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The 2016 Annual Tushar Crusher Road+Dirt Bike Race was once again an exciting and fun-filled event. This was the sixth anniversary of the 70-mile race that consists of a mix of paved and dirt roads traversing through the spectacular Tushar Mountains, and climbing from 6,000 ft to just over 10,000 ft. in elevation.
In late summer of 2010, Burke Swindlehurst a retired road and mountain bike race professional contacted the Beaver County Travel Council chairman to propose that Beaver become the host city for the first annual Crusher in the Tushar bike race for the upcoming summer of 2011. After follow-up talks with the members of the travel council, the Beaver County Travel Council elected to take up the challenge and agreed to help promote and become the main sponsor of the event. The first annual Crusher in the Tushar bike race went off on schedule and attracted cyclists from around the country. One hundred eighty race contestants lined up for the first running of the event. "Since that first contest, the annual Crusher in the Tushar race has quickly gained prominence as one of the premier ultra-endurance cycling events in the nation,” said Burke Swindlehurst, the originator and event director. Burke went on to comment that there were 500 registered riders in the 2013 race, which was a 50% increase over the 350 that registered for the 2012 event.
This uniquely formatted race begins in historic downtown Beaver, Utah the birthplace of famed outlaw “Butch Cassidy” and finishes at Eagle Point, Utah’s newest ski and Summer resort, which is approximately 18 miles up Beaver Canyon from where the event starts. The 70-mile course has plenty of climbing segments and most of them on dirt and gravel. Grades average around 5% but there are some sections of well-over 15%. Along the race route, there are 5 aid stations where riders can replenish their energy with a variety of food and drink or receive any necessary medical attention they might need. The Crusher in the Tushar route is closed to all vehicular traffic during the race to ensure rider safety, so spectators are limited to the start and finish lines.
The 6th annual Crusher in the Tushar was another tremendous success. A little over 600 racers from 29 states and 3 foreign countries lined-up bright and early in downtown Beaver, Utah. Of course, no successful event can happen without the support of many people and a number of organizations. We had over 200 volunteers again this year from Beaver and surrounding Counties along with numerous people who traveled great distances to pitch-in. Couple that with our great sponsors who give us the resources we need to make sure the riders have the best of everything to aid them in their quest for excellence.
Click on the individual Pic Links (lower left) to access the website and the 2016 race results
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