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Mountain bikers trying to master Snowmass

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

Mountain bike racing will continue today at the Master of the Mass event in Snowmass.

The final event of the four-race weekend will start at 11 a.m. today at the Snowmass Ski Area.

Today’s event is the final downhill in the sequence.

On Saturday, organizers tossed a cross country race into the mix that began with a super-downhill on Friday afternoon.

Nate Hills, of Dillon, won the pro men’s division of the cross country race. He finished in 25 minutes, 54 seconds.

Miguel Ramos, of Durango, was second in 27:30.

Boulder’s Mike West was third, with Leland Turner, of Breckenridge, fourth.

The top area finisher among the pro men was Carbondale’s Brian Buell at No. 9. Aspen’s Gregory Stokes was 10th.

Matt Boughton, also of Aspen, was 14th.

In the amateur divisions, Eva Surls won the women’s race.

Andrew Dunlap, of Dillon, was the top rider in the amateur men’s class.

Arvada cyclist Colin McKernan finished second.

Aspen’s Justin LaBier finished third.

A cyclist from Brevard, N.C., Cashion Smith, finished fourth with Basalt’s Kyle Sauder fifth.

Travis McLain, of Aspen, was 10th.

Top honors in the junior division (ages 13-17) went to Nicolas Laughren, of Aspen.

Hunter Bryant, also of Aspen, was second.

Dillon Gressett, of Carbondale, finished third. Chase Ellsperman, also of Carbondale, was fourth.

Rhett Parker, of Snowmass, finished fifth.

The weekend of mountain bike racing started with the super downhill Friday, also won by Hills.

West was second with Ramos third.

McKernan was the top super downhiller among the amateur men.

Aspen cyclist LaBier was third.

Gressett won the super downhill among the juniors. Laughren finished second.

The Master of the Mass event is sponsored by the Aspen Skiing Co.

Another downhill, this time a chainless downhill, was scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

The concluding downhill, with a chain this time, will take place today.

Pros entered this year from throughout Colorado.

In addition to Summit County riders,there are bikers from Moab, Boulder, Grand Junction, Littleton and Crested Butte.

Many of the amateur riders hailed from the Roaring Fork Valley.

Results from the event will be posted on the Skico website under “Events.”

dstrode@aspentimescom


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