Steamboat Springs Katie Lindquist and Kent Eriksen’s marriage is doing just fine.
In fact, at Saturday’s Laramie Enduro mountain bike race, their marriage proved to be record-breaking.
The local biking couple finished the 70.5-mile course on a tandem bike in a record time of 6 hours, 4 minutes and 12 seconds.
And as tandem bikes go, so goes the story of a marriage. Eriksen was in the front, controlling the bike and determining how fast to go. All the while, Lindquist had total trust in him.
“I call (a tandem bike) a relationship accelerator,” Eriksen said. “If you’re married 5 or 10 years and are having doubts, get on a tandem and that will give you what is going to happen 10 years from now.”
It was the second straight win for Lindquist and Eriksen on a tandem bike in Laramie. The two had a good start Saturday but were passed by another team about a quarter of the way through.
Eventually the two regained the lead and never let up.
“We thought we were getting chased the whole way,” Lindquist said. “We passed them back and then rode like they were going to pass us again.”
Lindquist and Eriksen’s finish highlighted a barrage of top local results.
In the open division, Kelly Boniface was the second overall woman, finishing in 5:35:01.
“You like to finish tired but feeling good,” said Boniface, who admitted she was still fatigued from the Steamboat Stinger 50-mile mountain bike race. “I had to dig deep to get through that one.”
Barkley Robinson was fourth overall in the men’s pro/open classification, while Peter Kalmes was sixth and Craig Rench was eighth. Evan Soard was 78th overall and 20th in the men’s 30 to 39 open division.
Alex Pond was fourth in the men’s 29-and-younger open division and 24th overall. Patrick West was eighth and Scott Tanner was 10th in the men’s 40 to 49 open division.
Roy McKinstry was fourth in the men’s 50-and-older open division. Rob Peterson was 34th in the men’s singlespeed division.
Brian McGovern was 12th in the men’s 29-and-younger sport division.
Edwin Armstrong was 18th, Michael Walker was 49th and Steve Dressen was 50th in the men’s 40 to 49 sport division. Mel Stewart was second, and Roger Watson was 11th in the men’s 50-and-older sport division.
In the women’s 30 to 39 sport division, Nicole LeCuyer was sixth.