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Bikers descend on Snowmass

Aspen Times Staff Report

The slopes of Snowmass Ski Area played host this past weekend to the second annual Spoke on Self Blast in the Mass, as more than 100 riders turned out for a Saturday cross country race and a downhill race on Sunday.

Saturday’s race was on a 10.4-mile loop track around the ski area grounds. The top men’s riders and some of the juniors did two laps around the course, while women and other classes raced once around the track.

Top honors among men in the cross country race went to Danny DiMaria of Snowmass Village with a time of one hour, 53 minutes and 5.7 seconds. Kevin Willson of Carbondale took home the silver in 1:56:42.1.

Frances Tuite of Chicago, Ill., paced the women competitors with a one-lap time of 1:36:50.6. Second place went to Joyce Ohlson of Snowmass Village in 1:37:41.6, just ahead of the Wooldridge sisters, Heather of Snowmass Village and Robyn of Aspen, who finished third and fourth, respectively.

The venue for Sunday’s downhill event was a steep, 1.3-mile course of mostly singletrack that snaked its way down the mountain from the top of the Burlingame lift to a finish on Fanny Hill.

Troy Heflin, a professional downhill rider from Frisco, took first place among men in 5:04.30. He was followed in the standings by Peter Berridge of Boulder.

Top honors in the women’s downhill went to Loreen Lock of Boulder in 6:01.74. Shannon Wood of Colorado Springs was second in 6:19.22, and Simone Gava-Smith of Avon, crossed the finish line in 6:40.35, good for third place.


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