Steamboat cyclist Tammy Jacques 2nd in Utah
July 17, 2012
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs cyclist Tammy Jacques finished second Saturday at the Crusher in the Tushar road and dirt ride in Fish Creek National Forest in Utah.
The 66-mile ride included more than 16,500 feet of elevation gain.
Jacques finished second in the open women's division behind three-time Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race winner Gretchen Reeves.
The ride features a 50/50 split of pavement, dirt road and gravel sections.
Jacques led the race early thanks to the initial climb, but she lost time to Reeves on the descent in large part to using a non-suspension fork and having to stop three times because of hand fatigue.
Jacques was five minutes back, but on the second climb, she closed the gap to one minute.
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Eventually, Reeves took advantage of another descent and put a bigger gap between the two racers.
The event served as a final tuneup for Jacques' second attempt at the Leadville 100.
Last year, she finished fifth in the women's race.