Shortened race an epic challenge for some, too much for others
By all accounts, the race promotion company Epic Rides fully lived up to their name as a cold winter storm dumped snow, sleet and rain on the competitors at the Whiskey Off-Road, an endurance mountain bike race held in Prescott, Ariz. over the weekend. And while in the run-up to the event, many participants presumed they would be racing against their friends and other competitors, most found themselves battling Mother Nature and her unusual blustery conditions instead.
After a delayed start, the race got underway, but saw a plethora of abandonments as numerous riders succumbed to the cold and wet. According to race officials about half the field failed to complete the race which was shortened from it’s 50- and 25-mile options.
It was common to see riders huddling trail side trying to warm their hands at this year’s Whiskey Off-Road.
A pat on the back to our own Angry Singlespeeder, who not only finished, but was fifth in men’s single speed and 17th overall.