Racers from twelve states and three countries took to the roads of Southern Utah September 12th to 14th, at the Third Annual Hoodoo 500 UltraMarathon Bicycle Race. The Hoodoo 500 follows a course starting in St. George, and traveling through Hurricane, Colorado City, Kanab, Carmel Junction, Bryce, Tropic, Escalante, Boulder, Torrey, Loa, Panguitch, Cedar City and back to St. George. While testing their mettle over 515 miles with 30,000+ feet of climbing over mountain passes above 10,000', racers enjoyed awe-inspiring scenery which varies from  majestic cliffs, striking red rock hoodoos, aspen and pine forests and high mountain meadows.

It started out as a perfect weekend for racing in Southern Utah. Saturday daytime temperatures ranged from the mid 80s to low 90s, winds were fairly calm, and not a drop of rain or hail or snow fell in the high mountains. Overnight temperatures were in the 40s and 50s. Mother Nature had something else in store for Sunday... Headwinds blasted with gusts up to 30 mph, rain and hail fell on Cedar Mountain. The weather slowed racers to a crawl and added a whole other dimension to this already super challenging course. The winds literally shredded the solo field to pieces. Only the toughest of the tough - seven of fourteen solos and two of eleven solo voyagers crossed the finish line in St. George. Champions all.

David Holt from Laguna Niguel, California, won the overall solo, and was also the first place 50+ racer, with his very impressive time of 34:27. David missed the 50+ course record by a mere 7 minutes! He can definitely blame that on the wind! Ross Muecke from Kennewick, Washington and Dave Elsberry from Laguna Niguel, California rounded out top three. Jeffrey Bonk, Joan Grant, Matt Longson and Jeramy Frick were the final four - and deserve huge kudos for toughing it out!

Ex-pro racer Sean Nealy won the solo Voyager division with a great time of 42:43. Sean was hours ahead of the Voyager record when he decided to back off and get some sleep. He waited a couple of hours in Cedar City for his friend and fellow racer Dave Elsberry. After being by himself for so long, Sean was happy to ride with Dave for the short 15 minutes allowed - and was then content just to have Dave within sight while riding the last lonely 80 miles. Sean and Dave crossed the finish line together.

The only other Voyager to go the distance was 50+ racer John Fuoco from Lewiston, Pennsylvania, with a time of 45:45. This was John's second attempt at the Voyager division. Last year he got too cold and abandoned at time station four in Loa. This year John came fully prepared for everything, including Arctic conditions. Fortunately, he never had to wear most of that cold weather gear! It was wonderful to watch John's inspiring race this year. Check out John's great race report here.

Voyagers must race the entire 515 miles without any outside support other than sending drop bags to four time stations and scavenging along the course. Just finishing the Voyager division within the 50 hour time limit is a tremendous accomplishment - achieved by only five racers in three years. Voyager finishers are a very select and special few incredibly strong, highly motivated and determined ultra cyclists. Sean, John, and all the past Voyager finishers, exemplify what the Voyager division is meant to be: An incredible physical and mental challenge- which, when conquered, is no doubt a cherished lifetime accomplishment and memory. Congratulations Sean and John!

Of the solos and solo Voyagers, Jeramy Frick, Joan Grant, Matt Longson and Sean Nealy qualify for the Race Across America. David Holt, Ross Muecke, Jeffrey Bonk, Dave Elsberry and John Fuoco came to the Hoodoo having qualified for RAAM at other events.

Relay-Team records were smashed in 2009!

4-Man Team Road Rage - Brian Duff, Patrick Watson and Anthony Restuccia from Los Angeles, and Andre Gonzalez from Lehi, Utah, smoked the course and bested their own record in 23:27; once again racing with flawless high-speed rolling exchanges and short, super-high-speed pulls. Road Rage is a lot of fun to watch!

4-Man 60+ Team Hoosiers - Drew Clark from Erie, Colorado, Steve Gerbig from Evansville, Indiana, Richard Rupp from Angola, Indiana and Dave Tanner from Bloomington, Indiana, set the mark in the 60+ category with an impressive time of 30:03. Even with the crazy wind conditions, their 60+ time bests the course record in the 50+ division. Not too over the hill, Hoosiers!!!

2-Man Team Red Rock - Colt Albrecht from St. George, Utah and Scott Smith from Evergreen, Colorado took over three hours off the prior course record with their spectacular time of 28:49. Colt and Scott raced together twice before, each time with a 4-man team. They set the record in 2007 and took second in 2008. We knew something great was going to happen in 2009! Thanks to Colt and Scott for proving us right!

2-Man 50+ Desert Rats - Race veterans Shaun Griffin and Ric Schrank, both from Virginia City, Nevada, broke the 50+ record by nearly 2 hours with their 35:11 finish. It was a crazy, one-of-a-kind finish for the 2-person relay division, as the Desert Rats, 13 minutes behind Team Chip & Old Block at the last time station, hammered the last 14 miles; and then caught and passed Chip & Old Block to cross the line about 10 seconds (or less) ahead. Both teams received the same finish time as less than a minute separated them. WOW! It was very exciting!

Solo winners David Holt and Sean Nealy each received a personalized plaque with their name and finishing time and a VDO Z-series altimeter/computer. Prizes from Hammer Nutrition and Sparrow-Hawk Photography were awarded to second and third place solos, our record setting (and first ever) solo female, Joan Grant, and to record-setting relay teams. Nearly everyone won a raffle prize from VDO, Hammer Nutrition, DeTours Bags, and Red Rock Bicycle Company. A huge thanks to all of our sponsors for their continuing support.

Racers, crew and Hoodoo staff all enjoyed the post-race banquet breakfast which included a full buffet of eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, waffles, fresh fruit, yogurt, coffee and orange juice. It was a great celebration of the Hoodoo 500 - the most epic and challenging 500-mile race on the Planet.

To see for yourself how exciting and competitive the race was, you can view photos of the race and review all of the time station splits at http://www.HooDoo500.com.

For 2010 and beyond, the Hoodoo 500 will be held the last weekend in August that is not Labor Day weekend. We know you're thinking, "Will it be hotter?" The answer is NO. The high temperatures between the end of August and mid-September are fairly consistent. However, the date change could very well mean higher low temperatures over the mountain passes, which no doubt, will benefit the racers.

That said, we're already looking forward to the next Hoodoo 500. Mark your calendars for August 28-30, 2010!

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Place Last Name First Name M/F Age City State Finish Time
1 Holt David M 57 Laguna Niguel CA 34:27
2 Muecke Ross M 44 Kennewick WA 37:32
3 Elsberry David M 58 Laguna Niguel CA 40:13
4 Bonk Jeffrey M 31 Sioux Falls SD 44:57
5 Grant Joan F 29 Sunnyvale CA 44:58**
6 Longson Matt M 40 Holladay UT 45:18
7 Frick Jeramy M 31 Rye CO 47:53
  Goggins David M 34 San Diego CA DNF
  Jacobson Rick M 51 Tarzana CA DNF
  Kingsford Adam M 38 Lone Pine CA DNF
  Malone Troy M 37 Escondido CA DNF
  Robinson Blu M 34 Orem UT DNF
  Stevens Russell M 40 Santa Clara CA DNF
  Bortsmayer Robin M 43 Banff CAN DNS

VOYAGERS (Solo, self-supported)

Place Last Name First Name M/F Age City State Finish Time
1 Nealy Sean M 34 San Juan Capistrano CA 42:43
2 Fuoco John M 53 Lewiston PA 45:45
  Alvarado Roberto M 49 Salinas, Puerto Rico   DNF
  Carpenter Paul M 50 Batavia IL DNF
  Dixon Dru M 56 West Plains MO DNF
  Goldberg David M 49 Fort Collins CO DNF
  LaChaine Steve M 42 Atascadero CA DNF
  Okeefe Christopher M 43 Mountain View CA DNF
  Saldana Edgardo M 45 Carolina, Puerto Rico   DNF


Place Last Name First Name M/F Age City State Finish Time
  Jenkins Charlie M 51 Denison TX DNF
  Jenkins Pat F 50 Denison TX DNF


Place Team Name Last Name First Name M/F Age City State Category Finish Time
1 Team Red Rock Albrecht Colt M 34 St. George UT 2-man 28:49**
1 Team Red Rock Scott Smith M 47 Evergreen CO 2-man 28:49**
2 Hoback Sports Ahlum Joel M 23 Jackson WY 2-man 33:14
2 Hoback Sports Nolen Bradley M 23 Jackson WY 2-man 33:14
3 Desert Rats Griffin Shaun M 56 Virginia City NV 2-man 50+ 35:11**
3 Desert Rats Schrank Ric M 44 Virginia City NV 2-man 50+ 35:11**
3 Chip & Old Block Knowles Brian M 62 Santa Barbara CA 2-man 35:11
3 Chip & Old Block Knowles Steve M 32 Los Angeles CA 2-man 35:11


Place Team Name Last Name First Name M/F Age City State Category Finish Time
1 Road Rage Duff Brian M 33 Los Angeles CA 4-man 23:27**
1 Road Rage Gonzalez Andre M 37 Lehi UT 4-man 23:27**
1 Road Rage Watson Patrick M 40 Los Angeles CA 4-man 23:27**
1 Road Rage Restuccia Anthony M 33 Los Angeles CA 4-man 23:27**
2 North Coast Velo Bickenstaff Robert M 42 Bonsall CA 4-man 27:43
2 North Coast Velo Holmes Jeff M 50 Vista CA 4-man 27:43
2 North Coast Velo Rideout David M 55 Vista CA 4-man 27:43
2 North Coast Velo Torres Joseph M 49 Oceanside CA 4-man 27:43
3 Team JDRF Barnell Brenda F 45 Dallas TX 4-man 29:08
3 Team JDRF Peterson Joe M 51 Bakersfield CA 4-man 29:08
3 Team JDRF Skipper Tim M 52 Castaic CA 4-man 29:08
3 Team JDRF Smith Phil M 30 Bakersfield CA 4-man 29:08
4 Hoosiers Clark Drew M 63 Erie CO 4-man 60+ 30:03**
4 Hoosiers Gerbig Steve M 64 Evansville IN 4-man 60+ 30:03**
4 Hoosiers Rupp Richard M 67 Angola IN 4-man 60+ 30:03**
4 Hoosiers Tanner Dave M 59 Bloomington IN 4-man 60+ 30:03**

** Course Record!!!


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