Race Report: 2018 Sturdy Dirty Enduro - Tiger Mountain

Aug 24, 2018 at 14:38
by Jessica Hatch  
2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt


The Sturdy Dirty is known as being a party masquerading as a race, and the final event of the 2018 Sturdy Dirty Women’s Enduro Series, presented by Liv Cycling, ended with a roar at Tiger Mountain, WA.

Not a tame kitty, the trails here boast some rugged and challenging terrain that can make even a skilled rider pucker. With two brand new trails in the mix, racers were treated to some steep, raw, flowy courses where they got to put their sturdiness to the test.

The race at Tiger also lived up to the title of the being all about Fun Zone Racing with rowdy, scantily clad volunteers, a tutu making party, and aid stations hosted by Giant Bicycles, Evo, Team Mayhem/Kirkland Bicycle, Evergreen Crank Sisters, and Epic Racing. Racers were treated to all kinds of delights such as carnitas tacos, slushies, chicken wings, fireball, and all the bacon a person could handle.

This was the 5th year of the Sturdy Dirty, and the 2nd year as a 3-race series. In an area where women typically make up around 14% of the participants at the local enduro races, averaging 30 women per race this year, it’s notable that nearly 200 women were registered for the Sturdy Dirty. Racers came from Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Canada.

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
Ash Bocast of Roam Events, one of the organizers of the race series, takes in the crowd of racers.

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
Julie Crittenden of Sturdy B*tch Racing gives the racers meeting like a boss.

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
Shannon Sutherland is ready to party!

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
Alison Angione getting nice and limber.

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
Linnea Rooke will take her new Evil to a 2nd place finish in Pro.

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
Ballerinas, bunnies, or cyclists? Lydia Peters and Jo Peters brought their costume game. Jo took her costume all the way to a 2nd place win in Expert.

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
Julie Shonkwiler crushed the technical Tiger trails on her hardtail.

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
Autumn Parham is one to watch - at 16 she earned a 3rd place win in the pro category against some tough ladies.

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
Port Angeles' Team Lazer Kittens Tara Weber, Catharine Copass and Lusana Schutz with claws out ready to take on the Tiger.

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
Some racers opted to take advantage of Liv's demo fleet to borrow a brand new Hail Advanced for the race.

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
Hannah Underdahl is a badass mother racing with a newborn.

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
Emily Ford has a fierce tiger claw.


After a long pedal up to the summit, racers were treated to bacon, tacos and margaritas by Giant and Liv Cycling, as well as tutu making with SheJumps. What’s better than riding your bike super-fast down a hill in a colorful tutu after enjoying some frozen tequila?...

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain


2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
...Well, partying with a giraffe makes everything better.

While the PNW has been blanketed by smoke, the Sturdy Dirty lucked out with a window of blue skies timed just right for the event. Nyki Delorme and Mallory Nowels look like they are ready for fun.

This racer won the shirt of the day.

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
Haley Boscolo on the prowl.

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
MsFit Laura DeLong getting a taste of that downhill dirt.

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
Hannah Underdahl attacking any feature that comes her way.

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
Tara Moser being chased by a stray polar bear.

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
Running from these guys helped Sweetlines coach Elena Runyan score herself the top spot in the Expert class.

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
Kari Lio getting steazy on the log roll.

MsFit Thea Ruckhaus determined to not let anything ruffle her tutu.

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
Emergency Team Evo was fully staffed with a team of medical professionals and a sexy nurse Delia Massey to give everyone an injection of Breaking Bad Blue and Blood Red Jello shots.

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain

2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain
Mere Crafton and Sami Ryan used Evo's medicine to help them shred the trail


Special guests from our favorite show, Baywatch, came to make sure everyone was safe as they went for a swim. When the racers were done drowning themselves in tasty chicken wings and Drinko games, they were resuscitated by half naked, mullet-donning lifeguards chasing them down the start of next stage.

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
Mallory Nowels screaming the Baywatch theme song at the start of her race run, which added extra stoke and subtracted precious time from her run.

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
Denise Schwend riding to safety with the help of lifeguard and volunteer of the year, Cameron Piercy.

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt

The whole Blair Family Circus came out to the Sturdy Dirty. Mom Tana followed racer Molly all day while dad Johnny helped man the Baywatch aid station.

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
Although some racers found themselves distracted by the pool play, Chrissy Pierce is accustomed to these shenanigans from her husband.

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
The Baywatch boys were always ready to help the racers cool down.

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
At their aid station, the Evergreen Crank Sisters reminded everyone that we are ALL superheroes and role models.

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
The Crank Sisters aid station is one that everyone looks forward to each year.

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
Following the main event, the Mini Sturdies got to put their skills to the test in a fun parking lot strider race.

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
The next generation of shredders. Way to go!

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
The party continued with a huge, fast, and fun raffle. Theresa Roundy is SUPER excited about her raffle winnings.

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
Raffle items were donated by PNW Components, Bell, Evo, Outdoor Research, Platypus, Squish Dynamics, Club Ride, Dumonde Tech, Pedal Power, Dirty Jane, Dakine, GGR, and SRAM.

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
Yes, that's right, you just won a complete SRAM Eagle Drive Train!

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
Any time is a good time to hug it out!

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
Pippi Longstocking and Rainbow Bright are way cooler than we ever imagined.

PROS Anna Sullivan (Sturdiest), Linnea Rooke (Sturdier), Autumn Parham (Sturdy), Andi Zolton (4th), and Jocelyn Leiske (5th)

EXPERT MASTERS Cristine Smith, Bre Rue, and Dana Wolf

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
EXPERTS Elena Runyan, Jo Peters, and Mikayla Davis

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
SPORT MASTERS Janine Robinson, Kindahl Reed, and Cathy Gidley

SPORTS Andrea Nesbitt, Chelsea Stevens, and Nyki Delorme

SPORT JUNIORS Sascha Knight and Riley Amsbry

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
BEGINNER MASTERS Erica Whisenant, Jayme Hill, and Michelle Bostick

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
BEGINNERS Kelsey Tutt, Lya Macaya, and Carleigh Garrett

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
BEGINNER JUNIORS Emma Artz and Molly Blair

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
These badass women and Cheerleader of the Year attended all of the 2018 Sturdy Dirty races!

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
The Sturdy Dirty has donated $3,000 and organized three trail building days throughout the year. Thank you, Evergreen, and all the volunteer trail builders.

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
Sturdy B*tch Ady Bee Lane was presented with the original sketch of the Fun Zone Racing shirt design by artist Kristina Wayte of Sketchy Trails.

And that's a wrap! We can't wait to see what these Sturdy B*tches have up their sleeves for 2019.

2018 Sturdy Dirty- Tiger Mt
Organizers Andi Zolton, Ash Bocast, Katie Jackson, Ady Bee Lane, Jessica Hatch, Julie Crittenden, and Anglea Sucich celebrate with the biggest of smiles.

Big thanks to the sponsors who make this all possible.

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Race results can be found here.


20 Comments

  • + 10
 That looks like an amazing time, well done ladies!
  • + 7
 Nice coverage of an event that looks inspiring and fun. And hats off to Pinkbike for more coverage that shows mtb’s not just a boys’ thing.
  • + 4
 Sexy lifeguards. "Worship Satan, respect women." Booze injections. Another successful Sturdy Dirty in the books!
  • + 2
 I want that t-shirt so bad!
  • + 4
 @ZappBrannigan: google: All Hail The Black Market
  • + 1
 @ryanxj2: looks sold out Frown I'll have to see if they're doing another run
  • + 4
 could a done without that last squatty spready Cameron... lol
  • + 2
 Looks kike an awesome time. Wish we could have made it this year. We'll be back next year...
  • + 1
 Killer write up! Never will I ever miss a Sturdy Dirty. Best race event EVER!
  • + 2
 Ohh, and nice write up
  • + 1
 It’s Andrea Crawford now.... congrats on crushing it!
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