Among locals, Hagman stands out
Racing against the top professional mountain bikers in North America, 21-year-old Alex Hagman of Woody Creek proved himself a worthy competitor.The Aspen High graduate finished 11th in the 26-mile men’s pro division cross-country race Saturday at Snowmass (see related story A16), clocked in 2 hours, 4 minutes and 30 seconds. So, the gap between a native son and the nation’s son, U.S. Olympians like Todd Wells of Durango and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, is a matter of minutes – five or six minutes, specifically.Not bad.More telling, perhaps, was Hagman’s finish in the under-23 calculation of the race. Among the top young riders, Hagman was second, trailing only Trent Lowe, 20, of Mooroolbark, Australia, who finished fourth overall (2:00:15).Approximately 1,500 mountain bikers from around the country and beyond participated in the many divisions of the Snowmass NORBA National Championship Series event and Hagman was one of dozens of valley residents who had standout performances.A collection of others, in no particular order, follows:DownhillDustin Belcher, 13, of Carbondale, won the junior beginner men 14-and-under division, clocked in 5:30, besting 17 other finishers.In the 25- to 29-year-old expert class, Carbondale’s Jeremey Kauffman, 27, was 10th in 4:45.Patrick Johnson, 41, of Carbondale, was fifth in his expert men’s age-class in 5:04.Laura Bowen, 26, of Aspen, was second in her expert women’s age-class in 5:48.And in the semipro men’s downhill division, Twin Lake’s Cole Bangert was fourth, at 4:16, in a field of 60-plus starters.Cross CountryAspen Cycling Club race series regular Len Zanni, 34, of Carbondale, won the 30- to 34-year-old expert men’s division on the 26-mile Big Burn Cross Country course in 2:10:28, ahead of runner-up Samuel Rondean of Snowmass Village (2:15:02).Another ACC fixture, Michael Scanlon, 42, of Snowmass Village, finished 11th in the men’s semipro class in 2:15:49.Jeff Sellers and Mike Armstrong of Aspen rode to the No. 7 and 8 spots, respectively, in the 35- to 39-year-old division in 2:29:07 and 2:29:09, respectively.Carbondale’s Kevin Willson won the 45- to 49-year-old expert division (2:20:10), while Erik Skarvan of Aspen took second in the 40 to 44 division in 2:26:10.Mathew Kuhn, 23, of Woody Creek, finished ninth in the 19- to 24-year-old expert men’s division in 2:42:01.Basalt’s Theresa Mattingly, 24, won the 20 to 24 division of the women’s expert class in 1:18:42, and Jane Finsterwald, 47, of Snowmass Village, won her expert age class in 1:28:33.In the sport cross-country divisions, Carbondale’s Adam Lavender won the 25- to 29-year-old division in 1:15:41, followed by Nathan Massey of Snowmass Village in second.One class up, 30 to 34, Snowmass’ Justin Hankins took first in 1:06:55, followed by Snowmass Village’s Bryan Smith.Michael Monsauret of Aspen took second (40-49) in 1:18:12.In the junior beginner men 14-and-under class, Keefe Carvelli, 14, of Aspen, was fifth (1:08:12).In the 30-39 women’s division, Aspen’s Pam Seidler took first in 1:30:13.Short Track Cross CountryBasalt’s Joel Mischke finished 10th in the semipro men’s division, just over a minute back from the winner.Jeff Sellers, 37, of Aspen, finished fifth in the expert men’s 30-plus division.And Jane Finsterwald of Snowmass Village, 47, was seventh in the open women division.Mountain CrossBasalt’s Sean Shuman won the 19-29 expert men’s division in a crowded field. Steve Valenti of Basalt took fifthJay Morin of Aspen was fifth the 19-29 sport class.And 19-year-old Cole Bangert of Twin Lakes took second in the semipro field of 30 riders.Super downhillSnowmass Village’s James Cullen, 22, was sixth in the men’s 19- to 29-year-old division of the super downhill in 13:30.Jeff Sandifer, 31, of Basalt, was sixth in the 30- to 39-year-old men’s division in 12:28. Carbondale’s Patrick Johnson was second in his age-class in 11:43.
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