More than 190 athletes rolled into Angel Fire, NM, for Round 2 of the 2017 SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria. Day 1 of the two-day race featured perfect weather as riders took on three stages of rugged backcountry terrain in Carson National Forest. At the end of the day, Enduro World Series Champion, Richie Rude, 22, of Redding CT, and Porsha Murdock, 25, of Bend, OR, completed the three-stage course in the least amount of time, putting them in first place for Pro/Open Men and Women.
The race began with a long transfer to the start of Stage 1 on the Elliott Barker Trail system. Riders then took on a 1,000-foot descent on some rough and loose Angel Fire singletrack.
Stage 2 was short but very sweet, with rocky, flowy lines that left riders demanding more.
Stage 3 transfer gave riders a breather with just a couple hundred feet of climbing to a seriously high-speed, demanding track.
Rude and Murdock were able to ride away with the fastest times today, but tomorrow’s resort day at Angel Fire Bike Park is a whole different beast. With big jumps, huge berms and long stages, Day 2 favors an entirely different skillset. Riders begin racing tomorrow, June 11 at 7:00 a.m.