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Robinson, Grewal win Town Challenge race in Steamboat

Tammy Jacques Grewal powers up the trail Wednesday at the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series Thunderhead Hill Climb at Steamboat Ski Area. Grewal won the women’s division, finishing the course in 37 minutes, 38 seconds.





Tammy Jacques Grewal powers up the trail Wednesday at the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series Thunderhead Hill Climb at Steamboat Ski Area. Grewal won the women's division, finishing the course in 37 minutes, 38 seconds.
Joel Reichenberger

— By all accounts, Wednes­day's Town Challenge Moun­tain Bike Race Series event — the Thunder­head Hill Climb at Steamboat Ski Area — was a quad-burning, sweat-soaking slog up a trail at times so steep that some of this mountain-bike-crazy town's best riders had to hop off and push to a flat section before saddling back up to charge onward and upward.

Those de­­scriptions were in their words, but aside from the occasional teeth-clenching grimace or forlorn glance to see how much farther, they weren't in their faces or their actions.

"It was amazing," said men's sport rider Garett Mariano, assaulting one of Mount Werner's most popular trails for the first time this summer. "The last 50 yards of the race, there was another guy, and we kept going back and forth. The whole time we kept saying, 'You got it, man,' pumping each other up."

It was with smiles and high-fives, thumbs up and fist pumps that 153 riders won their battle Wednesday with Steamboat's most popular mountain and perhaps the Town Challenge's most daunting race.

"This is the hardest in my book," racer Kyleigh DeMicco said. "It's the people that make it fun. The mentality and the morale is just a lot of fun."

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Barkley Robinson won for the men. The course, on the Zig Zag trail, was 4.5 miles long and featured an elevation gain of 2,000 feet. Robinson conquered it in 31 minutes, 59 seconds.

Brad Bingham was second in 32:04, and Peter Kalmes was third at 34:07.

Tammy Jacques Grewal broke Kelly Boniface's grip in the women's division, winning the uphill slog in 37:38. Boniface was second at 40:32, and Amy Charity was third in 43:50.

But as much as the evening was about times and places for some of the area's top talent, for most it was about personal goals.

Base area construction forced the race to start a little higher on the mountain than it traditionally does, from the base of the Christie III lift instead of the base of the gondola.

Warm low-elevation temperatures and a relative lack of shade — much of the forested lower section of the trail has been cleared of beetle-killed trees — were just some of the obstacles riders faced. The course wound through aspen groves and cut tight corners as it slowly worked its way up.

The pack chugged up long inclines, but many ran out of gas on short and steep portions, being forced to push even as the finish line loomed within sight, a few hundred feet up the final stretch.

"You set little goals," Mar­iano said. "You look at that hill in front of you and you say, 'I'm going to make this one.' Then you charge it and make it. Then, you set your sights on the next one and charge that one, and hope you don't get passed along the way.

"I'm racing myself out there. I'm racing the guy in front of me, too, but really, this is all about having fun. I'm trying to better myself."

Slurping down popsicles and laughing loud as they cooled down and the sun set, it was apparent plenty of people were happy with their accomplishment.

"It was painful," DeMicco admitted, smiling wide. "The Town Challenge is such a fun race, a fun group of people. I'm definitely happy I did it and happy I made it to the top."


Thunderhead Hill Climb results

Wednesday

Unofficial

Pro/open

1 Barkley Robinson 31:59

2 Brad Bingham 32:04

3 Peter Kalmes 34:07

4 J.r. Thompson 34:57

5 Bo Randolph 35:18

6 Cory Piscopo 36:10

7 Chad Eskins 37:09

8 Jon Freckleton 37:11

9 Craig Rench 37:18

10 Mike Sharkey 38:06

11 Jamie Morgan 39:10

12 Bud Whitehead 39:44

13 Matt Charity 40:29

14 Sam Chovan 40:59

15 Jeff Keller 41:17

16 Dave Fisher 41:55

17 Fred Schuler 55:18

Men's expert 19 to 34

1 Levin Zars 36:56

2 Trever Walz 40:25

3 Tim Nylen 41:08

4 Joshua Enck 42:10

5 Matt Eggen 43:57

6 Thomas Davis 45:31

7 Jeff Boswell 46:27

8 Ryan Kerin 47:43

9 D. J. Nudy 51:15

10 Alex Pond 51:19

Men's expert 35 to 49

1 Paul Campbell 39:15

2 Ron Famiglietti 39:45

3 Brad Piske 40:58

4 Matt Heydon 42:35

5 Scott Kempers 42:46

6 Rick Hodges 42:56

7 Billy Vanness 43:23

8 Pj Wharton 44:37

9 Eric Meyer 45:08

10 Scott Blair 47:17

11 Darrin Fryer 55:16

Men's expert 50 and older

1 Marc Sehler 40:57

2 Kent Eriksen 41:46

3 Reed Zars 42:33

4 Roy McKinstry 42:58

5 Mike Loomis 43:21

6 Bart Ingalls 44:17

7 Jeff Hostetler 45:53

8 Steve Colby 46:31

9 Roger Watson 47:03

10 Mel Stewart 48:26

11 Kris Hagenbuch 48:28

Men's sport 19 to 29

1 Jeffery Gay 42:00

2 Jon Winkelblech 44:48

3 Alec Schaffer 44:56

4 Trevor Floyd 47:55

5 Paul Hatrick 50:03

Men's sport 30 to 39

1 David Niedermeier 44:47

2 Seth Lorson 45:07

3 Gregg Joyce 46:00

4 Garrett Simon 47:37

5 Jon Casson 48:10

6 Garett Mariano 50:23

7 Jeremy MacGray 50:51

8 Scott Anfang 51:17

9 Darren Robinson 52:08

10 Jeff Snook 52:45

11 Ryan Fish 53:47

Men's sport 40 to 49

1 Mark Rasmusssen 43:39

2 Jay Willson 46:50

3 Andy Weynand 48:28

4 Chris Arnis 49:38

5 Rob Lutz 50:04

6 Bob Kastor 50:53

7 Jeff Olsen 51:30

8 Bobby Aldighieri 55:58

9 Matt Alford 1:02:36

Men's sport 50 and older

1 John Thrasher 49:45

2 Rick Denney 54:19

3 Thomas Scrimgeour 54:44

4 Steve Harrison 1:01:58

Mem's novice 35 to 49

1 Mike Aljanich 54:58

2 Scott Colby 56:26

3 Mike Malone 1:00:53

4 Lairy Lindeman 1:05:10

5 Chad James 1:28:22

Men’s novice 50 and older

1 Stephan Zittel 1:01:30

2 David Wallace 1:07:40

3 Neil Ganz 1:10:31

4 Peter Hoey 1:12:20

Women's expert

1 Tammy Jacques Grewal 37:38

2 Kelly Boniface 40:32

3 Amy Charity 43:50

4 Kate Rench 45:30

5 Katie Lindquist 46:07

6 Linnea Dixson 47:15

7 Hadley Nylen 47:56

8 Lisa Famiglietti 49:04

9 Kristen Stemp 49:26

10 Jennifer Kerr 49:59

11 Genevieve Dice 51:45

12 Kathleen Fitzsimmons 52:22

13 Wendy Tomilson 53:26

14 Katherine Ingalls 58:36

15 Sarah Dixson 1:06:27

Women's sport 19 to 29

1 Jamie Gay 52:19

2 Kyleigh Demicco 54:41

3 Helen Brown 57:55

Women's sport 30 and older

1 Bec Bale 52:58

2 Monica Neidermeier 54:51

3 Mary Ann Keiss 55:32

4 Johanna Hall 56:27

5 Renee Dupre 1:01:30

6 Amy Brown 1:03:23

Women's novice 35 and older

1 Lane Malone 1:16:15

Youth male 13 to 15

1 Jett Seymour 22:02

2 Koby Vargas 22:53

3 Grant Andrews 27:34

4 Nolan Jones 27:55

5 Andrew Keiss 28:01

Youth male 16 to 18

1 Charles Von Thaden 36:22

2 Evan Weinman 39:07

3 Dane Dixson 40:19

4 Max Scrimgeour 40:57

5 Tilden Zars 45:11

6 Erik Petersen 45:52

Children 6 and younger

1 Andrew Lemley 01:27

2 Andrew Kempers 01:29

3 Shea Pepin 01:32

4 Ellery Hodges 01:40

5 Rune Freckleton 02:02

6 Sal Malone 02:18

7 Elizabeth Lemley 02:53

8 Neva Morgan 03:09

Children 7 and 8

1 Danial Kempers 02:50

2 Annika Belshaw 02:55

3 Jackson Simon 03:10

4 Henri Jones 04:05

5 Ellie Blair 04:25

6 Ava Morgan 05:10

Children 9 and 10

1 Zane Worrell 08:47

2 Matthew Kempers 09:00

3 Cameron Colombo 09:55

4 Dane Freckleton 11:20

5 Riley Hodges 11:21

6 Alex Blair 11:22

7 Geoffrey Opper 11:23

Children 11 and 12

1 Trey Seymour 11:19

2 Elijah Varges 11:26

3 Chase Seymour 11:33

4 Sam Frackowiak 13:13

5 Peter Rosenthal 13:32

Men’s singlespeed

1 Doug Karet 38:22

2 Blake Chilson 41:35

3 Chris Tamucci 42:02

4 Tad Huser 42:33