SMC opener leaves everyone in the dust |

SMC opener leaves everyone in the dust

Shauna Farnell

FRISCO – The distinction between hundreds of racing mountain bikers and a stampede of elephants galloping through the Sahara Desert was vague in the dust cloud that characterized the opener of the Summit Mountain Challenge race series on the Frisco Peninsula Wednesday night.

“You were chewing the air,” said Ed Geiss of the race, which was his first ever. “I had fun. I think I passed a few people … but there was lots of dust.”

Race results were not available at press time, but Hal Clark of Great Adventure Sports was the top male finisher and Eco-Challenge guru Monique Merrill was the top woman to finish.

The course consisted of loops on rolling, rocky single-track, and there was no shortage of tire blowouts throughout the race.

“I blew out on the first lap,” said expert rider Angie Carlevato. “I should have timed myself to see how long it took me to change the flat, but I jumped back on the bike and finished.”

Riders were feeling the pain of the dust and the ragged course at the awards party at Ti Amo following the race. Most expressed relief that the first race was behind them.

“That course is so fast and so dusty,” Carlevato said. “I think it’s definitely a fun race. It’s good for the first race because it kind of kicks your butt. It was hard on my body. I ride a hard-tail and I was wishing I was on a full-suspension. My neck was sore, my lower back was sore … I had a ton of dust in my throat. It’s the sprinter’s race. There’s not a lot of recovery time, and your heart rate is maxed out the whole race.”

Organizers were having difficulties with numbers and results following the race, as the results were being determined by a new set of software on “its trial run.”

However, the turnout was more than expected, including at least 100 junior riders, and there were no major injuries, which is always a good way to start the race season.

“It was probably pretty close to a record field,” said SMC organizer Mike McCormack of Maverick Sports. “There was a lot of (anticipation) leading up to it. It’s nice to get it done, and get the whole thing into play.”

Race results should appear on Friday’s scoreboard page.

Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

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