Peter Kalmes rides toward the finish line Wednesday in the Town Challenge race on Emerald Mountain. Kalmes won the race.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Peter Kalmes rides toward the finish line Wednesday in the Town Challenge race on Emerald Mountain. Kalmes won the race.

Kalmes unseats favorites at Steamboat Town Challenge race

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— Peter Kalmes said he didn’t look. He just rode, as fast and as hard as he ever has, flying down the second half of the Emerald Mountain course in Wednesday’s Town Chal­lenge Emer­ald Slash and Burn mountain bike race in Steamboat Springs.

When he did finally look up, screaming across the finish line at the base of Howelsen Hill, he saw something entirely new — no one. Kalmes won his first Town Challenge race, besting repeat winners Barkley Robinson and Brad Bingham.

“I just held on,” Kalmes said. “I knew it was going to hurt, and I just held on.”

The course cut through the Emerald Mountain terrain that’s among the most popular singletrack in Steam­boat.

Still, it proved a treat for Wednes­day’s 178 racers, as much of the upper section of the mountain is off-limits to the public because of ongoing beetle-kill logging efforts.

The way was cleared and the ropes lifted for the race, however, giving bikers a crack at the terrain.

“I love Emerald,” race director Gretchen Sehler said. “It’s my favorite place to ride, to hold races. People really liked the course. They said it was a nice, fun, fast downhill. There wasn’t constant uphill. It was broken up, and everyone liked that.”

Kalmes said he started the race just trying to keep up, with his eyes focused on Robinson’s back tire.

That’s the only view of Robinson most people have had, as he’s won repeated season titles, including last year’s, and the two previous races in this season.

But when the trail turned to downhill, Kalmes made his move, dashing to the lead and then away from the pack.

“I went for it,” Kalmes said. “I thought, ‘This is going to be scary,’ but I knew if I didn’t go then, I’d never catch up to him on the road. I didn’t even look back. I just put my head down and thought, ‘Go, go, go!’”

Kalmes finished in 50 minutes, 32 seconds. Robinson was second at 51:14, and Bingham was third in 51:34.

Kelly Boniface was back on top of the women’s standings, finishing first in 57:24.

Tammy Jacques Grewal, first a week ago in a hill climb on Mount Werner, was second at 59:18.

Linnea Dixson, at 18 years old the youngest racer in the women’s expert division, was third in 1:03:26.

The Town Challenge series returns July 14 at Steamboat Ski Area for the Sunshine Loop race.

2010 Slash and Burn XC results

June 30, 2010

Unofficial

Pro/open

1 Peter Kalmes 50:32

2 Barkley Robinson 51:14

3 Brad Bingham 51:34

4 Kevin Kane 52:16

5 Nate Bird 52:21

6 Bo Randolph 54:00

7 Craig Rench 55:03

8 Jamie Morgan 55:11

9 Jon Cariveau 55:55

10 Bud Whitehead 56:34

11 Jeff Keller 56:38

12 Scott Tanner 57:44

13 Jon Freckleton 57:46

14 Matthew Pronovost 58:06

15 Mike Sharkey 58:15

16 Dave Fisher 58:20

17 Sam Chovan 58:44

18 Matt Charity 59:57

19 Jeff Minotto 1:00:08

Men's expert 19 to 34

1 Trever Walz 57:03

2 Tim Nylen 57:21

3 Matt Eggen 57:44

4 Joshua Enck 57:59

5 Alex Pond 1:01:15

6 Ryan Kerin 1:01:45

7 Chris Jakubowski 1:02:20

8 Jeffery Gay 1:02:32

9 D. J. Nudy 1:05:38

10 Paxton Jones 1:16:57

Men's expert 35 to 49

1 Ian Anderson 57:26

2 Ron Famiglietti 57:29

3 Peter Boniface 59:00

4 Matt Heydon 59:18

5 Billy Vanness 59:33

6 David High 1:00:11

7 Rick Hodges 1:00:24

8 Scott Myller 1:00:36

9 Kevin Hendrickson 1:01:12

10 Paul Campbell 1:02:45

11 Scott Kempers 1:03:51

12 Scott Blair 1:03:55

13 Dan Vargas 1:04:12

14 Darrin Fryer 1:04:50

15 Anthony Urbick 1:08:53

Men's expert 50 and older

1 Roy McKinstry 59:40

2 Bradley Alan 1:02:11

3 Marc Sehler 1:02:15

4 Mel Stewart 1:03:04

5 Mike Loomis 1:03:12

6 Jeff Hostetler 1:04:13

7 Kent Eriksen 1:04:57

8 Kris Hagenbuch 1:05:58

9 Roger Watson 1:08:58

10 Steve Colby 1:22:14

Men's sport 19 to 29

1 Alec Schaffer 55:10

2 Jon Winkelblech 57:13

3 Paul Hatrick 1:01:48

4 Mark Dennis 1:07:50

5 Eli Campbell 1:10:31

Men's sport 30 to 39

1 Seth Lorson 53:31

2 Jon Casson 56:56

3 Garett Mariano 58:24

4 Jeremy MacGray 58:27

5 Ryan Curry 58:46

6 Adam Wright 59:15

7 Scott Anfang 59:43

8 Jeremy Schumacher 1:00:20

9 Matt Kane 1:00:40

10 Diego Girard 1:00:41

11 Eric Marsh 1:11:07

12 Antonio Jaranna 1:12:26

13 Jon Nesbitt 1:25:32

Men's sport 40 to 49

1 Mark Rasmussen 56:26

2 Brad Stamp 56:44

3 Chris Arnis 56:52

4 Jay Willson 57:27

5 Bob Kastor 57:27

6 Jeff Olsen 58:41

7 Bobby Aldighieri 1:01:51

8 Jon Feiges 1:02:17

9 Brandon Dardanis 1:03:34

10 Richard Sterling 1:04:38

Men's sport 50 and older

1 Bart Ingalls 40:33

2 Chris Keiss 58:32

3 Jim Leary 1:01:04

4 Boyd Bass 1:01:12

5 Thomas Scrimgeour 1:01:51

6 Rick Denney 1:02:25

7 John Thrasher 1:03:58

8 Steve Harrison 1:09:57

Men's novice 35 to 49

1 Mike Aljanich 1:04:38

2 Scott Colby 1:04:51

3 Mike Malone 1:08:06

4 Dave Nagel 1:09:46

5 Chad James 1:24:53

Men's novice 50 and older

1 Stephan Zittel 1:10:21

2 Peter Hoey 1:15:28

3 Neil Ganz 1:17:26

Women's expert

1 Kelly Boniface 57:24

2 Tammy Jacques Grewal 59:18

3 Linnea Dixson 1:03:26

4 Katie Lindquist 1:04:02

5 Kate Rench 1:04:15

6 Genevieve Dice 1:09:29

7 Hadley Nylen 1:09:50

8 Jennifer Kerr 1:12:13

9 Rose Alford 1:12:16

10 Wendy Tomilson 1:12:19

11 Jamie Gay 1:14:14

12 Katherine Ingalls 1:19:45

Women's sport 19 to 29

1 Kristen Moore 1:02:39

2 Kyleigh Demicco 1:03:13

3 Helen Brown 1:06:49

4 Amy Zutterling 1:16:41

5 Susanna Jones 1:17:13

Women's sport 30 and older

1 Maria Linna 1:03:54

2 Bec Bale 1:04:05

3 Nicole Lecoyer 1:07:38

4 Phaedra Fegley 1:10:01

5 Krista Check-Hill 1:10:37

6 Mary Ann Keiss 1:12:40

7 Shannon Carlin 1:14:27

Women's novice 19 to 34

1 Alicia Wright 37:11

2 Gretchen Coleman 39:08

Women's novice 35 and older

1 Debora Block 45:05

2 Aimee Nagel 1:06:32

3 Jennifer Sliney 1:29:19

Youth male 13 to 15

1 Koby Vargas 28:48

2 Jett Seymour 29:18

3 Jim Vanderbeck 30:28

4 Grant Andrews 33:13

5 Jack Vanderbeck 33:24

6 Andrew Keiss 34:29

7 Austin Weide 36:38

8 Sam Scully 37:04

Youth male 16 to 18

1 Luke Falcone 54:37

2 Dane Dixson 56:30

3 Charles Von Thaden 57:36

4 Evan Weinman 58:04

5 Max Scrimgeour 59:20

6 Erik Petersen 1:03:46

7 Sam Monsen 1:08:33

Kids 6 and younger

1 Shea Pepin 00:50

2 Andrew Kempers 00:53

3 Rune Freckleton 00:55

4 Andrew Lemley 00:57

5 Cade Baier 00:59

6 Erik Belshaw 01:01

7 Elizabeth Lemley 01:02

8 Neva Morgan 01:23

9 Karl Brody Freckleton 01:25

Kids 7 and 8

1 Danial Kempers 02:03

2 Annika Belshaw 02:10

3 Jackson Simon 02:24

4 Mason Voyuodz 02:28

5 Ava Morgan 03:32

Kids 9 and 10

1 Decker Dean 02:40

2 Kaden Mendonca 02:41

3 Cameron Colombo 02:55

4 Matthew Kempers 03:07

5 Dane Freckleton 03:20

6 Isabelle Boniface 03:24

7 Alex Blair 03:34

8 Riley Hodges 03:42

9 Geoffrey Opper 04:48

Kids 11 and 12

1 Trey Seymour 07:43

2 Chase Seymour 07:49

3 Zane Worrell 07:55

4 Elijah Varges 08:10

5 Sam Frackowiak 08:43

6 Makiya Crochiere 08:51

Men's singlespeed

1 Tad Huser 59:19

2 Blake Chilson 1:00:44

3 Ben Clark 1:02:38

4 Clint Ball 1:05:53

5 Todd Givnish 1:07:29

6 Rob Peterson 1:10:31

Women's singlespeed

1 Marla Bailey 1:13:15

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