Upstate New York’s Durty Bikes Gravel Series wrapped up over the weekend at the Hills of High-Tor race outside Naples. With the race representing the rubber match of the three-race series, both race and series titles were on the line.

This year’s Hills of High-Tor was 39 miles long with an opening climb up Lower Road and then a descent to the finish in Naples.

Coming into Saturday’s race after the Ossian Giant Gravel Grinder and Prattsburgh Gravel Classic there were tight battles in both the Women and Men’s series. The Hills of High-Tor would decide the series overall.

In the Elite Women’s field, Ruth Sherman (GGWDW) led Anne August (Park Ave Bike) by just two points, and for the Elite Men, Anthony Clark (🦑) and Curtis White (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) were tied.

Elite Women

In the first two races of the Durty Bikes series, Sherman proved to be Upstate New York’s “Eternal Second,” coming in the second spot in both races.

Sherman finally got that win, winning a nailbiter against August. Sherman also took the KOM to also give her the series win.

“Ruth and Anne put on a great showing,” said series director Tony Sylor. “Ruth has won so many of these events over the years and continues to be the standard bearer for women’s gravel racing in our area.”

Third-place finisher Anya Bogdanets (Just Ride p/b Buffalo Hardwood) was back to more manageable distances after doing the Iowa Wind and Rock ultra-endurance race a few weekends ago.

Emily Flynn (Mello Velo Racing / Nicollet Bike Team) wrapped up third in the series.

Women's series podium: Ruth Sherman, Anne August and Emily Flynn are top 3. 2019 Hills of HighTor Gravel Race, New York. © Anne Pellerin

Women’s series podium: Ruth Sherman, Anne August and Emily Flynn are top 3. 2019 Hills of High-Tor Gravel Race, New York. © Anne Pellerin

“These ladies battled every week,” said Sylor. “It was great to see different winners with a mix of women who have competed and won for several years alongside new talent. The future is bright for women’s grave racing in western New York.”

Race and series results are below.

Elite Men

In the first two races of the Durty Bikes Series, White edged his cyclocross rival Clark at the line. Clark scored more points on the KOM climbs, however, pulling the two even headed into the Hills of High-Tor.

It was again the two ’cross stars at the front attacking each other on the hilly and technical course. Like Sherman, Clark finally got over the top to take the win, not leaving anything to chance with a gap of over 2 minutes.

White finished second and 16-year-old Trevor August (Park Ave Bike) finished third.

“Trevor is so fun to watch,” said Sylor. “He is really talented and comes from a wonderful cycling family. His younger brother won the overall for the Intermediate Series, his mother was second in the women’s race and his dad put on a great event. This is the first year we have worked together, and I hope we have many more ahead.”

Men's podium: Anthony Clark, Curtis White and Trevor August. 2019 Hills of HighTor Gravel Race, New York. © Anne Pellerin

Men’s podium: Anthony Clark, Curtis White and Trevor August. 2019 Hills of High-Tor Gravel Race, New York. © Anne Pellerin

White took the five points for the KOM at the Hills of High-Tor to give him the series win by a point. Clark took second and Kevan Edwards (Mello Velo Racing) third.

Results for the race and series are below.

Elite Women's Results: 2019 Hills of HighTor

1Ruth ShermanGGWDW2:33:55
2Anne AugustPark Ave Bike2:33:56
3Anya BobdanetsJust Ride p/b Buffalo Hardwood2:37:30
4Bonnie SymesCampus WheelWorks2:44:19
5Rachel AndrewsOnce Again Racing2:44:20
6Michele MaierCork Monkey Racing2:46:56
7Emily FlynnMello Velo Racing2:55:18

Elite Men's Results: 2019 Hills of HighTor

1AnthonyClarkSquid Squad2:03:51
2CurtisWhiteCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld2:06:06
3TrevorAugustPark Ave Bike p/b Borah Teamwear2:17:40
4JakeCastorOnce Again Racing2:19:01
5MarcusCoxOnce Again Racing2:22:00
6BillPjontekNo. 22 CX Team2:24:08
7KevanEdwardsMello Velo Racing2:26:19
8JasonHettenbaughPark Ave Bike p/b Borah Teamwear2:26:22
9TimothyPaulOnce Again Racing2:29:05
10JonathanSiutaBuffalo Bicycling Club2:30:12
11DavidYacobelliCNYC / NYCM Insurance2:29:05
13NathanYostTom’s Pro Bike2:34:54
14PhilipWeigelJ Mac Cycling2:43:36
15AndrewKlessUnversity of Rochester Cycling2:44:16
16RyanSealDAY OF2:49:30
DNSDaoTimmermanOnce Again Racing
DNSMikeJonesTeam Skyline
DNSChristopherBattlesMello Velo Racing
DNSSeanMeyerOnce Again Racing

2019 Durty Bikes Series Women's Standings

NameOssianPrattsburghHills of High-TorOVERALL
Ruth Sherman99104105308
Anne August101100102303
Emily Flynn96990195
Anya Bogdanets988999286
Rachel Andrews105096201
Olivia Lapham951000195
Michele Maier09695191
Bonnie R Symes009797

2019 Durty Bikes Series Men's Standings

NameOssian PointsPrattsburghHills of High-TorOVERALL
Curtis White101103104308
Anthony Clark104100103307
Kevan Edwards969795288
Marcus Cox919496281
Timothy Paul909392275
David Yacobelli859290267
Nathan Yost799188258
Jeremy Powers971030200
Trevor August09698194
Jake Castor08897185
Matt Timmerman89950184
Ryan Henderson84089173
Philip Weigel76900166
Mike Jones10100101
Bill Pjontek009595
Philip Maynard950095
Ryan Popple94094
Christian Norvold930093
Jason Hettenbaugh008993
Doug Rusho920092
Jonathan Siuta00091
Stuart Wolsh0899589
Sean Meyer880088
Erik Braun087087
Sean Crandell870087
Ryan Jean086086
Shane Montgomery860086
Ryan Seal830083
Ethan Carney820082
Mark Walters810081
Zachary Kropp800080
Glen Wallace780078
Andrew Kless770077
Gene Henry750075