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Smith three-peats in run, Finsterwald takes bike race in modified Grand Traverse

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Smith three-peats in run, Finsterwald takes bike race in modified Grand Traverse

Cam Smith once more defended his Grand Traverse operating title on Saturday, a uncommon weekend of racing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Often a trek from Crested Butte to Aspen by foot after which again the next day by bike, each Grand Traverse races began and completed in Crested Butte this yr due to strict COVID-19 tips in Pitkin County.

Smith, who lives in Crested Butte, received the general operating title in 7 hours, 3 minutes, 4.32 seconds on the roughly 43.5-mile course. Smith received the 2019 race in 5:38:19 on the standard CB to Aspen course. This yr’s race proved to be way more tough with just a few extra miles and extra climbing concerned.

Smith, a local of Illinois who’s on the U.S. ski mountaineering group, additionally received the Grand Traverse foot race in 2018.

Ending second on Saturday was Arizona’s Nick Coury in 7:03:6.21, in third was Carbondale’s T.J. David in 7:31:25.93 and in fourth was Gunnison’s Jeff Hern in 8:16:07.25.

The highest feminine finisher was Boulder’s Nicole Mericle in 8:21:56.92. Mericle is a well known obstacle-course racer who was the 2019 Spartan Race World Champion. Carbondale’s Zoe Rom was second amongst girls in 8:59:34.51 and in third was Boulder’s Corinne Walsh in 9:11:40.34.

The mountain bike race was Sunday, which was held on an analogous course, solely in reverse. Successful the race was Russell Finsterwald, a professional rider out of Colorado Springs, in 4:10:54.90. California’s Chad Corridor was second in 4:20:37.59 and in third was Golden’s Ian Blythe in 4:26:51.62.

The highest girl was Gunnison’s Jennifer Smith, who had a time of 5:30:34.31. Smith additionally received the Grand Traverse bike race in each 2016 and 2014, the latter being the inaugural race. In second on Sunday was Alaska’s Najeeby Quinn (5:49:08.38) and in third was Crested Butte’s Jari Hiatt (6:06:24.95).

Usually, occasion organizer Crested Butte Nordic would award a Triple Crown winner for the most effective mixed instances from the three races. Nonetheless, with the skimo race having been canceled after the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, there was no Triple Crown winner awarded for 2020.

No choice has but been made on the 2021 ski mountaineering race.



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