SPORTS * SPORTS * SPORTSGO USA! Leadville native Jim O’Neal shows his support of Olympic athletes with this sculpture in front of his home at Poplar & 10th Streets.
Snow Drags: Snow, Spectators . . . and more Snow!
The Inaugural Leadville High Altitude Snowmobile Drags was held out at the golf course on February 8 and had a good showing for its first run. Hosted by the High Riders Snowmobile Club (HRSC), the gusty stormy conditions didn’t deter 17 racers from dragging for prizes and bragging rights.Crowds braved the cold to see the High Altitude Snow Drags. Photo: Liz Stuart.
“About half of those were from Leadville,” said HRSC Community Affairs Chairman Tom Driemeyer, “The rest were from around the state with one rider from as far as Virginia.”
By the time the event started, the weather conditions cleared a bit and about 40 spectators lined the course to cheer on the riders. The event featured three, size-divisions (under 800cc, 800 & up, and pro modified classes), with most competitors in the 800 and up stock class, reported Driemeyer.
One item that needs to change for next year was the fact that only one woman competed. So hats off to Christina Neidhardt of Leadville and here’s to hoping that the ladies represent a little better next year.Groomer Extraordinaire Eddie Holcomb sets up the course. Photo: Liz Stuart.
By the way, if you want to get involved in next year’s Leadville High Altitude Snowmobile Drags contact Tom Driemeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-389-6123. Or connect with the High Riders Snowmobile Club Facebook Page.
2014 Leadville High Altitude Snowmobile Drags WINNERS
- 1st Place: Luke Acre – Colorado
- 2nd Place: Billy Blackheart – Leadville
- 3rd Eric Benson – Leadville
Over 800 Class
- 1st Dirk Pinto – Crested Butte
- 2nd Bruce Mallinsen – Silverthorne
- 3rd Jason Stanford – Leadville
Under 800 Class
- 1st Albert Gurule – Leadville
- 2nd Moises Medina – Red Cliff
- 3rd Ben Roehrs – Summit County
Panthers Wrap Up Season, Head off to State This Week
After the Feb. 1 race had to be rescheduled due to heavy snow, the Lake County High School Panther’s Nordic team had their last regular season race last Saturday, Feb. 8 in Minturn.Andrew Coffin (l) and Trevor Kerrigan (r) dig in on the uphill. Photo: Vicki Koch
The high school course is made up of two 2.5 kilometer laps through rolling and turning terrain that requires both fitness and technical expertise.
Ryan Morrison had an excellent start and ended up 13th for the day. Charlie Koch had his best skate race ever to place 21st and qualify for the state meet. Simone Baccialle gave it his all from the start and placed 53rd, with Andrew Coffin aiding him along the way coming in right behind him at 54th. Trevor Kerrigan rebounded from a ski that flew off during the race and was able to place 57th. The boys were 7th as a team.
Kimberly Vierczhalek led the team with a 23rd place finish. Whitney White had a solid race to place 30th, and Hannah Lufkin skied a relaxed race to place 36th. The three girls were 5th as a team.Panthers Kimberly Vierczhalek (r) and Hannah Lufkin (l) taking the lead in the Minturn Nordic race. Photo: Vicki Koch.
Morrison, Koch, Coffin, Ethan Greiner, Vierczhalek, Lufkin, and White are headed to Eldora this week to compete at the state meet Thursday and Friday, Feb. 13 & 14.
The Middle School racers tackled the same course, but they only completed the loop once. Due to the rescheduled race, the fields were small.
The Middle School boys had a strong race. Joe Koch led the Panthers with a 6th place finish. Zach Coffin and Zayden Tufte had strong races to finish 11th and 12th. Sam Frykholm and Matt Koch were close behind in 13th and 14th, excellent finishes from the two 6th graders. Travis Kerrigan, Matthew Seibel, and Tyler Crenshaw rounded out the team in 16th, 17th,and 18th. The team overall earned its first victory of the season, placing 1st our of the 6 teams.
In the Middle School girls race, Caroline Benney used a strong start to power herself to 12th place. Hannah Hold continued her remarkable improvement to place 17th. The duo, even thought they didn’t have a 3rd scorer, was able to place 3rd out of the 4 teams.
“I am impressed with the improvement in skating the kids have shown throughout the year,” coach Jeff Spencer commented. “There are some steep climbs on this course, but the kids were able to ski right up them.”
Many of the middle school skiers will take part in the Leadville Loppet on February 22.Matt Koch tucks in on the curve at Minturn Nordic meet on Feb. 8. Photo: Vicki Koch.
Night Jam and Snow – The Perfect Winter Combo
The Tennessee Pass Night Jam saw a hearty 65 racers brave the conditions (and the horrible driving) to tally race number two in the Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Race Series held February 8.Racers braved the cold for the annual Tennessee Pass Night Jam, part of the Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Race Series. Photo: Cloud City Wheelers.
The race was held at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse and Nordic Center and is sponsored in part by Oskar Blues Brewery.
The 12-mile course probably felt like 50 as the snow came in and set up on the Nordic trails like Santa’s sleigh on Christmas day! To find out who fared the best, check out the race results HERE.
The Cloud City Wheelers host the entire Winter Mountain Bike Race Series, with fees benefiting local bicycle advocacy groups around the Leadville area. Next up in the series is the East Side Epic on March 1. And with the amount of snow Leadville’s been getting, it should be EPIC! Check out more details at the Cloud City Wheelers website.It’s a fat tire bonanza! Photo: Cloud City Wheelers.