Lambert Park Super XC
Nick Fisher Dominates as Meghan Sheridan Takes Her First Win of the Year in Alpine
A soaking rain and cold temperatures couldnít stop Utahís
finest from contesting the Lambert Park Super XC this weekend in Alpine, Utah.
Overnight rains forced race promoters to make some last
minute changes to the world cup-style Alpine course eliminating some of the
muddier sections in favor of more rocky trail sections.
The course proved to maintain itís excitement factor as
riders relayed their enjoyment after the finish.
The menís pro division was the highlight of the day with a
full field of 18 toeing the line.
The race started with a blistering ascent up the longest
climb of the day. Pro riders would do a total of 5 laps while the women
Geoffrey Montague got off to his usual fast start.
Challenging for first wheel heading into the singletrack.
Knowing a long section of singletrack descending was coming
Nick Fisher (Roosterís/Bikerís Edge) was not about to give Montague the
holeshot and gassed it into the one track just in front of Montague.
Once out front Fisher showed great early-season form to hold
off the field lengthening his lead on each of the 5 laps.
Montague and Wyoming rider Ben Aufderheide (The Hub) battled
for second with Aufderheide finally getting the upper hand.
Montague held on for third ahead of Sam Sweetser (Cole
Sport) who recovered from a first lap crash and moved through the pack to take
fourth followed by his teammate Will McDonald in fifth.
The womenís race featured a strong field that produced more
action at the front of the race.
Jen Hanks (Epic Brewing/MTBRaceNews.com) gunned it off the
line and led into the opening singletrack. She powered through the rocks and
mud opening a lead of 10 seconds over Meghan Sheridan (UtahMountainBiking.com).
Sheridan stayed strong and closed her gap to the leader by
the end of lap one.
Starting their second lap Sheridan attacked on the long
opening climb and formed a gap of her own off the front of the race.
The UtahMountainBiking.com rider stayed smooth and
controlled through the mud and rocks for the next two laps taking her first win
of the season over second-placed Jen Hanks.
Erin Swenson (3B Yoga) finished third.