Steamboat riders top podium in Gunnison mountain bike race
August 20, 2012
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs mountain bikers have been racking up podiums at Gunnison's 24 Hours in the Sage mountain bike race since it debuted 11 years ago. This summer's version was no different, with a strong Steamboat contingent descending on the event to lay down some big-time performances.
A five-person coed team that paired top locals Kelly Boniface and Nate Bird with Dax Massey, Nate Miller and Zeke Hersch proved the class of the course. The group easily won its division, logging two more laps than anyone else. In fact, the team logged more laps than any other entry in the race, finishing with 23.
"We came in just two minutes shy of the cutoff for getting our 24th lap, too," Bird said. "That's what we had really been hoping to do."
Missing out on No. 24 certainly didn't ruin the experience.
"It was tons of fun," Bird said. "That's the most fun 24-hour mountain bike race in the universe for a lot of reasons. The venue and course are great. There is a mountain of work put into it by race organizers and an army of volunteers cooking for racers 24 hours a day, all you can eat."
A handful of other local racers similarly enjoyed the experience.
Rob Peterson, who has competed in the race every year it's been offered, teamed with Clint Ball for a second-place finish in the men's duo singlespeed category. They knocked off 16 laps.
David Hill and Kristia Check-Hill were second in the 12-hour coed duo division, finishing seven laps.
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