Van Harte, Hanson win Peaks Trail Time Trial
Summit Mountain Challenge end-of-summer staple is a downhill race from Breckenridge to Frisco
Nolan Van Harte, of Frisco, followed up his victory in The Mountain’s Revenge mountain bike marathon earlier this month with a victory at the Peaks Trail Time Trial on Wednesday, Aug. 25.
The Peaks Trail Time Trial is an annual end-of-summer staple for the Summit Mountain Challenge community mountain-bike race series. The race is a point-to-point mostly downhill course from the Peaks Trailhead on Country Road 3 and Ski Hill Road in Breckenridge to a finish line on Miners Creek Road just before the route crosses the Summit County recpath. The race, which features an individual time-trial start for each rider, only gains 461 feet of total elevation, peaking above 10,000 feet. With its 1,290 feet of elevation loss — especially at the end — the course is a rollicking downhill.
Van Harte won the overall and pro-open men’s division with a time of 28 minutes and 40 seconds. He was joined on the pro-open men’s podium by Nathaniel Vacura, of Castle Rock, who had a time of 29:08, and Dominic Baker, of Breckenridge, who came in at 30 minutes and five seconds. Summit Mountain Challenge mainstay and Breckenridge local Taylor Shelden took fourth at 30:55.
In the pro-open women’s race, Clare Hanson was the lone rider, completing the course in 35:40.
Kristin Schwarck won the expert and single speed women’s race with a time of 37:40. Summit local Meggie Manzo raced to second place in the division and third-place overall among women with a time of 38:34, while Sarah Carney, of Dillon, finished third in the division with a time of 38:37.
Auden Pierpont rallies through a corner while racing the Peaks Trail Time Trial, round six of the Summit Mountain Challenge mountain bike race series, on Wednesday, Aug. 25. | Photo by John Hanson
The best racers in the expert men’s 19-39 division weren’t far off the pace of the top riders in the pro-open men’s division with Thomas Messerschmitt, of Breckenridge, rallying through the finish line at a time of 31:33. Messerschmitt was joined on the divisional podium by Eric Willett, of Breckenridge, who came in at 32:12 and Logan Ramsay, of Dillon, with a time of 35:22.
The top-2 riders in the expert men’s 40-49 division raced even better, with divisional winner Todd Greenwood, of Breckenridge, posting a time of 30:10, which would have bested Baker and six other riders in the pro-open men’s division and made for a podium finish. Jeff Cospolich, of Breckenridge, rode to another standout time with his 31-minute pace.
Other women’s winners at Wednesday’s race included Eli DePeters, of Breckenridge, in the open women’s 45 and older division, her time of 42:21 edging runner-up Catherine Bywaters, of Breckenridge, by just eight seconds (42:29). Samantha Streletsky, of Silverthorne, picked up the win in the sport women’s division with a time of 43:22.
Maverick Sports Promotions will host one more mountain bike event this fall, The Fall Classic, on Sept. 12. For more information and to register, visit MavSports.com/fall-classic.
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