BEAVER, Utah (July 10, 2021) — The Crusher in the Tushar presented by the Creamery, a gravel event owned and produced by Life Time, welcomed a field of approximately 577 riders representing 26 states to Utah’s Tushar Mountains outside of Beaver, Utah on Saturday, July 10 for the tenth running of the state's premier gravel event.
This uniquely formatted gravel race traditionally starts in historic downtown Beaver, the birthplace of famed outlaw “Butch Cassidy” and finishes at Utah’s newest ski and Summer resort, Eagle Point. The Crusher has a 60/40 split of gravel to tarmac sectors and allows riders to explore the stunning backcountry of Utah’s little-known Tushar Mountains and Fishlake National Forest. Racers tackle 10,400’ of climbing over 69 miles on the Crusher course, which is one of the most challenging gravel races in the world, and the only one with a true mountain top finish.
“Our 10th running of the Crusher in the Tushar is a year late, but so much greater than I ever could have imagined it when I started back in 2010,” said Burke Swindlehurst, founder and event director of Crusher in the Tushar. “The way the event has grown without losing the challenge that I envisioned way back when. Now with Life Time’s support, I’m really making good on my vision of sharing the beauty of this special place, while also giving back to my hometown and community.”
In the women’s division, Sofia Gomez-Villafañe, 27, of Heber City, UT placed first with a finish time of 5:19:12. Maude Farrell, 29, of Mill Valley, CA secured second place with a finish time of 5:21:20. Lauren De Crescenzo, 30, of Atlanta, GA placed third in the division with a completion time of 5:30:28. Gomez-Villafañe will be representing her home country of Argentina in the cross-country mountain bike race at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.
For the men’s division, former Grand Tour road racer turned gravel privateer Peter Stetina, 33, of Santa Rosa, CA placed first with a finish time of 4:13:48. Zach Calton, 24, of Ogden, UT secured second place with a finish time of 4:22:27. Edward Anderson, 23, of Richmond, VA placed third in the division with a completion time of 4:25:28.
Swindlehurst goes on to say, “Congrats to the honchos who won today—Sofia and Peter—and everyone who tested their fitness and grit to crush the Crusher!”
|1||Peter Stetina||Santa Rosa, CA, USA||04:13:48|
|2||Zach Calton||Ogden, UT, USA||04:22:27|
|3||Edward Anderson||Richmond, VA, USA||04:25:28|
|4||Eric Brunner||Manitou Springs, CO, USA||04:27:54|
|5||Bryan Lewis||Charlottesville, VA, USA||04:28:31|
|6||Nathan Spratt||Salt Lake City, UT, USA||04:28:59|
|7||Stefano Barberi||Reno, NV, USA||04:30:52|
|8||Kyle Trudeau||Tucson, AZ, USA||04:33:05|
|9||Matt Jablonski||Boulder, DC, USA||04:38:08|
|10||Jonathan Baker||Nevada City, CA, USA||04:40:15|
|1||Sofia Gomez-Villafañe||Heber City, UT, USA||05:19:12|
|2||Maude Farrell||Mill Valley, CA, USA||05:21:20|
|3||Lauren De Crescenzo||Atlanta, GA, USA||05:30:28|
|4||Lindsey Stevenson||Salt Lake City, UT, USA||05:31:32|
|5||Amity Rockwell||San Francisco, CA, USA||05:32:35|
|6||Isabel King||Santa Monica, CA, USA||05:35:30|
|7||Melisa Rollins||Salt Lake City, UT, USA||05:42:36|
|8||Hanna Muegge||Belmont, CA, USA||05:46:29|
|9||Sunny Gilbert||Niwot, CO, USA||05:51:22|
|10||Hannah Shell||Boulder, CO, USA||05:56:54|
Full results can be found at Athlinks, here.