Canadian wins Ironman class in longest offroad race in the US

Photo: Everflo Racing

Canadian racer Florian Schwarz has taken a big win in the classic Vegas To Reno desert race.

The Vegas To Reno race is supposed to be the longest offroad race run in the US, sanctioned by the Best In The Desert offroad racing association (BITD. The BITD is the body behind the Mint 400, the Henderson 250 and other dune-busting events. BITD events include multiple motorcycle classes, as well as trophy trucks, ATVs and other offroad vehicles. Many of the competitors also partake in the SCORE races in Baja.

Last weekend, Florian Schwarz (Everflo Racing) won first place in the Ironman Amateur class in the Vegas To Reno event. He ran 813 km in 11 hours, 59 minutes, non-stop, to earn the win.

Last year, Schwarz had earned a third overall at the race. He also tackled the Mexican 1000 this spring, getting a seventh overall, third in the Open Modern Motorcycle class. He’s headed back to Baja this fall, in an attempt to ironman the Baja 1000.

Another BC boy, Chris Horel, also finished a Vegas To Reno Ironman run; Horel completed the Ironman Expert class run in just over 12 hours to earn an eighth-place finish.

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