Mountain Bike racing and riding this year was tip top as usual. Races are held in the desert of St. George, Utah and then quickly move to the Wasatch Mountains of Solider Hollow, Corner Canyon, Snowbird, Solitude, and Sundance Mountain Resort. These courses offer some epic racing terrain to say the least. Tom took a little break half way through summer to dial in his cyclocross fitness and Jeff continued to race the I-cup series until August. Jeff wrapped up the season with a solid 3rd place at Sundance Mountain resort which gave him the win for the overall series.
Jeff also found his way up to the Missoula Pro XCT in Montana with his good friend Kevin Day and also Mountain Bike Nationals in Mammoth Mountain, California. Neither of those races went his way but that didn't keep him from having fun and meeting new people.
This year Bender Bros Racing also found there way into doing the Crusher in the Tushar. An epic 75 mile race that starts in Beaver, Utah. Burke puts on a stellar race and we can't wait to go back next year.
Last but not least one of our favorite events of the year was the Chequamegon fat tire festival held in Hayward, Wisconsin. Shout out to good friend and teammate Jill Cederholm for picking us up from the airport and letting us borrow her van for the weekend. That was such a big help for us! The race was a complete mess, it had poured the day before and all night which made for one heck of muddy race. We ended up finishing once again together with Tom in 16th and Jeff in 17th. Not our best result but it's always a stellar weekend of racing and seeing family.
Now it's time to dial in our fitness for our favorite time of the year, cyclocross!