Seeding runs for the final took place Saturday afternoon. After rain overnight, the rocky course was coated with a layer of slick mud, making the morning’s practice treacherous. But with the sun out all morning, the mud quickly tacked up, equaling fast seeding times. Washam kept it smooth to place second in seeding, less than five seconds behind first.
On Sunday, afternoon storms held off, meaning track conditions would be faster and looser than the day before. Washam took 10 seconds off her time to finish first, two seconds ahead of the competition.
“I kept on telling myself to keep it smooth,” said Washam. “The track got so much faster than yesterday and I knew it was going to be easy to go too fast and get off line, so I just tried to keep myself on track.”
After finishing second and third at the first two rounds of the Pro GRT series, Washam led the series in points heading into this weekend’s race. After seeding and finals, Washam extends her lead with just one more race in the series. Next up, she will head to Scotland to compete in the UCI World Cup at Fort William.
Isabella Naughton, also of Liv Racing, competed in the two-day Eureka Springs Enduro in Arkansas over the weekend. The race was the first of three North American Continental Enduro Series races. Over the course of 12 stages, Naughton rode consistently well aboard her Hail Advanced to finish on the podium in fifth in a stacked women's pro/open class and first in the U21 women's category.
“I had a blast racing with all the rad women and learning from my Giant teammates Tyler Weyman and McKay Vezina,” said Naughton.
Naughton hits the road again this weekend to compete in the Big Mountain Enduro in Santa Fe, NM.