Monday, September 5, 2022
After three days of racing, 196 miles of singletrack, gravel roads, non-motorized paths, just a little bit of pavement, and 12,646 feet of elevation gain, Liv Racing Collective athlete Serena Bishop Gordon took home silver in the Queen’s Stage Race at Rebecca’s Private Idaho.
2022 marked the tenth year of Rebecca’s Private Idaho, a four-day gravel event hosted by world champion endurance athlete and Liv Ambassador Rebecca Rush in her backyard of Ketchum, Idaho. With the Baked Potato (102 miles), French Fry (56 miles) and Tater Tot (20 miles) races occurring on Sunday, September 4, as well as the casual 20-mile Be Good Ride on Saturday, September 3, there is something for everyone at Rebecca’s Private Idaho. Plus, the event benefits five great organizations through the Be Good™ Foundation.
The main event, the Queen’s Stage Race, began Thursday September 1 with a challenging 43.3-mile stage consisting of 40 percent singletrack. Some of the world’s top gravel athletes took part. Gordon rode strong, even after a navigational error left her chasing the pack for the second half of the stage. She finished the day in third, just one minute off the second-place finisher. Liv Factory Racing’s Sarah Hill crossed the finish line for the first day of racing nine minutes later in eight. Both Gordon and Hill dug deep on stage two’s time trial summit climb and the massive 102-mile final stage to move up places and finish second and seventh in the overall, respectively.
“Racing in a field with so many strong women is so powerful and inspiring,” said Gordon. “At one point in the first half of the last stage, our group included six or seven women, all capable of taking the win. I’m proud of my effort and the work I have done over the last few months that allowed me to stand at the start line.”
Liv Ambassador Hannah Raymond finished first in the women’s para category.
All athletes raced aboard the Devote Advanced.