Almost lost in the shuffle of cycling's summer
frenzy is the first National Racing Calendar victory for Durango pro
road cyclist Anthony Colby, the winner of the 2009 Iron Horse Bicycle
Colby, the former Fort Lewis College national mountain bike champion (2003), won the final stage of the annual Cascade Classic
in Bend, Ore., late last month. Colby led an eight-rider breakaway
about one-third through the hot, 83-mile circuit race. The win was the
first NRC victory for the Colavita-Sutter Home pro rider.
Known as a climbing wonder, Colby's racing this week in the arduous Tour of Utah (billed as America's toughest stage race).
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The Colorado Peace Ride was, in a word, peaceful.
"We had a great ride," said Christa Rathe of the Peace Ride. "These
people are just fabulous. We had no accidents ... perfect weather.
"So many of the riders said they're coming back next year and bringing
their friends," Rathe said of the four-day, 238mile supported bicycle
ride around the San Juan Skyway.
The route went from Durango to Ouray on the first day.
The Ouray to Telluride section came on the second day.
Then, the riders pedaled from Telluride to Dolores. The final day took riders from Dolores back to Durango.
And they all rode in support of peace and the Sophia Peace Center in
Dolores, which helps develop nonprofit organizations. Numerous cyclists
from the region participated. Last week's article mentioned by name the
riders from Durango and Mancos.
Missing were the Bayfield riders who pedaled the Colorado
Peace Ride: Patrick Cummins, Diane Legner, Laura Boe
and Liz Oetter.
Dolores town trustee Chris Barber also rode in the inaugural Colorado Peace Ride.
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Jochum Visser, a top BMX racer in the Netherlands, stopped in for a surprise visit at Durango BMX last weekend.
Visser, who was touring the American West on an extended holiday, also
checked out the BMX operation in Grand Junction. Though the Dutch BMX
rider, 34, had never done any extended road cycling before, he caught
the fever in Durango and pedaled up Coal Bank Pass - reaching the
summit well before his host colleagues (who happen to live at
altitude). Where Visser lives in the Netherlands (Noardburgum), the
elevation is ... 2 feet above sea level.
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A four-day stage race in Colorado?
The folks at the Steamboat Winter Sports Club, in partnership with the
Routt County cycling organization, are offering the Steamboat Springs
Stage Race on Sept. 4-7.
Prize money, big prize money, sits out there for the pros ($5,000 overall purse).
The event opens with a prologue Friday, Sept. 4.
The Marabou Ranch Circuit Race is scheduled for Sept. 5.
The Moots Road Race is next with a criterium wrapping up the racing Sept. 7.
For the top pros, the road race will cover 70 miles.
The flier for the event says the road race course will have lots of climbing, technical descents and a finishing climb.
More info? Check out www. steamboatbike.com.