Steamboat's Linnea Dixson rolls again

Local cyclist takes 2nd Mountain States Cup victory

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— Linnea Dixson collected her second straight Mountain States Cup victory Sunday during the Blast the Mass mountain bike race in Snowmass, but the local cyclist isn’t letting the streak go to her head.

“Snowmass was really just a tune up for this week,” Dixson said Mon­day. “The nationals are what we’ve been working for all year.”

Dixson won the women’s category 1, for ages 15 to 18, in a time of 1:18.10 and claimed her third state title at the Snowmass race. Bayfield’s Joan Walker, who finished in second at 1:33.57, was the next closest rider.

Dixson is one of several riders from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Program qualified to race at the national event this weekend at SolVista in Granby. She is expecting things to get a whole lot harder this week, as all the top riders in her age group battle at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships.

To win a title in that event, Dixson will have to get past several top riders, including Durango racer Alicia Rose Pastore who skipped last weekend’s race at Snowmass.

Dixson said while the field in Snowmass was competitive, many of the top racers missed the event to attend a pre-nationals training camp at SolVista. There was also a three-day UCI stage race in Colorado Springs.

“My strength is climbing,” Dixson said. “From what I’ve heard, the course at SolVista is pretty flat. … If I want to be successful, I’m going to have to attack on the climbs.”

Other top Steamboat finishes in Sunday’s cross-country race included Rose Alford, who was fifth in the women’s category 1, for ages 40 and older; and Alec Schaffer, who was fifth in the men’s category 2, for ages 15 to 18. Dane Dixson was seventh, Evan Weinman was eighth and Erik Petersen was 10th in the same division. Sarah Dixson also enjoyed a third in the women’s category 2, ages 15 to 18.

The Blast the Mass Mountain States Cup Race also included two downhills — one Saturday and one Sunday — as well as super D and short track races Saturday.

Tony Achilli was third in the men’s category race Saturday and second in Sunday’s race. Catherine Cantway was second in the women’s category 1 downhill race Saturday. Sam Frackowiak won the men’s junior division, for ages 11 and younger, in Saturday’s race. Andrew Hitchcock was 10th in the junior men’s division, for ages 12 to 14, Sunday.

On Saturday, Ian Gale raced to 14th place in the men’s 30-plus division of the super D race. Kai Rogers was second, Frackowaik was 10th and Weinman was 11th in the junior division.

In the short track race, Weinman was third and Alec Schaffer was fourth in the men’s category 2-3 division, for ages 15 to 18. Max Taam was eighth, and Adam Parke was ninth in the short open pro division.

Many of the Steamboat riders will be headed to Sol Vista Resort for the USA Cycling National Championships.

Several local racers are expected to take part including Koby Vargus, Weinman, Dane Dixson, Schaffer, Jeffrey Gay, Erik Petersen, Sam Chovan, Linnea Dixson and Sarah Dixson from the Winter Sports Club. The championships open Thursday.

—To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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