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.
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.
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!
Full results found here
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 )
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)
. EWS qualifying results
Photography by Kazey Bunch. Find race content and more here.