The Wasatch All-Road: Griffin Easter Wins Close Men’s Race, While Newcomer Chelsea Bolton Announces Her Arrival

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Easter holds off Zach Calton and Kyle Trudeau, while Chelsea Bolton lights up her home-town race over veteran climbers

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SOLDIER HOLLOW, Utah (August 27, 2022) — Chelsea Bolton (Stay Park City Cycling), improved upon her previous year’s third place to take her biggest win to date over climber Emma Grant and Lindsey Stevenson. Crystal Anthony finished just behind in fourth.

Chelsea Bolton crosses the line to win the Pro/Open Women at the 2022 Wasatch All-Road. Photo courtesy Wasatch All-Road.

Bolton set a torrid early pace up the Wasatch Wall, which is a nearly 5000 ft behemoth of a climb that defines the opening miles of the 100 mile (Full Yeti) gravel race. The early gap proved crucial, as the remaining quartet of Grant, Stevenson, Anthony and Caroline Tory all traded places throughout the remaining 75 miles with Bolton clear off the front.

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“It was awesome! I am a super fan of the Wasatch Wall … I’m a pretty slow descender so I figured if I had any chance at getting in the top 3, I’d have to go hard up that Wall,” said an effusive Bolton.

Behind her was a tight race for second as all 4 women entered the finishing circuit on the Soldier Hollow Olympic Ski Venue together. Grant, who finished runner-up at the climbing-friendly Crusher in the Tushar last month was able to dispatch her companions and hold on to second.

Griffin Easter crosses the line to win the Pro/Open Men at the 2022 Wasatch All-Road. Photo courtesy Wasatch All-Road.

The men’s race came down to a three-way battle between Utah locals Griffin Easter (OpiCure Foundation p/b OrangeSeal Gravel Team), Zach Calton and Kyle Trudeau from Tucson.

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While there was no separation from the podium placers during the almost 11,000ft of climbing in the first 95 miles of the men’s race, the finishing circuit proved crucial as all three entered together. Trudeau and Calton each launched the first attacks up the steep dirt pitches on the famed Olympic venue, but Easter was patient and able to power away with 2 miles to go, taking victory in a time of 5:51:10 with Calton 40 seconds back. Trudeau hung tough for the final podium spot.

“Awesome day out there! Super stoked to be back again for the second year in a row. They put on a fantastic race, it’s a brutal course but well worth it,” said Griffin post-race.

Pro/Open Women's Podium. Photo courtesy Wasatch All-Road

Pro/Open Women — Full Yeti

PositionRider Name (Team)Time
1Chelsea Bolton (Stay Park City Cycling)06:50:02
2Emma Grant (ABUS Pro Gravel)00:03:24
3Lindsey Stevenson00:03:55
4Crystal Anthony (Liv Racing Collective)00:03:55
5Caroline Tory00:04:54
6Sarah Jarvis (Multisport Mastery)00:39:28
7Jessie Young00:52:48
8Amelia Durst01:48:28
9Ashley Buxton02:03:32
DNFLibby Caldwell (Scott Bikes) 
 
Pro/Open Men's Podium. Photo courtesy Wasatch All-Road

Pro/Open Men — Full Yeti

PositionRider Name (Team)Time
1Griffin Easter (OpiCure Foundation p/b OrangeSeal Gravel)05:51:10
2Zach Calton (CaltonCoaching)00:00:40
3Kyle Trudeau (Czracing)00:01:06
4Truman Glasgow00:07:10
5Nathan Spratt (ABUS Pro Gravel Team)00:08:56
6Ryan Standish (Orange Seal/Kenda/Ventum)00:20:42
7Canyon Emmott (Elbowz Racing)00:20:42
8Stefano Barberi (Kenda/TheBlackBibs/Kask)00:26:16
9Marc Spratt (ABUS Pro Gravel Team)00:26:37
10John Borstelmann (ABUS Pro Gravel)00:31:21

Full Results can be found here

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