Riders who braved the rainy, snowy, sleet filled drive out to the 5
Mile Pass BLM site were treated to amazing conditions. 3 Miles from
the Race site the clouds broke and the race course was an island of
dryness surrounded by storms. Dust was the main dirt for the day quite
different than the expected mud.
The Pro men's field had over 15 starters, including perennial
favorites Alex Grant (Cannondale Factory Racing) and Bart Gillespie (Revolution-Peak Fasteners).
The Pro women included a group of strangers
to the Intermountaincup, National rider Zephanie Blasi- Titec/No-Tubes/
ICE and a few X-Terra pro's.
The 5-Mile Pass racecourse circumnavigates a desert peak on mostly
doubletrack and ATV trails, no sustained climbs, lot's of rollers and
a mean hike-a-bike.
Many promoters would call the Pro-Men distance an endurance event, at
44-miles, it is long, the Pro- Women's race is not short either at 32
Alex Grant (Cannondale Factory Racing) took home a dominant win 8
minutes ahead of the sprint finish between Bart Gillespie (Revolution-
Peak Fasteners) and Reed Wycoff (Contender Bikes). Bart Gillespie took
second by half a wheel.
Zephanie Blasi (Titec/No-Tubes/ICE) took the win ahead of Renata Bucher (Stockli-Craft)
and Emma Garrard (Team Melrad).
1, Alex Grant (Cannondale) 2.52.20
2, Bart Gillespie (Revolution/Peak Fasteners) 3.00.39
3, Reed Wycoff (Contender's) 3.00.40
4, David Welsh (Kuhl/Specialized) 3.05.55
5, Trevor Simper 3.06.32
6, Chad Harris (Racer's Cycle Service)
7, Jake Pantone (Biker's Edge)
8, Brent Pontius
9, Greg Gibson (Racer's Cycle Service)
10, Danny Van Wagoner
1, Zephanie Blasi (Titec/No Tubes) 2.39.00
2, Renatta Bucher (Stockli/Craft) 2.45.00
3, Emma Garrard (Team Melrad)