Meet ‘the new generation’

Meet ‘the new generation’

20-year-old Australian and Boulder cyclist dominates the 2012 edition
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Australian Lachlan Morton, who lives in Boulder, celebrated victory Saturday as the man believed to be the youngest winner ever of the men’s Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. The 20-year-old Morton finished in 2 hours, 11 minutes, 30 seconds, then was followed across the finish line by an 18-year-old and another 20-year-old.
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Mark Aasmundstad of Flagstaff, Ariz., led the early breakaway Saturday as riders head for the city limits. Aasmundstad finished fourth, but a more “patient” Lachlan Morton sat back before making his breakaway to victory.
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After his runner-up finish in 2011, Howard Grotts sat near the front of the field in 2012, too, but he finished this year’s Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in sixth place. “I got a little gap at the top of Molas (in second place),” he said. “But then, they just blew by me. That’s still something I need to work on ... the descents.”
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Defending champion and five-time Iron Horse Bicycle Classic champion Ned Overend worked his way up Molas Pass and eventually to Silverton in 10th place, but “I could tell down in the valley I couldn’t do much (Saturday),” said Overend, who still finished 2 minutes faster than he did as a winner in 2011.
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Yannick Eckmann of Boulder chases down Howard Grotts during Saturday’s Iron Horse Bicycle Classic from Durango to Silverton. Eckmann finished second; Grotts finished sixth.
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Sunny but smoky skies greeted Saturday’s cyclists in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. The 41st annual road race was won by a 20-year-old, believed to be the youngest champion in Durango’s signature cycling event.
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Mark Aasmundstad of Flagstaff, Ariz., holds an aerodynamic position as he rockets down Coal Bank Pass on Saturday. Aasmundstad, a member of the early break, finished fourth. “It hurt quite a bit, but it was fun,” Aasmundstad said. “That was the objective ... racing.”
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2 Lachlin Morton, of Boulder, gets ready in the parking lot of Durango High School for the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic pro road race on Saturday. Morton went on to win the race.
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2 Bicycle riders showed up in Durango on Friday filling the hotels and restaurants for the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic on Saturday.
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Colorado State Patrol and Durango Police Department motorcycle officers get ready to lead the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic pro road race riders out of Durango and on to Silverton on Saturday.
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Elizabeth Kane fixes her bib number on her bike while her firend Ashley Thayer, both of Farmington get ready for the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic road race on Saturday.
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A license plate on a van in the staging area for 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic road race in the parking lot of Durango High School on Saturday, pretty much tells the story for the riders in the race.
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Ride's in the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic pro race make their way down Main Avenue in Durango on Saturday.
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2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic mens pro road race riders make their way out of Durango on Saturday.
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2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic mens pro road race riders make their way out of Durango on Saturday.
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2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic mens pro road race riders make their way out of Durango on Saturday.
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2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic mens pro road race riders make their way out of Durango on Saturday.
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Howard Grotts, of Durango, leads the peloton out of Durango during the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic pro road race on Saturday.
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An aide station on Shalona Hill is one of several station's that are in place for the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic on Saturday.
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Mark Aasmundstad of Flagstaff, lead a good portion of the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic pro race on Saturday.
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Smoke from fires in New Mexico and Arizona filled the skies during the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic pro race on Saturday.
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Bike racing fans lined the shoulder of U.S. Highway 550 north of Durango cheering on riders in the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic pro road race on Saturday.
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2 Rider in the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic pro road race make their way up Shalona Hill on Saturday.
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Race fans set up on Coal Bank pass with a stereo to cheer riders on in the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic pro race on Saturday.
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Ned Overend, of Durango, makes his way up Molas Pass during the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic pro road race on Saturday.
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Howard Grotts, of Durango, leads Yannick Eckmann, of Boulder down Coal Bank Pass during the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic pro race on Saturday.
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Yannick Eckmann, of Boulder, passes Howard Grotts, of Durango heading down Coal Bank Pass during the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic pro race on Saturday.
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Mark Aasmundstad of Flagstaff, tucks in as he begins to go down Coal Bank Pass during the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic pro race on Saturday.
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Howard Grotts, of Durango, flies down Coal Bank Pass during the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic pro race on Saturday.
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Nate Wilson, of Boulder, leads Howard Grotts, of Durango, at the beginning of the climb going up Molas Pass during the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic pro road race on Saturday.
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Lachlin Morton, of Boulder, crosses the finish line in Silverton winning the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic mens pro road race on Saturday.
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Lachlin Morton, of Boulder, crosses the finish line in Silverton winning the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic mens pro road race on Saturday.
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