Snowbird has traditionally had two cycling races in the past - both hillclimbs and each considered to be a true test of stamina. One is a road-bike race from Sandy up to entry #2 at Snowbird which ends up being about 3500 feet of vertical in ten miles. The other is a mountain bike climb from the base of the resort up a service road to Hidden Peak at 11,000 feet. That's an astounding 3000-foot gain in about 3.5 miles! We're talking 13-14% grade all the way to the top.
So I was estatic last year when Snowbird announced they were going to combine these two races into one! 6500' in 14 miles - now that's my kind of race.
On the dirt portion, I passed several riders that had smoked me on the road bike. Many were walking with shaky legs up the steeper and looser parts of the course. Somehow I was able to make it to the top without puting a foot down and still felt pretty fresh.
Results: Road hillclimb to Snowbird TIME--> 59:34 placing me 22nd out of 61 in my class