Friday, August 17, 2007

Local cyclists compete at Leadville 100

Courtesy photo- Three Wood River Valley cyclists, Muffy Ritz, Karoline Droege and Kim Taylor, pose for a snapshot just after finishing the Leadville 100 in Colorado last weekend.

Six Wood River Valley cyclists traveled to Leadville, Colo., last weekend for the 14th annual Leadville Trail 100 bike race on Saturday.

The Leadville 100 "Race Across the Sky" is the highest mountain bike race in the country—reaching altitudes of 12,600 feet with over 11,000 feet of climbing over the rugged 100-mile course.

All the Wood River Valley racers finished the 160-kilometer race in the allotted time and received silver and gold belt buckles.

Roger Mankus intended to ride in his 14th Leadville 100 but broke his femur just prior to the race. Since he couldn't ride, he came along as a crew member.

As an added attraction, 2006 Tour de France champion Floyd Landis showed up for the race and placed a close second to five-time winner Dave Wiens, who set a new course record of six hours and 58 minutes—the first to break seven hours in the event. Despite a crash that bloodied his leg, Landis was timed in seven hours and 30 seconds.

Here are local results: Kim Taylor 9:10:03; Muffy Ritz 9:10:40; Mike Herlinger 9:42:29; Karoline Droege 10:04:18; and Peter Fry 11:14:52.

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