It was the second straight year that Berry, an Idaho native, won the event. His teammates Tristan Uhl and Carl Decker finished third and ninth overall in the men’s field, making it three Giant riders in the top-10.
The race format at Rebecca’s Private Idaho includes three stages over four days on gravel roads and trails—through canyons, over mountains and across the scenic high country in Idaho. This year’s race started with the 43-mile Stage 1 covering dirt roads and singletrack trails. Departing from the historic Galena Lodge, it featured more than 3700 feet of climbing over chunky gravel surfaces, stream crossings and singletrack trails. Berry took control from the start.
“In true Giant Factory Off Road Team fashion, I won the first day, which was on mountain bike trails,” Berry said. “My teammate Tristan Uhl crossed the line with me in second place and the same finishing time. We took our Revolts to the edge, riding Maxxis 45c Rambler tires, and raced away from the pack like the mountain bikers we are.”
Stage 2, the Dollarhide Time Trial, has a format that’s similar to off-road enduro races, with a neutral gravel road ride and one timed section on a mostly uphill section that’s about 5 miles long. Berry finished fifth in the TT, setting up a battle for the big event on Sunday.
The final stage, called The Baked Potato, is a 100-mile gravel race that draws more than 1,000 competitors. With over 5000 feet of climbing on mostly gravel roads, including a new technical 5-mile section this year called El Diablito, it’s a tough day for riders and bikes. The Giant squad was again in top form, with Berry taking second place to wrap up the overall win. Uhl was fouth and Decker fifth, making it three of the top five spots for the team.
“I am over the moon to land on the top step after three tough days of racing,” Berry said after the final stage. “Today Tristan and I used 40c Maxxis Velocita tires on our Shimano RX group Revolts to ride away as well. It was a blast to have the whole team at my house, it’s a real relief at the end of the season to see our hard work pay off after some tough moments this year.”