Emerson and Beyer Top the Podium in Utah’s 2017 East Canyon Echo Road Race

The Canyon Pro Cycling team of Paco Mancebo, Chad Beyer, and Rob Squire motoring on the backside of Hogsback in the East Canyon Road Race, April 15, 2017. Photo by Dave Iltis
The Canyon Pro Cycling team of Paco Mancebo, Chad Beyer, and Rob Squire motoring on the backside of Hogsback in the East Canyon Road Race, April 15, 2017. Photo by Dave Iltis

By Dave Iltis – On a sunny and crisp spring day, the Sports-Am East Canyon Road Race took place at East Canyon Resort on April 15, 2017. With a light road racing schedule in Utah this spring, the race had great attendance with over 240 racers lining up at the start.

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The 60 mile course was changed this year to start at East Canyon, instead of the top of Hogsback. This meant riders only had to climb the stairstep climb twice rather than the usual three times. But this didn’t keep the climb from being a major factor in the race.

In the pro men’s race, locally-based Canyon Pro Cycling kicked off the fireworks from the gun with three riders setting a hard tempo. The pack held together for about three-quarters of the way up the first ascent of Hogsback, out of the East Canyon Reservoir. Paco Mancebo (Canyon), former winner of the Tour of Utah, and internationally known pro racer, attacked near the top bringing Fat Bike World Champion Rob Squire, and Arizona-based pro Chad Beyer with him.

Rob Squire (center), Chad Beyer (left), and Paco Mancebo (right) lead at the front of the pack just before establishing the winning break. Beyer would go on to win the race. East Canyon Road Race, April 15, 2017. Photo by Dave Iltis
Rob Squire (center), Chad Beyer (left), and Paco Mancebo (right) lead at the front of the pack just before establishing the winning break. Beyer would go on to win the race. East Canyon Road Race, April 15, 2017. Photo by Dave Iltis

The trio of pros rode strong over the next 50 miles and were able to keep the peloton at bay despite a lot of work from the various teams.

At the finish, Mancebo dropped off, and Beyer and Squire sprinted for the line with Beyer taking the win over Squire. In the field, the high-powered Canyon squad formed a lead-out train for Erik Slack, who finished fourth. Joe Waters and Rob Smallman rounded out the top 6.

In the women’s field, the three women fought it out over the classic course. Mary Emerson (Plan 7) was dropped on the first climb, but regained contact. She attacked after the turnaround, but was unable to hold it. Alison Frye (Ski Utah), Jillian Gardner (Canyon), and Emerson traded pulls over much of the course until the climb back over Hogsback. Gardner was dropped, then Emerson, with Frye going over the top first. Emerson caught back on the descent, and then attacked Frye to solo in for the win.

Other category winners were: Lindsey Stevenson (Team Endurance 360) – Women 3-4-5; Kelly Hunsaker (Plan7 DS) – Master 35+ Women; Mark Otterson (Zanconato Racing) Men’s 35-44; Ben Nichols (Canyon) – Men’s 45+; Mark Schaefer (Maddog Racing) – Men’s 55+; Darren Tuckett (Total Care) – Men’s Cat 3-4; Samuel McBride Men’s Cat 4; Jeff Phillips – Men’s Cat 4/5 35+; Owen Ala- Men’s Cat 5; Hunter Munns – Junior Men.

 

The women's master 35+ field on the backside of Hogsback in the East Canyon Road Race, April 15, 2017. Kelly Hunsaker (red jersey) went on to win the category. Photo by Dave Iltis
The women's master 35+ field on the backside of Hogsback in the East Canyon Road Race, April 15, 2017. Kelly Hunsaker (red jersey) went on to win the category. Photo by Dave Iltis
The East Canyon Road Race has beautiful scenery and a great course. Photo by Dave Iltis
The East Canyon Road Race has beautiful scenery and a great course. Photo by Dave Iltis

Results:

F CAT 3/4/5 14-99 1 Lindsey Stevenson Team Endurance 360
      2 Aliesha Larsen Caliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lexus Lindon
      3 Eleise Hinton Caliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lexus Lindon
      4 Meghan Gilroy Breakaway Women's Racing p/b Ki
      5 Emily Birch Caliber SBR Cycling
      6 Rebekah Strobel Caliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
      7 Ashley Beimert Caliber/ SBR
      8 Annette Bowman Team Endurance360
      9 Angela Howe Plan7 DS
      10 Clarissa Johnson SBR
      11 Aspen Hassell Caliber SBR
      12 CHANDRA CRUZ TOSH/HYPERTHREADS
  Open 35-99 1 Kelly Hunsaker PLAN7 DS
      2 Colleen Neider Team Endurance 360
      3 Kristy Stratton NEBO Cycling
      4 Shannon Tuddenham Plan7 DS
      5 Olivia Moore  
  Pro/Cat 1/2/3 14-99 1 Mary Emerson  
      2 Alison Frye Ski Utah
      3 Jillian Gardner Canyon Bicycles Shimano
M     1 Hunter Munns Box Elder Composite High School
      2 Johann Moore  
      3 Trey Munn Air Force Cycling TEam
  CAT 1/2/3/4/5 35-44 1 Mark Otterson Zanconato Racing
      2 David Bagley USANA Health Sciences
      3 Josh Foukas TOSH
      4 Devin Smith Bountiful Mazda
      5 Jared Kirby Bountiful Mazda Cycling Team
      6 Tyler Higley Bountiful Mazda Cycling
      7 Keith Norris Bountiful Mazda
      8 Daniel Thunell LiVe Well p/b Bountiful Bicycle
      9 Tom Pitcher Pavestone Capital
    45-99 1 Ben Nichols Canyon
      2 Stephen Rogers Zone Five Racing
      3 Billy Tenhagen Pavestone Capital Cycling
      4 Justin Wilson Intermountain Live Well
      5 Aaron Jordin Canyon Bicycles – Shimano
      6 brent cannon Team Elevate
      7 Scott Allen canyon bicycles
      8 kyle brown PLAN7 DS cycling team
      9 Bruce Bilodeau Canyon Bicycles Shimano
      10 Dan Kadrmas Bountiful Mazda Cycling Team
      11 Michael Fogarty First Endurance
      12 Viren Sarkigian  
      13 John McKone Colesport
      14 Brian Weidmer Caliber/SBR; Volo Cycling
      15 sean jager Pavestone Capital Cycling Team
      16 alan wheelwright America First Credit Union/P-To
      17 Aaron Branham Zanconato Racing
      18 Troy Thompson Paveston Capital
    55-99 1 Mark Schaefer Maddog Racing / Hammer Nutritio
      2 Dirk Cowley FFKR ARCHITECTS RACING
      3 Norman Frye Ski Utah
      4 James Ferguson Bountiful Mazda
      5 Michael Loveland Needles Peak
      6 Andres Maricq  
      7 Jerald Hunsaker Bountiful Mazda Cycling Team
      8 Ken Louder FFKR ARCHITECTS RACING/VeloSpor
      9 Michael MacDonald Bountiful Mazda
      10 Randal Buie Pavestone Capital
      11 Larry Bratton  
      12 Donald Leach Canyon-Shimano Bicycles
      999 dwight hibdon FFKR Architects Racing
  CAT 3/4 14-99 1 Darrin Tuckett Total.CARE
      2 Higley Van FFKR
      3 Deppe Bruce Cicada Racing Inc.
      4 Andrew Fast  
      5 Kade Brasher  
      6 Ben Stevenson  
      7 Ryder Jordin  
      8 Connor Patten Ski City
      9 Skyyler Patten Ski City
      10 Preston Yardley Team Endurance 360
      11 Samuel Beattie University of Utah
      12 Logan Newman Cicada Racing
      13 Braden Hudspeth Canyon Bicycles
      14 Billy Rappleye Zone Five Racing
      15 Erik Brockhoff Cicada Racing Inc.
      16 Eric Draper Shadow
      17 nathan curtis Caliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
      18 Jason Bond Team Endurance 360
      19 Andrew Judkins Team Endurance360
      20 Roger Mulholland  
      21 Ben Cook Cicada Racing
      22 Lee Schultz Endurance 360
      23 Ryan Mauser Zone Five Racing
      24 Edward Kilbourn Cicada Racing inc
      25 Xavier Lopez  
      26 Daniel Sellers Cicada Racing
      27 Jason Braithwaite Spider Bait Cycling
  CAT 4 14-99 1 Samuel McBride  
      2 Nic Porter Adobe
      3 Gabriel Shipley  
      4 Andrew Robinson Zone Five Racing
      5 T. Viggo Moore Zone Five Racing
      6 Bryan Hull Team SaltCycle
      7 Andrew Greco Canyon Bicycles-Shimano
      8 Tim Frost Utah State University
      9 Tim Jaggi Cicada racing inc.
      10 Jared Meyers Contender
      11 Chris Eppley Caliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
      12 Spencer Brown Contender Bicycles
      13 Andrew Yapias Intermountain Livewell
      14 Pat Morton Stay Park City
  CAT 4/5 35-99 1 Jeff Phillips  
      2 Robert Bruhn Zone Five Racing
      3 Rob Stratton Nebo Cycling
      4 Ben Raybould  
      5 Shane Dangerfield Bountiful Mazda
      6 Ben Beligle  
      7 STUART ANDERSON MI DUOLE / BARBACOA
      8 Brett Peterson Zone Five Racing
      9 Ryan Hobson Adobe Cycling
      10 kevin fuller Zone Five Racing
      11 Paul Hughes Elko Velo
      12 Eric Larson Canyon Bicycles
      13 Rob McCombs Zone Five Racing
      14 Steven Parry Zone Five Racing
      15 Rick Miller Porcupine/Cityworks Cycling Clu
      16 Michael Dean Canyon Bicycles
      17 Matt Monson  
      18 Mike Broderick  
      19 Kyle Jensen  
      20 Matt Asay Adobe
      21 Doug Almstedt Nebo Cycling
      22 Joshua Bond Team Endurance 360
      23 Greg Guest Zone Five Racing
      24 Alex Armstrong Canyon Bicycles Shimano
      25 Travis Engar Slim and Knobby/Skull Candy
      26 Troy Huebner Zone Five Racing
      27 Dwaine Allgjer Zone Five Racing
      28 Moses Fernandez Canyon-Shimano
      29 Mike Johnson Team TOSH
      30 Drew Van Boerum TOSH
      31 Matt Snyder  
      32 Corry Cropper  
      33 Jim Ferrell Zancanto
      34 Wayne Butler Zanconato
      35 Spencer Chipping Mi Duole
      36 Zac Nelson  
      37 Jason Munns  
      38 Jason Duran Zone Five Racing
      39 Wade Okelberry Canyon Bicycles – Shimano
      40 Gregg Weight Golden Spike Cycling
      41 Mark Pinson  
      42 James Hunter Elko Velo
      43 Eric Anderson Stay Park City Cycling
      44 Ethan Fisher Bike Accident Attorneys
      45 James Derrick Zanconato Racing
      46 Mike Dawes Bike Accident Attorneys (BAA)
      47 Daniel Bilonic roadbikerepair
  CAT 5 14-99 1 owen ala  
      2 William Black  
      3 Trevor Robinson Fitzgerald's Bike Shop
      4 Tristan Harris Canyon Bicycles
      5 Michael Keenan Red Rock Bicycle
      6 Josh Peterson Bear Development Team
      7 James Mott The Bike Shoppe
      8 Tanner Carlson  
      9 Goran Mehinovic Workfront-Canyon Bicycles
      10 Remi Cousse Maybrid
      11 Jonathan Bigelow Caliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
      12 Mark Smith Logan Race Club
      13 John Hughes  
      14 Jason Dahl  
      15 Seth Hinckley SBR
      16 Nate Furman  
      17 Hayden Johnson Canyon Bicycles
      18 Colt Flitton America first p town
      19 Jeff Olsen  
      20 Henry Larson Canyon Bicycles
      21 Andy Welch MI Duole
      22 Joe Carrie Logan Race Club
      23 Curtis Madsen AFCU
      24 Jess Clapier  
      25 Gary Morris  
      26 Joe McAllister Millcreek Bicycle Syndicate
      27 Kevin Schwartz Stay Park City Cycling
      28 Zach Despain Canyon Bicycles
      29 Ian Jackson  
      30 Scott LaRoche P-Town Events/Biker's Edge Race
      31 Brady O'Shaughnessy
      32 Craig Riddle  
      33 Scott Mark  
      34 Demetri Leach Canyon Bicycles
      35 corey spencer America First Cycling Team Pres
      36 Lance Heaton  
      37 Joshua Gilbert FFKR Architects racing
      38 Brett Wirick  
      39 Gus Engelhardt  
      40 Will Black RMCC
      41 Brandon Ross  
      42 Michael Nuckols United States Air Force
      43 Jeff Bernard USAF
      44 William Behnken  
      45 Miguel Duarte USAF CYCLING TEAM
      46 Michael Wilson Caliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
      47 Zach Petersen  
      48 Steven Glauser  
      49 Andrew Steiner  
      50 Ray Landry  
      51 Trey Munn Air Force Cycling Team
      52 Steven Nielson Bike Accident Attorneys
      53 Nathan Lamborn FFKR Architects Racing
  Pro/1/2/3 14-99 1 Chad Beyer Canyon Bicycles Pro
      2 Rob Squire Canyon Bicycle Pro
      3 Francisco Mancebo Canyon Bicycle Pro
      4 Eric Slack Canyon Bicycles Pro
      5 Joe Waters  
      6 Robert Smallman Team Endurance 360
      7 Cortlan Brown Canyon Bicycles Pro
      8 Tanner Soelberg Caliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
      9 Chris Winn Canyon Bicycles Pro
      10 Keaton Rich Caliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
      11 Joseph Stewart Caliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
      12 Nathan Manwaring Team Endurance360
      13 Steve Fisher Canyon Bicycles Pro
      14 Kaler Marshall Canyon Bicycles Pro
      15 Michael Hawley LiVeWell p/b Harristone
      16 Shaun Johnson cicada
      17 Bryce Olsen LiVeWell p/b Harristone
      18 Michael Ferrell Team Feral Catz
      19 Erik Harrington RMCC
      20 Trevor Jackson Caliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
      21 Mitchell Peterson Canyon Bicycles/Shimano
      22 Zach Calton Ski City
      23 Michael Booth Canyon Bicycle Pro
      24 Cory Greenberg Canyon Pro
      25 Kevin Turchin Monster Media Racing
      26 Michael Claudio Thirsty Bear p/b Akamai
      27 Derek Edwards Canyon Bicycles Pro
      28 Kevin Van Loon  
      29 Tom Millar Caliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
      30 Preston Weeks Caliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
      31 Mike Wilcox Canyon Bicycles
      32 Michael Trussell Plan 7 DS
M     1 Hunter Munns Box Elder Composite High School
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