Powder Mountain Race Report

Powder Mountain Race Report


Eden, UT – Natalie Quinn and Jake Yackle stood atop the podium at the Intermountain Cup Series Finale at Powder Mountain. Quinn was followed by KC Holley while Yackle held off Justin Lindine.

The morning broke with cool temperatures and a little bit of rain, just enough to wet the ground, but not enough to quell the dust. The sun broke through and we had ourselves a beautiful day of racing. Over 300 participants lined up to finish out the series.

The race started with a steep 3/4 mile climb. Quinn mentions using her love of this type of climbing to her advantage attacking on that first climb. She said, “My biggest attack was probably on the first climb. One of the other Elite woman riders was sticking with me for the first part, so I really pushed the pace to keep her off my tail.” She kept the pressure up on the singletrack and was able to pull off the lead. 

Holley also made some time up on the climb during the second lap, plus some on the descent, held steady and then, in her words, “I was able to take second place on the last lap due to a mistake and just pushed afterward trying to put distance between us on the descent and hold on during the final climb which hurt.”

 

Of course, no I-Cup race is complete without having the Shredders take their turn. These are by far the most photographed racers and probably the cutest. Looking to the future of the sport, it was exciting to see 45 young kids show up to race their bikes on a Saturday.

Complete race results for the Series Finaled can be found here.

 

Series Winners

As the Series Finale, Powder Mountain also hosted the series podiums. Chris Holley took first in the Elite Men followed by Brennon Peterson and Justin Desilets. The Elite Women were Natalie Quinn, Sarah Kaufman and KC Holley.

Intermountain Cup would like to thank all the racers that came out and participated. Margaret Gibson, Race Director for the series said, “It was my pleasure to put in the time to put on these races. We look forward to next year and hope to see everyone again.”

 

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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