One glimpse at the entry list for the Ashland Mountain Challenge will tell you all you need to know about the level of talent in the California Enduro Series. With names like Keene, Kelley, Morrison and more, this EWS Gold Qualifier was always going to be a hotly contested race.
Being an EWS Gold Qualifier, this race attracted some big household names.
Taking on the legendary Mount Ashland trails for the final round of the season, racers of the EWS Gold Qualifier were in for a treat, with five diverse and challenging stages to test their mettle.
Shuttles were available, thanks to the Ashland Mountain Adventure crew.
Mount Ashland is famous for its demanding natural trails, long liaisons and big elevation. This race was no different, with riders taking on technical stages on both the east and west sides of the mountain.
The trails were loose and dusty - no problem for American national champion Amy Morrison.
Being an EWS Gold Qualifier, with maximum points up for grabs, this race was always going to attract a list of big names and fast aspiring riders. At the end of the day, it was Cory Sullivan who took the fastest time with a 27:10:03. In second place was Specialized’s Cody Kelley, followed close behind by Evan Geankoplis.
Pro Men’s top five: Cory Sullivan, Cody Kelley, Evan Geankoplis, Nathan Riddle, Todd Renwick.
In the Pro Women’s field, American national champion Amy Morrison laid down a solid performance to take the win. The battle for second and third place was between Porsha Murdock and Essence Florie Jasperse, who ended up separated by just over five seconds after five stages of racing.
Pro Women’s top five: Amy Morrison, Porsha Murdock, Essence Florie Jasperse, Diniana Piekutowski, Heidi M Kanayan.
On behalf of the local organisers and the EWS, we would like to thank all the staff, volunteers, racers and spectators who made the event possible.