Kabush doubles up in Carson City

Canadian tops Sonntag, Wells wraps up the Epic Rides series title

In one of the best endurance battles on US soil this year, veteran World Cup racer Geoff Kabush won the 50-mile Carson City Off-Road by 1:09 over Ben Sonntag (Clfff Bar), who finished second in a sprint with Todd Wells (SRAM-TLD-Scott) and Russell Finsterwald (SRAM-TLD-Scott).

Wells finished third, while his younger team-mate, Finsterwald, finished fourth. Jeremy Martin (Focus Bikes) finished fifth in what was perhaps his best mountain biking performance to date.

The course, which included an initial climb of up to 20 miles and total climbing of 7,225 feet, was brutally difficult. However, racers were treated to spectacular trails such as the Tahoe Rim Trail and The Flume. The oxygen was a bit thin at times as the course reached 9,000 feet elevation. Kabush raced to the top of the mountains in a select group that included Wells, Sonntag, Martin and Finsterwald.

Kabush recounted the racing: "I knew I had a chance if I got over the top of that climb, but man I was doubting myself...it was an hour and forty-five (minutes) to the top. I was feeling my legs twinge. I had ridden the Secret Trail and I knew it was super loose and super dusty, so my plan was to lead into there."

However, Finsterwald obviously had the same plan and attacked the group there. Only Kabush was able to go with him, and then pass Finsterwald on the final four-mile climb.

Kabush added: "I knew the last climb was not as steep of a gradient...but man it went on forever. I had to dig deep and keep focusing on pushing those pedals."

Wells added his view: "Today’s race was awesome. Ben Sonntag, 'The German', and Jeremy Martin were definitely the strongest guys on the hills. They were pushing the pace and blowing the group apart. Then on the second-to-last descent, Finsty took off and Kabush went with him. The German and I were chasing, and he passed me and got a small gap. I was able to bring him back by the top (of last climb), then Finsty came back to us...and we all rode together until the finish."

The Epic Ride Series is now the richest mountain biking series in the country. The pro men and women equally spilt $90,000 in the three-race series, which also includes the Whisky Off-Road and the Grand Junction Off-Road. The winners take home $5,000 checks for each event.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geoff Kabush (SCOTT-3Rox Racing)3:18:15 
2Benjamin Sonntag (Clif Bar)0:01:09 
3Todd Wells (SRAM TLD Scott)0:01:10 
4Russell Finsterwald (SRAM | TLD Racing Team)  
5Jeremy Martin (Focus Bikes - Smith MTB - iWill Pro Cycling)0:03:57 
6Payson Mcelveen (Team RideBiker p/b Sho-Air)0:04:26 
7Spencer Paxson0:05:13 
8Troy Wells (Team CLIF Bar)0:07:02 
9Bryan Dillon (Topeak-Ergon)0:07:11 
10Carl Decker (Giant Bicycles)0:08:25 
11Adam Bucklin (Team Rwanda)0:08:27 
12Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh)0:09:39 
13Kyle Trudeau (CZ Racing)0:09:40 
14Justin Lindine (Apex / Hyperthreads / Vittoria)0:09:41 
15Nic Beechan (Trek Test Team)0:11:52 
16Brian Matter (Team Wisconsin)0:15:47 
17Pablo Fernandez (Jarritos)0:16:05 
18Menso De Jong (Clif Bar)0:18:36 
19Kerry Werner0:18:37 
20Adam Craig (Giant Factory Off-Road)0:19:07 
21Justin Thomas (TCI Wealth Advisors / Great Basin Bike Shop / Yeti)0:19:59 
22Jorge Munoz Jr.0:20:06 
23Eric Bostrom (Ridebiker/Specialized)0:22:31 
24Tim Racette (McDowell Mountain Cycles)0:23:27 
25Barry Wicks (Kona)0:24:16 
26Kris Sneddon0:24:35 
27Stephan Davoust (Giant Bicycles/SRAM/Schwalbe Tires)0:24:41 
28Mark Flis (Squadra)0:25:32 
29Weston Rassmussen (CZ Racing)0:28:59 
30Ricky Creel (CZ Racing)0:29:02 
31Cody Kaiser (LangeTwins Winery)0:29:46 
32Tyler Jones (parents)0:30:14 
33Ian Wilkey (Az Devo)0:36:05 
34Bryan Little (Giant Co-Factory)0:36:06 
35Scott Chapin (Santa Cruz Bicycles / FOX SHOX / GIRO)0:38:55 
36Kurt Wolfgang0:39:07 
37Nick Thomas (AZ Devo)0:39:08 
38Cody Schwartz (Folsom Bike)0:39:25 
39Daniel Sturm (MTBPHD)0:41:28 
40Nathan Miller (Roca Roja)0:43:33 
41Ian Stowe (Giro)0:48:35 
42Joseph Williams (Giant)0:57:20  
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