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Locals compete at Salty Treads in Grand Valley

As the temperature gets colder and the air crisper, the Mountain and Desert Racing circuit continues to wind its season down to the final race on Dec. 13.

With just six races in the season, Mountain and Desert Racing held its fifth race of the year on Nov. 21 in the Grand Valley, with events starting at 9:30 a.m.

Hosting cycloraces and a cross country run at the “Salty Treads” event, Mountain and Desert Racing had a respectable turnout at its fifth event of the year, according to John Klish, the Mountain and Desert Racing CEO.



In the first cyclorace of the day, Carbondale’s Chris Brandt, 41, won the event with a time of 50 minutes, 22 and nine tenths seconds. Colby Lash, 37, of Glenwood Springs, finished second with a time of 50:37.7.

Brian McCall, 42, of Carbondale, finished third with a time of 52:16.7, while Taylor Bushong, 24, of Grand Junction, turned in a time of 53:11.8 to finish fourth. Scott Guzman Newton, 40, of Moab, Utah, finished fifth with a time of 53:37.4



In the second cyclorace of the day, Wyatt Moehring, 16, of Avon, won the B Race with a time of 39:58.6, the fastest time of the day. Dennis Jones, 34, of Grand Junction, finished second with at time of 41:33.1. Darren Broome, 46, of Carbondale (41:34.6), Tom Eatwell, 50, of Fruita (41:35.2) and Ryan Christianson, 40, of Grand Junction (41:36.7) rounded out the top five.

Martin Wiesiolek, 50, of Grand Junction, won the cross country race — which was run on the same course as the bike races — with a time of 21:27.1, which happened to be nearly four minutes faster than the second-place finisher.


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