10th Annual Crusher in the Tushar presented by the Creamery Brings Top Gravel Cyclists to Beaver, Utah
July 12, 2021
577 riders tackled 10,400ft of climbing over the 69-mile course and finished at Utah’s newest ski and summer resort—Eagle Point—for the first time; Olympic mountain biker Sofia Gomez Villafane of Heber City, UT took first place on the 69-mile course for the women, and former Grand Tour road racer, Peter Stetina of Santa Rosa, CA finished first in the men’s division
Beaver, Utah, July 12 –The Crusher in the Tushar presented by the Creamery, a gravel event owned and produced by Life Time, welcomed a field of approximately 577 riders representing 26 states to Utah’s Tushar Mountains outside of Beaver, Utah this past Saturday, July 10.
This uniquely formatted gravel race began in historic downtown Beaver, the birthplace of famed outlaw “Butch Cassidy” and finished at Utah’s newest ski and Summer resort, Eagle Point. Crusher has a 60/40 split of gravel to tarmac gravel sectors and brings riders to explore the stunning backcountry of Utah’s little-known Tushar Mountains and Fishlake National Forest. Racers tackled 10,400’ of climbing over 69 miles on the Crusher course, which is one of the most challenging gravel races in the world, and the only one with a true mountain top finish.
In the women’s division, Sofia Gomez Villafane, 27, of Heber City, UT placed first with a finish time of 5:19:12. Maude Farrell, 29, of Mill Valley, CA secured second place with a finish time of 5:21:20. Lauren De Crescenzo, 30, of Atlanta, GA placed third in the division with a completion time of 5:30:28.
For the men’s division, Peter Stetina, 33, of Santa Rosa, CA placed first with a finish time of 4:13:48. Zach Calton, 24, of Ogden, UT secured second place with a finish time of 4:22:27. Edward Anderson, 23, of Richmond, VA placed third in the division with a completion time of 4:25:28.
Full results can be found at Athlinks, here.
“Our 10th running of the Crusher in the Tushar is a year late, but so much greater than I ever could have imagined it when I started back in 2010,” said Burke Swindlehurst, founder and event director of Crusher in the Tushar. “The way the event has grown without losing the challenge that I envisioned way back when. Now with Life Time’s support, I’m really making good on my vision of sharing the beauty of this special place, while also giving back to my hometown and community. Congrats to the honchos who won today—Sofia and Peter—and everyone who tested their fitness and grit to crush the Crusher!”
Life Time finishes the gravel season with a trio of new events in October and November. The Rad Dirt Fest, Oct. 2-3, just announced this spring, brings gravel to an epic high-desert course in the Spanish Peaks and around the eclectic southwestern town of Trinidad, Colo. Big Sugar NWA Gravel will be held on Oct. 23 in Bentonville, Ark. This event takes racers through the ‘highs and hollows’ of northwest Arkansas and will surely not disappoint those who’ve previously enjoyed a Life Time gravel event.
For those not interested in racing, the Life Time Rideaway Zion closes the season just down the road from the Crusher in the Tushar’s Beaver-based course. This camp, held in Hurricane, Utah, offers three days of gravel riding, Nov. 11-14. Life Time Rideaway camps offer the ultimate introduction to gravel riding, while the Zion event offers a chance to glean insight and instruction from Crusher in the Tushar founder, promoter, and former professional rider Burke ‘T-bird’ Swindlehurst who will be on hand as one of the ride’s guides.
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The Crusher in the Tushar is owned and produced by Life Time, the premier healthy lifestyle brand. It is among more than 30 premier athletic events owned by the company, including Garmin UNBOUND Gravel, Verizon New York City Triathlon, Chicago Triathlon, and Miami Marathon.
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