Famous for it’s Wild West heritage, Carson City will host the final showdown for a large contingent of N. American mountain biking pros and amateurs this coming weekend. The inaugural event caps off a three event series that began with the Whiskey Off-Road, and was followed by the Grand Junction Off-Road.
Pro riders compete for $30,000 in prize money at each of the three events, while the top three men and women at the end of this coming weekend will also split an additional $10,000.
Not only has Carson City backed this new three-day event, but the state of Nevada has also given it’s blessing. Governor Brian Sandoval remarked, “Thank you to Epic Rides for selecting Carson City for this exciting event. Best of luck to all of the participants and I hope you enjoy the music, the community, the world-class experience and, of course, the epic ride.”
USA Marathon Champions Todd Wells (SRAM-TLD-Scott) and Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) lead the Men’s and Women’s divisions of the race. Both competed last weekend in Augusta, Georgia where they secured their championship jerseys for another year.
Grant has what seems like an insurmountable lead of 16:12 over young Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team), and 20:48 over Amy Beisel (Ridebiker Alliance).
However, three-time Olympian Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) has returned from her podium finish at the World Cup in Le Bresse, France to compete in the event. The Czech Republic native lived just down the road in Truckee, California for many years and the trails around Lake Tahoe have been her main training grounds. She has to be considered the pre-race favorite.
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