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Steamboat Stinger - Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |September 23, 2012 3:37 PM
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Steamboat Stinger 50 Miler - Steamboat, Colorado

In it’s second year the Steamboat Stinger hosted it’s largest number of competitors as 500 riders signed up for the 2012 event.

Overnight rainstorms continued into Saturday morning transforming the trail from loose dust to a 25-mile ribbon of hero dirt. Open classes would be completing two 25-mile laps and 3,300 vertical feet of climbing per lap summiting the top of Steamboat’s Emerald Mountain twice. The Steamboat Stinger is different than a lot of ultra-endurance events as it includes two long technical descents every lap allowing riders who are good descenders to do some real damage.

As the pro men gathered for the start a light rain continued to fall. From the gun Subaru/Trek rider and U23 national champion Russell Finsterwald looked determined to put a hurt on the rest of the field. Finsterwald was joined initially by Kalan Beisel (Orbea/Tuff Shed) and a bevy of Honey Stinger riders including Max Taam, Peter Kalmes, and Trevor Walz.

Russell Finsterwald was already starting to gap the chasers by the top of the first long climb and while Beisel did his best to close it back down on the long Ridge Trail descent Finsterwald was gone again once the climbing started up.

"I wasn’t totally sure how today was going to go” Finsterwald said after the race. ”This is the first race I have done longer than an hour and a half all year.”

The long distance didn’t seem to slow him down as his lead kept building throughout the race.

The battle for second was a different scenario as Kalan Beisel and Peter Kalmes swapped back and forth with Beisel getting a gap on the climbs and Steamboat local Kalmes closing it up on the DH.

There was no catching Russell Finsterwald however as he finally crossed the line over 10 minutes up on second place setting a new course record at 4:14:01.

Behind the leader, Kalmes and Beisel were still locked together. Kalmes had brought Beisel back on the final twisting downhill but with almost all singletrack leading to the finish, getting past the Orbea/Tuff Shed rider was a tougher proposition.

The two riders were forced to sprint it out at the line. Kalan Beisel proved to have some reserve left in the tank as he surged ahead crossing the line just 8 seconds in front of Kalmes.

Trevor Walz followed his Honey Stinger/Bontrager teammate across the line for fourth with Alex Pond taking fifth about 3 minutes back.

The Open women started 10 minutes behind the men and all eyes were on last year’s winner Katie Compton (Trek). Compton had just announced her new sponsorship with Trek making the Steamboat Stinger just her second ride on her new Trek Superfly 100.

Compton started fast as Sari Anderson (Honey Stinger/Bontrager) and Kelly Boniface (Moots) struggled to stay in contact.

Compton opened up a sizable gap and was quickly out of site. Feeling comfortable and happy to be on 29-inch wheels the newly signed Trek rider was charging at the front.

"I like to go out fast…” Compton shared after her finish. "I suffered a bit at the end but I think everyone does. No matter how tired you are if the trails are that fun… I could keep pushing.”

With Compton out front Anderson and Boniface were left to hash out second place. Taking turns up front neither rider could get the upper hand until the final climb up the Beall trail. Caught up in their tight race, Boniface had neglected to take in many calories. Before hitting the Beall trail climb the Moots rider went through a "dark moment” allowing Anderson to open a gap.

In the end, Katie Compton roared through the finish with a time of 4:57:39 taking her second win and continuing her streak as the only woman to complete the Steamboat course in under 5 hours.

Sari Anderson kept her lead over Boniface rolling in with a comfortable gap of almost 3 minutes. Boniface recovered from the "dark moment” and held on for third place.

Melissa Thomas took fourth over Kate Rench who finished fifth.

 

Race Notes

-       After completing the 50-mile mountain bike race Sari Anderson signed up for the trail marathon the following day

-       Fans had set up a covert feed station on the Beall trail supplying riders with all the PBR, whiskey, and pigs-in-a-blanket they could handle


Results

Pro/Open Men

1,

Russell Finsterwald

Subaru/Trek

4.14.01

2,

Kalan Beisel

Orbea/Tuff Shed

4.24.53

3,

Peter Kalmes

Honey Stinger/Bontrager

4.25.01

4,

Trevor Walz

Honey Stinger/Bontrager

4.28.28

5,

Alex Pond

 

4.31.09

6,

Thomas Spannring

Gear Movement

4.33.51

7,

Daniel Matheny

 

4.37.27

8,

Max Taam

Honey Stinger/Bontrager

4.37.27

9,

Barkley Robinson

 

4.43.00

10,

Drew Free

Revolution/Peak Fasteners

4.43.02

11,

Shawn Hadley

 

4.45.05

12,

Paul Gorbold

 

4.45.26

13,

Dan Schueltz

 

4.46.36

14,

Kyle Stamp

 

4.47.15

15,

Shannon Boffeli

Epic Brewing/MTBRaceNews.com

4.47.41

16,

Jason Hilmire

 

4.47.56

17,

Aaron Adams

 

4.47.57

18,

Ward Baker

 

4.48.46

19,

Curt Wilhelm

 

4.53.57

20,

Joshua Vogt

 

4.55.13

21,

Ben Preston

 

 

22,

Dirk Friel

 

 

23,

Joseph Petrowski

 

 

24,

Brandon Eifrid

 

 

25,

Glenn Walton

 

 

26,

Mike Doody

 

 

27,

Rob Batey

 

 

28,

Kirk Roberts

 

 

29,

William Allen

 

 

30,

David High

 

 

31,

Bob Saffell

 

 


Pro/Open Women

1,

Katie Compton

Trek

4.57.39

2,

Sari Anderson

Honey Stinger/Bontrager

5.02.45

3,

Kelly Boniface

Moots

5.05.34

4,

Melissa Thomas

 

5.09.08

5,

Kate Rench

 

5.19.03

6,

Jaime Brede

 

5.26.16

7,

Jessie Young

 

5.38.56

8,

Emma Dunn

 

5.49.47

9,

Sarka Ruzickova

 

5.50.47


Singlespeed Men

1,

Mark Legg

 

4.50.45

2,

Travis Ekenberg

 

4.53.21

3,

Chris Brandt

 

4.56.45

4,

Chad Gruber

 

5.15.29

5,

Steven Pon

 

5.31.47

6,

Phillip Brown

 

5.39.50

7,

Christian Minor

 

5.42.14

8,

Jon Freckleton

 

5.45.56

9,

Matthew Eggen

 

5.50.45

10,

Andrew Norkoli

 

5.53.07

11,

Brad Reeder

 

5.55.22



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