More than 225 show up for Steamboat Springs Pentathlon
March 21, 2010
Steamboat Springs — If Ian Gale is at just 90 percent, the possibilities of him being at full strength should catch the eyes of other Steamboat Springs athletes as the summer competitive biking season approaches.
Gale, who is a year out of a second surgery to fix a fractured vertebra, finished first in the men's short course Saturday at the 19th annual Steamboat Pentathlon.
Gale is usually a fixture on the summer biking scene and generally finishes near the top. He's had three back surgeries, two for his fractured vertebrae, in the past couple of years. On Saturday, he said he felt as good as he has in a long time.
"This was the best race I've had in a while," said Gale, who finished in a blazing 1 hour, 17 minutes and 15 seconds. "I'm pretty happy. I was just happy to have a solid race and not fall apart."
Ryan Bentley was second in the men's short course, finishing in 1:24:29, and Dan Zetzman was third in 1:33:44.
On a day heavy on blue skies with a chill still in the air, more than 225 competitors came out to the Steamboat staple.
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There were individual and team events, as well as a standard and a short course.
Racers begin with a run up the face of Howelsen Hill and then come back down on skis or snowboards. On the standard course, it's a 3-mile snowshoe, a 4-mile cross-country ski, a 12-mile bike ride and a 5-mile run.
On the short course, it's a 1.5-mile snowshoe, a 2.25-mile cross-country ski, a 7.4-mile mountain bike and a 2-mile run.
"This has always been such a tough race for me with the running," said Barkley Robinson, who was the top overall individual finisher in the standard course, clocking a time of 1:55:26. "It's nice to finally come out on top."
With defending champion Michael Kloser opting not to compete, Robinson, who has done the race six times but never won, finally came out on top.
As an avid cyclist and Nordic skier, Robinson said he knew if he could stay near local runner Allen Belshaw on the snowshoe, he'd have a chance.
"Both the runs were painful for me," Robinson said. "I was able to stay close enough on the snowshoe run that when I went out on skate skis, I was able to take the lead."
Belshaw was second in the men's standard course in a time of 2:01:46. Scott Kempers was third, finishing in 2:05:45. On the women's standard course, Tammy Jacques was first in a time of 2:18:22. Amy Charity was second in a time of 2:27:00, and Hadley Nylen was third in a time of 2:27:12.
In the women's short course, Megan Gregg had little trouble, finishing in 1:27:28, a time that was good enough for first place on the women's side and third overall.
"I did it last year and got second," Gregg said. "I really wanted to get first this year. I kept looking at the people running by me and trying to figure if they were teams or in other divisions."
Genevieve Dice was second in the women's short course, finishing in 1:30:58. Cathy Johnson was third in 1:31:23.
In the men's standard course, the Rotary Wells Fargo team of John Holloway, Jamie Morgan, Walt Daub, Mark Anderson and John Pougiales was first in a time of 2:08:34.
On the women's side, the La Montaña team of Katherine Weeks, Elizabeth Davison, Sarah Westendorf, Paula Jaconnetta and Susie Leeson was first in 2:27:42.
The Black Tie Ski Rentals coed team of Joe Sternberg, Stephanie Scholl, Tabor Scholl and Tyler Scholl won the standard coed division in 2:11:25.
In the team Dynam Duo Standard division, Dan Hudspeth and Jim Lane won in 2:17:39. Garret Mariano and Dave Wittlinger won the team Dynam Duo short course in 1:21:15.
In the team coed short course, Matt Kane, Sara Kane and Lisa Nelson finished first in 1:22:26, and in the team youth short division, Kathleen O'Connell, Finn O'Connell, Koby Vargas, Natalie Bohlmann and Dominique Kattlain finished first in 1:22:53.
In the team female short course, Jaimie Zelkin, Julie Brown, Kelly Beauregard, Rachelle Eyre and Sara Schulz won in 1:38:25.