The 2011 Whiskey Off Road produced by Epic Rides will likely go down as the largest cash purse for a mountain bike race in the US. A total of $20,000 in cash will be awarded to the Pros, with $10,000 on the line for both Pro Men and Pro Women.
On Sunday, May 8th, the 50 mile Pro race will wrap up an entire weekend of racing, live music and food in Prescott, Arizona. Amateurs race the same course in 15, 25 and 50 miles versions on Saturday.
Pros will start the weekend with a Dirt Crit circling Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott. Pro Men’s and Women’s fields are stacked with the top talent in mountain bike racing in the US, and a few of the toughest legs in Canada as well.
In the women’s field, veteran women Dara Marks-Marino (Magura), Jennifer Smith, Shannon Gibson (Stan’s No Tubes), Zephanie Blasi (Stan’s No Tubes) and 2010 winner Gretchen Reeves will be joined by ranks of new and up and coming talent including first time Pro Stephanie Gadreau McCormack (Crossfit Endurance). Luna Pro and current Canadian National Champion Cathatrine Pendrel will toe the line along with current Masters World Champion Rebecca Rusch (Specialized), Monique Pua Mata (SHO-Air) ad Kelli Emmett. The field is stacked and with so much diverse talent, it’s anyone’s race.
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