4/17/2014 6:02:00 AM Whiskey Off-Road: April 25-27, Prescott Whiskey Off-Road Featured Rider: Jamie Busch
The Daily Courier
At a mile high elevation through the Prescott National Forest, the Whiskey Off-Road mountain bike race has high altitude written all over it. But, it isn't just the altitude.
"The length. It's definitely an endurance course, which is different from the hour and 25 minutes we're used to racing at the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) level races," said pro rider Jamie Busch, who lives in Los Gatos, Calif. "So the length is going to challenge you in a different way. I think the heat and the sunshine is always going to be a factor."
Busch will be back for her second straight run at the Whiskey Off-Road from April 25-27 in Prescott. She's coming off the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, Calif., April 10-13, where she finished 23rd in the Elite women division. In March, Busch also placed 23rd at the UC Cup/Kenda Cup Fontana City National, as she maintains the kind of busy pace that saw her compete in 10 races in 2013.
Busch, who rides with Juliana Bicycles, made a special point to return to Prescott in 2014.
"The actual course itself is really fun," she said. "It's a single track at first, which is really quite new and interesting. And then there's a very challenging higher road descent and then a climb back out. I think that's where the race sort of is decided."
After Sunday's weekend finale, the Whiskey 50, in Prescott, Busch will focus on the Enduro racing circuit with an event in California the following weekend, and then she'll take on a couple Canada Cups in Quebec in May.
Her birthday also falls during her weekend in Prescott. Busch spent her birthday last year riding in the Friday night 50 Fat Tire Crit, and this year it falls on Saturday, the day before her all-day, 50-miler.
"Can't think of a better way to spend my birthday," she said.