Steamboat Springs cyclist Amy Charity continued her busy and successful early season by finishing third Sunday at the Morgul Bismark road race in Superior.
Charity, racing in the women’s pro division, finished the 52-mile race in 2 hours, 40 minutes and 21 seconds. Catherine Johnson was first in 2:40:13, and Kasey Clark was second in 2:40:20.
The race featured four 13-mile laps, with the main part being a climb up a hill called “The Wall.”
“The first time up you feel pretty good,” Charity said. “By the fourth time you know you’ve been climbing.”
With the course being relatively flat except for the lone hill, most riders stayed in a pack, saving their energy for the final ascent of The Wall.
Charity said Johnson went out on her own earlier and was able to maintain a lead. Charity went hard during the last trip up The Wall and was in second place right until the finish line, when Clark was just able to pass her.
“I put myself in the front and was going to see what could happen,” she said. “I went as hard as I could that last climb.”
Charity, whose season goal is to podium at the Steamboat Stage Race, next competes June 9 at the Sunshine Hill Climb in Boulder.