Steamboat's Bird flies in 100-mile race

Honey Stinger cyclist places 7th in Front Range event

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— Nate Bird said he was tired Sunday, a day after riding in a mountain bike race.

That’s entirely understandable given the event — the Bailey Hundo 100-mile mountain bike race — was the longest he’d ever tackled.

But the distance only seemed to make Bird stronger as he logged one of his best finishes, coming in seventh.

“I was super happy with how it went and how I felt the whole time,” Bird said while recovering Sunday. “It was a super-competitive field and to get into the top 10 was awesome.”

The inaugural edition of the Front Range race included about 50 miles on trails — “the fun part,” Bird said — and another 50 on U.S. Forest Service roads with long inclines.

The event sponsored by four state senators raised money to help fund singletrack trails in the Bailey area.

“It was fun,” Bird said. “In a sadistic way, anyway.

“I never really had a low period in the race. The key was eating and drinking. I dumped a whole bottle of water on myself at every aid station and packed my jersey with ice once. It really helped. I didn’t even notice the 90-degree heat.”

He was the only Steamboat Springs finisher in the race but was joined by a slew of racers from Team Honey Stinger.

As grueling as it was, the race was just part of Bird’s plan to attack more marathon-distance races.

He’s eyeing the TransRockies multi-day mountain bike race in August, a 250-mile stage race through Canada’s mountains.

“I’ve started to like the endurance or marathon mountain bike events better,” Bird said. “I feel like I’m better suited to the long distances, and that’s where I perform better.”

Steamboat's Lambart plays in all-state tennis event

Recently graduated Steam­boat Springs High School alum Jeff Lambart traveled to Denver this weekend to play in the Colorado High School Tennis Coaches’ Association all-state tennis matches.

He said he split in the four sets he played, all in a mixed-doubles format where he was partnered with, and set against, other all-state boys and girls.

“But it wasn’t about that,” he said of the results. “It was just all for fun. It was a good end to high school tennis. There were a bunch of kids there I played against through the years.

“It was really an honor to be selected and to get that recognition after my four years of tennis here.”

Now it’s off to Boston College for Lambart, where he said he hopes to continue to play tennis at the club level.

— To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 871-4253 or e-mail jreichenberger@steamboatpilot.com

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