Date: Jul 09, 2022
Location: Beaver, Utah
Region: Southwest - Utah
Directions: Get Directions
Crusher in the Tushar
July 9 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm$180
Crusher in the Tushar is a very popular event/race celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this July in Southern Utah. Crusher is produced by premier operator Life Time Events and will be one of 6 national events to kick off the inaugural Life Time Grand Prix Series. Strambecco rates Crusher as one of the Best Gravel Events n the Southwest.
The Tushars are among Utah’s tallest mountain ranges, housing several peaks over 12,000 feet in elevation and featuring Utah’s highest road at an elevation of 11,500 feet. The mountain range possess stunning vistas, palpable solitude and nearly unlimited opportunities for unconfined recreation.
The course is 69.9 miles with 10,000 feet of elevation gain with 40/60 mix of tarmac/gravel. It starts in downtown Beaver, Utah then explores the Tushar Mountains and Fishlake National Forest with a finish at Eagle Point, one of Utah’s newest ski and summer resorts. There is a mix of slow and extreme climbs and descents with 5 fully stocked aid stations along the way. The first 10 miles are a slow climb along the Beaver Canyon Road that parallels Beaver River. The challenging climb begins at mile 11, the first dirt sector, and is 21 miles long. The “Big Drop” is the next part of the course with descent of switch-backs and washboard-filled terrain that loses 4,000 feet in 10 miles. The end of the descent is in town of Junction within Piute Valley where the course continues on pavement for another 5 miles along farm fields and the Sevier River to the town of Circleville. Next, the riders return to gravel surface and start the difficult climb towards the finish. There is final aid station at the Bentenson Flat Trailhead before the final climb. At Puffer Lake, the dirt returns to pavement and climbs another 1,000 feet to reach 10,500 feet. The post-race celebration begins when the riders cross the finish line at the Eagle Point Resort’s upper lodge where lunch is served.
Registration to this ride includes an event bag with gifts from the multiple sponsors along with a DNA Cycling Crusher t-shirt and Incrediwear socks, electronic chip-timing, commemorative Crusher number plate, result photos, product prices and cash awards for course categories. To keep all riders safe and well-fed there is cruise control and safety provided by Beaver and Piute Country Search and Rescue, 5 aid stations along the 69.9 miles, post-race lunch at Eagle Point, and post-event awards on Saturday evening at Beaver City Park with gravel expo, beer garden, food vendors, and live music and entertainment.
The event’s site includes Area Lodging, Camping, and Restaurants. There is also a link to Utah National Parks in the area. Crusher in the Tushar has a lot to offer for all gravel riders and supporters.
Life Time recently announced the inaugural Life Time Grand Prix, which includes Crusher. The series feature 6 of the most iconic cycling events and the best cyclists in off-road cycling. The challenge combines mountain biking and gravel riding disciplines and the events are all around the country, including the Sea Otter Classic, UNBOUND Gravel, Crusher in the Tushar, Leadville Trail 100 MTB, and Big Sugar Gravel, and Chequamegon MTB. The biggest prize purse in U.S. cycling, $250,000, will be split evenly between men and women. Each series event will be streamed live and on-demand on FloBikes, part of the FloSports network.