Wertheim sets record in Roan Cliff race | PostIndependent.com

Wertheim sets record in Roan Cliff race

Amanda Holt MillerWestern Garfield County Staff
Amanda Holt Miller

RIFLE – The Roan Cliff Chaos hill climb has a new course record to beat next year. Charlie Wertheim, who works for the Post Independent, finished the bike race in 56 minutes, 48 seconds.”I think we’ve had someone bust an hour before,” said Wayne Edgeton, who organizes the race for the Rifle Recreation department. “But not 56 minutes.”Wertheim participated in the Chaos hill climb two years ago. He said he shaved just over three minutes off of his previous time.”I wanted to go faster this year,” Wertheim said, “so I may have been really pushing it.”The course is about seven miles with a gain of approximately 2,700 vertical feet, Edgeton said.”There’s one spot where it’s not quite as steep, but it’s all uphill,” Edgeton said. There’s a downhill slope to the finish line and the trail is rutted and bumpy in areas.Wertheim, like many of the other racers, doesn’t regularly participate in mountain bike races.”Mountain biking is too dangerous,” Wertheim said. “I can’t control the bike.”Helen Carlsen, from Basalt, read about the race in the paper and thought it sounded like her idea of fun.”This was my first-ever mountain bike race,” Carlsen said. “I hate to go downhill. I’m way too chicken for the downhill.”But uphill wasn’t a problem for Carlsen. She finished at 1:10:46, which landed her in third place.”That was really impressive,” Edgeton said of Carlsen’s performance.Only six racers turned out for the event, fewer riders than there were last year by just a few.”I know a lot of people don’t really like going downhill,” Edgeton said. “That’s why we wanted to get this race going.”Riders were able to cruise down the JQS Trail at their own speeds after the race. All racers were winner, as the only division with more than one competitor was the women 40-49 age group.For results, see Scoreboard.Contact Amanda Holt Miller: 625-3245, ext. 103ahmiller@postindependent.com

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