SCOTT Enduro Cup Takes Off with Tight Competition at New Venue
The SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria launched the first competition of the season on the Klondike Bluffs trail system in Moab, Utah, as a sold out race. Approximately 200 athletes gathered in the desert for the first race of the season followed by a tailgate barbecue, horseshoe tournament, awards and a raffle.
Scott-3Rox rider Teal Stetson-Lee scored 2nd place among the pro women, and Scott rider Amanda Cordell took 10th. Stan Jorgensen, riding a Genius LT Tuned for the Freehub Media Enduro Team, placed 12th among the professional men.
Event organizers worked closely with the BLM and Grand County Trail Mix to host the race for the first time on the Klondike Bluffs trail system. The trails received a notorious desert rain shower the night before providing improved tacky traction for race day. The new venue challenged athletic fitness for the 29-mile course covering 3,000 vertical feet of descending.
"It was stiff competition out there and you had to fight for every second," said men’s pro winner Mackey Franklin. "Moab has beautiful scenery, great weather, the race was really well run and you can't ask for much more than that."
The Open category podium winners received $3,000 total in prize money divided evenly between men and women. The podium athletes in the Expert, Amateur and Junior categories received gear from SCOTT Sports and Vittoria. Many participants also received prizes in the raffle, which raised $364 for Grand County Trail Mix. Raffle prizes were also provided by SCOTT Sports and Vittoria.
Looking forward, the next stop is at the Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival in Idaho on June 27-28. The final stop will take place at Canyons Resort in Park City, UT, on August 15. Athletes will be vying for points at each race this season to earn the overall Enduro Cup series championship title.