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Over a hundred riders hit the dirt for the Bonecrusher mountain bike races at the Madras East Hills Trails last weekend.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Brian Harris of the 10 Barrel Racing team flies through the air during the Bonecrusher XCO mountain bike race held on Sunday, April 24, at the Madras East Hills Trails.The Madras East Hills Trails were packed this past weekend, as over a hundred riders descended upon the city for the Bonecrusher cross-country mountain bike races on April 23 and 24.

"I think it was fantastic, to be honest," said course director Landon Farnworth, who also raced in the events. "I don't think I've heard a word of bad feedback so far. I think everyone had a good time."

In addition to his own work as course director, Farnworth noted that the event was a major success thanks to the contributions of Ron Hollingshead, Andrew Loscutoff and Brennan Morrow. Hollingshead was the architect for the course, while Loscutoff served as event director. Morrow, meanwhile, handled logistics as the Madras chapter representative in the Central Oregon Trails Alliance.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Course architect Ron Hollingshead performs a final test of one of the features he installed for the Bonecrusher XCO races at the Madras East Hills Trails."People were stoked on the venue," Farnworth added. "A lot of people come out there and say, 'I've never ridden in Madras' or 'I've never been out here, this is crazy to see, these trails are so well-made.' It's a pat on the back to the trail builders, and then also to us, for putting on a good race that everyone is happy with."

On Saturday, 74 riders participated in the Bonecrusher Short Track Cross-Country (STXC) race. Henry Nadell of CZ Racing edged out Farnworth, who competes for Dryve Racing, for the men's championship. Nadell finished six laps on the short course in 21:06.6, and Farnsworth was less than a second behind him at 21:07.2.

"I had a super good battle with (Nadell)," said Farnworth, who added that he has raced against Nadell in the past and sees him as a good barometer for his own success. "Honestly, I think he's way above my level. If I had a good battle with him, then I'm in a really good shape moving forward."

Madeline Stover of Cascadia Junior Cycling won the women's STXC championship on Saturday, finishing her five-lap run in 21:53.6 — nearly a minute faster than the second-place finisher, Sophie Russberger of Team S&M, who logged a time of 22:53.1.

Owen Kuhl of the Ashland Devo/Handlebar team and Whitney Hayden, who races for Gresham Barlow, were the winners in the junior categories on Saturday.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Dani Stiles of the 10 Barrel Racing team makes her way through the Madras East Hills Trails course.Registration nearly doubled for Sunday's event, with 139 riders taking part in the Bonecrusher Cross-Country Olympic (XCO) races. These races took place across an expanded area as compared to Saturday's short-track event, with laps taking roughly six times as long to complete.

Nadell celebrated another victory, topping the seven-person Elite category with a three-lap time of 1:08:15.5. Farnworth, meanwhile, took another second place finish with a mark of 1:08:39.1. One of his teammates on the Dryve Racing team, Noah Sanders, finished third in both races.

In addition to the Elite category, there were a few other categories for riders. For each category, the course was changed slightly to alter the difficulty of the race.

Russenberger took first place in the women's Category 1 standings, while Jacob Olander topped the men's 19-44 division. Jonathan Myers of Team S&M was first in the Category 1 45+ group, and Zane Strait took first among the top category of juniors.

Other winners from Sunday include: Andrew Stringer (Cat 2, Men 19-39); Robert Umberhandt (Cat 2, Men 40-49); Cort Johnson (Cat 2, Men 50-59); Cooper Garland (Cat 2, Junior Men); Stryker Nola (Cat 2, Junior Women); Kevin Johnson (Cat 2, Senior 60+); Cherie Touchette (Cat 2, Women); Greyson Turner (Cat 3, Men 19-39); Josh Johansen (Cat 3, Men 40-59); Ryan Mares (Cat 3, Junior Men); Whitney Hayden (Cat 3, Junior Women); Tad Hodgert (Cat 3, Senior 60+); Florence Perez (Cat 3, Women); and Mitchell Summer (Special Category, E-Bike).

The Bonecrusher races will come back to the Madras East Hills Trails next spring.


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