Calton and Sheridan Top the Elite Division Podiums at Grueling Powder Mountain Race

By Blaire Wachter and Nate Gibby

Meghan Sheridan won the women's pro divions in the 2018 Powder Mountain Intermountain Cup. Photo by Nate Gibby

August 25, 2018 – Eden, Utah—Meghan Sheridan (Bingham Cyclery Peak Fasteners) won the Elite Women’s division while Zach Calton (Spry Cycles/Legacy Properties West) took first in the Elite Men’s category at the Intermountain Cup’s series conclusion at Powder Mountain on August 25.

The finale of the Intermountain Cup series took place just east of the Ogden Valley at Powder Mountain This year's elite division competitors faced two laps with a total of 35 miles and 4,600′ of elevation gain. The course included some of the resort's pristine new mountain bike trails, allowing participants to be the first to experience the terrain.

“All you need to know is that Meghan Sheridan left everybody else in the dust on the first climb,” said Anne Perry (Bingham Cyclery Peak Fasteners) who placed second in Elite women’s. Sheridan credits her consistent lead to the six-day Breck Epic race in Colorado, where she placed 3rd in her division just two weeks ago. On Saturday's victory, she says, “I went my own pace and kept hammering, just kept pushing through and tried to ride really smart.” She believes that the 40-mile per day riding there as well as her acclimation to riding in Park City altitude helped keep up her pace and stamina throughout the race. Sheridan had a great experience with the terrain, saying, “the course was really fun, no sustained climbs or descents, just continuing to roll the whole time. I had a great time.”

Anders Johnson and Zach Calton battle it out in the Powder Mountain Intermountain Cup on August 25, 2018. Photo by Nate Gibby

In the elite men’s category, Zach Calton and Anders Johnson (Whole Athlete p/b DNA) stayed in a fierce competition for the top of the podium throughout the majority of the race. Calton said, “I got away with about 2 miles to go. I had tried to hit every single fire road as fast as I could earlier in the lap and I think that wore both of us out pretty bad by the end.” This year, Zach Calton has also placed first in the Cactus Hugger and Rage at Snowbird I-Cup races.

Justin Lindine (Apex Hyperthreads) came in third for elite men, and KC Holley (Kuhl Cycling) was third in elite women.

The high school level brought out some serious challengers for the Intermountain Cup’s final race of the season, with the first five varsity boys ending with times in the 1 hour 19 minutes range. The varsity races consisted of one 17 mile lap with 2,300′ of elevation. Ultimately, Henry Larson (Rouleur Devo p/b DNA) beat out Jackson Nelson by less than one second in an intense sprint to the finish line. Jack Youngblood (Maybird Reyes-Psych) followed for third about 15 seconds after that.

In the Varsity Girls category, Natalie Quinn (ImpactDevo p/b Bountiful Bicycle) took the win and was followed by Madeline Tanner (Bountiful Bicycle Racing p/b Nate Wade Subaru) in second a few minutes after, with Megan Kitchens (Maybird Reyes-Psych) placing third.

Top Results:

August 25, 2018, Powder Mountain, Intermountain Cup, Powder Mountain, UT

Lil' Shredders (9 & under)

  1. Beckham MIYA 4:33.39
  2. Griffin HAWKES 4:46.11
  3. Milo YOUNGBLOOD 4:46.86
  4. Urban WALKER 5:38.54
  5. Alexis LAMAY 6:12.60

Shredders Boys (10-12)

  1. Derek SANTORO 16:21.15
  2. Tre LUNDBERG 17:52.74
  3. Bode HIPPLE 21:03.10
  4. Ryder GOFF 23:38.44
  5. Eli HAWKES 23:40.36

Shredders Girls (10-12)

  1. Hazel WALKER 22:08.20
  2. Halle HIPPLE 22:59.30
  3. Elliey HORTIN 23:51.36
  4. Abigail BUTTERFIELD 32:43.51
  5. Hannah LAMAY 33:39.45

Junior High Boys

  1. Isaac HORTIN 40:20.86
  2. Maddux LEONARD 40:35.19
  3. Luke ANDERSON 41:12.56
  4. Stryker MELEHES 44:57.73
  5. Jy FERRY 2:49:55.82
  6. Jake MCCOMBS 2:50:55.82

Junior High Girls

  1. Ellie CREECH 33:48.52
  2. Addisyn LUNDBERG 36:01.51

JV Boys

  1. Carter ANDERSON 1:19:51.00
  2. Jesse GUSTAVESON 1:20:09.75
  3. Kyle BLOMQUIST 1:23:41.29
  4. Sage VENZ 1:25:55.72
  5. Tristan GRIFFIN 1:26:04.08

JV Girls

  1. Maggie YOUNGBLOOD 1:41:54.97
  2. Avery WALLIN 1:56:58.44
  3. Ivy BAILEY 2:03:17.35
  4. Catherine BEST 2:10:28.32
  5. Anna NIELSON 2:13:13.50

Varsity Boys

  1. Henry LARSON 1:19:09.57
  2. Jackson NELSON 1:19:10.29
  3. Jack YOUNGBLOOD 1:19:25.55
  4. Andrew DRAPER 1:19:51.19
  5. Porter HAWKES 1:20:19.27

Varsity Girls

  1. Natalie QUINN 1:36:37.91
  2. Madeline TANNER 1:43:07.60
  3. Megan KITCHENS 1:45:04.49
  4. Leed WESTROPE 2:06:35.38

Fresh/Soph Boys

  1. Samuel JOHNSON 1:33:58.98
  2. Collin SANTORO 1:35:19.47
  3. Noah ISRAELSEN 1:35:51.55
  4. Evan ANDERSON 1:41:22.10
  5. Brigham RANDALL 1:44:50.21

Fresh/Soph Girls

  1. Jane HAIGHT 1:49:58.60
  2. Layla WALKER 1:51:42.38
  3. Kamber SASSER 1:54:55.04

Novice Men

  1. Seth SHEARER 1:40:35.34
  2. Keawe NALUAI 1:45:15.30
  3. Scott STANGER 1:47:44.56
  4. David BEDELL 1:49:54.89
  5. Rod SANTORO 2:02:44.29
  6. Konnor WILLISON 2:46:02.87

Novice Women

  1. Jette YOUNGBLOOD 1:10:40.81
  2. Tracy KENDRICK 3:23:41.24

Sport Women

  1. Traci BULLOCK 1:54:21.36
  2. Lisa MEERTS 1:58:31.57
  3. Lindsay VOTH 2:00:36.31
  4. Amy FINCH 2:01:36.87
  5. Kelly SCUDDER 2:10:13.38

Sport Men Open

  1. Russ JACKSON 1:29:19.84
  2. Ethan ENG-TOW 1:33:15.46
  3. Brione ROBERDS 1:53:39.58
  4. Tyson SCOTT 1:58:53.77
  5. Kelby CALDWELL 2:19:11.77
  6. Andrew BURGON 2:20:55.83

Sport Men 35-49

  1. Lance BAILEY 1:28:59.62
  2. Joel ZENGER 1:30:18.18
  3. Denmark JENSEN 1:31:38.40
  4. Nathan LYON 1:32:11.55
  5. Drew WILLIAMS 1:33:32.22

Sport Men 50+

  1. Gregg BROMKA 1:37:22.74
  2. Darrin MASON 1:37:28.14
  3. Marc ANDERSON 1:43:06.96
  4. Derek ISRAELSEN 1:47:28.44
  5. James KISIELEWSKI 1:52:33.74
  6. Bogdan BALASA 2:07:02.40

Expert Men Open

  1. Kody SANCHEZ 3:32:58.68
  2. Ryan COBOURN 3:46:18.46
  3. Brandon WHEELER 2:10:44.71

Expert Men 40-49

  1. Mick HARRIS 2:47:23.82
  2. John OSGUTHORPE 2:50:07.56
  3. Christoph HEINRICH 2:57:10.35
  4. Kyle SMITH 3:10:27.90
  5. Robert MCCOMBS 3:14:22.73

Expert Men 50-59

  1. Bill HARRIS 2:58:31.90
  2. Bob SAFFELL 3:01:01.74
  3. Paul LASTAYO 3:10:50.98
  4. Reed TOPHAM 3:17:18.44
  5. John PENDLETON 3:25:59.88
  6. John FOWLER 3:36:14.44

Expert Men 60+

  1. Lawrence WOOLSON 1:45:53.47
  2. Ryan SPAINHOWER 1:51:48.79
  3. Dick NEWSON 1:53:14.78
  4. Denny TYNAN 1:54:06.76
  5. Kurt DUDLEY 1:54:39.30

Expert Women

  1. Lauren ZIMMER 1:42:22.02
  2. Arianna HARRIS 1:42:38.49

Elite Women

  1. Meghan SHERIDAN 3:07:43.37
  2. Anne PERRY 3:17:27.22
  3. Kc HOLLEY 3:38:52.18
  4. Erika POWERS 3:44:26.28

Elite Men

  1. Zach CALTON 2:29:32.11
  2. Anders JOHNSON 2:31:00.92
  3. Justin LINDINE 2:33:09.88
  4. Chris HOLLEY 2:35:18.0
  5. Spencer MAUGHAN 2:48:16.99

About Intermountain Cup

Founded in 1991, the Intermountain Cup consists of X-country and endurance MTB races throughout Utah. With seven X-country races of approximately 25 miles and one endurance races of approximately 50 miles, the series covers some of the most pristine and difficult rides in the state.

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