Emmett Wins Colorado Enduro Race!

24 augusztus 2011

Giant Factory Off-Road Team rider Kelli Emmett showed her range over the past two weeks, competing in back-to-back off-road events on opposite ends of the spectrum. Five days after she raced her XtC Advanced SL hardtail at the August 13 Leadville 100 ultra-endurance XC race in Colorado, Emmett packed up her Giant Reign all-mountain bike and headed to the gravity-oriented Trestle Bike Enduro.

The Trestle event, also held in Emmett’s home state of Colorado, required riders to choose one bike for multiple stages of Downhill and Super D races. Racing five stages in three days, Emmett came from behind to win the race, the first of its kind in the U.S.

“It’s a really fun format, a great test for all-around riders,” Emmett said. “Some of the girls I competed with were on full DH bikes but I chose the 6-inch travel Reign for its all-around versatility. I ran a single 36-tooth chainring, a RockShox Vivid Air shock and Lyrik fork, it was the perfect set-up.”

Over the course of three days of racing at the Winter Park ski resort, Emmet faced everything from DH style courses with big jumps to a chainless downhill event to a final-day Super D, which in the end proved decisive.

“It’s such a fun race atmosphere,” Emmett said. “I hope it catches on, I’d love to see more of these types of races.”

For more on the first Trestle Bike Enduro, check out this slideshow at Vital MTB.