Briefs: Herman wins GT mountain bike race, Smith completes Triple Crown
Lakewood’s Thomas Herman won Sunday’s Grand Traverse mountain bike race, a 41.2-mile ride from Aspen to Crested Butte that features more than 7,600 feet of climbing.
Herman, who also won the Audi Power of Four mountain bike race in Aspen earlier this summer, finished the GT course in 4 hours, 13 minutes, 38.51 seconds. Taking second was Cameron Brenneman in 4:21:23.12 and third Mike McAuley in 4:30:37.02.
Gunnison’s Cam Smith finished fifth in the mountain bike race to secure the overall Grand Traverse Triple Crown title, which goes to the person with the best combined time from all three races. Alongside Carbondale’s Sean Van Horn, Smith won the winter’s ski mountaineering race before edging Van Horn in Saturday’s trail run, which went from Crested Butte to Aspen.
Durango’s Trish Thomas won the women’s mountain bike race on Sunday with a time of 5:54:42.23, good for 23rd overall. In second was Alisha Johansson in 6:02:59.65 and third Ashlie Angel in 6:08:43.61. Winning the women’s Triple Crown title was Frisco’s Jill Seager, who was fourth among women in Sunday’s mountain bike race in 6:17:36.20.
For complete results from both of the weekend’s races, go to Rocky Mountain Timing.
MOTHERLODE VOLLEYBALL FINALS ARE MONDAY, SEPT. 3
The open division finals of the 46th annual MotherLode Volleyball Classic are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. for the women and men, respectively, at Koch Lumber Park in Aspen. The matches will cap off six straight days of play in the notable pro-am event that features 21 primary divisions.
Also Monday will be many of the amateur division finals beginning at 9 a.m. and leading up the the pro finals in the afternoon. The amateur finals will be played on the grass courts at Koch Park, while the pros will play on the sand courts.
Spectating is free for all matches.
David Stapleton is the development officer for the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club. A product of the club, AVSC sat down with Stapleton for a Q&A session in this week’s Clubhouse Chronicles.