Jeffrey Gay, left, climbs Saturday during the Mount Evans Hill Climb. Gay finished sixth in the junior 17 to 18 division. A number of Steamboat cyclists performed well during the race Saturday and came away with high finishes.
Updated July 27, 2011 at 7:35 a.m.
Steamboat Springs Amy Charity got one step closer and Tammy Jacques continued with what she has done the past two years.
The two Steamboat Springs women each attacked the Mount Evans Hill Climb road bike race on Saturday and came away with top finishes.
Charity had a photo finish in winning the Category 3 women’s race, while Jacques rode to her second consecutive win in the senior women Pro 1/2 classification.
Jacques led off with an early attack and rode 22 of the 27.4 miles by herself. She won by more than six minutes.
“I got to the base of the climb and pulled through,” Jacques said. “I didn’t really need to take off but I was testing people. I got a gap, punched it down and road by myself.”
The course starts at Clear Creek Middle School in Idaho Springs and takes riders up to the Mount Evans summit parking lot. All told, the winding climb has 6,575 feet of vertical gain.
Charity went up with a group of four women that dipped to three by the halfway point. By the final 2.5 miles, Charity and another woman had extended out and battled to the finish. Charity tried to make a push, but the woman stayed on her tire. Still, Charity had just enough to pull it out at the end.
“You have to race conservative,” said Charity, who with the win moved one step closer to moving up in class to Category 2. “I knew if I was still feeling good with five miles to go, I would really start to dig in.”
On the youth side, Alec Shaffer became a double state champion. After already securing the USA Cycling Mountain Short Track Championship, Shaffer won the Mount Evans Hill Climb in the Junior 17-18 category.
Evan Weinman was fourth overall in the same class. Jeffrey Gay rounded out the team with a sixth-place finish.
“They’ve had a really good mix of training,” said Rishi Grewal, a coach for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club elite cycling team. “They’ve shown a lot of improvement and that’s what I like to see as a coach.”
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