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Riverside Rampage: Mountain States Cup #1 Salida, CO

Posted by: Jen Hanks |June 13, 2012 4:09 PM
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Riverside Rampage - Mountain States Cup (MSC) #1 - Salida, Colorado

Written by: Ernie Watenpaugh

Mountain bike racers have been treated to an unusually dry spring this year in the Rocky Mountains, which has made for plentiful riding but very little racing.  Hungry riders got their fill last weekend as the Mountain States Cup Series opened up shop for the season.  The MSC returned to Salida, CO for the second annual Riverside Rampage Omnium held under the "S” of Tenderfoot Mountain.  Fat tire specialists battled it out over two days and three stages that saw some of the nations finest put on a serious display of technical ability.

The weekend began Saturday morning with a short hill climb time trial within earshot of downtown Salida.  Colin Cares (Kenda/Felt) left everyone questioning their fitness as he crushed the men’s pro field even after being held up by riders who started minutes before him.  Kelli Emmett (Giant) put down an equally impressive performance, decimating the women’s pro field by more than thirty seconds.

After a brief intermission, the pros were back pounding the dirt for the afternoon short track.  Strong winds, a respectable initial climb, and several attacks saw the thirty strong men’s pro field quickly get stretched into a long line of agony.  The tight switchbacks of the descent combined with the punch of the climbs favored a jack-of-all-trades.  Fresh off his top ten performances in both the Sea Otter Classic and the Whiskey 50, Mitch Hoke (Clif Bar) made no mistakes and easily rode away with the win.

Building off her early morning work, Kelli Emmett led the women from the gun and made the win look almost effortless.

Sunday’s cross-country started off at a reasonable pace along the pavement of County Road 178.  As 178 slowly increased in gradient, the stronger legs moved to the front.  By the time the boys hit the dirt, the thirty plus men’s pro peloton was already whittled down to a select eight.  The constant accelerations through the undulating North Backbone trail, and possibly motivated by the random bluegrass trio stashed under the juniper trees, the lead group increased their time on the rest of the field. 

The race then went head first into the courses only true climb, which saw the slaughter of five of the eight, and the emergence of the day’s true battle.  After summating the climb, a steep technical descent through the rock gardens of Uncle Nazty tested even the most skilled bike handlers. Running the gauntlet served up by Uncle Nazty, a group of three had taken control. Hoke and Macky Franklin (Orbea-TuffShed) rolled through the start/finish together to start lap two, with Cares a mere second back due to a bobble on the last switchback.

An a awesome show of technical mastery and pure power, the lead three all proved why they are considered some of the best in North America.  Hoke edged out a charging Franklin by only seven seconds by the end, with Cares taking third after falling victim to the same switchback that caught him up on lap one.

The women fought tooth and nail from the start of Sunday’s cross-country, carrying many of the same characteristics as the men’s race. Kelli Emmett, Jennifer Smith (No Tubes), Deidre York (The Gear Movement/Epic Pro Cycling), and Lauren Catlin (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory) made an early split from the pack just before hitting the trails.  Emmett and Smith kept the pace high throughout the rough singletrack, and had opened up a sizable gap by the time they headed into Uncle Nazty’s. 

Emmett harnessed the confidence and skill that only comes from years on knobby tires to distance herself from Smith in the rock fields of Uncle Nazty.  Smith limited her losses by riding calm and controlled the rest of lap, passing under the start/finish banner only thirty seconds down on Emmett. 

Emmett was just in the zone that day, and Smith was not able to match her intensity.  In a true display of professionalism, Emmett put down a second lap time exactly as fast as her first to take a well deserved win.  Smith held on for second, and York grabbed a solid third.

A weekend of pure consistency put Mitchell Hoke at the top of the men’s overall standings for the stage race results, with Franklin and Cares nipping at his heels in second and third.  Destroying all contenders by taking all three stages, Kelli Emmett took the women’s overall. Smith and Amy Beisel (Alpine Orthopaedics) proved superb form by following in second and third.

The Mountain States Cup continues in Angel Fire, New Mexico for the Chile Challenge the weekend of June 8-10.  

Pro Men Cross Country

1

Mitchell Hoke

Clif Bar

1:47:07

2

Macky Franklin

Orbea-Tuffshed

1:47:15

3

Colin Cares

Kenda/Felt

1:47:28

4

Hector Fernando Riveros

Bandwagon Racing

1:50:10

5

Bryan Alders

Marin Bikes

1:50:24

6

Chris Baddick

The Gear Movement

1:50:48

7

Jay Henry

Tokyo Joe’s

1:51:30

8

Skyler Trujillo

Niner Bikes

1:53:42

9

Brian Smith

Alpine Orthopedics

1:54:17

10

Damian Calvert

Sport System MountainTop Cycling

1:54:58

11

Peter Kalmes

Honey Stinger/Bontrager

 

12

Nick Truitt

Yeti/Pactimo Pro XC

 

13

JJ Clark

ProCycling

 

14

Samuel Morrison

The Gear Movement/Epic Pro Cycling

 

15

Shad Schreiner

High Gear/Trek

 

16

Ethan Passant

Alpine Orthopedics

 

17

Blake Harlan

Team Jamis

 

18

Jason Donald

Yeti/Pactimo Pro XC

 

19

Greg Krieger

Eriksen Cycles

 

20

Ernie Watenpaugh

 

 

21

Jack Hinkens

BMC Development Team

 

22

Kalan Beisel

Orbea-Tuffshed

 

23

Mike West

Yeti Cycles

 

24

Jordan Williford

Epic Pro Cycling

 

25

Jan Koles

Yeti/Pactimo

 

26

Jon Brown

Alpine Orthopedics

 

27

Blake Zumbrunnen

Kuhl

 

28

Doug Johnson

Bandwagon Racing

 

29

Jason Holbrook

Yeti/Pactimo

 

30

Dax Kastrin

 

 

31

Sam Gallegos

Yeti/Pactimo

 

32

Mike Friedberg

Tokyo Joe’s

 

 Pro women Cross Country

1

Kelli Emmett

Giant Bicycles

2:10:50

2

Jennifer Smith

No Tubes Elite Women

2:13:19

3

Deidre York

The Gear Movement/Epic Pro Cycling

2:17:57

4

Lauren Catlin

RMCF Durango Devo Sweet Elite

2:24:19

5

Amy Beisel

Alpine Orthopedics

2:24:19

6

Sarah Rawley

Yeti/Pactimo

 

7

Katie Sodergren

Tokyo Joe’s

 

8

Jill Behlen

Tokyo Joe’s

 

 

	
	
	
	 
		
		
		
		 
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