Day 2 at Keystone Resort for Round #3 of the Big Mountain Enduro was another action packed day. Intensity was high and the effects of racing on the most physical, rowdy course, at high altitude, on Day 1, were taking their toll on all competitors. But it’s always the case in racing, especially with this brutal of a course, that nothing is over until the final bell.
Marco Osborne putting in another strong performance on Stage 4, where he was only 2 seconds off the lead time put in by Nate Hills.
Anthony Diaz, racing for a new team, Turner No Tubes, near the top of Dercum Mountain, gaining speed early in Stage 4.
Kyle Warner racing much smoother, and faster, after a Day 1 that had some not great runs. He came back strong and won Stage 6.
“Cowboy Up” rock garden was a bit tamer this year, however, hitting it at speed is a recipe for things to go wrong. Tyler Horton making it look easy.
Austin Hackett Klaube, in his 2nd enduro race, had a fantastic weekend, with a solid 6th place. No stranger to racing, he also placed 6th at downhill Nationals this year.
Nate Hills was a wrecking ball at Keystone this year, taking 4 stage wins. Here on Stage 5, the shortest stage, he played it safe a bit, knowing his time losses would be small, but a big crash could end his race weekend.
Osborne keeping the speeds high aboard his trusty Cannondale, equipped with Lefty Super Max single sided fork.
Heather Irmiger was flawless this weekend, winning 3 stages and finishing none lower than 3rd. Shown here finishing up the rock garden section on Jam Rock.
Brittany Clawson is enjoying her first summer of racing enduro. With limited opportunities to race downhill in America, she’s jumped in head first, and put in another strong performance, taking 2nd place in Keystone.
Rachel Throop throwing down on Jam Rock, riding her way into a 5th place Pro Women standing.
Sarah Rawley, racing on her home mountain, rode strong to a top 10 finish.
Loving her Intense Tracer 27.5, Margaret Gregory finished in 3rd on the weekend, while winning this Stage 5.
On the final stage of the day, racers were asked to do some serious gut checks and rally for one last pounding. Joe Nicholson going for it.
Chad Melis, representing event sponsor Oskar Blues Brewery, goes straight to work, handing out cold beers to thirsty racers, as soon as he crosses the line. Thanks Chad!
Irmiger closing out the weekend with a stage win. With 10 seconds on Stage 6, Irmiger would take the overall by 11 seconds. She knows when it’s time to put the head down and seal the deal.
And that’s a wrap. Pro Women’s podium. 1.Irmiger 2.Clawson 3.Gregory 4.Dmitriew 5.Throop
The guys gave the photographers a chance to take photos before the champagne dousing began. 1.Hills 2.Warner 3.Osborne 4.Bond 5.Horgan-Kobelski
Hills seems to be completely in the moment, enjoying this win just a bit more than others. Congrats!
Junior Josh Snow, such a polite guy, asked if he could take a photo with Hills. Keep an eye on Snow, he’ll be challenging Hills for the Pro win very soon.
Final Pro Standings
Words, Photos: Daniel Dunn
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