Steamboat Springs rider Karen Tremaine prepares to tackle the 2012 Teva Mountain Games in Vail. Tremaine, in her first time in the event, won the women’s singlespeed division.

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Steamboat Springs rider Karen Tremaine prepares to tackle the 2012 Teva Mountain Games in Vail. Tremaine, in her first time in the event, won the women’s singlespeed division.

Steamboat cyclists shine at Teva Mountain Games

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— Several Steamboat Springs cyclists impressed throughout the weekend during the 2012 Teva Mountain Games in Vail.

Boosted by four podium finishes, including three individuals in top spots, Steamboat was well represented at the annual outdoor games.

Competing in the cross-country mountain bike race, Corey Piscopo finished first in the men’s expert category, logging three laps in 1 hour, 58 minutes and 45 seconds.

“From the start, I had intentions of doing well, so I visualized how I wanted to start out,” Piscopo said. “I got off the front really well.”

The mountain bike course starts at the base of Golden Peak and heads up Vail Mountain. Each lap is 7.2 miles and has 1,372 feet of elevation gain.

Piscopo had the lead from the beginning and widened the gap after his second lap.

“Having raced all spring, I’m in really good shape,” he said.

Craig Rench was eighth in the men’s expert division, Sam Chovan was 12th, Ben Clark was 44th and Jeff Snook was 45th.

In the women’s expert field — whose competitors raced two laps of the same course that the men raced — Kate Rench won in 1:33.23. In the women’s singlespeed division, Karen Tremaine was first in 1:36.21.

“I didn’t really have any expectations for that race,” said Tremaine, who was competing for the first time at the Teva Mountain Games. “Lately, I’ve been doing and training for longer races. It’s a whole different sport when you start to amp it up and do shorter races.”

Matthew Pronovost was sixth in the men’s singlespeed event.

Steamboat was similarly well represented in the pro divisions.

Peter Kalmes led the way in men’s pro, finishing 14th in 1:53.25. Barkley Robinson was 29th in 2:01:08, and Nate Bird was 35th in 2:04.26.

Kelly Boniface was 12th in the women’s pro event, finishing in 2:17.52.

Steamboat’s other podium finish came in the road bike time trial. The road race covers 9.74 miles and climbs more than 1,500 feet. It begins in Vail Village and travels parallel to Vail Pass on the frontage road.

Tammy Jacques was third in the women’s open category, finishing in 33:29.22.

Jennifer Kerr was the first women’s finisher in the masters 35-plus category. Her time was 41:22.09.

“The course suited me fairly well,” Jacques said. “I like time trialing. A time trial is the mental capacity to endure against the clock. It’s sort of a race of attrition.”

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

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