Aspen biker wins state crown |

Aspen biker wins state crown

Aspen Times Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado
Aspenite Max Taam raises his arms in celebration after winning Sunday's Category 3 state championship race in Longmont. (Courtesy Joe Depaemalaere)

LONGMONT, Colo. ” Aspen Mountain ski patroller Max Taam pushed on through 96 degree heat Sunday in Longmont to win his second state cycling championship in as many years.

Taam won the Category 3 criterium at the state championships one year after winning the Category 4 crown.

Taam, who races for the Hub of Aspen in the local Aspen Cycling Club series, in which he is the defending overall champion, is also a member of the Denver- and Boulder-based Couriers for sanctioned state and national races.

In Sunday’s criterium the Couriers designated Taam the team leader and provided him with the necessary support to set him up for the win.

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Courier’s seven-man team controlled the pace during the five-lap race, leaving Taam at the front of the pack with two corners to the finish line.

Taam sealed the win with a furious sprint that took him a full three bike lengths clear of the competition.

“I felt pretty good during the race, but that was the longest sprint of my life,” Taam said in a press release. “I had to kick with almost 600 meters to go to catch a couple of guys who had done a last-second attack. It feels great to win.”

Next for the Hub’s star sprinter is the Woody Creek Criterium on Wednesday, followed by the Salida Omnium and one of the most grueling mountain-bike races in the country, next month’s Leadville 100.

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