The organizers of next May’s Whiskey Off Road in Prescott, Arizona are expecting 1,500 racers, with 100 of those vying for a $20,000 purse.
Todd Sadow, president of Epic Rides, which produces the “Whiskey” and the Kona Bikes 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, said the payout is the largest one-day race cash purse prize in the mountain biking industry. The $20,000 purse will be split in half between the top ten male and female competitors for a unique equal payout opportunity in the world of bike racing.
“This equality is inspiring to women and is a testament to the uniqueness and individuality that mountain bikers embody,” said Heather Irmiger, 2009 U.S. XC and Marathon National Champion. “An equal prize purse nurtures independence, encourages tenacity, and adds legitimacy to women’s racing.”
Epic Rides anticipates 1,500 riders (1,400 amateurs/100 professionals) will participate in three days of racing and in Prescott from April 29through May 1. The weekend will kick off with a pro-level fat tire criterium, a well-appointed industry vendor and tech expo, and beginner level “15 proof” fun ride on Friday (one proof = 1 mile.)
Saturday will present a complete day of amateur riding in the 25 and 50 proof distances complimented by live music on the courthouse lawn and a full schedule of ancillary events and activities centrally located in downtown Prescott. The showdown for the cash purse will commence Sunday morning. The pro and amateur 50 milers will ride the same course.
Now in its eighth year, the “Whiskey,” as it’s known, is an event capable of entertaining everyone, including the non-rider. All the event activities are based in a centralized downtown location 1.5 hours north of Phoenix, Arizona.
Registration for professional riders opens November 1, 2010 and amateur registration opens January 1, 2011.
“I strongly believe the 2011 Whiskey Off Road is an event model that can play a significant role in representing American mountain biking throughout the country,” said Sadow.