Alexey Vermeulen and Lauren De Crescenzo win 2023 Life Time ‘The Rad Dirt Fest’ presented by Wahoo
September 30, 2023
Gravel riders enjoyed a fun fall day in Trinidad on three new courses
Trinidad, Colo., (Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023) – Life Time’s (NYSE: LTH) The Rad Dirt Fest presented by Wahoo took place this weekend in Trinidad, Colo. Going into the third year of the event and the newest addition to the Life Time Grand Prix presented by Mazda, the town was buzzing with gravel excitement from pros and amateurs alike. The Rad welcomed 1,000 cyclists from 46 states and nine countries.
“I am incredibly proud of the third annual The Rad Dirt Fest held in Trinidad, Colorado. This event has been a great collaboration between our team at Life Time and our dedicated community partners in Trinidad. Together, we have both created an exceptional experience and also aided in positioning Trinidad as a promising new destination for outdoor recreation,” says Michelle Duffy Smith, Senior Marketing Director at Life Time. “Participants traveled from near and far to this eclectic community and were rewarded with what is arguably one of the most beautiful courses in the country. The addition of our professional cyclists in the Life Time Grand Prix has further elevated the event’s profile, putting it on the map in a big way. We look forward to continuing this exciting journey of growth and adventure with Trinidad.”
Cyclists tackled the 112-mile ‘Stubborn Delores’ featuring more than 10,400 feet of elevation gain, while the 68-mile ‘Anteloop’ and 47-mile ‘Frijole’ course distances offer 6,500- and 4,200-feet of climbing, respectively. All three courses were new for this year’s race and featured a mix of pristine and punchy gravel. As the day went on the wind picked up for riders and made for a challenging end of the race, but riders preserved until the finish.
The men’s 112-mile race was covered on the Life Time Grand Prix instagram page here. The course started with a lap around Trinidad Lake State Park, where the men stayed in a large pack. At mile 46 the group started to break up with Lachlan Morton and Nathan Spratt about 3-minutes ahead of a large chase group that included Alexey Vermeulen, Alex Howes, Peter Stetina, Matt Beers and more. After 55 miles of gradual climbing, the course finally began to descend. At mile 65, Stetina, Vermeulen and Brendan Johnston led the race with Morton, Howes, Spratt and Eric Brunner not far behind. Going into the final sections of the race Stetina, Vermeulen and Johnson were all very close coming back into downtown Trinidad. After a very punchy climb, Vermeulen and Stetina dropped Johnston. In the descent in the last quarter mile, Vermeulen overtook Stetina, for a sprint to the finish to win the men’s race.
The women’s 112-mile race was covered on The Rad Dirt Fest Instagram page here. Coming out of the state park the lead group of women included Crystal Anthony, Alexis Skarda, Michaela Thompson, Whitney Allison and Lauren De Crescenzo. A number of chase groups had formed behind. At the halfway point, the lead group was charging up the long climbs, led by De Crescenzo, Paige Onweller, Skarda and Anthony. After the long 20-mile climb section, at mile 64, De Crescenzo was leading with Skarda just 10-seconds back and Onweller, Anthony, Melisa Rollins and Heather Jackson all chasing. Coming off the lake trail, De Crescenzo had thirty seconds over Skarda and ultimately took the win by over two-minutes following the finish circuit through the streets of Trinidad. This is De Crescenzo’s second win at The Rad Dirt Fest after winning the inaugural year in 2021.
Women’s Stubborn Delores (112 miles) Results
|Lauren De Crescenzo||Denver, Colo.||33||5:52:17|
|Alexis Skarda||Grand Junction, Colo.||34||5:54:35|
|Crystal Anthony||Bentonville, Ark.||42||5:57:47|
Men’s Stubborn Delores (112 miles) Results
|Alexey Vermeulen||Pinckney, Mich.||28||5:05:29|
|Peter Stetina||Santa Rosa, Calif,||36||5:05:31|
|Brendan Johnston||Coombs, Aus.||25||5:05:36|
Women’s Anteloop (68 miles) Results
|Anna Hicks||Placerville, Calif.||23||3:49:31|
|Morgan Chaffin||Omaha, Neb.||40||3:57:37|
|Kathy Waage||Durango, Colo.||42||4:12:52|
Men’s Anteloop (68 miles) Results
|Max Beitel||Boulder, Colo.||33||3:36:57|
|Robert Irish||Austin, Texas||42||3:36:57|
|Chad Barentsen||Castle Rock, Colo.||34||3:37:24|
Men’s Para Anteloop (68 miles) Results
|Jack Greener||Denver, Colo.||28||5:20:58|
Women’s Frijole (47 miles) Results
|Katie Ulvestad||Denver, Colo.||31||3:10:37|
|Venny Alub||New Waverly, Texas||36||3:18:06|
|Robin Waterman||Golden, Colo.||60||3:26:12|
Men’s Frijole (47 miles) Results
|Isaiah Newkirk||Niwot, Colo.||33||2:30:41|
|Niko Skievaski||Boulder, Colo.||36||2:40:33|
|Dominique Marquez||Parker, Colo.||28||2:42:48|
Non-Binary Frijole (47 miles) Results
|Mol Crickman||Taos, N.M.||37||4:13:50|
|Eli Kosko||Albuquerque, N.M.||2535||4:43:47|
Full race results can be found here.
The Life Time’s The Rad Dirt Fest presented by Wahoo was the sixth race in the 2023 Life Time Grand Prix series presented by Mazda. The series will be capped off on Oct. 21 with the Life Time Big Sugar Gravel presented by Mazda in Bentonville, Ark., part of the Life Time Big Sugar Classic. The next event on the Life Time off-road calendar is the Life Time Little Sugar MTB which will also take place in Bentonville, Ark. on Oct. 15. The final cycling event of the year is the Stages Cycling Austin Rattler MTB on Nov. 4.
To view the current standings and learn more about the Life Time Grand Prix presented by Mazda, visit www.lifetimegrandprix.com. To view all Life Time athletic events, visit my.lifetime.life/athletic-events.
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