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Moab Rocks MTB Stage Race - Stage 1

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |November 13, 2013 2:25 AM
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Moab Rocks MTB Stage Race Stage 1 - Moab, Utah

Russell Finsterwald Opens Up with a Big Stage Win on Day 1 - Canadian Kate Aardal Takes Early Lead


The inaugural Moab Rocks Mountain Bike Stage race kicked off with the 29-mile first stage. Following the route of the old Tour of Canyonlands, riders cranked out miles of high speed double track before crossing Hurrah Pass. At that point the course throws riders a curve with the unbelievable hike-a-bike up Jacob's Ladder followed by a technical singletrack descent down the new Captain Ahab singletrack.

After a controlled roll out from downtown Moab riders hit Cane Creek road. Canadian Jonathon Firth (Honey Stinger/Planet Foods) was aggressive going off the front several times along Cane Creek road. With every rise Firth was driving off the front only to get chased down by the group. With names like Travis Brown (Trek), Russell Finsterwald (Trek Factory), Kerry Werner (BMC Development), and Josh Tostado (Bach Builders) in the chase group getting a gap would prove impossible for Firth.

Finsterwald got his first taste of freedom on his was up to Hurrah Pass. Putting in his first acceleration of the day. His effort would trim the lead group down to four with Tostado and Brown holding strong.

Jacob's Ladder sprung Finsterwald as the Trek rider opened an insurmountable lead on the rocks and cliff drops on the "ladder."

A late entrant to Moab Rocks, Josh Tostado showed good form after being sidelined by injury most of the summer. The Breckenridge based rider stayed close to the lone leader finishing second on the day. 

Travis Brown finished third. Brown is a veteran of previous Tour of Canyonlands events but hasn't raced this course for 12 years. 

Experienced Canadian stage racer Kate Aardal (Ridley's Cycle) took almost 5 minutes from local Heidi Rentz (Ibis/Poison Spider). Trish Grajczyk (Deadgoat Racing) took third.



Early Results

Open Men

1,

Russell Finsterwald

Trek Factory Racing

2.06.17

2,

Josh Tostado

Bach Builders

2.08.51

3,

Travis Brown

Trek

2.09.26

4,

Nick Gould

Ska/Zia/Trek

2.14.38

5,

Kerry Werner

BMC Development Team

2.15.30

6,

Evan Ross

Griggs Orthopedics

2.17.03

7,

Jonathon Firth

Honey Stinger/Planet Foods

2.18.06

8,

Drew Edsall

Kenda/Felt

2.21.02

9,

Aroussen Laflamme

Xprezo/Borsao

2.26.44

10,

Shannon Boffeli

Epic Brewing/MTBRaceNews.com

2.27.04

11,

Christian Gauvin

Rocky Mountain

2.28.34

12,

Greg Gibson

TruckerCo.com

2.29.30

13,

Chris Benson

Woodstock Cycleworks

2.30.18

14,

TJ Cowern

Poison Spider/Pivot

2.30.43

15,

Matt Duggan

Café

2.31.40

16,

Diogo Malagon

Oskulunga Never Dies

2.33.34

17,

Jonathan Nutbrown

Ridley’s Cycle

2.34.40

18,

Scott Eberhardt

 

2.34.46

19,

Brandon Turley

 

2.41.51

20,

Evan Wishloff

Pedalhead Racing Club

2.44.27

21,

Chris Latura

 

2.52.48

22,

Eddie Cremonese

Bike Tech

2.52.50

23,

Robert Spies

 

3.03.46

24,

Clay Wyatt

Explore Fitness

3.10.29

25,

Jason Hawkins

Salt Cycles

3.12.38


Open Women

1,

Kate Aardal

Ridley’s Cycle

2.29.17

2,

Heidi Rentz

Ibis/Poison Spider

2.34.12

3,

Trish Grajczyck

Deadgoat Racing

2.44.16

4,

Jennifer Moos

Rose Bandits

2.44.47

5,

Wendy Lyall

Yeti Beti

2.46.34

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