Snow and mud slow Keystone Uphill |

Snow and mud slow Keystone Uphill

KEYSTONE – Significant June snow and mud slowed racers in the 2003 Uphill Mountain Bike Challenge at Keystone Resort Saturday, but it didn’t prevent nearly 80 competitors from taking a crack at the race.

The Uphill, which is the first in this summer’s five-race Mountain Sports Outlet (MSO) mountain bike race series at Keystone, consists of a lung-busting, seven-mile haul from the base of Keystone to the summit of Keystone Mountain on Jackstraw Road.

Ian Prichard of Steamboat Springs, competing in the 19-29-year-old pro-expert men category, had the best time of the day, finishing in 48 minutes and 3.06 seconds. Charlie Hayes of Boulder, who won the 40-plus pro-expert men category, finished in 48:39.26.

Breckenridge resident Ronie Graczyk had the best women’s time, finishing in 1:07:26 in the pro-expert women 30-39-year-old category. Annie Black, competing in sport women 40-plus, finished in 1:11:09.

Francisco Rocha won the junior category in 1:06:11, Dean Baetzhold won for beginner men in 1:08:13 and Kevin Sheldon won for sport men in 55:18.11.

Other outstanding local results include Tim Graczyk, who finished in 50:38.73, Jeff Covey (51:39.27), Hal Clark (52:42.86) Thane Wright (52:46.98) and Holly Harvin (1:17:57).

The next race in the MSO series is the Accelerator Short Track race June 21. For more information, visit

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