Summit riders roll at Sol Vista |

Summit riders roll at Sol Vista

SOL VISTA – Several local mountain bikers have taken their talents on the road this summer, and many faired well in the Mountain States Cup (MSC) Cirque de Sol Mountain Bike Extravaganza last weekend at Sol Vista Golf and Ski Ranch in Grand County.

The Cirque is one of four events in the MSC series run by Breckenridge-based Warriors Cycling. Warriors will also put on the series finale at the Snake River Fat Tire Festival Aug. 30-31 at Keystone.

The MSC events typically draw around 600 racers from throughout Colorado and the region and are sanctioned by the National Off-Road Bicycle Association (NORBA).

“The Mountain States Cup NORBA championship series crowns the state champion in both cross country and gravity (downhill) disciplines,” said Thane Wright, director of Warriors Cycling. “When local riders do these races, it’s a chance to test themselves against a regional field. The race courses tend to be a little bit longer (than those in the local Summit Mountain Challenge series), and you get national points. It gives them a lot of confidence, and they feel really good when they come back and race locally.”

Local downhillers don’t have a regular racing outlet in Summit County, but several of them landed on the podium in the Sol Vista race. The downhill course was about a mile long with a 1,000-foot elevation drop.

“It was pretty exciting,” Wright said. “It started out with a 10-foot road gap and featured two rock gardens. It finished off with another big gap at the bottom.”

More than 200 downhillers took on the course. Breckenridge pro rider Chris Rowen had the best time of the Summit County contingent, finishing fourth in 3 minutes, 3 seconds. Troy Heflin finished sixth in 3:07 and Willy Warren took fourth in Semi-Pro in 3:11. Todd Olsen was sixth in 3:13 and Kirk Adcock was seventh in 3:14.

Kris Carlsted finished second in the 19-24 Expert Men division in 3:11.15 seconds. Chris Cawley won the 35-39 Expert Men in 3:11.69, Nate Hills won 25-29 in 3:22 and Nate Campbell won Sport Men 19-34 in 3:33. Paul Krahulec took third among 40-49 Sport Men, and Andrew Anderson took second in Sport 30-34. Julie Larsen took fourth in the Expert Women division, Tina Ell took second in Sport Women, Ellen Temby took fourth and Grant Savidge won the 13-14 Junior Men division with a time of 3:59. Tyler Krahulec was on his tail, finishing in 4:17, Chris Marriot won for Beginner Men 30-34, and Kim Krahulec took second in Female Juniors.

Not as many local riders turned out for the cross country race Sunday, but some women represented Summit County well.

Rebecca Hodgetts took second in Expert Women, finishing the 13-mile course in 1 hour, 33 minutes, while Mary Scheifley took fifth and Cindy Burkart seventh. In Sport, Amy Jamison took second, LaDawn Stevenson third and Tanya Tucci seventh. Beth Jahnigen won for Beginner Women 19-29, and Suscha Kopp won Beginner 30-39. Also, Walker Savidge won the Junior Men 15-16 after riding in the Triple Bypass Saturday, Josh Mannheimer won 17-18 Juniors, James Lindenblatt took second in 25-29 Sport Men and Jim Scheifley took second in 50-plus Sport Men.

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