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12 Hours of Mesa Verde - Cortez, CO

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |May 17, 2011 12:17 AM
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12 Hours of Mesa Verde - Cortez, Colorado

Riders once again gathered in the shadow of majestic Mesa Verde for one of the most exciting grassroots events in U.S. mountain bike racing: the 12 Hours of Mesa Verde.

Mesa Verde combines a well run event with one of the finest singletrack racecourses on the planet. The Phil's World trails just outside Cortez offers up some of the most enjoyable trail riding, start to finish, in the country.

With so much to offer Mesa Verde attracts some of the most prestigious riders the U.S. has to offer. 

This year it was national champion Josh Tostado (Santa Cruz, Shimano, Bach Builders) taking top honors at the star-studded event. Tostado used his now well known technique of starting fast and keeping the pace high throughout the full 12 hours.

Behind Josh, Brian Bennett (Pivot Cycles) and Jake Pantone (Rooster's/Bikers Edge) battled for second with Bennett eventually coming out on top. Only the top-4 solo riders completed 8 laps.

In the female solo event it was recent Park City transplant Jill Damman (Moots) taking the win in a hotly contested race that saw first and second place finisher Megan Raymond complete 7 laps. Rebecca Barfoot (Big Wheel Racing) took third.

At any 12 hour race there are literally hundreds of exciting individual stories undoubtedly the most exciting at Mesa Verde is the presence of the Legends Team. For the second consecutive season several of the most iconic names in mountain bike racing have combined for the 3-4 person male and female team competition. 

This year the women's Legends included bronze medalist at the 1996 Olympics Susan Demattei, Sara Ballantyne, and arguably the most successful and dominant mountain bike racer of all time Juliana Furtado. They, of course, won the women's category in decisive fashion completing 8 laps.

The men's team included true racing legends Dave Wiens, Travis Brown, Ned Overend, and Daryl Price.

Fastest lap of the day went to the Honey Stinger/Trek team who turned in a lap at 1 hour 9 minutes.

Click Here to check out our coverage of the 2010 12 Hours of Mesa Verde
 

Results

Solo Male

1,

Josh Tostado (Bach Builders)

8 laps

2,

Brian Bennett (Pivot Cycles)

8 laps

3,

Jake Pantone (Rooster’s/Biker’s Edge)

8 laps

4,

Sam Sweetser (Cole  Sport)

8 laps

5,

Lucas Perez (Rotor)

7 laps

 

 

 

Solo Female

 

 

1,

Jill Damman (Moots)

7 laps

2,

Megan Raymond

7 laps

3,

Rebecca Barfoot (Big Wheel Racing)

6 laps

4,

Susan Caskey (11th Hour Repair)

6 laps

5,

Pam Seidler (Basalt Bike and Ski)

6 laps

 

 

 

3-4 Person Male

 

 

 

 

 

1,

Walt Works/Fuentes Designs

9 laps

2,

Directory Plus/Trek

9 laps

3,

Legends

9 laps

 

 

 

3-4 Person Female

 

 

 

 

 

1,

Legends Women

8 laps

2,

Kind of a Big Deal

8 laps

3,

Tough Girls/BRC

8 laps

 

 

 

3-4 Person Co-Ed

 

 

 

 

 

1,

WGG

9 laps

2,

Rocky Mountain Chocolate

9 laps

3,

Tennesee Pass Cookhouse

8 laps

 

 

 

Duo Male

 

 

 

 

 

1,

Alpine Ortho Duo

9 laps

2,

Bert and Ernie Ride Again

9 laps

3,

No Lactose Utah Dairy Farmers

9 laps

 

 

 

Duo Female

 

 

 

 

 

1,

A.O. Chix

8 laps

2,

Kick Stretch & Kick – We’re 40

8 laps

3,

Bull Dog and Grey Hound

7 laps

 

 

 

Duo Co-Ed

 

 

 

 

 

1,

Team Holley

9 laps

2,

Tokyo Joe’s/Cycles of Life

8 laps

3,

U and I

8 laps

 

 

 

Solo SS Male

 

 

 

 

 

1,

Kevin Thomas

8 laps

2,

Steve Reiter

8 laps

3,

Shawn Gregory (Kokpelli Bike)

7 laps

 

 

 

Solo SS Female

 

 

 

 

 

1,

Heather Gilbert (Cutthroat Racing)

6 laps

2,

Sarah Rarick (Desert Rat Tours)

5 laps

3,

Heidi SlayMaker

4 laps

 

 Click Here for full results from the 2011 12 Hours of Mesa Verde





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