Scott Enduro 2018
Event features 300 racers, $5K in prizes
by Jacque Garcia
The Times-Independent
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Scott Enduro 2018
Scott Enduro racers Cooper Ott and Cody Kelley won the women's and men's pro division last year, respectively. Both will be riding again this year. 						           Photos by Sean Ryan
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The Scott Enduro returns to Moab this weekend to host its sixth race in the area. The sold-out event will host 300 mountain bikers from amateurs to professionals.

“This is the third year in a row we’re sold out,” said the event’s communications manager Eli Davis. “We’ll have 300 riders out there so it’s a great way to start the season.”

Racers have the option to participate in junior, amateur, pro, expert or veteran expert fields, which will occur in stages spaced throughout the day on Saturday, May 4, beginning with the pro level race for men at 6:30 a.m.

“The terrain is pretty unique to Moab,” Davis said of the race. The event will be set in the Klondike Bluffs, but the actual course details were not available to the racers until Wednesday, May 2. “The course isn’t released until the Wednesday before the race, so that prevents riders from going out and getting an advantage by riding it early,” Davis explained.

Several notable competitors are expected to race at the event, including the 2017 men's pro winner Cody Kelly, and the 2017 women's pro winner Cooper Ott. There will be room to view the race along the Klondike Bluffs course throughout the day. “It’s a really fun event to come to,” Davis said. “There’s plenty of room to watch along the course. We emphasize safety and that people stay off the course but there’s plenty of space to come see the race.”

Riders will begin to cross the finish line around 11 a.m. on Saturday, and there will be a food truck, vendors, and awards ceremonies throughout the afternoon at the south trailhead of the Klondike Bluffs area. $5,000 in prize money will be given out to the first five competitors in the pro division.

Davis expects most competitors to make a weekend out of the race. “Definitely the camping is a unique aspect that adds a lot of fun to it. It makes it the whole weekend and not just the race itself,” he said. “People stay for the weekend and keep riding and explore around Moab.”

For more information on the race, visit endurocupmtb.com.

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