Moab Rocks Stage 2

Stage 2 took place at Klondike Bluffs, which ascended 948 meters over 41 km. Tomorrow we head into the third and final stage of Moab Rocks where riders get one last shot to pick up time and enjoy what these trails have been offering us racers. That is before afternoon and evening celebrations amongst the racers, volunteers and TranksRockies crew.

This stage had significantly less climbing than yesterday, but it was more relentless with the short, punchy climbs. Riders faced sand, dirt, slick rock, and wind within the loop. It was a tough day no doubt, and that is what makes a stage race like this so rewarding. We’re 2/3 of the way through and ready for the last stage tomorrow!

Today’s stage had some shake ups in the overall, while some categories had no changes at the head of the pack. In the Men’s 50+ Gary Sutton once again took the stage and extended his lead to over 7 minutes. In the Women’s 40+ there was a shuffle from yesterday’s second place finisher – Caroline Colanna – moving into the lead and Amy Thomas slipping down to second.

The men’s 40+ race was fast and had the first four finishes within 1 minute today. Daniel Mahlum doubled up on stages and leads the overall ahead of Pascal Bonaventure.

The open women’s category had some changes between second and third place riders from yesterday trading positions. Jennifer Smith moved up to second and Marlee Dixon down to third while Sparky Moir Sears took the stage win and extended her overall lead going into the final day.

The open men’s category had some changes but Geoff Kabush once ahead won the stage in a sprint and extended his overall but Payson McElveen moved into second, only 9 sec behind in the overall now. Last year’s runner up Justine Lindine slotted into third on the day and the overall as well.

Stage Results

Trailforks map of the stage

All photos by John Gibson and Jean McAllister

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s final stage!


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