Aspen men crack top 11 in Leadville 100 |

Aspen men crack top 11 in Leadville 100

Three Aspen men finished in the top 11 in the Leadville 100 mountain bike race Saturday.

Butch Peterson, Fletcher Yaw and Matt Holstein finished 5th, 7th and 11th, respectively, in the grueling 100-mile road and trail race. More than 200 mountain bikers competed in the event.

The race started early Saturday at Sixth and Harrison with police escorting riders to Forest Service Road 103. Racers then rode a series of dirt roads to Sugarloaf Pass, followed by a steep descent to the Leadville National Fish Hatchery and the first aid station and checkpoint.

After checking in, racers followed forest service and county roads to a pipeline connecting Turquoise and Twin lakes. About a half-mile beyond Sage Draw Road, racers turned onto an old four wheel drive road with a sharp descent and steep ascent to CR 10 until they reached Highway 82. The second checkpoint was at the south end of the Twin Lakes dam.

From this point, racers traveled across 1.5 miles of private ranch property to Chaffee County Road and began a long climb up a series of steep switchbacks to an elevation of 12,600 feet. At the end of this brutal climb, racers found themselves at the Columbine Mine aid station and checkpoint which was the halfway point and turnaround.

Racers then retraced the course back to the Leadville junction, at which point they turned onto new terrain. At the junction, racers climbed a steep dirt pitch known to locals as the Boulevard (after a Jackson Brown song) up to McWethy Pass. A left and quick right onto Sixth Street took riders to the finish.

Peterson finished the race in seven hours, 46 minutes and 24 seconds. Yaw finished close behind in 7:51:06, and Holstein came in at 8:09:53. The race was won by Dave Wiens of Gunnison in 7:07:44.

Peterson, Yaw and Holstein were not available for comment.

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