The Life Time Grand Prix presented by Mazda begins with the Fuego XC 80K race at the Life Time Sea Otter Classic presented by Continental

April 9, 2022

Moriah Wilson and Keegan Swenson take first place in the 80K distance to become the first ever leaders of the Life Time Grand Prix

Monterey, Calif., (April 9, 2022) / ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE / – Moriah Wilson and Keegan Swenson crossed the finish line of the Sea Otter Fuego XC 80K race to win their respective women’s and men’s events and become the first ever leaders of the Life Time Grand Prix presented by the Mazda series. The series opened on Saturday 9 April at the Life Time Sea Otter Classic 2022 presented by Continental. With over 75,000 attendees, the Sea Otter Classic is the world’s premier cycling festival.

Sea Otter’s Fuego XC 80K had a total of over 290 riders representing 23 states and two countries. Inside the field, 60 elite cyclists were competing as part of the inaugural Life Time Grand Prix. The new Fuego 80K event tested mountain bikers on a top-notch two-lap course with over 2,750 feet of elevation gain on the rolling hills and gravel trails of Fort Ord National Monument. The race included amateur age group categories with 80K, 40K and Junior Short 6K distances.

In the Fuego 80K pro open women’s division, Wilson, 25, of San Francisco, California, finished first with a final time of 3 hours, 24 minutes and 13 seconds. Sofia Gomez-Villafane, 27, of Heber City, UT, secured second place with a final time of 3:24:36. Alexis Skarda, 32, of Grand Junction, Colorado finished third in the division with a completion time of 3:24:44.

“I feel incredibly honored to be here in first place with 30 of the best drivers in the country,” Wilson said at the finish after winning the. “I feel super new to all of this, so I don’t know what it’s been like historically, but I feel this is elevating women’s cycling in the US.”

For the Fuego 80K pro open men’s division, Swenson, 27, of Heber City, UT finished first with a final time of 2 hours 55 minutes and 23 seconds. Russell Finsterwald, 30, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, secured second place with a final time of 2:55:41. Alex Wild, 29, of San Jose Calf. ranked third in the division with a completion time of 2:56:30.

“This race has always been great, but now there’s more,” said Keegan Swenson, winner of the men’s Sea Otter Classic and first leader of the Life Time Grand Prix presented by Mazda. “There is more at stake to be won. I want to try to get those points before tackling the longer gravel races, but I think consistency is what wins this series. ”

“I think they are [Life Time] bringing more eyes to the home scene and that lifts us all, ”Swenson continued. “I think together we will do a good job lifting the American cycling scene.”

“We are continually working to keep the Sea Otter Classic fresh and provide the best possible experience for athletes and fans,” said Jeff Frost, race director of the Fuego XC 80K. “In addition to this ongoing effort, we are thrilled to have built something special for the inaugural Life Time Grand Prix. The course we created for the new Fuego 80K was truly delivered today as a worthy backdrop for world-class cross-country racing. ”

The Sea Otter Classic Fuego XC was streamed exclusively live from FloSports, a global sports streaming platform that will broadcast every event in the series in 2022. The 60 elite and professional athletes selected to compete in the 2022 Life Time Grand Prix series they will compete in six of Life Time’s most iconic cycling events for a prize pool of $ 250,000, equally divided. Athletes will be ranked against other Life Time Grand Prix competitors based on points received based on their final position in each event. The first athlete will earn 30 points, the second 29; third, 28; and so on. Overall results will use an athlete’s best five finishes out of six events.

“There is a wonderful energy here and the athletes put on a great show,” said Kimo Seymour, president of media and events at Life Time. “Sea Otter is back to where it was pre-pandemic and the event proved to be the perfect place to kick off the Life Time Grand Prix presented by Mazda. Moriah and Keegan are inspiring athletes and making huge efforts. It will be difficult to wait almost two months until the next round. ”

After the first event, the ranking of the women’s division is:

  • Moriah Wilson: 30 points
  • Sofia Gomez-Villafane: 29 points
  • Alexis Skarda: 28 points

The ranking of the men’s division of the Life Time Grand Prix:

  • Keegan Swenson: 30 points
  • Russell Finsterwald: 29 points
  • Alex Wild: 28 points

To see the full rankings with all athlete rankings for the Life Time Grand Prix, visit: lifegrandprix.com. Full results for the Sea Otter Classic presented by the Continental Fuego 80k XC event can be found here.

The next event on the Life Time off-road event calendar, and the second event in the Life Time Grand Prix series, is the 200-mile Garmin UNBOUND Gravel unveiled by Craft on June 4th.

Follow throughout the 2022 season on Instagram: @lifetimegrandprix.

The Life Time Grand Prix presented by Mazda is owned and manufactured by Life Time, the leading healthy lifestyle brand. The series includes six of Life Time’s most iconic off-road cycling events, which are among more than 30 total athletic events owned by the company, including the Verizon New York City Triathlon, Life Time Chicago Triathlon, and Life Time Miami Marathon. To view and learn more about Life Time athletic events, visit: life.life/athletic-events.

About life®Inc.

Life Time (NYSE: LTH) enables people to live happy, healthy lives through its portfolio of nearly 160 country track and field clubs in the United States and Canada. The company’s healthy lifestyle communities tackle all aspects of healthy living, healthy aging, and healthy entertainment for those 90 days to 90+ years with integrity and respect for all. With a team of over 30,000, Life Time is committed to delivering the best programs and experiences across its iconic clubs, athletic events, and through a comprehensive and complementary digital platform.

About Sea Otter Classic

Known as the “World’s Premiere Cycling Festival,” the Life Time Sea Otter Classic is a four-day celebration of cycling featuring 9,000 athletes, 7,000 campers, 1,000 exhibiting brands and 300 international media representatives. The 32nd edition of the Sea Otter Classic will take place April 7-10, 2022 at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area in Monterey, California. For more information visit www.seaotterclassic.com.

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