Armstrong won all three stages plus the overall in the women’s field, joining men’s winner Josh Berry from Giant to make it a sweep for the team.
The race format at Rebecca’s Private Idaho includes three stages over four days on gravel roads and trails—through canyons, over mountains and across the scenic high country in Idaho. The overall is determined by points, rather than time.
“Rebecca’s Private Idaho has it all packed in to just three days of racing, including an incredible vibe,” Armstrong said. “The Liv Brava and I rocked it all three days!”
This year’s race started with the 43-mile Stage 1 covering dirt roads and singletrack trails. Departing from the historic Galena Lodge, it featured more than 3700 feet of climbing over chunky gravel surfaces, stream crossings and singletrack trails. Armstrong came out strong from the start, and despite crashing with about two miles to go, she went on to win the stage over second-place finisher Sarah Max.
“There was some ripping fast singletrack and loose gravel that I took myself out on, but the bike is fixed up and the body is wrapped, and both are ready for the TT hillclimb on Stage 2,” Armstrong said.
Day two, the Dollarhide Time Trial, has a format that’s similar to off-road enduro races, with a neutral gravel road ride and one timed section on a mostly uphill section that’s about 5 miles long. Armstrong again took maximum points, beating Max by 25 seconds to head into the final stage with the lead.
The final stage, called The Baked Potato, is a 100-mile gravel race that draws more than 1,000 competitors. With over 5000 feet of climbing on mostly gravel roads, including a new technical 5-mile section this year called El Diablito, it’s a tough day for riders and bikes. Armstrong proved unstoppable, winning by close to 4 minutes to wrap up the overall title.
“It was great being here with the team and watching everyone crush it,” Armstrong said. “Our gravel team was on point and we made a lot of people cry!”