A group of Steamboat Springs mountain bikers laid down a strong start to their season at the Whiskey 50 off-road mountain bike race in Prescott, Ariz.
None fared better than Karen Tremaine, who smoked the women’s singlespeed field to win the race in 4 hours, 18 minutes and 59 seconds, more than four minutes ahead of her nearest competitor.
The high finish qualified her for a drawing for a trip to the Single Speed World Championships in South Africa. Tremaine then won that drawing.
It was a free trip to London that motivated many of the day’s other top racers. With many of the continent’s best cyclists gearing up for this summer’s Olympic Games, the Arizona race saw an unusual collection of talent. So great was the exposure that a helicopter took to the air to track the progress.
Steamboat’s Kelly Boniface managed to stick out in the midst of it, placing 15th in the women’s Elite field.
“It was a bigger, more competitive field that the national championships were last year,” she said.
She said she was merely happy with her performance. She gained some ground on a large mid-race climb, but not as much as she had hoped. She said a few unlucky twists helped keep the day at “good” instead of “great.”
“It was a really good, solid season debut,” she said. “I could have picked up a few spots, but it was a good effort.”
Nate Bird represented Steamboat in the men’s elite division, placing 58th.
“Results-wise I didn’t fare super well, but I did what I wanted to do,” he said. “I wanted to go out and have a strong ride, ride as hard as I could and have fun, and I definitely did all of that.”
Several other locals took part in the day of racing. Steamboat’s Jeff Snook was 67th and Ben Clark was 77th in the men’s open field, while Clint Ball was 57th in the men’s singlespeed field.
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