Howard Grotts wins his first Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in epic sprint finish

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Howard Grotts wins his first Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in epic sprint finish

2015 champ Keegan Swirbul runs out of room at the line
Howard Grotts, left, and Keegan Swirbul, battle to the finish line as Grotts went on to win the 2018 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Coca-Cola Road Race on Saturday morning in Silverton.
Keegan Swirbul leads Howard Grotts while climbing Molas Pass on Saturday morning during the 2018 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Coca-Cola Road Race.
Levi Kurlander said he just didn’t have enough weight in the descents to hold off Cormac McGeough for third place. Kurlander, a Durangoan, placed fourth in a strong showing.
Howard Grotts, front, leads Keegan Swirbul, up Molas Pass on Saturday morning during the 2018 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic pro men’s road race.
The men’s pro/open field was loaded with talent in 2018, making for a memorable race.

Howard Grotts wins his first Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in epic sprint finish

Howard Grotts, left, and Keegan Swirbul, battle to the finish line as Grotts went on to win the 2018 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Coca-Cola Road Race on Saturday morning in Silverton.
Keegan Swirbul leads Howard Grotts while climbing Molas Pass on Saturday morning during the 2018 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Coca-Cola Road Race.
Levi Kurlander said he just didn’t have enough weight in the descents to hold off Cormac McGeough for third place. Kurlander, a Durangoan, placed fourth in a strong showing.
Howard Grotts, front, leads Keegan Swirbul, up Molas Pass on Saturday morning during the 2018 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic pro men’s road race.
The men’s pro/open field was loaded with talent in 2018, making for a memorable race.

Howard Grotts wins his first Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in epic sprint finish

Keegan Swirbul tucks in with Howard Grotts behind him reaching speeds of over 50 mph while descending Coal Bank Pass on Saturday morning during the 2018 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Coca-Cola Road Race.

Howard Grotts wins his first Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in epic sprint finish

Howard Grotts and Keegan Swiburl sprinted to the end in Silverton during the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic men’s race Saturday morning. Grotts barely edged Swiburl by one tenth of a second for the win.

Howard Grotts wins his first Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in epic sprint finish

Cormac McGeough and the chase group of riders, including Ned Overend, couldn’t bridge the gap back to Howard Grotts and Keegan Swirbul.

Howard Grotts wins his first Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in epic sprint finish

Levi Kurlander led the chase group that included Albuquerque’s Fortunato Ferrara in the climb up Coal Bank Pass. Attacking on Coal Bank was key for Kurlander’s fourth-place finish.

Howard Grotts wins his first Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in epic sprint finish

Howard Grotts gets a hug from his mother, Debbie Williams, at the finish line on Saturday morning after winning the 2018 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic.
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