Photo Credit: Mountain Moon Photography
Winner Men's Marathon Luis Mejia from Columbia
"Punchy" was the term used by many to describe the relentless micro 10 mile hilly course in Castle Rock CO. Marathon riders did 6 laps on a beautiful sunny day with pro's going first and then the rest leaving many to question, "how many times will we get passed by the leaders?" The winners Luis Mejia and Kelli Emmett both lapped some of the field once and others 2x (your's truely). But regardless of how fast or slow you may have rode this course you have to be in awe of the speeds the top 3 riders, Luis, Kalan and Brady were riding. The first time the riders passed me I was shocked at Luis's speed and at the gap he had on Kalan and Brady. While it was hard to tell exactly what the gap was since I was in motion (barely) as well but I would guess 10-15minute gap. Plenty of other pros passed me but none seemed to have nearly the intensity as top 3.
The course was described by many as "dusty kitty litter" but IMO the hardest part was the fact that nearly every 10 mile lap required about 50 ten second intervals with all the very short climbs making this a extremely difficult course for Single Speed field yet the winner, Richard Trent, completed the course in 4:31 which was a very good time even by pro geared speeds!