Currier rolls to Glenwood Springs Mountain Bike or Foot Race title
A little bit of moisture was the perfect ingredient for fast times at the Glenwood Springs Mountain Bike or Foot race held Saturday.
Glenwood native John Currier, 45, missed the course record by less than two minutes to win the mountain bike portion men’s division, clocking in at 1 hour, 19 minutes, 30 seconds.
“The course is in better shape than it’s been all year – just perfect, absolutely perfect,” said Currier, who finished the 14-mile course 13 minutes ahead of the nearest competitor. “It wasn’t too wet, and it was nice not to be in the dust.”
As recently as Thursday race organizer Bill Inverso compared the soil on Boy Scout Trail to “eight inches of talcum powder,” but the recent showers turned that talcum powder into a speedy track.
“It’s so much tackier than it’s been all season,” said second-place finisher Glenwood’s Ralph Trapani, 50, who, like Currier, set a personal best of 1:32:30 on the course.
“We get older and we get faster,” Trapani said, “that’s not the way it’s supposed to work.”
The course and added speed did take its toll on a few of the riders. Trapani crossed the finish line with his bar end tweaked skyward, the result of a tumble during the race. Fourth place finisher Rico MacPherson finished the race with a flat front tire and a couple of nasty raspberries on his elbow and leg.
The course featured 2,000 feet of total elevation gain after starting up Red Canyon Road before connecting with the Forest Hollow Trail and descending down Boy Scout Trail, the most technical section of the route.
Cheryl Pearce, of Glenwood, posted the top women’s time in the mountain biking category, finishing ninth overall with a time of 1:56:37.
Pearce said she had no major problems on the course, thanks to the rain, and accomplished her goal of completing the route in under two hours.
“There were two or three sections of mud, but other than that it was perfect,” she said.
Less than two minutes after Pearce finished, the first runner crossed the line.
Shane Edmonds, of Glenwood, became the first-ever champion in the running division – runners were just added to the competitor roster this year – with a time of 1:58:18.
“I really didn’t know what to expect, which was nice,” Edmonds said. “I thought it was a real good course. Any trail run is a good thing.”
Edmonds placed 12th overall, passing a number of bikers en route to his victory. John Stroud was second in the men’s running event with a time of 2:08:58 and Brian Passenti was third.
Kristen Bartecchi of Anchorage, Alaska, took time out from visiting family in the area to take top honors in the women’s running division, clocking in at 2:30:05.
“I think a bike would be a lot tougher,” she said of the narrow, exposed section of singletrack. “I was afraid I was going to fall off the trail.”
Here are the results from Saturday’s Glenwood Springs Mountain Bike or Run:
1, John Currier, 1:19:30. 2, Ralph Trapani, 1:32:30. 3, Jack Oulund, 1:36:08. 4, Rico MacPherson, 1:43:10. 5, Tony Greene, 1:46:46. 6, Chris Maher, 1:51:25. 7, Mike Rose, 1:52:15. 8, Mike McLeod, 1:52:17. 9, Matt Young, 1:57:06. 10, Jesse Kenealy, 1:58:40. 11, Roger Brown, 2:05:44. 12, Roberto Cruz, 2:10:58. 13, Tad Plappert, 2:42:27. 14, Derrick Martinez, 2:48:20. 15, Doug Dobbin, 3:12:30. 16, Dave Smith, 4:30:00.
1, Cheryl Pearce, 1:56:37. 2, Paula Gary, 4:30:00.
1, Shane Edmonds, 1:58:18. 2, John Stroud, 2:08:58. 3, Brian Passenti, 2:23:52. 4, Jerry Longbons, 2:25:44. 5, Brian Johnson, 2:38:40. 6, E. Alask, 2:44:22. 7, Gary Hollenbaugh, 2:49:50. 8, Steve Vanderhoof, 3:03:38. 9, Nan Lichtz, 3:27:30.
1, Kristen Bartecchi, 2:30:05. 2, Allison Pattillo, 3:03:40.
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