The Whiskey Off Road 50 mile MTB race is quickly becoming the premire mountain bike event in the United States. A $40,000 prize list, huge vendor area in downtown Prescott, and over 2000 amature racers, all combine into a super fun weekend.
The Kona XC crew was in town to test their legs on the 50 mile, 7500ft of climbing loop through the Prescott National Forest.
Friday evening featured a fat tire criterium in downtown Prescott. In the mens race, a group of 15 formed at the front, and pushing hard the final few laps Spencer Paxson captured 4th place on the evening, with Barry 9th and Kris and Cory both in the top 20.
Sunday morning dawned bright and early, as the gun went off at 8:30 am. After a series of pavement and dirt climbs, the race funneled into high speed desert single track, shaded under a canopy of desert pine trees. The race blew apart pretty early, with a select group of 10 at the front. Spencer and Wicks where both in the group, until Wicks suffered an unfortunate flat tire and was relegated to chase mode for the remainder of the day. Spencer fought hard, and even while battling cramps in the last few miles was able to secure an awesome 6th place on the day.
Also of note, team wrench Demo Dave entered the amateur catagory 25 proof edition of the race Saturday morning, and finished 52 out of 1000 starters. Not bad for a skinny kid from the plains of Ontario.