first UROC event of the 2002 season took place in St.George, Utah
from February 14-16. St.George is an entirely new location that
had never been used before. The new site turned out to be perfect
for rockcrawling with easy spectator access and epic rock formations
that resemble those found in Moab and other parts of Southern Utah.
In addition to the new site, UROC also introduced a new two-class
system that was a hit with competitors.
This new course
provided a mix of technical & extreme vertical obstacles that
were some of the toughest UROC obstacles ever. Obstacles like
Anarchy Alley and the Axle Buster provided excitement for some
of the top names in rockcrawling, like Curt Hildebrand, Chris
Durham and Joel Randall. Only 8 of the 50 plus contestants managed
to make it over these two obstacles!
from Salt Lake City drove out of Anarchy Alley on his side, further
demolishing his once pristine ride. With his motor smoking and
mangled sheet metal hanging in ribbons, Curtis hammered past the
finish gate to the roar and applause of the cheering crowd. Curtis
has become a hero and crowd favorite to the spectators and has
earned the respect of his fellow drivers.
from the Pirates of the Rubicon left his tail gate and other body
parts on the path through Anarchy Alley. Troy made several valiant
efforts to get through before succumbing to the winch. However,
Troy was so lodged in the heart of the obstacle that it took three
winches to pull him out!
Shimhouser, hailing from Utah, gave everybody a thrill as he charged
the Anarchy Alley until he filled the cylinders with oil from
the crazy vertical angles. This left his lifeless Jeep in smoking
ruins a few feet from the finish line and at the mercy of the
winch crew. Undaunted, he raised his fist in triumph to the cheering
(also from Farmington) put his Scorpion over on its side at the
foot of the Axle Buster near the finish line. Chris gave it all
he had and the roaring of crowd approval could be heard from ½
went off smoothly and kicked off what is sure to be a great year
for UROC as all the excitement builds up to the World Championship
SUPERCRAWL in Farmington, New Mexico this October. The SUPERCRAWL
will pit the top ten competitors from major rockcrawling organizations
from around the world to determine who is truly the world's toughest
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