Summit Mountain Challenge: Steep slopes at Swan River race |

Summit Mountain Challenge: Steep slopes at Swan River race

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Summit Daily/Mark Fox

BRECKENRIDGE – Coming into Wednesday night’s Swan River Rampage, Duncan Koehn had never won a Summit Mountain Challenge race in his seven years of competing – at least not with anyone else in the field.

“I came in first once last year, but I was the only one in the age group that day,” Koehn, a junior-to-be at Summit High, said with a laugh.

Well, that all changed Wednesday, when Koehn bested Tristin White by 48 seconds to take the top spot on the podium in the Junior Sport Boys 13-19 division. And the victory didn’t go unnoticed, as race director Jeff Westcott told the crowd gathered at the Winter Trailhead on Tiger Rd. that it was his “highlight of the night.”

“It feels really good,” Koehn said of winning. ” … I just went hard on the up, because I’ve been training to get stronger on the uphills. (White’s) usually better than me on the downhills, so I just tried to get the uphills.”

Luckily for Koehn, there was plenty of climbing in the SMC’s fourth race of the season, which took riders across the Colorado Trail.

The course was a big hit with riders, especially Breck local Jaime Brede, who took first place in the Expert Women 19-34 division.

“I love this course, it’s one of my favorites of all time,” Brede said. “The climb is super long and punishing, but the downhill is very rewarding. You really get that backcountry experience. You have the wildflowers zooming by and you really feel like you’re on an epic ride.”

Brede bested her field be nearly four minutes, with Kristin Schwark finishing second and Michelle Zimmerman in third.

It was a story of redemption in the Pro/Elite Men division, with Kelly Magelky taking the win. In last year’s race, Magelky missed out on the win due to some, eh, technical difficulties.

“Last year I had some digestive problems and had to pull off the course,” Magelky said. “So this year, it’s kind of some vindication.”

Magelky, who lives in Golden, finished the 17-mile course in a time of one hour, 19 minutes and 19 seconds. Nick Truitt (1:21:09) was second, and Pete Swenson (1:21:30) came in third.

“Everything went totally smooth,” Magelky said of the race. “We had a nice tailwind on the start, which helped me to warm up, and I just took off on the roads.”

Though Magelky doesn’t get up to Summit County for the series that often, he described the SMC as “unbelievable.”

“It’s really well put together for a mid-week race,” he added. ” … And I really like riding up here because it’s a lot of climbing.”

Some other winners on the night were Ella Piecoup (Junior Girls 10 and Under), Josiah Humphreys (Junior Boys 10 and Under), Becca Jane Rosko (Junior Girls 11-12), Parker Shell (Junior Boys 11-12), Claire Vandeyacht (Junior Beginner Girls 13-18), Joel Sawyer (Junior Beginner Boys 13-18) and Julia Hayes (Junior Sport Girls 13-18).

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