Kane conquers Heinous Hill, Gold Run Rush
BRECKENRIDGE – Different finish, same ending.Despite a couple tweaks to the course that wound up moving the finish area, two constants from year’s past at the Gold Run Rush remained: Competitors had to grind their way up Heinous Hill and local pro Kevin Kane snagged a win.”I don’t know what it is, but with this race, it always seems that I have good luck here,” said Kane, 20. “I think it was the first race I won as a junior. I was probably like 13 or 14.”And it’s the second straight year that Kane won the race at the Pro/Elite level, also marking his fifth win in the last six Summit Mountain Challenge events he’s entered.”It’s always been kind of near and dear to me,” Kane said of the race.The Gold Run Rush was the SMC’s second event of the 2010 season, and with 25 different racer categories (and winners), there were a total of 214 competitors to push past the finish line.The race began at the Wellington Neighborhood in Breckenridge and finished at the Trailhead Parking Lot just up the road from the Country Boy Mine, winding through the trails of Gold Run Gulch.Although, the only thing most competitors remembered about the course upon crossing the finish line was Heinous Hill, a grinding, grueling stretch of climbing that many a competitor had to hike up, pushing their fat tires along rather than riding them.The top flights of the race had to scale the steep slope twice, while other divisions only had to conquer it once.For Kane, he said the first lap around Heinous was a bit grueling, but, believe it or not, he liked the second time around much better.”I really like this race format, because we end up lapping riders on the second Heinous, which really pumps me up,” he said. “I yell at them, and they yell at me. Doing Heinous alone on the first lap is just really, really long. It’s much better with people around.”Singlespeed winner Tim Faia, who lives in Wellington, was also in the minority of riders that didn’t mind the aptly named Heinous Hill.”Riding on the singlespeed, it’s perfect for this course,” he said. “I can ride most of Heinous on this bike.”A flat by Mark Thompson helped Faia cruise to the win by 2 minutes and 30 seconds over Travis Colbert.So close to his house and on the trails he regularly rides, the win felt great for Faia.”It’s one of my favorites,” he said of the trail. “I live in Wellington and I’ve raced this course for 10 years. It’s great.”Breck’s Jaime Brede won the top-flight women’s category, cruising to a win over second-place finisher Jill Sorenson.”It was good. I just wanted to do it in under an hour,” said Brede, who clocked in for a 58:29 finish.The win was more impressive considering Brede took a hard fall early in the race.”There was a bit of loose track,” she said. ” … But I love this course. It’s a great one.”And Brede – although not quite sharing the same enthusiasm as Kane – liked the challenge of Heinous Hill.”Heinous Hill is super challenging and a great hill for fitness, and we all need more fitness,” she said with a laugh.Other category winners were: Emmy Johnson (junior girls’ 10 & under), Jaxin Hoerter (junior boys’ 10 & under), Meagan Collins (junior girls’ 11-12), Haakon George (junior boys’ 11-12), Joel Sawyer (junior beginner boys’ 13-18), Claire Vandeyacht (junior sport girls’ 13-18), Troy Meeker (junior sport boys’ 13-18), Laura Dickinson (beginner women), Rob Luther (beginner men 19-34), Ryan Burr (beginner men 35+), Carly Grimes (sport women 19-34), Julie Curnutte (sport women 35+), Peggy Bailey (open women 50+), Kyle Stomp (sport men 19-34), Pete Pierpont (sport men 35-49), Ron Stein (sport men 50+), Dennis Kaiser (open men 60+), Scott Reid (Clydesdale), Bec Hodgetts (expert women 19+), Mike Schilling (expert men 19-34), Steve Stalgren (expert men 35-49) and Scott Yule (expert men 50+).The next SMC race is the Swan River Rampage on July 14.For more information on the series or for full results, visit http://www.mavsports.com.
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