Wetzel, Butler win at Mudslinger
BLODGETT –Nearly 300 riders in 25 categories toed the line under beautifully sunny and warm Oregon spring weather Saturday for the 23rd Peak Sports Mudslinger. The Pacific Northwest’s oldest mountain bike race had riders careening over, around and through private forest land outside of Blodgett.
Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) knocked off her second-straight Mudslinger Pro women’s victory and notched her second 2011 Oregon XC Series win as well. Bellingham, Washington’s Logan Wetzel (Second Ascent) took home the Pro men’s win in front of Sean Babcock, denying the Team S&M rider and Hornings Hustle winner the opportunity to log a second Oregon XC Series win.
Butler covered the course in just over two hours, clocking 2:00:31 as the fastest women’s time. Karen DeWolfe of Corvallis finished more than three minutes later at 2:03:38. Cat 1 winner Jill Hardiman was next across the line with a time of 2:08:14. Wetzel and Babcock battled neck and neck throughout the entire Pro men’s race, with Wetzel finally gaining a nine second advantage by the finish. John Weathers (Sunset Cycling) finished more than three and a half minutes later for third. Cordino Longiotti (Sesalvo Custom Cycles) won the Singlespeed event in front of Tom Keller (Pistis) and Luke Demoe (HTFU).
23rd Peak Sports Mudslinger
Pro/Cat 1 Women
1. Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) 2:00:31
2. Karen DeWolfe 2:03:38
3. Jill Hardiman (Exestential Velo) 2:08:14
4 Lisa Turnbull (Team REP) 2:11:32
5. Shawna Palanuk 2:14:08
1. Logan Wetzel 1:39:10
2. Sean Babcock (Team S&M) 1:39:19
3. John Weathers (Sunset Cycles) 1:43:43
4. Patrick Means 1:44:21
5. Justin Finn 1:44:34
1. Cordino Longiotti (Desalvo Custome Cycle) 1:48:35
2. Tom Keller (Pistis) 1:51:27
3. Luke Demoe 1:53:06
Complete OBRA results are HERE.