And just like that with a bang pro women were off! The song remained the same in Oz as a chorus of capable and talented Female pros stacked the start lines and charged off for the first lap cash preem. Woodruff (Stans /Pivot), Erin Huck (CZ Racing) and Clif Pro Team’s Katerina Nash quickly lined up as they pushed the pace for the cash. The women would stay together for nearly every lap as Woodruff, then Gomez-Villafane (Stans/Pivot), then Huck would each take flyer laps trying to break free. However it all ended as Katerina Nash took one of her patented last lap assaults to come across the line first.
The smart money was always on Series competitors Kegan Swenson (Stans/ Pivot) and Howard Grotts (Specialized). The two were already smartly positioned at the front and so when the crash split the group the contenders were immediately separated. Joined by East Coast jack of all trades Bryan Lewis (Cutaway USA) and perpetual Devo ride Jake Yackle (Yackle Brothers Racing) who smartly bridged up to the lead two seeing the race walk away from them.Specialized racing’s Howard Grotts throws the lookback to see riders attempting to bridge to the 3 man lead group. -K. Wehn
With the skinny tire fun at a close it was time for the riders to rest up and reinflate their rough country rubber for Sunday’s EPIC back country race through unknown terrain of the Ozark mountains.