Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Cycling team members Evan Weinman, left, and Ben Berend celebrate after finishing the 2011 Morgul Bismarck Road Race in Superior on Monday. Weinman, despite a dropped chain, finished first with Berend in third.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Cycling team members Evan Weinman, left, and Ben Berend celebrate after finishing the 2011 Morgul Bismarck Road Race in Superior on Monday. Weinman, despite a dropped chain, finished first with Berend in third.

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club cyclists starting season

Local riders notch 2 top finishes

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— The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Cycling Team hasn’t let the early spring weather derail its season.

In addition to hosting a road training race series in and around Steamboat Springs, the team has been busy training for regional mountain and road races this spring. 

So far, so good.

“For how much we’ve been able to ride, it’s been a really good showing,” coach Rishi Grewal said. “With these guys, it’s all timing. Timing around their schedules and timing of when they can go compete.”

Evan Weinman has paced the team in the early going. Weinman finished sixth in a time trial and cross-country race at the Mountain States Cup’s Rabbit Valley Rally in Fruita. Alec Schafer was eighth and 11th.

On the second stop of the tour, the Salida River Rampage, Weinman was second in the time trial and first in both the short track and cross-country. Jeffrey Gay was seventh in the time trial, sixth in the short track and 10th in the cross-country.

On Monday, Weinman and Ben Berend traveled to Superior to compete in the revitalized classic, the Morgul Bismarck. The road race is a challenging circuit course, punctuated by the legendary wall. The steep climb challenges even the best riders. Weinman, despite a dropped chain costing him time on the leaders, came out victorious. Berend took third.

“I think (Weinman) has the ability to concentrate and not lose focus, in particular on a mountain bike,” Grewal said. “That’s helped him a lot from making mistakes.”

Grewal encouraged any high school students interested in competing or training with the team to call him at 970-819-5831.

Locals ride in Gunnison’s grueling Full-Growler race

A handful of Steamboat’s top mountain bikers competed Saturday in the grueling Gunnison Growler.

There were two races. The Full-Growler is a 64-mile race that does two laps and climbs 4,000 vertical feet. The Half-Growler does one lap and 32 miles of racing.

In the Full-Growler, Nate Bird was 16th, Mike Sharkey was 83rd, Josh Enck was 94th and Mel Stewart was 121st. Tevor Walz, JP Pougiales and Aaron Tisdale did not finish. On the women’s side, Rebecca Bale was 25th in the full race.

In the Half-Growler, Jeff Minotto was second and Jeff Boswell was 10th in the men’s 30-39 division

“It’s a super tough, technical ride,” Bird said. “It’s relentless. You’re either flying downhill or climbing. There wasn’t too much rest going on. It’s super fun, but it wears on you after 65 miles.”

— To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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