Round 2 of the SCOTT Enduro Cup in Angel Fire, NM came to a close after seven stages of riding with Richie Rude winning the Men’s Pro/Open and Cooper Ott taking first in the Women’s Pro/Open competition.
Men’s Pro/Open Final Results
- Richie Rude – 44:51.544 – Redding, CT
- Shawn Neer – 45:38.641 – Arvada, CO
- Jubal Davis – 46:16.349 – Waverly, OH
- Chris Boice – 46:34.076 – Albuquerque, NM
- Dylan Crane – 47:09.623 – Carbondale, CO
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Leading after day one, Rude built on his lead to take the top spot on the podium with a 47-second cushion. The Yeti/Fox Shox Factory rider won five of the seven stages during the two-day race.
“It’s a good mix of pedaly, rocky and pretty fast tracks here at Angel Fire. Started to have a lot of fun and went for it,” Rude said. “It’s super dry here with all weather we’ve been having. Pretty tricky to race because it’s hard to push through the berms when everything is so dusty, but just had fun.”
Rude’s Yeti/Fox Shox Factory teammates joined him on the podium with Shawn Neer finishing second and Jubal Davis taking third.
“It seems like I’m always battling with the teammates, which is sick,” Davis said. “We always practice together. Times are somewhat tight most of the time. Richie [Rude] just lays down heaters out of nowhere all the time.”
“The Angel Fire Bike Park crew and SCOTT Enduro Cup put an insane race on. It was a lot of fun,” Neer said. “The Angel Fire stop is always one of my favorites.”
The top-five in the Men’s Pro/Open field was rounded out by New Mexico native Chris Boice and Dylan Crane.
“I had a lot of fun riding with a lot of friends. Being a local race, we see a lot of people I ride with day-to-day and ride with them. To see the juniors I coach do well and see them progress is kind of icing on the cake to the podium.”
Women’s Pro/Open Day One Results
- Cooper Ott – 52:34.277 – Crested Butte, CO
- Clare Hamilton – 52:56.610 – Colorado Springs, CO
- Lia Westermann – 53:51.266 – Salt Lake City, UT
- Porsha Murdock – 54:14.377 – Bend, OR
- Amanda Batty – 54:21.288 – Albuquerque, NM
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Winning three of the four day one stages, Ott was able to hang onto her lead for the victory. She will look to add series points at the remaining three SCOTT Enduro Cup races this year after a third-place finish at Round 1 in Moab.
“I love racing the SCOTT Enduro Cup. Angel Fire, this is my first year here, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites,” Ott said. “I like the variety of all the different races. It’s a good mix and a great series.”
A strong second day for Clare Hamilton moved her into second place, 22 seconds out of first. Hamilton took the top spot in two of three stages on day two.
“Rowdy time. Awesome to be out here with so many rad ladies,” Hamilton said. ”That’s what makes racing fun is just hanging out with so many other cool gals.”
Lia Westermann, Porsha Murdock – last year’s Angel Fire winner and New Mexico native Amanda Batty finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
“Angel Fire is just really rowdy. It’s fun. It keeps you on your toes,” Murdock said. “Having it all in the park definitely upped the ante. It was really fun.”
“The competition was great this weekend in the Pro Women field,” Ott added. “Just like always, it’s just such an awesome supportive group of women. I just look forward to racing with them.”
The Vittoria Bolt was awarded to the fastest time on Stage 7. Richie Rude (06:35.022) and Clare Hamilton (07:41.762) took home an additional $100, thanks to Vittoria.
Podium finishers in the Pro/Open category shared $5,000 equally divided between men and women. The podium athletes in the Expert, Amateur and Junior categories received product from SCOTT Sports, Vittoria and G-Form. A special thanks to Angel Fire Resort and Angel Fire Bike Park for hosting Round 2.