Comprised of three distinct sections or “specials”, the event favored a balanced rider; one with a capacity for both excellent downhill handling skills and the fitness and finesse of cross-country racing…all on one bike. Adding complexity, the organizers decided to limit riders to a “walking-only” preview of the third special, a fresh-cut, never-ridden tract of land, meaning riders would have to depend on split second reading of the terrain to choose their lines.
1st Special: Start at the top of the mountain and head down ODB to Threshold. Come down a new section of trail through the base area and into our XC loop. After 1st Special you will have a short break to allow yourself to make your way to the 2nd Special.
2nd Special: You will continue on the XC loop. On completion of 2nd Special riders will have to ride the XC trail up to Easy Rider and continue to Highland’s summit for the 3rd Special.
*Climber’s Prime* Cash Bonus
Riders who want to race to the summit can continue racing through the finish of the 2nd Special and to the summit. The fastest rider from the start of 2nd Special to the summit will win the climber’s prime.
3rd Special: You will start at the summit and race down a new section of trail/glade linking pieces of existing trails to the bottom finish.
This race shows not only the impressive growth and evolution of mountain biking, but also the incredible commitment of Highland Mountain to this sport. The format was unique and challenging and brought out riders of all backgrounds and abilities... Downhillers, Cross-Country racers and everyone in-between. - Johannes Huseby, Cannondale Global Director of Mountain Bike Products
Men's Top 5
1. Barry Wicks, Kona - 4:48.28, 3:59.40, 3:00.31 - 11:47.99
Climber's Prime: 18:29.35
2. Mike West Yeti/Fox Racing - 4:53.70, 4:11.49, 3:00.05 - 12:05.24
Climber's Prime: 21:09.09
3. Ben Moody, Team Trek Coop - 4:53.84, 4:31.81, 2:45.55 - 12:11.20
Climber's Prime: 38:13.51
4. Nate Hills, Walt Ruch Racing - 4:51.70, 4:22.67, 3:00.59 - 12:14.96
Climber's Prime: 22:12.18
5. Jason Moeschler, WTB/Cannondale - 5:01.37, 4:19.02, 3:07.06 - 12:27.45
Climber's Prime: 21:21.11
Women's Top 3
1. Dawn Bourque, Chainline Cycles - 5:56.34, 5:55.05, 3:33.07 - 15:24.46
Climber's Prime: 33:15.39
2. Alison Zimmer, 5.10, iRide - 6:15.55, 5:21.18, 3:49.97 - 15:26.70
Climber's Prime: 28:31.73
3. Kate Parhiala, JRA - 6:02.37, 5:56.11, 4:06.02 - 16:04.50
Climber's Prime: 33:47.17