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Results & Photos from the 2018 Southern Enduro Tour Final

May 3, 2018 at 23:44
by Dustin Slaughter  
Round 6. Stage 1. Emerald Vista.

O-Rock Epic Enduro. The North American EWS Opening Qualifier

I'm not sure about you, but when I think about Oklahoma, I think about the southern-ish rural 'merica part of the commute to get me out of Arkansas and to the Rockies. But the Ouachita Mountains surprisingly offer the biggest and gnarliest terrain in the region- elevation changing over 1000' on multiple stages of the two-day event. That is the reason why it has continued to set the venue for the Southern Enduro Tour Final.


Riders getting fueled up for the day from the Bearded Women Racing team chef, Nick Castro.


This year when racers loaded their bikes and boarded the shuttle vehicles they were committing to two full days and 11 rowdy stages. Some stages from previous years, some new. Each morning the shuttle took you away from the Big Cedar camp, then another shuttle each day would deliver you from the bottom of the valley back up to the Emerald Vista for lunch. The routes ended with a transfer back over the ridge and across several more stages dropping you at a nice cold river. Where you could easily find camp, Tupps beer, and dinner. After two days of racing, miles totaled near 45 on my Garmin. Elevation gain reaching 6,560'. Total descending added up to 8,460' for the weekend. Not bad for Oklahoma, eh! Normal SET standards for a Saturday night included long-jump, high-jump contest, The Reefs in the lawn sending out loud live music vibes throughout the campground.


One of the shuttle vans loaded down with team Kodiak Tough bikes from Ellsworth.


Carson Lange sending it down Stage 2 on his way to the race win and the overall Pro Men series title.


The Gravitas team came out in numbers. Team member, Garrett Hubbard, showing us that he's not afraid to let the rubber leave the ground.


Jordan Scheiderich bull-dozing down the stage with finesse.


The top of Goldville is stressful enough with people observing alongside the starting line. Angie Hyndman kept it clean, securing the win and her first overall series title in Pro Women.


Teammate, Hogan Matson, has a different strategy here. Full send. He managed to keep it drama free though, rounding out the top 10 for the weekend and 2nd overall in the series.


Tom Ryan looking calm amidst the gnarly scattered rocks.


Ryan Voit on his way to finish 4th place in Pro Men race.


Katie Brewer keeping it clean and controlled.


Andrew Brock taking the straight line through the chunder.


Rich Vreeland drove from Texas to do business. Taking home another series title in the Men's 50+ category.


I don't think there was one time Nic Cronkhite didn't come off a stage RAVING about here new Epiphany, Ellsworth equipped with plus size tires.


The creek crossings and endless rock gardens explain what the shorthand word, EPIC, in the race title really means.


Lunch at the Emerald Vista.


Don't underestimate the power of Pickle Juice!


Josh Pottridge charging down one of the final stages of the weekend.


Local watering hole.


Andy Wiseman repping our hometown trails, OZ Trails NWA- and taking full advantage of the time to nap before awards.



In addition to the $5300 Pro Purse for this race alone, this race series would not be the same without all of the sponsors contributions - Pickle Juice Sport. Ellsworth Bikes. DIG Clothing Company. Tupps Brewery. Industry Nine. Smith Optics. Osprey Packs. ESI Grips. Box Components. Sun & Ski Sports. Trail Labs. All Mountain Style.

Thanks for the support, services, and the prizes that have been sent home to all the racers.
Riders, show these companies your support too and drop them a line!


Pro Men Podium.


Pro Women Podium.


Pro Men
1. Carson Lange (51:04)
2. Eric Pirtle (52:55)
3. Andrew Brock 53:04)
4. Ryan Voit (54:40)
5. Jordan Scheiderich (54:58 )
Pro Women
1. Angie Hyndman (01:03:45)
2. Amanda Propst (01:07:26)
3. Ivy Deason (01:08:56)
4. Melissa Estelle (01:11:30)
5. Angie Koppa (01:16:27)


Full results found here.
EWS qualifying results.

Photography by Kazey Bunch. Find race content and more here.


19 Comments

  • 4 0
 Hogan Matson with the 2 year old Rampage socks. Respect.

You can get RBR socks a couple of months before the next year's event for $5 a pair from the RB site. High quality.

Currently they are still $20 for last year's and they are tan/camo.
  • 1 0
 Came here say loving the Rampage socks too.
  • 2 0
 No fanny packs????? What kind of enduro race is this!
  • 4 0
 Drove in from the east coast & this event was on point! Shuttles were fantastic. Meals were solid. Volunteers were always smiling.

Great job Kodiak Tough. Thanks for the awesome write up Dustin!
  • 3 0
 What a great event! The organization, the campground and overall production were top notch. Well worth the trip. Hard to believe terrain this steep and rocky exists in OK. Not to mention the 11-15 minute stage 5. Thanks for the great time!
  • 5 0
 This race was absolutley killer and well executed like all of the Kodiak Tough events. What an amazing season we had!
  • 1 0
 Angie is up on PB, hell yeah!!!! sorry I never found your glasses Smile
  • 3 0
 Killer event. Trails were so fast and raw, and the whole thing ran smooth as butter
  • 3 0
 I live not too far from OK and had no idea the state offers this high quality of trails. Looks awesome.
  • 1 0
 Awesome series, stoked I could ride a few stops. Funky Town Dirt Shredders were all over the podiums!!!!
  • 2 1
 Great write-up! Bummed I couldn't make it this year.
  • 1 0
 Did he win on a plus bike?
  • 1 0
 No...
  • 1 0
 Nice writeup as always. Bummed to have missed it!
  • 2 1
 Nice podium steeze all!
  • 1 0
 OG geax goma!!
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