2017 Series Concludes with Grant & Tittensor as Series Winners

2017 Series Concludes with Grant & Tittensor as Series Winners


Salt Lake City—Intermountain Cup Mountain Bike Racing Series wrapped up its 2017 X-country series on August 29th at Powder Mountain. After six races at venues from St. George to Powder Mountain, Cannondale/Gear Rush rider Alex Grant took the victory in the Elite Men’s category with Chris Holley (Kuhl, Racers Cycle Service) and Jamey Driscoll (DNA Cycling) finishing on the podium. In the Elite Women’s category, Nicole Tittensor (Jan’s Park City/Scott Bikes/Reynolds Cycling) took the top podium spot, followed by KC Holley (Kuhl, Racers Cycle Service) and Meghan Sheridan (Bingham Cyclery/Peak Fasterners/W Law).

After sitting out all of 2016 with an injury, Grant had a dominant comeback performance winning all four races in which he participated, including the Red Rock Rampage in St. George, Snowbird, Solitude and North Fork. “It is awesome how high the level of competition is here in Utah, on any given weekend you have national-level talent out at the races,” said Grant. “At the [Red Rock] Rampage I had a solid challenge from Zach Calton, at Snowbird I was locked in a battle with Rob Squire before he flatted, while at Solitude and North Fork I had to work hard to get away from Jamey Driscoll.”

On the women’s side, it took victories in the last four races for Tittensor to pull away from a serious challenge in KC Holley. “I have never won [the Intermountain Cup] in the elite women,” said Tittensor. “It’s always been something important for me to achieve. I was super-pumped to be able to do it.”

“It is awesome how high the level of competition is here in Utah, on any given weekend you have national-level talent out at the races.”
—Alex Grant, 2017 Intermountain Cup Series Winner, Elite Men’s Category
“It’s always been something important for me to achieve. I was super-pumped to be able to do it.”
—Nicole Tittensor, 2017 Intermountain Cup Series Winner, Elite Women’s Category

2017 proved to be a great year for the Intermountain Cup as the series included two new venues, improved timing and record growth in the number of participants. 2017 also saw the introduction of new high school categories, which experienced incredible growth.

“With the conclusion of our 2017 we are proud of the changes we made for this year, which saw record field sizes and world-class competition” said Joel Rackham, managing partner of Intermountain Cup. “We are actively working to build on 2017, and are making additional improvements for 2018. We are excited to continue to deliver a world-class series for our participants.” 

Fresh off of a top-10 finish at the American National Championships in Snowshoe, West Virginia, Tittensor compared the Utah’s trails and the Intermountain Cup venues to some of the national races. “The courses [in Utah] are more fun. A lot of the national courses are manmade. These courses are more mountain biking, which is why you fall in love with the sport in the first place.”

For a complete listing of the final Intermountain Cup series standings, please visit intermountaincup.com

About the Intermountain Cup Mountain Bike Racing Series

Founded in 1991, the Intermountain Cup consists of X-country and endurance MTB races throughout Utah. With six X-country races of approximately 25 miles and one endurance race of approximately 50 miles, the series covers some of the most pristine and difficult rides in the state. With categories for kids and youth to the highly competitive elite segments, Intermountain Cup offers a competitive MTB race for every level of rider.

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