A Story In Photos: 2019 BITD Vegas To Reno
Vegas To Reno; The longest single stage off-road race in the United States Of America. The course is a witch’s brew that conjures disaster for racers and machines alike. The mix of rough, rocky, and downright punishing terrain, blends with seemingly endless stretches of wide open trails and lake beds, all to leave untold components bent or broken, while engines spin near redline for hours on end. Don’t forget to add in the fact that drivers face many sections of course that are blanketed with silt; erasing visibility as it clogs air filters till they can breathe no more.
Starting at the edge of Death Valley, the course winds through the mountains and valleys of the Nevada desert as the temperatures soar above 100 degrees. Racers find no relief until they near the finish, 530 miles later, in the cool air just east of Lake Tahoe. All of this leaves racers with a hell of a challenge to overcome.
It seems Can-Am Factory racer Phil Blurton has the solution to this challenge all figured out with his No Limit RD built Maverick X3, as he ground his competition into the dirt while running away with his third-straight Vegas To Reno Pro Turbo UTV win, also finishing a staggering 21st overall. Back in the Pro N/A UTV class, 16 year old wheelman Seth Quintero added another win to the streak this year, making it 5 for 5 so far in the 2019 BITD championship. Enjoy the photos, and as they say, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words.’