McCutcheon and Slack Take Wins in 2016 East Canyon Echo Road Race – Report, Complete Photo Gallery, Results, Video

Mindy McCutcheon (Canyon Bicycles Shimano) leads Breanne Nalder (Visit Dallas DNA) at the 2016 East Canyon Echo Road Race on April 16, 2016. They are shown here near the summit of Hogsback. They finished 1-2 in the women's Pro-3 field. Photo by Dave Iltis
Mindy McCutcheon (Canyon Bicycles Shimano) leads Breanne Nalder (Visit Dallas DNA) at the 2016 East Canyon Echo Road Race on April 16, 2016. They are shown here near the summit of Hogsback. They finished 1-2 in the women’s Pro-3 field. Photo by Dave Iltis

By Dave Iltis

On a sunny but chilly spring day, the East Canyon Echo Road Racetook place in Henefer, Utah on April 16, 2016. Promoted by James Zwick of Sports-Am, the race is one of Utah’s classic road events.  The race starts with a 5 mile climb from Henefer to the top of Hogsback, with a descent to East Canyon Resorts, back up the stair-step climb to Hogsback and out to the Echo Canyon and back to Hogsback for the finish. Close to 200 racers including Colorado’s Fort Lewis College Skyhawks lined up for the 60-mile road race (14 for Juniors, and 40 for Women 3/4 and Women Masters).

Complete East Canyon Road Race photo gallery at gallery.cyclingutah.com

In the women’s race, Mindy McCutcheon (Canyon Bicycles – Shimano) showed her strength by leading up the return climb from East Canyon Resorts. The women’s field was largely intact at the top of Hogsback. From the turnaround and through through Henefer again for the third ascent to the Summit-Morgan County Line, the field was down to Breanne Nalder (Visit Dallas/DNA Cycling), Mary Emerson (TOSH Hyperthreads), McCutcheon, Jenna McPherson (Fort Lewis) and a bridging Anne Perry (Canyon Bicycles Shimano). Nalder pulled for most of the climb with McCutcheon in tow. With McCutcheon’s teammate Anne Perry not far off the pace, she had the luxury of sitting on. When it came to the final kilometer, it was all McCutcheon for the win. Nalder came in second with Perry a bit back in third. Emerson was fourth, and Fort Lewis College’s Jenna McPherson in fifth. “I kind of made her work then managed to just drop her in the last 1k. She’s probably not too happy I sat on her wheel for the last four miles. But hey, that’s bike racing,” said a happy McCutcheon. McCutcheon and Nalder are both off to New Mexico’s Tour of the Gila in early May.

Mindy McCutcheon Interview:

 

In the Men’s pro race, Canyon Bicycles Shimano controlled the race throughout. Impressive, given the presence of one of Utah’s best pro road racers, Robbie Squire (Holowesko Citadel Racing Team pb Hincapie Racing), as well as the super strong Fort Lewis College Skyhawks Team. Canyon sent Michael Wilcox off early, and continued to launch attacks throughout.

Rob Squire at the front of the strung out Pro/1/2 men's field in the 2016 East Canyon Echo Road Race on April 16, 2016. Photo by Dave Iltis
Rob Squire at the front of the strung out Pro/1/2 men’s field in the 2016 East Canyon Echo Road Race on April 16, 2016. Photo by Dave Iltis

On the second time to the summit of Hogsback, Cortlan Brown and Mitchell Peterson (Canyon Bicycles-Shimano), and Rob Squire had a slight gap. This didn’t last however. Erik Slack and Kaler Marshall (both Canyon riders) attacked on the downhill into Henefer. That didn’t last either. Eventually, a break of 6 or so riders formed.

With Canyon rider Joe Waters in the break at the Echo turnaround, it was up to Fort Lewis to chase, which they did admirably, bringing young gun Cormac McGeough up to the break. “There was brutal headwind up along the Interstate until the turnaround. The team got to it, started rotating just doing excellent work. Like textbook from Team Sky kind of business. I was just hanging out, watching them, shedding tears, it was just beautiful,” said McGeough.

As the chase got closer to the break, several riders made it across including McGeough, Slack, and Peterson.

The Fort Lewis rider more than held his own on the finishing climb despite being outnumbered 3-1 by the local powerhouse Canyon Bicycles Shimano squad. He attacked the break several times. Peterson closed the gap, bringing Slack along with him. Eventually, Brown bridged to the group of three, and immediately attacked them. Slack and McGeough jumped on, dropping Peterson.

At the finish, Cortlan Brown led out Erik Slack with McGeough just behind. The two battled in the big ring for the eternity of 250 meters, with Slack winning by a few inches over McGeough as both riders threw their bikes at the line. Brown rallied in for third, with Mitchell Peterson and Kaler Marshall (both Canyon riders) taking 4th and 5th. McGeough continued, “I am happy with second. It was a lot of passion, a lot of energy. The team did fantastic. This is a stepping stone on the way to Collegiate Nationals. The team’s working great, and I’m looking forward to that.” Slack was all smiles with his win, “The team went first, third, fourth, and fifth. So we’re pretty happy with that.”

Erik Slack Interview:

 

Cormac McGeough Interview:

Erik Slack (left) just beat Cormac McGeough with a bike throw at the finish of the 2016 East Canyon Echo Road Race on April 16, 2016. Photo by Dave Iltis
Erik Slack (left) just beat Cormac McGeough with a bike throw at the finish of the 2016 East Canyon Echo Road Race on April 16, 2016. Photo by Dave Iltis

Master’s 45+

In the Master’s 45+ Cicada Racing’s Christophe Heinrich and Duane Allgier rode together for an hour and half, but were caught by a group of 3. On the final climb, Heinrich again attacked half way up the climb to solo in for the win.

Christophe Heinrich Interview:

Men’s Cat 4

In the Men’s Cat 4 race, James Lavelle of Cicada Racing took the win. “The group was pretty competitive for most of the race. It stuck together but the last climb kind of blew everybody up.” Lavelle was with three others at the base of the climb, “I ended dropping them when I took off at the bottom of the climb and just tried to ride hard to the finish.”

James Lavelle Interview:

 

See results on page 16, and a full photo gallery at gallery.cyclingutah.com

East Canyon Echo Road Race Results, April 16, 2016

Men Cat 1/2/3/4 35-99 1 Ji James
2 gavin storie
3 Jared Kirby
4 Kunz Isaac
5 David Bagley
6 Higley Tyler
Cat 3/4 15-99 1 Wil Gavato
2 Gary Hurst
3 Charlie Macfarlane
4 Gabriel Gutierrez
5 Jesse Dunn
6 Daxton Kennington
7 Darrin Tuckett
8 Preston Weeks
9 Ethan Depman
10 Derek Edwards
11 Mayor Adam
12 ODonnell Liam
13 Ben Cook
14 Weston Woodward
15 Nathan Manwaring
16 John Wheeler
17 Bruce Deppe
18 Michael Rollins
19 Alexander Rosero
20 Edwards Tyler
21 Mark Otterson
22 Hall Shawn
23 Troy Gorman
24 Bryan Froehlicher
25 Brandon Anderson
26 Andrew Fast
27 Elias Green
28 Casey Nielsen
29 nathan curtis
30 Nick Loyola
31 Lee Schultz
32 Preston Edwards
33 Andrew Judkins
34 Samuel Dearden
35 Courtney Larsen
Cat 4 15-99 1 Lavelle James
2 Samuel McBride
3 Andy Compas
4 Bryan Hull
5 Derrick James
6 Abbot Sam
7 Anson Kirchner
8 Benjamin Derieg
9 Troy Huebner
Cat 4/5 35-99 1 Spencer Johnson
2 Shane Dangerfield
3 Lucas Parker
4 Ben Raybould
5 Wheelwright Alan
6 Warlsmont Demica
7 Jason Linder
8 Rick Miller
9 Nelson Zac
10 Dragan Filipovic
11 Jason Braithwaite
12 Eric Anderson
13 Norris Keith
14 Mark Alston
15 Breen Holmes
16 Ferrell Jim
17 Aaron Branham
18 Michael Dean
19 Marty Slack
20 Bryon Dangerfield
21 James Hunter
22 Eric Scaife
23 Wayne Butler
24 Cagle Cody
25 Gregg Weight
Cat 5 15-99 1 Hayden Sampson
2 Harper Garrison
3 Camire Joseph
4 Mark Smith
5 Goran Mehinovic
6 Ryan Hobson
7 benjamin belisle
8 Dillon Janda
9 kelly callister
10 Barett Christensen
11 Eric Barnes
12 Matt Tennison
13 Tim Frost
14 Andrew Yapias
15 Bradley Wood
16 David Howell
17 Shawn Montmeny
18 Joshua Gilbert
19 steven gilbert
20 Jake Meyer
21 Cole Warner
22 Steve Marteney
23 TJ Gibson
open 14-Oct 1 Viggo Moore
2 Ryder Jordin
3 Luke Heinrich
4 Jack Shuckra
5 Ian Frederick
6 Nathan Lamborn
7 Dawson Wangsgard
45-99 1 Christoph Heinrich
2 John McKone
3 Andrew Lock
4 Fogarty Mike
5 Eric Dupuis
6 Greg Sironen
7 Kevin Smith
8 Dwaine Allgier
9 Alex Lizarazo
10 Mike Loveland
11 Stephen Tueller
12 Scott Allen
13 Dear Jess
14 Vigen Sarkisian
15 Tony Peterson
16 c Larson
17 Nick Ekdahl
18 Ron Niederhauser
19 Todd Wangsgard
20 Billy Tenhagen
55-99 1 Mark Schaefer
2 Rick Black
3 Armstrong Don
4 Hunsaker Jerald
5 Norman Frye
6 Jeff Clawson
7 Miguel Payan
8 Call Ravell
9 Brad Matlack
10 Jim Stugelmayer
11 Donald Leach
Pro Cat 1/2/3 15-99 1 Erik Slack
2 Cormac McGeough
3 Cortlan Brown
4 Mitchell Peterson
5 Marshall Kabes
6 Robert Smallman
7 Ian McPherson
8 Squire Robert
9 Hanson Will
10 Mulvihil Tim
11 Michael Ferrell
12 Jared Gilyard
13 Castor Jason
14 Todd Hageman
15 Ryan Szabo
16 Shaun Johnson
17 Waters Joe
18 JERAMY MARTIN
19 James Hilyer
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21 Thomas Gauthier
22 Balog Eric
23 Andre Bos
24 Fowler Thomas
25 michael booth
26 Joseph Stewart
27 Jorge Munoz
28 Michael Hawley
29 Eric Gardiner
30 Emmanuel Gagne
31 Barnet Ian
32 Brown Kyle
33 Sirurnik Ian
34 Harward Dave
Women Cat 3/4 15-99 1 Wade Nina
2 Whitney Mentaberry
3 Annabeth Dean
4 Ericka Towery
5 Bowman Annette
6 Sullivan Anne
7 Shannon Tuddenham
8 Angela Howe
9 Edsberg Camilla
Open 35-99 1 Master Roblynn
2 Hinsaker Kelly
3 Neider Colleen
4 Lorri Zenoni
Pro Cat 1/2/3 15-99 1 Mindy McCutcheon
2 Nalder Breanne
3 Anne Perry
4 Mary Emerson
5 Jenna MacPherson
6 Frye Alison
7 jillian gardner
8 Marci Kimball
0 Darcie Murphy
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