The first of the three competitions for the Enduro Cup was held north of Moab on Saturday, May 4. One hundred nineteen athletes gathered for the first mountain bike race ever to be held on the Magnificent 7 trail area recently created by Grand Count Trail Mix.
At the end of the event, Trek team riders Heather Irmiger and Ross Schnell took the top podium spots in the Open categories. Schnell had a screaming fast time of 24:32.4 and Irmiger raced her timed sections in 28:35.5.
“The course was super fun and technical, not too burly, not too physical,” Schnell said. “It was more physical than most enduro races. You’re riding around with your buddies, then go super hard for six minutes, and it was just like a group ride. The first Enduro race here at Mag 7 was a good test of future events and they pulled it off with style.”
In addition to $2,500 total in prize money in the Open category, racers in the Amateur and Junior categories received product from Bell and Tefosi Optics. Many racers also received prizes in raffle which raised $580 for Grand County Trail Mix.
“The event was incredible. To have a race in this community is pretty top notch,” Irmiger said. “I’m coming off ten years of cross country world cup racing, but this year I’m only doing enduros.”
This was the first stop of three in the new Enduro Cup series. The Wasatch Enduro has been expanded to a new Enduro Cup series. Enduro Cup will provide more opportunities for athletes to compete on Utah’s mountain bike terrain. The next stop at Canyons Resort will be help July 19-20 and is expected to sell out quickly. The final stop will take place at Snowbasin Resort in August.
“We are incredibly excited by the turnout we had in Moab. It has been the perfect start to the season,” said Enduro Cup event director Dan Roper. “Competition in all categories was stellar. We are eagerly looking forward the second stop at Canyons Resort which is sure to sell out.”