I recently had the opportunity to talk with last years first place winner of our 200 mile Desperado Dual, Breck Bennion. He sounds excited for another go at the Desperado Dual. Here are a few stats and pictures.
Born Jan.1, 1963, Cody, WY
BYU grad. 1987
Have lived in Las Vegas since1987
4 kids, Bailey,18 Mackenzie,17 Blake,12 and Macey,8 Very understanding awesome wife Michelle, married 24 years. 3 dogs.
Started in Triathlon 20 years ago, now just race road & mountain bikes, occasional trail running
Desperado Dual 200 4 time finisher.
Lotoja 8 time finisher, 4 top 5 finishes, 2 time winner
Latest race, Crusher in the Tushar (very cool race)
Favorite Movie: The Outlaw Jose Wales
Favorite Food: Haagen Dazs Coffee ice-cream
Favorite Pro: Jens Voight
Favorite Quote: “The older you get, the better you were.”
Last year Steve Fellows, from Las Vegas, was our second place winner in the 200 mile Event. Here is a bit about him and what he thought of the Desperado Dual. We are looking forward to seeing Steve ride again this year.
The Desperado Dual is one of my favorite events of the year. I wouldn’t miss it.
I am 43 years old and live with my wife and three daughters in Las Vegas, Nevada where I work for a San Diego based company called Pacific Coast Steel. I also currently serve on the Board of the Utah Shakespeare Festival which brings me back to the area often and allows me to go on long training rides in the cool and clean air and beautiful views of Color Country. I believe the area is a part of me because I grew up in Las Vegas and spent a great deal of my weekends and holidays skiing, fishing and hiking with my family in the beautiful Southern Utah Mountains. I still think of the many fishing trips I had with my Dad growing up when I ride by Panguitch Lake and those thoughts inspire me to finish that grueling climb up to the Mammoth Creek on the Desperado Dual Coarse.
My friend David Kelsey first introduced me to the Desperado Dual 5 or 6 years ago and I’ve loved the event ever since. We always stay at the Lamplighter Inn or the Horizon Motel which are right at the start/finish and eat at the Cowboy Smokehouse the night before the event. We first began riding in the Desperado Dual as preparation for Lotoja. The Desperado Dual provides the best possible preparation for Lotoja. Whenever my friends and I ride the DD, we always have a successful Lotoja (including David Francis (overall winner), Al Thresher (current course record holder) and Breck Bennion (multiple category winner)). My favorite Lotoja was when I broke away with local hero and Desperado Dual participant Brian Jepson who owns a bike shop in Cedar City and we rode together all the way to the finish to finish first and second in our category. But the best thing about the Desperado Dual is the camaraderie we are able to share with our friends and the new friends we make while working together to accomplish the tremendous goal of finishing the grueling 200 miles of the Desperado Dual.