Steamboat Springs Stage Race takes off |

Steamboat Springs Stage Race takes off

Annual event opens Friday, continues through Monday

Luke Graham

Catherine Johnson, of Boulder, races along River Road on Friday afternoon during the time trial of the Steamboat Springs Stage Race. The event kicked off Friday and continues through Monday.

— The third annual Steamboat Springs Stage Race opened Friday with what seemed like a short 6.5-mile jaunt up River Road. 

But with headwinds and crosswinds playing a role in the Aspire Performance Individual Time Trial, the course proved tougher than most thought. 

In the SM Pro 1-2 division, Golden's Chris Carr was the top finisher in 16 minutes, 31.97 seconds. He'll have a one-second lead over Daniel Harm when Saturday's second stage begins.

Steamboat's Barkley Robinson finished 32nd, almost three minutes back. 

In the SM 5565+ field, Kim Workman won in 17:19.70. Steamboat's Kent Eriksen is 2:13 seconds back. 

Chris Phenicie won the SM 35+ division in 17:09.78. Jon Cariveau, of Steamboat, is 2:01 back. 

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In the SM 4 division, Steamboat's Sam Chovan took the lead, finishing in 17:52.09. He has an eight-second lead on John Klish. 

Evan Weinman, of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, crossed the finish first in the Junior 15-18 category, registering a 17:26. He'll have a one-second lead on Jake Carson. 

In the SW 1-2, SW 3 and SW 35+ field, Lafayette's Kasey Clark is in first after finishing in 19:13.75. Steamboat's Amy Charity is in fifth, 34 seconds behind.

Michael Hagen leads the SM 45+ field after finishing in 17:45.81. 

Pueblo's Carla Flores leads the SW4, SW 45+, SW55+ division after finishing in 21:43.62. Steamboat's Katie Lindquist is 1:28 back, and Jody Gale is 2:06 back. 

In the SM 35+, 4, SM 45+ 4 category, Derke Teuscher finished first in 18:16.47. Steamboat's Ryan Kerin is 2:26 back. 

In the SM 3 category, Jeff Chmielewski finished first in 17:05.12. Steamboat's Trevor Walz is 1:01 back. 

The four-day stage race continues Saturday with the new Wildhorse Criterium at Trailhead Lodge. The venue at the base of Steamboat Ski Area features a 1.4-mile loop with technical turns and one climb. It is spectator-friendly. Races begin at 7:30 a.m.

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