Ricky Russell rocketed out of the first turn and would grab the XC1 holeshot as the class sorted itself out as they headed for the trees as the three-hour race began. The early laps would see Ricky Russell and Ryan Sipes setting the pace as other riders began climbing up the running order. One hillclimb was giving everyone trouble and the XC1 Pro class was no exception and is credited to several of the lead changes and passes were able to be made as the slick conditions took its toll. Sipes looked like he was going to be a player, however, a previous injury started causing him issues and forced him out of the race. It was turning in to the Russell and Russell show up front as the lead swapped several times finally seeing Kailub take the lead and be able to mount a charge that would finally put some distance between himself and one very hard charging Ricky Russell. With the conditions working against the riders at certain sections, rappers were coming in to play as the XC1 class started having to pick their way through them carefully. Josh Strange was putting in a solid ride until he connected with a lapper and damaged his radiator forcing him out of the race. Attrition was coming into play and all eyes were on XC2 racer Layne Michael as he was closing in on an overall podium finish after time adjustment. The rider on the move, however, was none other than Steward Baylor Jr. Baylor was picking up where he left off before the summer break and was stomping his way to the front.