Whiskey Off-Road 2019
As is the case at every Epic Rides Off-Road Series weekend, things kick off with a blur of speed at the Friday night pro-only fat tire criterium. Photo: Dave McElwaine
Whiskey Off-Road 2019
Unlike most of the series’s fat tire crits, this one favors the climbers, with a steep run up Nob Hill in downtown Prescott, Arizona. Photo: Dave McElwaine
Whiskey Off-Road 2019
Local pro Chloe Woodruff (Pivot-Stan’s) won the crit for the second year in a row. Photo: Dave McElwaine
Whiskey Off-Road 2019
Keegan Swenson (Pivot-Stan’s) won the men’s fat tire crit with an attack on the last lap after breaking away with Russell Finsterwald (Clif Pro Team) and Payson McElveen (Orange Seal). Photo: Dave McElwaine
Whiskey Off-Road 2019
Arizona Devo’s young riders were out in force for Saturday’s amateur race, which served up both the full 50-mile route and the 30-mile option for about 2,000 riders. Photo: Dave McElwaine
Whiskey Off-Road 2019
The Prescott Regulators and Shady Ladies kicked off the race in full regalia with a shotgun blast. Photo: Dave McElwaine
Whiskey Off-Road 2019
Katerina Nash (Clif Pro Team) made friends with a Vizla dog — she’s got two of of her own back at home. Photo: Dave McElwaine
Whiskey Off-Road 2019
Two-time reigning marathon national champion McElveen is racing the entire Off-Road Series, as he did last season. He just set a fastest known time on Moab’s White Rim trail. Photo: Dave McElwaine
Whiskey Off-Road 2019
Photo: Dave McElwaine
Whiskey Off-Road 2019
Arizona-based CZ Racing always turns out in force for what is practically a home race. Photo: Dave McElwaine
Whiskey Off-Road 2019
Travis McCabe is mixing in some mountain bike races to his 2019 schedule with the Floyd’s Pro Cycling team. He made a surprise move at the start, attacking on the pavement but was quickly caught. Photo: Dave McElwaine
Whiskey Off-Road 2019
Former world champion Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro Team) rode to third on the day. Photo: Dave McElwaine
Whiskey Off-Road 2019
This year’s route featured much more singletrack in the last 15 miles of the course, changing the race dynamics. Photo: Dave McElwaine
Whiskey Off-Road 2019
Courtney went on to win the women’s race solo after applying the pressure on the route’s main climb out of Skull Valley, which was a bit shorter this year to fit in the extra singletrack. She bet her mechanic Brad Copeland that, if she won, she’d do a shot of whiskey. Based on Instagram, it looks like she didn’t back out of her promise. Photo: Dave McElwaine
Whiskey Off-Road 2019
Swenson won the men’s race by a whopping six-minute margin. Photo: Dave McElwaine