Steamboat Velo cyclist Bryce Davies races in the Boulder Roubaix. Davies finished 48th in the Men’s 1-2 Category and was one of three Steamboat Velo team members competing in the race, which drew more than 800 athletes.

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Steamboat Velo cyclist Bryce Davies races in the Boulder Roubaix. Davies finished 48th in the Men’s 1-2 Category and was one of three Steamboat Velo team members competing in the race, which drew more than 800 athletes.

Steamboat Velo picks up 1st podium finish of season

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— A trio of Steamboat Velo cyclists continued their early-season competition run, racing in the highly competitive Boulder Roubaix during the weekend. The event featured a loop course, half of which was on dirt roads with surfaces ranging from loose sand to washboard.

The race had more than 800 competitors, with Steamboat Velo picking up its first podium finish of the season.

Simon Demby-Myers finished second in the 100-rider Category 4 field. Although the category introduces many riders to racing, the competition was fierce and required a combination of strategy and power at the sprint finish of the 34-mile race.

Demby-Myers will continue racing in Category 4 for a few more races, after which he can petition to be upgraded to Category 3, where he would race longer distances against more experienced riders.

Three professional teams — Bissel Pro Cycling, Horizon Organics Cycling and Optum Pro Cycling — dotted the Pro 1-2 field. In a deep and talented rider contingent, Steamboat Velo riders Bryce Davies and Corey Piscopo had strong showings, responding to numerous attacks and a blistering pace. They finished 48th and 50th, respectively, after a long 75-mile race.

“It’s brutal,” Davies said. “It beats you up with wind and the dirt roads.”

Several members of Steamboat Velo will travel to Fruita this weekend to race alongside many other Steamboat riders at the Rumble at 18 Road mountain bike race.

The Steamboat Velo team also will compete in the Tour of the Gila in New Mexico from May 2 to 6.

“I was extremely happy with our finish considering the talent we were up against, and our form looks good for the five-day Tour of the Gila stage race later this month in New Mexico,” Piscopo said.

For more information about Steamboat Velo, visit www.steamboatvelo.com.

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

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