Nico leads Kevin up Lookout Mountain
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Vampire Riders Nico Toutenhoofd and Kevin Nicol, both racing for Hotel San Jose-Mellow Johnny's, and are both over 40, took 1 and 2 in the Lookout Mountain Hill Climb. All of the top 9 places were over 30 except for Robin Eckmann coming in at 18.
In the women's field the story was pretty much the same story with the top 2 over 40 and 4th place eclipsing those with 53 years of age.
While it is no doubt impressive what these athletes can accomplish at their age it's also interesting to wonder, where's the youth? Does hill climbing take that much experience? Has road cycling lost it's attraction to our youth or is our region so well stacked with amazing masters that youth who could compete against them are already on pro teams and racing around the country and world? I am voting for the later.... these guys can't easily pack there bags and leave their families to go race the Gila like so many other young Boulder stars are now.