Easter holds off Zach Calton and Kyle Trudeau, while Chelsea Bolton lights up her home-town race over veteran climbers
Photo courtesy Wasatch All-Road SOLDIER HOLLOW, Utah (August 27, 2022) — Chelsea Bolton (Stay Park City Cycling), improved upon her previous year’s third place to take her biggest win to date over climber Emma Grant and Lindsey Stevenson. Crystal Anthony finished just behind in fourth.
Bolton set a torrid early pace up the Wasatch Wall, which is a nearly 5000 ft behemoth of a climb that defines the opening miles of the 100 mile (Full Yeti) gravel race. The early gap proved crucial, as the remaining quartet of Grant, Stevenson, Anthony and Caroline Tory all traded places throughout the remaining 75 miles with Bolton clear off the front.
“It was awesome! I am a super fan of the Wasatch Wall … I’m a pretty slow descender so I figured if I had any chance at getting in the top 3, I’d have to go hard up that Wall,” said an effusive Bolton.
Behind her was a tight race for second as all 4 women entered the finishing circuit on the Soldier Hollow Olympic Ski Venue together. Grant, who finished runner-up at the climbing-friendly Crusher in the Tushar last month was able to dispatch her companions and hold on to second.
The men’s race came down to a three-way battle between Utah locals Griffin Easter (OpiCure Foundation p/b OrangeSeal Gravel Team), Zach Calton and Kyle Trudeau from Tucson.
While there was no separation from the […]