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12 Hours of Mesa Verde - Cortez, CO

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |June 8, 2012 3:40 AM
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12 Hours of Mesa Verde - Cortez, Colorado
Written by: Shannon Boffeli

The 12 Hours of Mesa Verde got off to a warm start 7am Saturday morning. With over 1,700 riders on hand, a full festival environment accompanied the race, tents, trucks, and racers could be seen in every direction.

Racing started up with warm temperatures and clear skies but scattered showers rolled through throughout the day at one point dropping hail on some the riders on course.

The racing was as exciting as ever on the Mesa Verde course just outside Cortez, Colorado.

The solo events turned into a race of attrition as Yuki Ikeda (Topeak/Ergon) held the lead for most of the day until his stomach started giving him problems late in the day. That left the door open for anyone who was left after over 100 miles of challenging singletrack riding.

Paul Gorbold (Street Swell) was is prime position to take over the lead once Ikeda faultered. Gorbold had been riding strong all day and continued to put in a quality performance once he took over the lead. Gorbold completed 8 laps on the 16-mile race.

Gorbold was followed by a pair of Utah riders Erik Harrington (RMCC) finished in second with Rich Abbott (Revolution/Peak Fasteners) taking third.

The women’s solo event featured a much different scenario with experienced ultra-endruance rider Jari Kirkland (Alpine Orthopedics) riding in the lead all day. Kirkland excels at challenging distances and she proved that with a commanding ride in the top spot.

Erin Collins turned in an impressive ride for second followed by Pam Seidler (Basalt Bike) in third.

Many of the podiums were unsettled until the final lap but according to race announcer Larry Grossman, the most exciting race of the day was the coed duo race, which became a two team battle between the team of Eszter Horanyi and Jonathon Davis (LW’s) against Jen Hanks and Shannon Boffeli (Epic Brewing/MTBRaceNews.com).

These two teams rode within seconds of each other all day long. 10 seconds separated the two men after lap one until Jen Hanks put her team into the lead on lap two. Davis brought them back together with his next effort only to have Hanks retake the lead on the following lap.

It happened again on the next rotation with Hanks coming in just seconds in front of Horanyi. Sensing an opportunity Davis put in a big attack and hammering out his 4th and final lap in 1:17 giving his team a 5-minute lead with just one lap left. Hanks brought back 3 of those minutes by the finish not enough to regain the lead as Eszter Horanyi crossed the line with the well-deserved win.

Fastest laps of the day went to Payson McElveen (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory) and Jen Gersbach (Honey Stinger/Trek), both setting new course records. McElveen turned in a scorching 1:08 with Gersbach throwing down a 1:20.

Fast riding was the norm in Mesa Verde as two teams broke the 9 lap barrier with the 4-Person Male teams of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Rooster’s/Biker’s Edge both completed 10 laps.


Unofficial Results

Solo Male

1,

Paul Gorbold – Street Swell

8 laps

12.08.44

2,

Erik Harrington – RMCC

8 laps

12.11.06

3,

Richard Abbott – Revolution

8 laps

12.18.44

4,

Thomas Konecny – Summit Velo

8 laps

12.56.47

5,

Kevin Thomas – Turner Bikes

7 laps

10.29.53


Solo Female

1,

Jari Kirkland – Alpine Ortho

7 laps

11.07.21

2,

Erin Collins -

7 laps

11.55.24

3,

Pam Seidler – Basalt Bike

7 laps

12.55.36

4,

Alison Vrem – Revolution

7 laps

13.06.15

5,

Roxanne Hall – Tennessee Pass

6 laps

11.04.16


Solo Singlespeed

1,

Shawn Gregory – Kokopelli Bike

8 laps

11.48.42

2,

Jody Elovitz -

8 laps

12.13.09

3,

Michael Scott – Trek Bicycle Store

8 laps

12.13.11


Duo Coed

1,

Eszter Horanyi/Jonathon Davis

8 laps

11.07.03

2,

Jen Hanks/Shannon Boffeli

8 laps

11.09.08

3,

Jenelle Kremer/Ryan Ashbridge

8 laps

11.31.13

4,

Kara Durland/Dan Durland

8 laps

11.41.24

5,

Angie Kell/Trever Bushnell

8 laps

12.02.02


Duo Male

1,

Brian Smith/Jon Brown

9 laps

11.28.40

2,

Damian Callvert/Jens Nielsen

9 laps

11.28.58

3,

Sam Sweetser/Will McDonald

9 laps

11.31.37

4,

Josh Wolfe/Matt Harding

9 laps

11.55.22

5,

Jesse DeKrey/Troy Wells

8 laps

10.50.57


Duo Female

1,

Jenny Smith/Sarah Kaufmann

8 laps

11.19.17

2,

Amy Thomas/Chelsea McGowan

7 laps

11.01.46

3,

Pamela Davis/Tamara Donelson

7 laps

11.05.36

4,

Krista Andersen/Liana Gregory

7 laps

11.34.25

5,

Heather Mc Dowell/Krista Powers

7 laps

11.35.17


3-4 Person Singlespeed

1,

Chris Herting/Eric Walecki/Jamie Upshaw/Nate Miller

9 laps

11.51.46

2,

Hector Cruz/Keith Ashmore/Sean Peck/Steve Koller

9 laps

12.15.30

3,

Andy Clark/Dan Sebeczek/Robinson Noble/Skyler Turjillo

 9 laps

 12.25.59


3-4 Person Coed

1,

Colin Osborn/Jen Gersbach/Kelly Magelky/Len Zanni

9 laps

11.49.43

2,

Cannon Shockley/Gretchen Reeves/Ty Hall

9 laps

12.01.58

3,

Chad Cheeney/Lauren Catlin/Sarah Sturm

8 laps

11.08.05


 
3-4 Person Male

1,

Colton Andersen/Payson McElveen/Sepp Kuss/Tad Elliott

10 laps

11.58.48

2,

Brent Pontius/Jake Pantone/Jonny Hintze/Nick Fisher

10 laps

12.11.13

3,

Miles Venzara/Nick Gould/Rolando Gonzalez/Travis Brown

 9 laps

 11.06.58


3-4 Person Female

1,

Jennifer Tilley/Karen Jarchow/Lindsay Jones/Rebecca Gross

8 laps

11.48.07

2,

Lynn Bush/Melanie Long/Sheri Boltz

7 laps

11.01.35

3,

Anda Rojs-Smalls/Colleen Inkin/Jody Thompson/Katharine Orr

7 laps

11.15.02



Agreed 05/30/2012 8:35 AM
The Singlespeed Solo classes tore it up and arent' even mentioned. Shawn Gregory was the first overall in the Solo Men (geared and SS) and Cat Morrison was third overall. How about some kudos for the riders turning only one gear, some even riding full-rigid.
typical 05/14/2012 9:07 PM
How about devoting at least a paragraph to the single-speed solo men that took 3 of the top 5 overall solo spots? Lots of blurbs about drop-outs and "tough" efforts, but these guys cranked it out and took the overall top spot, and were only 5 minutes off of a complete 3-person podium sweep. I guess it doesn't help the they're not exactly "sponsor"-rific names. Bad-ass though. For the record, I raced, I was neither on a single gear, nor near even the top half of the pack
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