Results of Spa City Extreme Weekend

Zoie Clift
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Fred Phillips sent me the
below race report on last weekend’s Spa City 6 hour Mt. Bike race and
Dualthon.  Below is his report:

The weekend of 2/27 -28 ,
the rest of the country may have been focused on the hockey rematch with
Canada, but Rebecca Rusch was defending her title at the Spa City 6 hour Mt
Bike Race, while Evan Plews was focused on his own hat trick: The 12 hours of
Santos and the Spa City Double (6 hour MTB and off-road Duathlon) in Hot
Springs.

Last week Plews vanquished
all comers in the 12 hours of Santos in Florida; while Rusch was training and
racing in Argentina. 

Hot Springs was the second
stop in the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Ultra-Endurance Calendar. Mother
Nature brought sunshine for the weekend’s events. A great desire to find warmer
dryer weather brought Plews back from his home in Salem, Oregon. The 6-hour
race should be easy after Santos, but tanner legs were everywhere. A short
Le-Mans start and a decent open stretch let the rider’s seed themselves before
they hit the single track.

The trails at Garland
County’s Cedar Glades Park are carved through the pine forests of the Ouachita
Mountains demanding strong legs. There is 1000 feet of climbing tucked into
every 10-mile lap. Concentration and the ability to do intervals are required.
Again, Plews pulled ahead but Scott Henry had the moxy to reel him back in. A
strong effort by Plews on the last lap and bike issues for Henry left him in
the rear. Fresh from riding in Patagonia the woman’s event was dominated by the
queen of pain Rebecca Rusch.  Rita Borelli finished in 5th to
lay claim to the overall series lead. 

Rusch settled into solid
and consistent pace, pulling away from the rest of the female field with each
pedal stroke.  The two time 24 Hour World Champion had a big smile on her
face throughout the day. 

The next day offered the Du
it in the Dirt off-road Duathlon (2 mile run/10 mile bike/ 2 mile run). It
started with the local high school cross-country runners opening a 2-minute gap
on everyone. Plews arrived in the transition 3 minutes back and crushed the 10-
mile bike lap in 46 minutes flat. The youth just need a few more years of
seasoning to be competitive on the bike. Steven Ericson (2nd) had the legs to
stay in front of Plews for half the race. He hopped off his bike for the final
2 mile run. His lead was enough to hold off Ericson. Having the pHitpills posse
as his crew gave him the opportunity to race at 11am, come within seconds of a
course record, collect his bling (a gnome with shovel), shower, eat, pack and get
to the Little Rock Airport an hour away for a 3:30 p.m. flight home. Amy
Johnson brought the win home on the woman’s side, crushing the field with a
strong performance. 

Plews takes a commanding
lead in the USAC Ultra Endurance Series with 120 points. Scott Henry and
Sebastian Ortiz are tied for 2nd with 40. The women are closer with
Rita Borelli (80) leading Rebecca Rusch (60). Andrea Wilson and Selene Yeager
are tied for 3rd with 40 points. The next stop for the USAC UE
Series is Dirt, Sweat and Gears Bass Ackwards event in Fayetteville TN on May
15th

The event was produced by
DLT Events,  a 12-year
old event production company producing 17 events a year, including triathlons,
running and road cycling events as well as administrating two Arkansas Mt bike
series (AMBCS.com).   A complete schedule of events is available at

www.DLTmultisport.com
 


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