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Winners Repeat in World Championships of Elliptical Cycling

Top Male and Female Engage in Thrilling Head-to-Head Finish

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Oct. 11, 2016) – In the 7th Annual World Championships of Elliptical Cycling, which took place Saturday on Palomar Mountain outside San Diego, both the returning female and male champions defended their titles. On the men’s side, Rusty Snow continued his stranglehold on the event, cruising to his fifth straight victory in 1:10:58, just 1:03 off his course record set in 2014.

Sarah Brown powered up the 11.69-mile route, which climbs 4209 feet at an average grade of 7%, in 1:16:00, slicing more than 4 minutes off the women’s record that she set last year. She is now the fastest woman ever in the event by more than 12 minutes. In addition to reclaiming the women’s title, she had the third-fastest time overall, beating several of the elite men.

World Champs of Elliptical Cycling 2016

(L-R) Brandon Birdsong, Rusty Snow, Sarah Brown, Addie Bracy, Erin Whiting

Both Brown and Snow led wire to wire. In an unexpected twist due to the staggered start where the elite women begin before the men, the two champions found themselves racing each other for the final ½ mile in an attempt to be the first to cross the finish line. As the enthusiastic crowd roared, Snow’s wheel barely edged in front of Brown’s at the wire.

“I was still a ways down the mountain when they finished, but after Sarah passed me like I was standing still, I knew it was going to be tough for Rusty to catch her. I only wish I was there to witness the sprint at the end,” said Bryan Pate, ElliptiGO co-founder and CEO, and himself a participant in the race. “At some point, we may have to start calling this the ‘Rusty Snow Invitational’ as nobody seems to be able to dethrone him. And in her first two years racing, Sarah is showing she could be as dominating in the women’s event. For her to finish third overall in a time that would have won the 2010 and 2011 championships outright is just amazing.”

Canadian Jason Warick took second place in 1:14:46, chasing down Brandon Birdsong in the latter stages of the race. Warick cut 1 minute and moved up three spots from his 2016 finish. Birdsong had a strong debut on the mountain, setting a hard early pace and holding on for third in 1:16:09.

Women’s runner-up Addie Bracy (1:45:50) had a strong showing in her first ride up Palomar. She was coming off a 12th place finish at the World Mountain Running Championships in Bulgaria. After a three-year hiatus, Erin Whiting returned to the podium, claiming third place (1:50:55) for the women and becoming the lone ElliptiGO employee to finish in the top three.


Results from 2016 World Championships of Elliptical Cycling

Rusty Snow1:10:58
Jason Warwick1:14:46
Sarah Brown1:16:00
Brandon Birdsong1:16:09
Darren Brown1:16:30
Nat Waller1:25:45
Jeff Mann1:28:56
Bryce Whiting1:31:54
Scott Drennen1:31:57
Billy Grace1:32:05
Jayson Fultz1:37:36
Jeff Caron1:43:47
Addie Bracy1:45:50
Juan Reque1:50:06
Jim Cremer1:50:19
Brent Teal1:50:24
Erin Whiting1:50:55
Stephen Hughes1:51:54
Bryan Pate1:52:02
Thomas Allred1:52:48
Idai Makaya1:53:47
Anna Thatcher1:56:48
John Burmester2:00:25
Eric Korevaar2:01:49
Chuck Day2:02:23
Fran Finney2:04:14
Mark Trahanovsky2:08:26
Brian Baker2:13:13
Mike Walker2:13:41
Marie Klish2:14:04
Barbara Russell-Mahoney2:14:19
Bill Pinnell2:16:38
Keri Cleeremans2:16:38
Steve Burton2:16:39
Anissa Andres2:16:45
Dave Griffith2:22:20
Margarita Rypkowski2:29:50
Bethany Brookfield2:38:54



Posted October 11, 2016 by Tennille in Events, Press Releases, racing series, records, updates