(Prescott, Ariz.) - Even an early afternoon drizzle couldn’t water down the good times to be had in Prescott, AZ at the Whiskey Off-Road. 2016 served up a double shot of entertainment with an expanded downtown footprint, including three Sierra Nevada beer gardens on both ends of the courthouse square plus on Whiskey Row placing libations within arms reach of the finish line and each concert stage. Two music stages had both ends of the Bike & Gear Expo a’ rocking.
The 15 proof fun ride saw some of the youngest riders in event history. Prescott local 13-year-old, Kevin Anderson placed first with a ride time of 1:31:16. Taking second was 8-year-old Durango, CO native Ivan Sippy, timing in at 1:33:59.
A hard charging Evelyn Dong (Cannondale 360 Fly Sugoi) was rewarded with the victory after making a move on the Union St. climb that stuck with four laps to go in the race. Solo’ing the final four laps brought huge cheers from the crowds around the entire course.
Todd Wells (SRAM TLD Scott) claimed the first victory in two stages of pro racing on Friday after working with his brother Troy Wells (Clif Bar Racing) to get a lead out going into the final lap. Benjamin Sonntag (Clif Bar, Niner Bikes, SRAM) came in second followed by Cole House (Door County Brewing co., Intelligentsia Coffee, FSA) in a close third.
Haymarket Square closed out the first day filling the streets of downtown historic Prescott, AZ with the sweet sounds of funkified bluegrass getting people on their feet and feeling the good vibes.
Two critical mass starts for the 50 Proof and 30 Proof hosting over 1,600 riders in total put the day in motion. Saturday's amateur Backcountry events, where rubber meets dirt, commenced at 7:30am with the 50 Proof riders rolling out of downtown Prescott with a Police escort provided by the Prescott Police Department and riders taking on the 30 Proof course embarked on their adventure at 9:30am.
In spite of a couple minor drizzles throughout the course, riders were all smiles upon reaching the finish line after completing their ride. An overwhelming amount of positive feedback toward the course changes, which included segments of the Prescott Circle Trail and two bonus mile options allowing riders to choose their own adventure along the route.
CamelBak walked their talk with the #gotyourbak campaign;,riders that chose the long option, up Wolverton Trail, got help from CamelBak with a custom Whiskey Off-Road Podium 2 bottle handup.
The singletrack superstar of the day went to Logan Blanchard. The 11-year-old backcountry shredder rode in the Whiskey Off-Road 50 Proof. When asked what he thought of the course he replied with a huge smile, "I can't wait to do it again next year". Maxxis Tires was so impressed with Logan’s super-human level of endurance they gave him a set of 29” Ardent tires to help make his next backcountry singletrack ride an even better experience.
Black Joe Lewis brought down the house, rocking the stage at Matt’s Saloon with their mix of southern soul, mid-western blues and vagabond punk that got people out of their seats and on the dance floor.
Festivities for the day concluded with mountain bikers from far and wide gathering to give a dedication toast to Sue Haywood while breaking bread at Prescott's choice gastropub, The Barley Hound.
Other Event Resources:·
Schedule of Events: http://epicrides.com/pdf/wor/2016/2016_Whiskey_SCHEDULE_OF_EVENTS.pdf·
Animated course narrative: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyzo95AmBWo&feature=youtu.be·
Course Maps: http://epicrides.com/index.php?contentCat=6&contentId=61·
Epic Rides YouTube Channel:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWnrMjW1McZ3xsCROWgMylQ
Whiskey Off-Road Social Media:· Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WhiskeyOffRoad?fref=ts· Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/EpicRides· Instagram: https://instagram.com/epicrides/· Event Hashtags: #WhiskeyOffRoad
About Epic Rides
Founded in 1999, Epic Rides has become world famous for producing events that celebrate the many positive social, community and health aspects of mountain biking. Events such as the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo presented by Tucson Medical Center, the Tour of the White Mountains, Grand Junction Off-Road, the Whiskey Off-Road and new for 2016 the Carson City Off-Road are popular with participants because they offer challenging, fun riding and emphasize the joy and camaraderie inherent in the sport.