9 Comments

  • 25 0
 Photographing Cedar Breaks in black and white should be a crime. The contrast of colors there is the most amazing part of that area.
  • 8 0
 So rad. World-class riding up in that area, but don't tell anyone... They can go to Moab.
  • 4 0
 its gnarly to ride a race here. those rocks will get ya!
  • 4 0
 Brianhead is awesome, definitely underrated.
  • 3 0
 ^correction, this is not Max's first BME pro podium.

5th place ironton MI BME 2021
  • 3 1
 correction^ theres no 5th place block to stand on bubba
  • 1 1
 Never been to Brian Head, but what’s with the hike a bike? Do they not have a XC trail, or at least a service road to ride up?
  • 3 0
 They do have a service road, but it's STEEP and LOOSE. The XC guys would struggle to make it, I'm not sure they could...
  • 1 0
 Arizona man doesn't understand how ridiculously steep some places in Utah are





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