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Gallery: Moriah Wilson and Pete Stetina race to season-opening wins at the Rock Cobbler

The Bakersfield, California event is known for marrying on-course shenanigans and full throttle racing.

The ninth edition of the wild and wacky Rock Cobbler went down in Bakersfield, California on Saturday.

Flush with characteristic silliness — read: ball pits, beer on course, tire tosses, and BMX tracks — the event also saw some very fast racing at the front. Pete Stetina laid down a winning time of 4:49:13 over the 83 miles and 8,000 feet of climbing.

In the women’s race, Moriah Wilson wasn’t far behind; the Californian finished 13th overall with a time of 5:28:56.

The race’s undefinable course brought out riders from every discipline, including mountain bike phenom Christopher Blevins and track world champion Ashton Lambie. Whatever a rider’s goal, the Rock Cobbler was a fun and sunny way to kick off the season.

“Honestly I didn’t know what I signed up for,” Lambie said. “After 5:30 of singletrack, orange groves, cow pies, and a chilly ball pit, I hit my goal of having fun and not crashing. Going to consider the season kicked off.”

A full list of results can be found here.

Women

  1. Moriah Wilson, 5:28:56
  2. Helena Plasschaert, 5:58:48
  3. Anna Yamauchi, 6:05:28
  4. Nikki Peterson, 6:12:51
  5. Amanda Nauman, 6:35:22

Men

  1. Pete Stetina, 4:49:13
  2. John Borstelmann, 4:55:25
  3. Christopher Blevins, 4:55:26
  4. Brennan Wertz, 4:55:26
  5. Jonathan Baker, 5:10:20