On The Pegs August 2017 - Volume 2 - Issue 8 - Page 73

On The Pegs Vol. 2 Issue 8 - August 2017 P 73 rider slowly began stretching his lead. “Jesse got hung up and I was able to take advantage of it and get into the lead,” said Toth, who made a mistake of his own a short time later, though he didn’t lose a position. “There was a big valley with cliffs on both sides that I got stuck on during the first lap and that was a struggle.” After the first lap Toth had built a two- minute ahead of Baylor and Beta USA’s Jordan Ashburn, who were battling over second. Toth continued to keep a fast but smooth pace in the rocks, ultimately crossing the finish line with over four minutes to spare. “It’s awesome to get the win,” said Toth. “It means a lot to win it just because it’s such a tough race. I’ve been riding really well lately and I’m really happy about that. “There was a section that was just relentless, with ups and downs and loose shale rock, and that was probably the toughest part of the race. Any time you got off line it just took so much energy to get back on line that it sucked all the energy right out of you.” Baylor came out on top of a race-long battle with Ashburn to grab the runner- up slot. After passing back and forth for most of the race, Baylor finally took control of second place for good when Ashburn made a mistake on the hill called Stairway to Heaven. “Jordan got hung up on the big hill and I was able to get by him, although there wasn’t much room to squeeze by,” said Baylor. “This is probably the toughest race I’ve ever done – it was brutal. It was gnarly and hot and humid and in some places you were riding along the tops of bluffs and you just could eЁɐѼ)хt)͡ɸ݅́Ѽхѡ)ѕѡմͥɥe