Local rides to season’s final victory at Fall Classic
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The final installment of the Summit Mountain Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series wrapped up Saturday at Carter Park with Breckenridge local Nick Truitt getting his second win in as many races for the Men’s Pro Elite division at the Fall Classic, a Breck tradition that dates back to the ’80s.
During the race, which starts at French Gulch and wraps around 32 miles to Carter Park, the Summit County local got out in front with a group that included Josh Bezecny, Mike Friedberg and Barkley Robinson.
“Those were the guys that got away. I think there was a fairly substantial gap behind us but I don’t know for sure,” Truitt said after the race. “It started to string out a little bit, and we were still pretty close.”
Truitt and Bezecny were able to get away from Robinson, and at the top of Heinous Hill, Truitt was able to push forward on his own during the descent.
“I was able to get away from him, and that was kind if it. I didn’t really see anybody the rest of the time, but I heard there were some flats,” Truitt said.
And, there were. Both Bezecny and Robinson had flat tires, which led the way for Ross De La Plane to sneak onto the podium, behind Vail’s Friedberg in second.
For Truitt, the Fall Classic is a great way to close out the mountain bike race season.
“The trails are so awesome. The weather was great. The rain this week really made the trails awesome,” he said. “This is definitely the longest local race I’ve won. It’s a good one to win because you get a bigger turnout – this one being on Saturday with some of the guys from Steamboat and the Front Range that you don’t generally see at the Wednesday races. It’s cool when the locals can hold their own up here.”
For Friedberg, like most others at the race, the Fall Classic is the last competitive mountain bike ride of the season.
“I hadn’t pre-ridden this,” said runner-up Firedberg. “I knew how rocky it was going to be, so I ran some bigger tires. It’s always kind of disappointing when equipment is decisive. Between Josh and Barkley flatting that really opened it up. I knew I wasn’t going to catch Nick on the last downhill, so I kind of sat up and went easy – no flats no crashes.”
For the Women’s Pro Elite, Kelli Emmitt rolled in with the fastes 32-mile time. She was followed by Sydney Fox and Sarah Tarkington in second and third, respectively.
The Summit Mountain Challenge local mountain bike race series returns in June with the Frisco Roundup.
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