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The 3rd annual 12 Hours of Snowmass brought 122 endurance riders to Snowmass Village to test their mettle against tough competitors and a tough course and raise money for a good cause.
Endurance legend Nat Ross organized this great race to benefit the Aspen Youth Center (www.aspenyouthcenter.org). To date, rider contributions total over $18,000. Solo men's winner, Dean Hill, is the top individual fundraiser by gathering $1,850 to benefit the youth center and the overall fundraising leader is Team Explore with $4,515.
The lap race was set on a course slightly longer than 9 miles with a punch-you-in-the-face elevation gain of over 1,750 feet per lap, including a nasty climb from the start of about 1,500 feet. There were solos - men's/women's geared, singlespeed, and clydesdale, duos - men's, women's, and coed, and trios - men's, women's, and coed, and open teams of up to eight riders. The weather at the 7am start was clear skies, near freezing temperatures, and a light frost covering the pit area. By the end of lap one, the sun had warmed most of the course to a perfect temperature. The high temperature for the day topped out around 70 with only a few clouds in the sky. A perfect day for some fast endurance racing.
The Honey Stinger men's duo team of Nate Bird and Scott McCalmon laid down the race of the day. With an average lap time of 54 minutes, 37 seconds over 13 laps, they beat the second place men's duo team of Michael Mathers and Anthony Iannacito of Rocky Mountain Racing by two laps. Another impressive performance was turned in by the women's solo winner, Melissa Trainer. Melissa finished nine difficult laps in 10 hours and 58 minutes, which would have earned her a 3rd place spot in the men's solo division. She put a lap on 2nd place women's solo Honey Stinger/Trek rider Kris Cannon. The men's solo race was a race of pace. Tim Carson jumped out to an early lead by throwing down a 55 minute first lap. Dean Hill and Ted Macblane stuck within striking distance with a 59:48 and 1:01:22, respectively. Dean and Ted maintained an even pace and by lap 5 had overtaken a slowing Tim. Dean took the win with 10 laps, Ted was 2nd with 9 laps in 10:21, and Tim hung on for 3rd with 9 laps in 11:16.
For full results and any other race details, check out the race website at www.12hoursofsnowmass.com.
If you'd like to make a donation, check out the Active Giving website at http://www.active.com/donate/12HoursOfSnowmass or contact Nat Ross at 970.390.9730 (info@ProBikeCenter.com) or Keith Berglund at 970.544.4132 (firstname.lastname@example.org).