Homegrown sons Howard Grotts, Sepp Kuss favorites for 46th Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

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Homegrown sons Howard Grotts, Sepp Kuss favorites for 46th Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

All eyes on Grotts, Kuss for road race showdown
Christopher Blevins crashes after hitting the back wheel of Payson McElveen, right, as Benjamin Sonntag, left, and Todd Wells, behind, sprint to the finish line in Silverton during the 45th Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. McElveen won the race in a photo finish against Sonntag, and both will be back to contend of the title this year.
Durango’s Sepp Kuss is only a few weeks removed from graduating college, but he isn’t slowing down. Kuss finished 10th on Stage 5 of the Tour of California cycling race. This week, he’s back in Durango for the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic and is considered a strong favorite along with childhood friend Howard Grotts.
Durango’s Howard Grotts has been the man to beat on a mountain bike in the United States the last two years. This week, he’s back on a road bike and considered one of the favorites along with childhood friend Sepp Kuss in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic race from Durango to Silverton.
JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald file

Howard Grotts hasn’t raced the IHBC road race since 2012. Now, he’s back as a former Olympian and in the best shape of his career.
Ned Overend climbs Coal Bank Pass during the 45th Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. Even at 61, nobody can rule out Overend to once again contend for an IHBC victory. He already has a men’s record five titles to his name.

Homegrown sons Howard Grotts, Sepp Kuss favorites for 46th Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

Christopher Blevins crashes after hitting the back wheel of Payson McElveen, right, as Benjamin Sonntag, left, and Todd Wells, behind, sprint to the finish line in Silverton during the 45th Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. McElveen won the race in a photo finish against Sonntag, and both will be back to contend of the title this year.
Durango’s Sepp Kuss is only a few weeks removed from graduating college, but he isn’t slowing down. Kuss finished 10th on Stage 5 of the Tour of California cycling race. This week, he’s back in Durango for the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic and is considered a strong favorite along with childhood friend Howard Grotts.
Durango’s Howard Grotts has been the man to beat on a mountain bike in the United States the last two years. This week, he’s back on a road bike and considered one of the favorites along with childhood friend Sepp Kuss in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic race from Durango to Silverton.
JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald file

Howard Grotts hasn’t raced the IHBC road race since 2012. Now, he’s back as a former Olympian and in the best shape of his career.
Ned Overend climbs Coal Bank Pass during the 45th Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. Even at 61, nobody can rule out Overend to once again contend for an IHBC victory. He already has a men’s record five titles to his name.
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