Emerson and Beyer Top the Podium in Utah’s 2017 East Canyon Echo Road Race

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The Canyon Pro Cycling team of Paco Mancebo, Chad Beyer, and Rob Squire motoring on the backside of Hogsback in the East Canyon Road Race, April 15, 2017. Photo by Dave Iltis
The Canyon Pro Cycling team of Paco Mancebo, Chad Beyer, and Rob Squire motoring on the backside of Hogsback in the East Canyon Road Race, April 15, 2017. Photo by Dave Iltis

By Dave Iltis – On a sunny and crisp spring day, the Sports-Am East Canyon Road Race took place at East Canyon Resort on April 15, 2017. With a light road racing schedule in Utah this spring, the race had great attendance with over 240 racers lining up at the start.

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The 60 mile course was changed this year to start at East Canyon, instead of the top of Hogsback. This meant riders only had to climb the stairstep climb twice rather than the usual three times. But this didn’t keep the climb from being a major factor in the race.

In the pro men’s race, locally-based Canyon Pro Cycling kicked off the fireworks from the gun with three riders setting a hard tempo. The pack held together for about three-quarters of the way up the first ascent of Hogsback, out of the East Canyon Reservoir. Paco Mancebo (Canyon), former winner of the Tour of Utah, and internationally known pro racer, attacked near the top bringing Fat Bike World Champion Rob Squire, and Arizona-based pro Chad Beyer with him.

Rob Squire (center), Chad Beyer (left), and Paco Mancebo (right) lead at the front of the pack just before establishing the winning break. Beyer would go on to win the race. East Canyon Road Race, April 15, 2017. Photo by Dave Iltis
Rob Squire (center), Chad Beyer (left), and Paco Mancebo (right) lead at the front of the pack just before establishing the winning break. Beyer would go on to win the race. East Canyon Road Race, April 15, 2017. Photo by Dave Iltis

The trio of pros rode strong over the next 50 miles and were able to keep the peloton at bay despite a lot of work from the various teams.

At the finish, Mancebo dropped off, and Beyer and Squire sprinted for the line with Beyer taking the win over Squire. In the field, the high-powered Canyon squad formed a lead-out train for Erik Slack, who finished fourth. Joe Waters and Rob Smallman rounded out the top 6.

In the women’s field, the three women fought it out over the classic course. Mary Emerson (Plan 7) was dropped on the first climb, but regained contact. She attacked after the turnaround, but was unable to hold it. Alison Frye (Ski Utah), Jillian Gardner (Canyon), and Emerson traded pulls over much of the course until the climb back over Hogsback. Gardner was dropped, then Emerson, with Frye going over the top first. Emerson caught back on the descent, and then attacked Frye to solo in for the win.

Other category winners were: Lindsey Stevenson (Team Endurance 360) – Women 3-4-5; Kelly Hunsaker (Plan7 DS) – Master 35+ Women; Mark Otterson (Zanconato Racing) Men’s 35-44; Ben Nichols (Canyon) – Men’s 45+; Mark Schaefer (Maddog Racing) – Men’s 55+; Darren Tuckett (Total Care) – Men’s Cat 3-4; Samuel McBride Men’s Cat 4; Jeff Phillips – Men’s Cat 4/5 35+; Owen Ala- Men’s Cat 5; Hunter Munns – Junior Men.

 

The women's master 35+ field on the backside of Hogsback in the East Canyon Road Race, April 15, 2017. Kelly Hunsaker (red jersey) went on to win the category. Photo by Dave Iltis
The women’s master 35+ field on the backside of Hogsback in the East Canyon Road Race, April 15, 2017. Kelly Hunsaker (red jersey) went on to win the category. Photo by Dave Iltis
The East Canyon Road Race has beautiful scenery and a great course. Photo by Dave Iltis
The East Canyon Road Race has beautiful scenery and a great course. Photo by Dave Iltis

Results:

FCAT 3/4/514-991LindseyStevensonTeam Endurance 360
   2AlieshaLarsenCaliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lexus Lindon
   3EleiseHintonCaliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lexus Lindon
   4MeghanGilroyBreakaway Women’s Racing p/b Ki
   5EmilyBirchCaliber SBR Cycling
   6RebekahStrobelCaliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
   7AshleyBeimertCaliber/ SBR
   8AnnetteBowmanTeam Endurance360
   9AngelaHowePlan7 DS
   10ClarissaJohnsonSBR
   11AspenHassellCaliber SBR
   12CHANDRACRUZTOSH/HYPERTHREADS
 Open35-991KellyHunsakerPLAN7 DS
   2ColleenNeiderTeam Endurance 360
   3KristyStrattonNEBO Cycling
   4ShannonTuddenhamPlan7 DS
   5OliviaMoore 
 Pro/Cat 1/2/314-991MaryEmerson 
   2AlisonFryeSki Utah
   3JillianGardnerCanyon Bicycles Shimano
M  1HunterMunnsBox Elder Composite High School
   2JohannMoore 
   3TreyMunnAir Force Cycling TEam
 CAT 1/2/3/4/535-441MarkOttersonZanconato Racing
   2DavidBagleyUSANA Health Sciences
   3JoshFoukasTOSH
   4DevinSmithBountiful Mazda
   5JaredKirbyBountiful Mazda Cycling Team
   6TylerHigleyBountiful Mazda Cycling
   7KeithNorrisBountiful Mazda
   8DanielThunellLiVe Well p/b Bountiful Bicycle
   9TomPitcherPavestone Capital
  45-991BenNicholsCanyon
   2StephenRogersZone Five Racing
   3BillyTenhagenPavestone Capital Cycling
   4JustinWilsonIntermountain Live Well
   5AaronJordinCanyon Bicycles – Shimano
   6brentcannonTeam Elevate
   7ScottAllencanyon bicycles
   8kylebrownPLAN7 DS cycling team
   9BruceBilodeauCanyon Bicycles Shimano
   10DanKadrmasBountiful Mazda Cycling Team
   11MichaelFogartyFirst Endurance
   12VirenSarkigian 
   13JohnMcKoneColesport
   14BrianWeidmerCaliber/SBR; Volo Cycling
   15seanjagerPavestone Capital Cycling Team
   16alanwheelwrightAmerica First Credit Union/P-To
   17AaronBranhamZanconato Racing
   18TroyThompsonPaveston Capital
  55-991MarkSchaeferMaddog Racing / Hammer Nutritio
   2DirkCowleyFFKR ARCHITECTS RACING
   3NormanFryeSki Utah
   4JamesFergusonBountiful Mazda
   5MichaelLovelandNeedles Peak
   6AndresMaricq 
   7JeraldHunsakerBountiful Mazda Cycling Team
   8KenLouderFFKR ARCHITECTS RACING/VeloSpor
   9MichaelMacDonaldBountiful Mazda
   10RandalBuiePavestone Capital
   11LarryBratton 
   12DonaldLeachCanyon-Shimano Bicycles
   999dwighthibdonFFKR Architects Racing
 CAT 3/414-991DarrinTuckettTotal.CARE
   2HigleyVanFFKR
   3DeppeBruceCicada Racing Inc.
   4AndrewFast 
   5KadeBrasher 
   6BenStevenson 
   7RyderJordin 
   8ConnorPattenSki City
   9SkyylerPattenSki City
   10PrestonYardleyTeam Endurance 360
   11SamuelBeattieUniversity of Utah
   12LoganNewmanCicada Racing
   13BradenHudspethCanyon Bicycles
   14BillyRappleyeZone Five Racing
   15ErikBrockhoffCicada Racing Inc.
   16EricDraperShadow
   17nathancurtisCaliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
   18JasonBondTeam Endurance 360
   19AndrewJudkinsTeam Endurance360
   20RogerMulholland 
   21BenCookCicada Racing
   22LeeSchultzEndurance 360
   23RyanMauserZone Five Racing
   24EdwardKilbournCicada Racing inc
   25XavierLopez 
   26DanielSellersCicada Racing
   27JasonBraithwaiteSpider Bait Cycling
 CAT 414-991SamuelMcBride 
   2NicPorterAdobe
   3GabrielShipley 
   4AndrewRobinsonZone Five Racing
   5T. ViggoMooreZone Five Racing
   6BryanHullTeam SaltCycle
   7AndrewGrecoCanyon Bicycles-Shimano
   8TimFrostUtah State University
   9TimJaggiCicada racing inc.
   10JaredMeyersContender
   11ChrisEppleyCaliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
   12SpencerBrownContender Bicycles
   13AndrewYapiasIntermountain Livewell
   14PatMortonStay Park City
 CAT 4/535-991JeffPhillips 
   2RobertBruhnZone Five Racing
   3RobStrattonNebo Cycling
   4BenRaybould 
   5ShaneDangerfieldBountiful Mazda
   6BenBeligle 
   7STUARTANDERSONMI DUOLE / BARBACOA
   8BrettPetersonZone Five Racing
   9RyanHobsonAdobe Cycling
   10kevinfullerZone Five Racing
   11PaulHughesElko Velo
   12EricLarsonCanyon Bicycles
   13RobMcCombsZone Five Racing
   14StevenParryZone Five Racing
   15RickMillerPorcupine/Cityworks Cycling Clu
   16MichaelDeanCanyon Bicycles
   17MattMonson 
   18MikeBroderick 
   19KyleJensen 
   20MattAsayAdobe
   21DougAlmstedtNebo Cycling
   22JoshuaBondTeam Endurance 360
   23GregGuestZone Five Racing
   24AlexArmstrongCanyon Bicycles Shimano
   25TravisEngarSlim and Knobby/Skull Candy
   26TroyHuebnerZone Five Racing
   27DwaineAllgjerZone Five Racing
   28MosesFernandezCanyon-Shimano
   29MikeJohnsonTeam TOSH
   30DrewVan BoerumTOSH
   31MattSnyder 
   32CorryCropper 
   33JimFerrellZancanto
   34WayneButlerZanconato
   35SpencerChippingMi Duole
   36ZacNelson 
   37JasonMunns 
   38JasonDuranZone Five Racing
   39WadeOkelberryCanyon Bicycles – Shimano
   40GreggWeightGolden Spike Cycling
   41MarkPinson 
   42JamesHunterElko Velo
   43EricAndersonStay Park City Cycling
   44EthanFisherBike Accident Attorneys
   45JamesDerrickZanconato Racing
   46MikeDawesBike Accident Attorneys (BAA)
   47DanielBilonicroadbikerepair
 CAT 514-991owenala 
   2WilliamBlack 
   3TrevorRobinsonFitzgerald’s Bike Shop
   4TristanHarrisCanyon Bicycles
   5MichaelKeenanRed Rock Bicycle
   6JoshPetersonBear Development Team
   7JamesMottThe Bike Shoppe
   8TannerCarlson 
   9GoranMehinovicWorkfront-Canyon Bicycles
   10RemiCousseMaybrid
   11JonathanBigelowCaliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
   12MarkSmithLogan Race Club
   13JohnHughes 
   14JasonDahl 
   15SethHinckleySBR
   16NateFurman 
   17HaydenJohnsonCanyon Bicycles
   18ColtFlittonAmerica first p town
   19JeffOlsen 
   20HenryLarsonCanyon Bicycles
   21AndyWelchMI Duole
   22JoeCarrieLogan Race Club
   23CurtisMadsenAFCU
   24JessClapier 
   25GaryMorris 
   26JoeMcAllisterMillcreek Bicycle Syndicate
   27KevinSchwartzStay Park City Cycling
   28ZachDespainCanyon Bicycles
   29IanJackson 
   30ScottLaRocheP-Town Events/Biker’s Edge Race
   31BradyO’Shaughnessy
   32CraigRiddle 
   33ScottMark 
   34DemetriLeachCanyon Bicycles
   35coreyspencerAmerica First Cycling Team Pres
   36LanceHeaton 
   37JoshuaGilbertFFKR Architects racing
   38BrettWirick 
   39GusEngelhardt 
   40WillBlackRMCC
   41BrandonRoss 
   42MichaelNuckolsUnited States Air Force
   43JeffBernardUSAF
   44WilliamBehnken 
   45MiguelDuarteUSAF CYCLING TEAM
   46MichaelWilsonCaliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
   47ZachPetersen 
   48StevenGlauser 
   49AndrewSteiner 
   50RayLandry 
   51TreyMunnAir Force Cycling Team
   52StevenNielsonBike Accident Attorneys
   53NathanLambornFFKR Architects Racing
 Pro/1/2/314-991ChadBeyerCanyon Bicycles Pro
   2RobSquireCanyon Bicycle Pro
   3FranciscoManceboCanyon Bicycle Pro
   4EricSlackCanyon Bicycles Pro
   5JoeWaters 
   6RobertSmallmanTeam Endurance 360
   7CortlanBrownCanyon Bicycles Pro
   8TannerSoelbergCaliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
   9ChrisWinnCanyon Bicycles Pro
   10KeatonRichCaliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
   11JosephStewartCaliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
   12NathanManwaringTeam Endurance360
   13SteveFisherCanyon Bicycles Pro
   14KalerMarshallCanyon Bicycles Pro
   15MichaelHawleyLiVeWell p/b Harristone
   16ShaunJohnsoncicada
   17BryceOlsenLiVeWell p/b Harristone
   18MichaelFerrellTeam Feral Catz
   19ErikHarringtonRMCC
   20TrevorJacksonCaliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
   21MitchellPetersonCanyon Bicycles/Shimano
   22ZachCaltonSki City
   23MichaelBoothCanyon Bicycle Pro
   24CoryGreenbergCanyon Pro
   25KevinTurchinMonster Media Racing
   26MichaelClaudioThirsty Bear p/b Akamai
   27DerekEdwardsCanyon Bicycles Pro
   28KevinVan Loon 
   29TomMillarCaliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
   30PrestonWeeksCaliber-SBR Cycling p/b LHM Lex
   31MikeWilcoxCanyon Bicycles
   32MichaelTrussellPlan 7 DS
M  1HunterMunnsBox Elder Composite High School
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