ENVE Composites – makers of incredible wheels and components produced by riders, for riders – has its manufacturing facility and test lab in Ogden, Utah.
For the second straight year they sponsored XTERRA’s ENVE Performer of the Year award, which is presented at the Night of Champions dinner on the eve of the XTERRA USA Championship just a few blocks from their headquarters.
Selecting just one racer out of the amazing collection of XTERRA amateur racers was a tough task, so ENVE was kind enough to give us some wiggle room this year and let us pick two – each awarded a sweet trophy and wheel set of their choice.
The men’s winner isAlex Modestou¸ a 27-year-old living in Washington, D.C. Modestou won an unprecedented seven races this season and to make it even more impressive he captured the overall at five of those. He is an aspiring pro who first raced XTERRA eight years ago shortly after graduating from high school in Iowa.
Modestou won the amateur title at the XTERRA East Championship in June where he was 10th overall ahead of several pros, and in July he came from the East Coast to test himself in the thin air of the Rockies and placed 9th overall – top amateur – at the XTERRA Mountain Championship.
The women’s ENVE Performer of the Year is Hannah Rae Finchamp. She’s 17 and in her senior year of high school where she is the captain of her swim and cross country teams, won the California mountain bike state championship, and all the while maintains a 4.4 GPA.
This year Hannah Rae won her division at every race she entered and finished a remarkable sixth overall behind only the top five pro women at the XTERRA West Championship, and she was 9th overall ahead of several pros at the Mountain Championship in July. She’s also the reigning XTERRA USA and World Champion, and won the 15-19 division in Utah for the third straight year on Saturday.