Alexis Skarda wins the Wild Horse Gravel for Moria

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U.S. marathon champion Alexis Skarda (Santa Cruz) won the Wild Horse Gravel Saturday in western Colorado, riding alone plenty of technical and intense courses ascending 8,200 feet. She had another contestant on her mind.

Before the race, there was a moment of silence for Moriah Wilson, the rising gravel star who was reported dead the night before.

“It was a bit bittersweet, now that I just found out about Moriah,” Skarda said. “I was a bit impressed at the starting line, because I was thinking how it should have been at the starting line for a gravel race. And I felt like a part of me was racing for it today.”

“I imagined her crushing me into climbing like she does,” Skarda said. “She was an amazing person. Heartbreaking.

Wilson was found dead of a gunshot wound in Austin, Texas, where she was staying in preparation for the Gravel Locos race.

At Wild Horse Gravel, Tess Amer and Leah Vamderlinen came in second and third.

Alexis Skarda (White Helmet) rides behind Hannah Shell and next to Karen Jarchow on the neutral spin. (Photo: Ben Delaney)

In its third year, the Wild Horse Gravel is taking place at The High Lonesome Ranch, a rural establishment northeast of De Beque (population 508), miles off a paved road. Several runners camped at the site the night before.

The course is on country roads and private farm tracks.

“It was really cool to be out there in the middle of nowhere,” said Skarda, who was racing her first gravel race.

“I am really excited to get into a gravel race before Big Unbound [Gravel]She said. “I think Wild Horse was a good idea to start with because it was very stiff, had a little bit of everything, so it was a good experience on all kinds of cobbled roads.”

Skarda drives alone to win a sandpit on the western slope of Colorado. (Photo: Devon Balet/Outside Events)

Full report and photo gallery to follow.

2022 Wild Horse Gravel

  1. Alexis Skarda (Santa Cruz)
  2. Tess Amer (Mazda Run)
  3. Lea Vamderlinn (full course)
  4. Sunny Gilbert (blue)
  5. Jessica Segan (Mazda Love)

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