Moab Rocks Stage 1

Our future riders are learning young. 

After a couple weird days of weather leading into the race, riders and the event team were treated to a beautiful sunny morning. It was still chilly but that beat the 50 + km winds on Thursday. Stage 1 was Porcupine Rim which covered a distance of 40.4 km  and ascended: 1231 meters

It just so happened to be Geoff Kabush’s birthday. 

At 8:30 AM the start corral was full of excited, nervous, chilly, and motivated riders ready to tackle the 22 km climb up to Porcupine Rim. The race was then transition from gravel road to the rugged descent. This was a very unique stage that had a long fire road climb from town that ascended over one thousand meters before dropping into a rough, yet stunning, descent down the edges of cliffs, over slabs, through rocky patches, and down some 4X4 jeep roads. Riders who dared to use a hardtail should be given a pat on the back. Those who chose a larger trail back would have suffered on the way up but would have had a more enjoyable descent.

Rider’s prepare for day 1.

In the Open Men’s field the 2017 overall winner, Geoff Kabush, took charge and won the stage on his birthday. The top 3 men were separated by only 7 seconds. In the Open Women’s field it was Sparky Moir Sears who took a commanding stage win over Marlee Dixon.

Rider: Justine Lindine

In the 40+ women the battle was tight with only 27 seconds separating first and second after over 2.5 hours of racing. Amy Thomas came out on top and was followed by Caroline Colonna.

Some might not have been aware, but you didn’t want to venture too far of the trails. 

In the 40+ men Daniel Mahlum heads into day 2 as the leader with Pascal Bonaventure hot on his heels. Gary Sutton was the 50+ men’s winner today and will have 26 rider field chasing him down tomorrow!

Some riders race from start to finish and some go for the full experience. 

Times ranged from the fastest at 1:38:53 to the final finisher at 5:10:14. We all now rest up and prepare for day 2 on the Klondike Bluff trails.

It was hard not to enjoy the landscape while racing out there.

You can check out stage 1 results and overall standings on HERE

I suffered out there but with a smile and full enjoyment. The “cool down” after the stage had views like this over 20 more minutes of beautiful singletrack.

At the end of the day everyone is proud of each other and ready to fight another day.

All photos by John Gibson and Jean McAllister.

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