Gretchen Coleman leads a pack of riders early in Wednesday’s Howlin’ Howelsen race in Steamboat Springs. The season’s first Town Challenge race attracted a large field.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Gretchen Coleman leads a pack of riders early in Wednesday’s Howlin’ Howelsen race in Steamboat Springs. The season’s first Town Challenge race attracted a large field.

Howlin' Howelsen kicks off 2012 Steamboat Springs Town Challenge

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— Peter Kalmes quickly realized his advantage probably was everyone else’s, as well. 

Like many Steamboat Springs mountain bikers, Kalmes took advantage of the light winter, biking up Emerald Mountain on hardpack snow. By February he was in Moab to ride on dirt, and come March 1, he was a fixture on his road bike. 

“I feel a lot stronger because of the dry spring,” said Kalmes, who proved to be the fastest rider Wednesday in the opening event of the 2012 Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series. “I knew, and now I really know, that everyone took advantage of that. It made a difference for everyone.”

Wednesday’s Howlin’ Howelsen race predictably saw a little of everything. Old stalwarts battled the Emerald Mountain course that began at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena and meandered its way over a series of trails before finishing the ascent to the Quarry via Blair Witch and then heading back down. 

The race even featured one rider sprinting across the finish line, flat tire going one way and chain going the other. 

Then it had the final competitor across the finish line — long after everyone left to have a post-race beer — sporting an old-school Nishiki mountain bike with fenders and no sign of any suspension. 

Kalmes, however, was the fastest on a day that saw the wind pick up and the sun fall behind the clouds just as competitors took off. 

His time of 39 minutes, 19 seconds proved to be enough to overcome second-place finisher Trevor Walz, who finished in 39:33. Alex Pond was third in 40:37. 

Kelly Boniface, who has a second mortgage on top of the women’s pro standings, raced with the men Wednesday, finishing 15th in 47:08. 

It was a sweet finish for Kalmes, who now has won the past three Town Challenge races in the pro division. Last year, he entered the final event up two points in the standings to Brad Bingham. Racers are allowed to drop results from one race per season, and riders decided to not have last year’s rained-out race be dropped. When the final season points were tabulated, Kalmes found himself two points off the championship. 

“I’ll try again next year,” Kalmes said at the time. 

He started 2012 where he left off in 2011. With months of training already under his belt, he looks to be the front-runner for the season title this summer. 

Wednesday’s event featured 181 riders. The next event is the Marabou XC on June 13. 

The course at Marabou will be open to the public starting Friday. 

“It was great,” race director Kate Warnke said about the Howlin’ Howelsen, her first event since taking over for former series director Gretchen Sehler. “There are probably some kinks we need to work with, but I think it went well overall.”

Race Results

Wednesday

Howelsen Hill

Women’s novice 19 to 34

Place, name, time

1 Bridget Seidel, 14:25

2 Rachel Ryan, 17:00

3 Dana Hantel, 22:37

Women’s novice 35 and older

1 Lane Malone, 19:17

2 Donna Ryan, 21:05

3 Erin LeVan, 23:26

4 Julie Hagenbuch, 26:37

Men’s novice 19 to 44

1 Jack Ignatius, 56:52

2 Doug Collins, 58:02

Men’s novice 45 and older

1 Michael Malone, 55:48

2 Theo Dexter, 1:05:47

Women’s sport 19 to 34

1 Mindy Mulliken, 54:24

2 Hannah Williams, 55:21

3 Helen Brown, 57:52

4 Reall Colbenson, 58:29

5 Lesley Myller, 58:44

6 Nicole LeCuyer, 59:41

7 Cassady Daley, 1:01:06

8 Kyleigh DeMicco, 1:03:27

9 Gretchen Coleman, 1:05:31

10 Emily Lawrence, 1:05:39

11 Amy Zutterling, 1:11:49

Women’s sport 35 and older

1 Patti Lindquist, 1:01:56

2 Johanna Hall, 1:02:17

3 Deborah Rose, 1:02:49

4 Mary Ann Keiss, 1:05:41

5 Kristia Check-Hill, 1:07:09

Men’s sport 19 to 34

1 Jack Morgan, 48:13

2 Ben Beall, 50:12

3 Travis Mathey, 51:03

4 Jon Winkelblech, 51:12

5 Matt Hightower, 52:45

6 Justin Hirsch, 53:37

7 Austin Watts, 55:31

8 Tim Zander, 56:03

9 Zeb Tipton, 58:52

10 Eli Campbell, 1:00:11

11 Antonio Jarana, 1:02:08

12 Dylan Erhart, 1:03:36

13 Eddie Rogers, 1:06:26

Men’s sport 35 to 49

1 Diego Girard, 51:56

2 Darren Robinson, 52:31

3 Bob Keenan, 52:56

4 Adam Wright, 54:36

5 Bryan Ayer, 56:29

6 Brian Paul, 57:45

7 Walter Magill, 57:58

8 Jeff Olson, 58:59

9 Jethro Sterling, 1:00:27

10 Mike Aljanich, 1:00:52

11 Larry Lindeman, 1:03:07

12 Clint Moyer, 1:04:36

13 Dan McLaughlin, 1:06:47

14 Ed Hendricks, 1:09:45

Men’s sport 50 and older

1 Peter Daley, 56:22

2 Boyd Bass, 58:43

3 Stephan Zittel, 1:02:09

Women’s expert

1 Kate Rench, 48:07

2 Katie Lindquist, 50:26

3 Kathleen Fitzsimmons, 52:12

4 Emily Keiss, 55:19

5 Jody Corey, 56:42

Men’s expert 19 to 34

1 Charlie Von Thaden, 44:57

2 Derek Leidigh, 45:47

3 Tyler Gilman, 46:31

4 Evan Weinman, 46:43

5 Simon Demby-Myers, 46:49

6 Eric Dose, 49:34

7 Christian LeVan, 49:35

8 Trevor Floyd, 49:37

9 Alec Schaffer, 50:29

10 Jeffrey Gay, 55:05

11 Ben Hambright, 1:15:46

Men’s expert 35 to 49

1 Rishi Grewal, 44:18

2 Sars Larson, 44:50

3 Gordon Watson, 44:50

4 Ben Clark, 44:55

5 David High, 46:23

6 Matt Heydon, 47:29

7 Scott Tanner, 47:36

8 PJ Wharton, 47:56

9 Kyle Lawton, 47:57

10 Peter Boniface, 48:14

11 Scott Myller, 48:29

12 Scott Kempers, 50:25

13 Coury Armstrong, 50:25

14 Tony Urbick, 51:34

15 Dan Foote, 51:36

Men’s expert 50 and older

1 Dana Franklin, 47:59

2 Mel Stewart, 49:01

3 Marc Sehler, 49:05

4 Chris Arnis, 50:56

5 Steve Colby, 52:12

6 Chris Keiss, 53:52

7 Kris Hagenbuch, 54:12

Women’s singlespeed

1 Marla Bailey, 59:16

Men’s singlespeed

1 Matthew Pronovost, 45:46

2 Kevin Kopischke, 46:18

3 Matthew Eggen, 49:27

4 Thad Hoffman, 49:28

5 Corey Kopischke, 50:26

6 Danny Lynn, 55:06

Pro/open

1 Peter Kalmes, 39:19

2 Trevor Walz, 39:33

3 Alex Pond, 40:37

4 Corey Piscopo, 41:00

5 Barkley Robinson, 41:06

6 Craig Rench, 41:55

7 Bo Randolph, 42:12

8 J.R. Thompson, 43:46

9 Jon Freckleton, 44:18

10 Jeff Minotto, 44:34

11 Chad Gruben, 44:35

12 Jeff Snook, 45:21

13 Philip Hantel, 45:47

14 Tim Nylen, 46:09

15 Kelly Boniface, 47:08

Youth coed 6 and younger

1 Connor Elliott, 1:51

2 Scarlet Pepin, 1:53

3 Karl Brody Freckleton, 2:04

4 Kelsey Cariveau, 2:26

5 Eva Minotto, 2:33

6 Kate Lawton, 2:44

7 William Heit, 2:48

8 Shea Sias, 3:30

Youth coed 7 and 8

1 Andrew Kempers, 2:27

2 Colin Kagan, 2:27

3 Rune Freckleton, 2:30

4 Sal Malone, 2:31

5 Katie McLaughlin, 2:35

6 Jessica Warner, 2:35

7 Shea Pepin, 2:40

8 Tomas Niedermeier, 2:43

9 Jack Fox, 2:51

10 Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan, 2:52

11 Orion Gibbs, 2:54

12 Charlie Welch, 2:56

13 Reid Sias, 2:57

14 Ely Cariveau, 2:59

15 Colin Carter, 3:04

16 Charlie Reisman, 3:13

17 Audra Gowdy, 3:15

Youth coed 9 and 10

1 Daniel Kempers, 8:13

2 Bode Flanigan, 8:24

3 Gunnar Gilbertson, 9:09

4 Lilli Armstrong, 9:32

5 Eliza Fox, 11:03

6 Sophia Gowdy, 13:32

7 Ellie Blair, 13:43

8 Finn Sias, 14:18

Youth coed 11 and 12

1 Matthew Kempers, 11:08

2 Dane Freckleton, 12:44

3 Alex Blair, 14:21

4 Isabelle Boniface, 14:24

5 Trace Walker, 15:20

6 Ethan Moyer, 20:10

7 Anton Gorrell, 25:54

Youth male 13 to 15

1 Rio Graab, 11:59

2 Liam Moyer, 13:24

3 Elijah Vargas, 13:40

4 Trey Seymour, 13:41

5 Andrew Keiss, 13:41

6 Chase Seymour, 14:26

Youth female 16 to 18

1 Madison Keeffe, 1:00:16

2 Lucy Newman, 1:05:17

3 Dori McNeill, 1:25:30

4 Olivia Rose, 1:25:31

Youth male 16 to 18

1 Max Scrimgeour, 40:01

2 Tanner Heil, 41:24

3 Koby Vargas, 49:22

4 Jett Seymour, 52:05

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

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