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9th Edition of Crusher in the Tushar Set to Roll from Beaver, UT July 13th

World Tour Pros, Gravel Crushing Joes Gear up for a Huge Day in the Saddle

Photo: Where Brake Pads go to die: Crusher’s is known for the climbs, assuming that’s probably because riders can’t look around to take in the surroundings on the screaming descents. Credit: Cathy Kim

Where Brake Pads go to die: Crusher’s is known for the climbs, assuming that’s probably because riders can’t look around to take in the surroundings on the screaming descents.

Beaver, Utah (June 27, 2019) --The sold out 9th edition of Crusher in the Tushar presented by DNA Cycling is set to roll out of Butch Cassidy’s hometown and into the Tushar Mountains on July 13th. 

More than 600 riders including defending champs Zach Calton & Lauren De Crescenzo; reigning Queen of Kanza Amity Rockwell, EF Education’s Alex Howes, and domestic pros TJ Eisenhart, Travis McCabe and recently crowned U23 National Road Champion Lance Haidet will take on the 69-mile route with 10,000 feet of climbing, which tops out at a lung-searing el 10,500 finish line.

Photo: ENVE's Neil Shirley, who won Crusher's King of the Mountain prize in 2012, dishes out the hurt in tough conditions. Credit: Cathy Kim

ENVE's Neil Shirley, who won Crusher's King of the Mountain prize in 2012, lays out the hurt in tough conditions

One of the “monuments” of mixed-surface events, through the years Crusher has drawn the likes of active WorldTour pros Danny Pate of Team Sky and Dimension Data’s Ben King; Dirty Kanza winners Colin Strickland, Allison Tetrick, Rebecca Rusch & Ned Overend, Olympians and other notables. Yet whether pro or Joe, event director Burke Swindlehurst has never wavered in his dedication to every rider that toes the line.

Photo: (L to R) Alison Tetrick, Rebecca Rusch, Lauren De Crescenzo. 2018 Crusher finish line with some incredible bike riders. Credit: Cathy Kim

Photo: (L to R) Alison Tetrick, Rebecca Rusch, Lauren De Crescenzo. 2018 Crusher finish line with some incredible bike riders.

“I’m stoked on that so many active and former professional road, cyclocross and mountain bike racers are drawn to Crusher,” said Swindlehurst. “But it’s riders like 8-time finishers Josh McCarrel and Brandon Banks who come back year after year, that really makes me proud that The Crusher is a fixture of this cycling community. I view it as more than just a bike race, but an experience for each participant--regardless of ability level--to seek out their own personal challenge.”

Billed as “road + dirt” Crusher challenges not only one’s legs but the equipment choices they power. While best tackled on a modern gravel bike, riders have taken to the course aboard cyclocross rigs, road frames, mountain bikes and in some cases the seemingly illegitimate offspring of all three, memorialized in this gallery

On-course aid is provided by First Endurance and Bonk Breaker. Premier event partners include DNA Cycling, Panaracer, Lauf, Beaver Country and Beaver City. All supporting partners can be found here

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Crusher At-A-Glance

  9th edition, sold out with 600 registered riders

  69-mile route with 10,000 feet of climbing. Peak elevation of 10,500 feet

  Departs from Beaver, UT, birthplace of Butch Cassidy, and ends at Eagle Point Resort

  Traverses Tushar Mountains and Fishlake National Forest 

  Course highlight: the 8% average, 5-mile long Col d’ Crush KOM/QOM washboard climb that tops out just below el 10,000 ft

For more information visit http://tusharcrusher.com.  

Photo: Crushar Fan Club.Credit: Cathy Kim

Photo: Crushar Fan Club