Lindine, Holley, Miller and Williams Take The Podium at Cactus Hugger 2018

Lindine, Holley, Miller and Williams Take The Podium at Cactus Hugger 2018


Hurricane, Utah (April 28, 2018)—With the three patriarchs of Zions National Park looking on in the background, Justin Lindine (Apex Hyperthreads) and K.C. Holly (Kuhl Cycling) overcame a strong headwind and unseasonable heat to win the elite men’s and women’s divisions respectively of the 2018 Catcus Hugger x-country race of the Intermountain Cup MTB race series.

Fresh off a second-place finish of the cyclocross event of the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, Calif. Lindine battled, the heat, wind and Rouler Dev/DNA rider Bryson Perry to take the podium’s top spot.

“It was windy enough that you didn’t want to be on the front the whole time and it was hard to make any separation because of it,” said Lindine. “You’d attack into the wind and just get beat back down. It was a bit nicer to share the work load for a while. We [Perry and I] came out on the last fire road together. and it was a drag race after that and I managed to get a little bit of a gap on him and that was enough and I wasn’t sure about it until the end.”

Justin Lindine chasing down Bryson Perry early in the Cactus Hugger Race on April 28, 2018 near LaVerkin, Utah.

In the women’s elite division Holley trailed Jen Hanks (Pearl Izumi/Pivot Cycles) for a portion, eventually pulling away on the first lap and maintaining her lead for the rest of the race.

“Jen Hanks is crazy fast, so I knew I was going to have my work cut out for me,” said Holley. “[Hanks] and I stayed together for the first half of the [fire] road and then we started to gap a little bit. We got to the single track…and I knew that I needed to get a head of her for the single track.”

K.C. Holley in the Cactus Hugger Race on April 28, 2018 near LaVerkin, Utah.

In the high school categories, Max Miller topped Payton Anderson by nearly two minutes over three laps to win the varsity boys division. In the varsity girls division, Katelyn Williams made up a 30-second gap on the second and final lap to edge Camille Liddel on by less than a second.  

Comprised of portions of the local-favorite JEM trail near LaVerkin Utah, the course featured an 8.5-mile lap with approximately 500 feet of elevation gain per lap. With a cadre of 400 riders of all ages and skill levels, this year’s iteration of the Cactus Hugger demonstrated the continued growth of MTB racing in the Intermountain West.  

About I-Cup

Founded in 1991, the Intermountain Cup consists of X-country and endurance MTB races throughout Utah. With seven X-country races of approximately 25 miles and one endurance races of approximately 50 miles, the series covers some of the most pristine and difficult rides in the state.   

Next up in the Intermountain Cup X-Country series is the Three Peaks race on May 19, 2018 in Cedar City, Utah. The Three Peaks course features a 7.8-mile lap with approximately 500 feet of elevation gain per lap, including a shorter track for riders 12 years old and younger. 

More information, and a complete schedule of upcoming races, is available at intermountaincup.com. 

 

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