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Braden Kappius, 3rd Place at Master of the Mass Enduro - 2012 Master of the Mass Enduro Race - Mountain Biking Pictures - Vital MTB

Racers woke (some with hangovers) early Saturday morning for the toughest of the race's four stages, the XC stage. This mass-start stage began with a rowdy and fast 1,000 ft descent on beautiful bench-cut singletrack before turning straight back up the mountain for a brutal, prolonged mostly service road climb nearly back to the starting elevation. Unfortunately, the lead packs in both the Pro and Amateur mens classes took a wrong turn and had to fight back to catch those in the second group. Luckily this happenend before the long, grueling climb, so there was plenty of time for the mistake to sort itself out. Those with a cross-country background battled it out up front while those with more a gravity disposition mainly tried not to the let minutes slip away and let the lead group gather an insurmountable gap. To that end, the organizers did split the gap times in half for this stage so the fittest and fastest cross-country racers couldn't simply walk away with the podium for the whole race. Following the climb, the course headed back downhill on the new jump trail at the resort, Valhalla. By this time though, most racers were a little too tired to throw down much "steeze" on the trail's never-ending sequence of jumps, berms, and step-ups. Young XC hotshot (aboard the previously mentioned carbon hardtail 29") Keegan Swirbul put nearly a minute over second place finisher Flynn George. Stage one winner Nate Hills was right there in third and kept his overall leader position.

Credit: Jeremy Swanson
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2012 Master of the Mass Enduro Race

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