Alexis Skarda wins Wild Horse Gravel ‘racing for Moriah’

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U.S. marathon champion Alexis Skarda (Santa Cruz) received Wild Horse Gravel Saturday in western Colorado, riding solo for a lot of the specialized and climb-intense system that topped out at 8,200 feet. She experienced another rider on her thoughts, though.

Just before the race, there was a minute of silence for Moriah Wilson, the growing gravel star whose demise was documented the night before.

“It was a small bit bittersweet, possessing just uncovered out about Moriah,” Skarda said. “I acquired a tiny emotional on the starting off line, for the reason that I was imagining about how she ought to have been on a setting up line for her gravel race. And I felt like part of me was racing for her currently.”

“I just pictured her crushing me on the climbs like she does,” Skarda said. “She was this kind of a excellent man or woman. Heartbreaking.”

Wilson was identified useless of gunshot wounds in Austin, Texas, where by she was being in preparation for the Gravel Locos race.

At Wild Horse Gravel, Tess Amer and Leah Van Der Linden came in for next and third.

Alexis Skarda (in white helmet) rides at the rear of Hannah Shell and upcoming to Karen Jarchow in the neutral rollout. (Picture: Ben Delaney)

In its third calendar year, Wild Horse Gravel is held at The Significant Lonesome Ranch, a place institution northeast of De Beque (inhabitants 508), and miles from a paved street. Many racers camp on web-site the evening prior to.

The training course is on country roads and non-public ranch tracks.

“It was genuinely rather remaining out there in the middle of nowhere,” said Skarda, who was racing in her first-ever gravel race.

“I am genuinely energized to get a gravel race in in advance of the large Unbound [Gravel],” she reported. “I assume Wild Horse was a good one particular to start out with for the reason that it was rather rugged, and experienced a very little little bit of all the things, so it was fantastic encounter on all types of gravel road.”

Skarda motoring alone to the get past sand hoodoos on the western slope of Colorado. (Photo: Devon Balet / Outdoors Events)

2022 Wild Horse Gravel

  1. Alexis Skarda (Santa Cruz), 3:22:57
  2. Tess Amer (Mazda-Lauf), 3:39: 30
  3. Leah Van Der Linden (Whole Cycle), 3:43:05
  4. Sunny Gilbert (Blue), 3:47:35
  5. Jessica Cygan (Mazda-Lauf), 3:47:48
  6. Aimee Vasee, 4:07:32
  7. Morgan Sooy, 4:08: 53
  8. Karen Jarchow, 4:11:47
  9. Harper Powell, 4:27:45
  10. Bryn Brendamour, 4:28:43

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