You: It’s going to be 65° at Rad Canyon? Them: Wait, What?! Me: Balderdash!Many people didn’t take heed to the weatherman’s warnings as Salt Lake City is usually well into the 90’s during the Great Salt Lake Nationals, but this time around, mother nature pulled a fast one on us all. It was COLD! Besides the mad dash to grab sweatshirts on Friday, the hundreds of racers and their family and teammates were refreshed, for a change, with the chilly temps.
With this being the last GoPRO Pro Series event before the UCI World Championships, we were expecting the pro turnout to be lighter than normal ...and that it was, with 11 men on Friday and 10 for Day-two.
Daylight’s former World Champ Corben Sharrah would dominate the small field for his third and fourth wins of 2019. Again, the Pro pattern of doubles continues for this season, as we’ve had a single Elite Mens winner every single weekend. In another Alise-less class of Elite Women, Full Tilt’s Ashley Verhagen would also win both days, narrowly edging out Remix’s Rachael Mydock on day two. It was also great to see Haro’s Brooke Crain back in the mix and on the podium. She had recently quelled rumors by tweeting that she’s been injured this year but is not retiring, and that she’s still got her eyes on the prize - of making the 2020 U.S. Olympic team. On Saturday, Throdwn’s Dani George (another Olympic hopeful) snagged the third rung of the womens podium.
The Junior men class was won both days by Alpha’s Cam Wood and we even had an all “Cameron” podium with Cam Bramer and Cam Mason on day two.