Crusher, the unique off-road bike race would be on its 3rd edition this year which is supposed to start from the coming July. The road/dirt cycle race would start from 13th of July and assured to be unusual and challenging much like its previous two seasons. The point-to-point 69.9 mile race through Tushar mountains (Utah) would consist of over 10,500 ft. mounting on dirt-fire road & equal-parts pavement & would reach up to an elevation of about 11,000 ft.
As per the reports, there would be ten race categories. Burke Swindlehurst, the race organizer assured that all the competitors in the race are permitted to race with any sort of bike as per their compatibility factor for the race course. However, there’s only one caveat-the participants won’t be allowed to change the bikes anytime during the race.
Swindlehurst remarked that since the Crusher race is gaining high momentum these days, he is expecting a lot of animators from earlier editions to return in the pro/open categories, along with fresh faces. Amidst the premier names from the earlier editions, the most expected names are Tyler Wren, men’s two time pro/open winner and Gretchen Reeves, women’s pro/open champion from last year.
“There is actually nothing as this, since it does not follow any particularly specific sort of discipline or rider”, stated Swindlehurst. “Mother Nature has her own part to play here. We had dry and hot conditions in our earliest edition & it was raining frequently in the last year leading to cool temperature and huge muddy areas. So, it’s always a unique race demanding a blend of skills & thoughtful selection of equipments”.
However, the race being non-USAC sanctioned, was having the problem of non-participation of the UCI-licensed riders – yet the said issue is being averted for now.
Crusher race has recently granted the permission (from the land-management bodies) of increasing size of field from 350-500 spots.