The Whiskey 50 marathon is a staple of the North American xc marathon racing scene, serving as a test of fitness for pro racers and amateur riders alike for decades now.

For 2019, the course received a big facelift, adding significantly more singletrack to the Prescott, Arizona mountain bike classic.

Pendrel rides solid teamwork to the podium in Prescott

The changes seemed to suit Catharine Pendrel. The Canadian Olympian scored third on Sunday, after three hours 50 minutes of racing. Working together with her Clif Pro teammate Haley Batten, Pendrel finished just 20 seconds back from second place finisher Chloe Woodruff (Stan’s Pivot) in second. Reigning XCO world champion Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM) continued her dominant spring, adding a win in Prescott to earlier victories in early US Cup Pro XCT and Sea Otter races.

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Former Canadian track Olympian Jasmin Duehring showed her skills extend well beyond the boards of a velodrome, finishing 15th in elite women. Whistler’s Chloe Cross finished in 21st, adding to her solid result at the Moab Rocks three-day stage race earlier this season.

Kabush top Canadian in men’s race

Geoff Kabush was the top Canadian in the men’s Whiskey 50. The veteran Canadian cross country racer crossed the line 13th on his modified Yeti SB 100.

Nickolas Zukowsky (Floyd’s / Van Dessel) of Ste Lucie des Laurentides, Que. was the next across the line from north of the border, placing 27th overall in the elite men’s race. Jasper’s Cory Wallace finished, arriving in Arizona from a big training block and on his way to a stage race in South America, finished 44th.

Keegan Swenson (Stan’s Pivot p/b Maxxis) won the men’s pro Whiskey 50 Off-Road in 3 hours 12 minutes. The Utah racer was a full six minutes ahead of Clif Pro’s Russell Finsterwald in second. Georwill Perez Roman of TrekPuertoRicoRacing was third.

Friday night lights – Whiskey Fat Tire Crit

While Sunday’s full 50 mile race is the main event, Whiskey 50 is a big weekend of racing for pros and amateurs. Friday’s fast paced fat tire crit through downtown Prescott has turned into a crowd favourite over the years. The high speed race puts mountain bikers back on the road, passing through Whiskey Row in the prelude to Sunday’s big show.

Kabush and Pendrel both finished sixth to finish as the fastest Canadians in the crit. Jasmin Duehring followed in 14th while Chloe Cross chased close behind in 16th.

Zukowsky was 19th in the men’s pro crit, with Wallace having a better day than he would on Sunday to place 21st.

Epic Rides Whiskey 50 Off-Road results: elite women (top-20)
1 Kate Courtney 03:46:44 Kentfield CA Scott-SRAM MTB Racing
2 Chloe Woodruff 03:49:54 Prescott AZ Stans, Pivot, Maxxis, Shimano, ASSOS, Natural Delights
3 Catharine Pendrel 03:50:14 Clif Pro Team
4 Haley Batten 03:50:14
5 Erin Huck 03:51:43 Phoenix AZ CZracing
6 Alexis Skarda 03:59:16
7 Sofia Gomez Villafane 04:00:41 Heber City UT Stans Pivot Pro Team pb Maxxis
8 Katerina Nash 04:01:14 Littleton CO Clif Pro Team
9 Rose Grant 04:02:36 Columbia Falls MT Stans No Tubes, Pivot Cycles, Maxxis
10 Evelyn Dong 04:08:05 Heber City UT Pivot Stans
11 Crystal Anthony 04:08:57 Newbury Park CA LIV Cycling
12 Kaysee Armstrong 04:08:57 Newbury Park CA LIV Cycling
13 Hannah Finchamp 04:12:38 Kennewick WA CLIF Bar
14 Amy Chandos 04:15:29 Flagstaff AZ CZracing
15 Jasmin Duehring 04:20:06 Mission Viejo CA J.A.King / Felt Bicycles
16 Jennifer Smith 04:23:21 Gunnison CO Kenda Cannondale Stans Notubes Magura
17 Courtenay Mcfadden 04:24:36 Bellingham WA Pivot Cycles, Maxxis Tires, Stans NoTubes, DNA Cycling
18 Kelly Catale 04:25:56 Pepperell MA Connect / Seven Cycles
19 Erin Osborne 04:28:17 Flagstaff AZ Flagstaff Bicycle Revolution
20 Lydia Tanner 04:32:24 Boulder CO n/a
21 Chloe Cross 04:33:16 Whistler BC Team Whistler
Epic Rides Whiskey 50 Off-Road results: elite men (top-20)
1 Keegan Swenson 03:12:29 Heber City UT Stans-Pivot p/b Maxxis
2 Russell Finsterwald 03:18:46 Colorado Springs CO Team CLIF, Groove Subaru, ODI Grips, Union Sport
3 Georwill Perez Roman 03:21:24 Prescott, Az AZ TrekPuertoRicoRacing
4 Ben Sonntag 03:21:32 Durango CO CLIF Bar, Niner Bikes, NoTubes, Maxxis
5 Fernando Riveros 03:21:48 Colorado Springs CO CZracing
6 Kohei Yamamoto 03:22:46 Matsumoto JP20 Dream Seeker MTB Racing Team
7 Stephan Davoust 03:22:46 Newburry Park CA Giant Factory Off-Road
8 Nic Beechan 03:23:07 Idyllwild CA Trek, Shimano, 100%, ODI, Fox, Kenda
9 Taylor Lideen 03:23:45 Phoenix AZ Pivot Cycles, Infinit, Shimano, Stans, TOGS
10 Payson Mcelveen 03:26:38 Durango CO Orange Seal Off-road Team
11 Cal Skilsky 03:26:47 Durango CO CZracing
12 Ryan Standish 03:26:47 Alice Springs NT Merida Bikes Australia
13 Geoff Kabush 03:27:09 Squamish BC Yeti, Maxxis, Shimano, Fox, Stans NoTubes, GU
14 Henry Nadell 03:28:03 Carbondale CO CZracing
15 Brian Matter 03:28:26 Prescott AZ Linear Sport Racing, Trek, Shimano, Clif Bar
16 Alexey Vermeulen 03:28:30 Pinckney MI Bianchi, Shimano, Carhartt
17 Jacob Morales 03:28:46
18 Taylor Shelden 03:30:28 Breckenridge CO Tokyo Joes – Scott
19 Alex Wild 03:31:12 Los Gatos CA Specialized Factory Racing
20 Howard Grotts 03:31:12 Durango CO Specialized
Epic Rides Whiskey fat tire crit results: elite women (top-20)
1 Chloe Woodruff Prescott AZ Stans, Pivot, Maxxis, Shimano, ASSOS, Natural Delights
2 Katerina Nash Littleton CO Clif Pro Team
3 Sofia Gomez Villafane Heber City UT Stans Pivot Pro Team pb Maxxis
4 Erin Huck Phoenix AZ CZracing
5 Kate Courtney Kentfield CA Scott-SRAM MTB Racing
6 Catharine Pendrel Clif Pro Team
7 Alexis Skarda
8 Haley Batten
9 Rose Grant Columbia Falls MT Stans No Tubes, Pivot Cycles, Maxxis
10 Evelyn Dong Heber City UT Pivot Stans
11 Kaysee Armstrong Newbury Park CA LIV Cycling
12 Courtenay Mcfadden Bellingham WA Pivot Cycles, Maxxis Tires, Stans NoTubes, DNA Cycling
13 Hannah Finchamp Kennewick WA CLIF Bar
14 Jasmin Duehring Mission Viejo CA J.A.King / Felt Bicycles
15 Crystal Anthony Newbury Park CA LIV Cycling
16 Chloe Cross Whistler BC Team Whistler
17 Amy Chandos Flagstaff AZ CZracing
18 Holly Breck San Dimas CA Go Fast – Incycle
19 Kelly Catale Pepperell MA Connect / Seven Cycles
20 Raylyn Nuss Lake St Louis MO Orange Seal Off Road Team
Epic Rides Whiskey fat tire crit results: elite men (top-20)
1 Keegan Swenson Heber City UT Stans-Pivot p/b Maxxis
2 Payson Mcelveen Durango CO Orange Seal Off-road Team
3 Russell Finsterwald Colorado Springs CO Team CLIF, Groove Subaru, ODI Grips, Union Sport
4 Stephan Davoust Newburry Park CA Giant Factory Off-Road
5 Joshua Berry Tucson ID
6 Geoff Kabush Squamish BC Yeti, Maxxis, Shimano, Fox, Stans NoTubes, GU
7 Tristan Uhl
8 Brian Matter Prescott AZ Linear Sport Racing, Trek, Shimano, Clif Bar
9 Howard Grotts Durango CO Specialized
10 Bryan Lewis Raleigh NC Cutaway, USA
11 Jake Yackle Carson City NV FSA, Shimano, Primal Wear, Orange Seal, Panaracer, KHS, Clif Bar, Kali Protectives
12 Alexey Vermeulen Pinckney MI Bianchi, Shimano, Carhartt
13 Ben Sonntag Durango CO CLIF Bar, Niner Bikes, NoTubes, Maxxis
14 Cal Skilsky Durango CO CZracing
15 Andrew Clemence Boulder CO CZracing
16 Alex Grant
17 Pete Karinen Calumet MI Broken Spoke Racing
18 Nic Beechan Idyllwild CA Trek, Shimano, 100%, ODI, Fox, Kenda
19 Nickolas Zukowsky Ste Lucie Des Laurentides QC Floyds, Van Dessel, Biemme, Pioneer
20 Oliver Zurbruegg Lauterbrunnen BE BiXS Pro Team
21 Cory Wallace Jasper AB KONA

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