A new mostly-dirt course and wintry conditions complete with snow and hail didn’t deter Katerina Nash (Clif Bar Pro Racing) and Stephan Davoust (Giant Factory Off-Road) at the 2019 Grinduro.

The two versatile pros conquered the 59.5-mile-long 2019 Grinduro with commanding wins, both taking more than a minute over four timed segments to win their respective pro fields. Both pro fields were stacked with plenty of cyclocross and gravel pros.

Grinduro was historically the final stage of the Lost Sierra Triple Crown series, which also included the Lost and Found gravel race and the Downieville Classic mountain bike race. The three events help raise funds for the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship.

Fire-Altered Course, Wintry Conditions

While the 2019 event still featured camping, a handmade bike show, meals and music, the devastating Walker Wildfire in Plumas County forced Grinduro organizers to re-route the course.

The results are in, and Grinduro says good night. © A. Yee / Cyclocross Magazine

Camping at the start with the sounds of a lumbermill in the background lull racers to sleep. © A. Yee / Cyclocross Magazine

Despite firefighters containing the fire before the event’s start, organizers changed Stages Two, Three and Four to avoid any chance of racers approaching the burn area.

The new course turned Stage Two from a pedal-y descent into a ripping downhill, on a gravel road that local framebuilder Cameron Falconer described as a “gravel superhighway.”

The third stage transformed from a paved time trial into a dirt 4.64 mile-long segment.

And Stage Four, a technical singletrack descent, moved further up Mt. Hough.

Mother Nature added to the new terrain challenges with a mix of everything she had on tap.

Rain, snow, hail and cold temps kept down the dust but still presented visibility issues and numbed extremities.

Katerina Nash Tops Stacked Field of Cyclocrossers

Nash, fresh off her 2019 World Cup Waterloo win, showed she’s still got a lot more than 45 minutes of pedaling in her legs this time of year.

Katerina Nash celebrates her muddy win. Faces of the 2019 Trek CX Cup weekend. © D. Mable / Cyclocross Magazine

Katerina Nash celebrates her muddy win. Faces of the 2019 Trek CX Cup weekend. © D. Mable / Cyclocross Magazine

Nash tackled the 59.5 mile-long course and climbed 8,432 feet over the wildfire-altered course. Yet the efforts that counted were perfect in duration for the cyclocross star, as her winning overall four-segment total time was 47 minutes and 33 seconds—similar to a UCI cyclocross race.

2018 Mountain Bike World Champ Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM MTB Race Team) lost time to Nash on the climbs and descent, but took some back on the flatter dirt time trial on Stage Three to finish second.

Other cyclocross and gravel stars took part with Caitlin Bernstein (Easton/ Velocio/ McGovern Cycles) in 3rd, Courtenay McFadden (Pivot Maxxis pb Stan’s NoTubes) in 6th, Serena Gordon (Liv Racing) finishing 7th, 2019 Singlespeed Cyclocross Champ Sarah Sturm (Specialized Rocket Espresso) finishing in 8th, retired cyclocross pro Meredith Miller (Rapha) in 10th, CXM contributor Caroline Nolan (Voler / Easton / HRS / Rock Lobster) in 11th, and 2019 DK 200 winner Amity Rockwell in 12th.

Full 2019 Grinduro Pro Women Results below.

Davoust Devours Quincy Dirt

Stephan Davoust (Giant Factory Off-Road) seems to excel in the Sierra mountains. We saw him at the front of the 2018 Cyclocross Nationals in Reno, then battling the top pros at the same venue in Reno Cross.

Stephan Davoust rode aggressively to a sixth place. 2018 RenoCross men's race. © A. Yee / Cyclocross Magazine

Stephan Davoust rode aggressively to a sixth place. 2018 RenoCross men’s race. © A. Yee / Cyclocross Magazine

On Saturday, further north in the California Sierra, Davoust took Stage 1’s climb and Stage 4’s technical descent to claim the 2019 Grinduro crown ahead of past winner Duncan Riffle (SRAM/ZIPP/RockShox).

Veteran cyclocross racer Carl Decker, Davoust’s teammate, finished fourth, while stairmaster Cody Kaiser (LangeTwins / Specialized) took Stage Three on his way to sixth, Grant Ellwood (Pivot Maxxis p/b Stan’s NoTubes) finished seventh, with defending champ Ted King (Cannondale) finishing in eight.

World Tour pro Taylor Phinney skipped the road worlds in Yorkshire to take the Grinduro start.

Phinney shredded his way to 28th in the Pro Men.

Grinduro now heads to Japan on October 12.

2019 Grinduro Results - Pro Women

PosBibNameAgeTime 1RankTime 2RankTime 3RankTime 4RankTotalSponsor
154 Katerina Nash427:50112:12113:38313:53147:33:00 Clif Pro Team/ Sierra Nevada
245 Kate Courtney248:02313:09213:19114:11248:41:00 Scott-SRAM MTB Race Team
343 Caitlin Bernstein308:24513:39413:55515:22351:20:00 Easton/ Velocio/ MCGOVERN Cycles
459 Moriah Wilson238:25613:44513:39415:33451:21:00 Huck
547 Maude Farrell288:15414:03713:36216:501152:45:00 Huck Racing
652 Courtenay Mcfadden348:48813:52614:00616:19852:59:00 Pivot Maxxis pb Stan's NoTubes
748 Serena Gordon418:31714:361114:00716:01653:08:00 Liv Racing
857 Sarah Sturm307:53214:561214:11816:18753:18:00 Specialized Rocket Espresso
950 Kathryn Hicks2910:131413:13315:281315:42554:36:00
1053 Meredith Miller469:181114:10814:15917:051254:48:00 Rapha
1155 Caroline Nolan308:591014:331014:351016:481054:56:00 Voler / Easton / HRS / Rock Lobster
1256 Amity Rockwell268:56916:421614:421116:32956:52:00 EASTON OVERLAND
1346 Leslie Ethridge299:441314:22914:561219:591359:00:00 SANTA CRUZ X ORNOT
1444 Libby Caldwell259:291215:391315:311420:24141:01:03
1551 Laura King110:271515:461416:191621:07151:03:40 Cannondale Bicycles
1649 Michelle Hance2511:261716:231516:031525:55:00171:09:46
1742 Ivy Audrain3110:291622:461718:081721:52161:13:16 Speedvagen

2019 Grinduro Results - Pro Men

PosBibNameAgeTime 1RankTime 2RankTime 3RankTime 4RankTotalSponsor
15 Stephan Davoust246:38111:43412:04312:05142:30:00 Giant Factory Off-Road
231 Duncan Riffle336:56312:091412:09412:40343:54:00 SRAM/ZIPP/RockShox
338 Sam Vickery247:11612:061112:20812:39244:16:00 Myth Cycles
4836 Carl Decker447:271011:45512:11613:02644:25:00 Giant Factory Off-Road
533 Dylan Stucki317:421611:45612:16712:52544:34:00 Myth Cycles
618 Cody Kaiser277:21911:56812:00113:251244:42:00 LangeTwins / Specialized
711 Grant Ellwood236:58412:372312:02213:05944:42:00 Pivot Maxxis p/b Stan's NoTubes
819 Ted King367:03512:261912:11513:05744:45:00 Cannondale Bikes
93 Scott Chapin378:022011:23112:531312:50445:08:00 Santa Cruz Factory Racing
1014 Matthew Fox337:291111:54712:541513:101045:27:00 Tesla
1121 Jason Moeschler408:092311:33213:082013:05845:55:00 EVIL BIKES
1215 Nick Geddes268:342811:40313:122113:261346:52:00 Team Super Vacation
1310 Tim Eaton337:531712:071213:081914:001647:08:00 Cannondale Bicycles
142 Jeremy Benson407:371412:412612:581713:521547:08:00 Olympic Bike Shop
1527 Phillip Pearce356:50212:522712:34914:532247:08:00 Hope Technology
161 Jacob Albrecht257:361212:312012:591814:081747:14:00 Ibis Cycles
178 Josh Direen277:371312:362112:411114:361947:30:00 Ornot // Santa Cruz
18850 Ryan Gardner327:371512:161812:521214:462147:31:00 Kona/fox/bell/ethirteen/dharco/wtb
1917 Kyle Johnson307:17712:382412:411015:092447:44:00 Santa Cruz x OrNot
2025 Dillon Osleger258:102412:372214:242913:111148:21:00 Patagonia/CLIF
2141 Dain Zaffke378:282612:101513:382414:181848:33:00 GIRO SPORT DESIGN
2223 Tydeman Newman177:18812:091312:541416:372648:58:00 Cannondale/Fabric/Team Dream
2312 Sean Estes418:453012:01914:313113:431448:59:00 Cycle Sport - Specialized
2429 Matt Quann448:503212:161713:552614:572349:57:00 Ornot
2540 Derek Yarra328:432913:142913:582714:372050:31:00 Above Category
2626 Hamish Paine238:042212:051013:482517:072751:04:00 Cannondale
2728 Taylor Phinney297:591912:382513:312318:002852:08:00 Cannondale Bicycles
2839 Connor Wolff268:022113:283013:192218:102952:59:00 Team Super Vacation
2932 Justin Sorensen399:243414:233314:543416:292555:10:00 Ornot
3037 Hans Van Housen3210:363813:062814:162818:163056:14:00 spokesman bicycles
316 Steve Denny308:282714:323414:363220:163357:52:00 Ragged Mountain Sports
32845 Sean Talkington4010:573913:473116:043818:213159:08:00 Team Dream
3330 Shawn Remy359:343615:333815:463718:413259:34:00 Michael David Winery/Cranked Naturals
3413 Alvin Escajeda278:242515:223714:313022:36341:00:52 Cannondale CNPT
3516 Eric Highlander369:493712:141615:343630:36:00381:08:12 Jon Palmer Racing
364 Will Curtis277:541823:414212:571627:04:00351:11:36 Santa Cruz Factory Racing
379 Michael Easter449:233323:024115:103528:29:00361:16:03 Cannondale
387 Dustin Denton3311:234018:463918:534029:29:00371:18:31 Michael Daid Winery/Cranked Naturals
3924 Dave Noakes399:313515:003514:463343:48:00391:23:05 Marin Bikes
4034 Mike Szerszunowicz3614:384214:003217:3439--46:13:00 Cannondale CNCPT
4120 Tim Mcgee2913:074115:223619:1041--47:38:00 Cannondale CNCPT
4235 Alonso Talbert318:483119:0440----27:52:00 Cannondale CNCPT