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Santiago finishes what she started

Durangoan holds off the young guns for her second win of the weekend

Santiago finishes what she started

Maria Santiago wrapped up a strong Iron Horse Bicycle Classic weekend with a win in the women’s time trial Monday on County Road 250. She completed the 13.7-mile East Animas Course in 40 minutes, 46.08 seconds.
Emily Schaldach probably won’t be riding in another time trial soon. She typically races mountain bikes and prefers the dirt. “Time trials just aren’t really that fun,” said Schaldach, who earned a medal in third place. “This is the first one I’ve done, and it’s a suffer-fest.”
Maria Santiago was the first to leave the individual time trial starting gate Monday on County Road 250, which wasn’t ideal. But despite not finding a “groove” or that “sugar gear,” she won her second race of the weekend and this year’s unofficial omnium championship. “Ideally, in a time trial, you want to go last and use the other competitors as rabbits to chase,” she said. “It was hard mentally. I didn’t know where I was in the field I was racing against.”
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