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Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum Epic Event – Stowe, Vermont

Posted by: Karen Potter |August 1, 2013 2:20 AM
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Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum Epic Event Stowe, Vermont

Eastern Fat Tire Association (EFTA) Race #6

 Written by: Karen Potter

The 3rd edition of the Vt. Ski & Snowboard Museum Epic race made it's way in to the EFTA race series boasting pristine purpose built singletrack tucked in the woods of Stowe Vermont.  The race is staged from the famed Von Trapp Family lodge with gorgeous mountain views in the backdrop.  While the 'epic' race was slated to be a ~12.5 mile lap, heavy rain (9+ inches) over the past couple of weeks, and an inch more the evening before, forced 3 miles of some the courses' best singletrack out of the race.  The local trail club rescinded permission to utilize their section to protect the trails from damage which most certainly would have happened.  Thus the course was shortened to 7.5 miles and laps counts were increased with the Pro/Elite class doing 3 laps. 

Racers lined up at 10 a.m. under brightening skies but thick humidity still in the air.  The abbreviated course was a mix of singletrack - some of which had drained well and was in great shape, while other sections were less fortunate turning into muddy streams and muck, especially a newly cut section that was debuted in the race.  Mixed in was some double track dirt road along with grassy cross country ski trails which became soft and mushy fatiguing racers on the uphills and testing riders' skills to stay upright while going down the boggy mess. The race proved to be a test of bike skills and drivetrain durability.

The race fields saw some local talent toe the line despite a Pro XT race taking place in Windham.  In the women's race, Karen Potter (Epic Brewing/MTBRaceNews.com) took the lead at the start and opened up her lead more significantly in the 2nd lap.  She found the first lap took some getting used to the greasy slick mud and actually rode her best the 2nd lap staying on her bike for the majority of the lap. In the final lap, conditions had worsened and fatigue was setting in which forced her off the bike in some sections.  She finished in 2'33, followed up by Kimberly Quinlin 2'39" and Joanne Grogan in 2'42". 

Andrew Freye took the elite men's race in 2'04" a blistering pace despite the muddy conditions.  Following close behind putting pressure on Freye was Sheldon Miller who finished in 2'05" and Noah Tautfest, duking it out for 2nd place.  Tuatfest was just 20 seconds back from Miller. 


Results

Elite Men

1,

Andrew Freye

 

2.04.52

2,

Sheldon Miller

 

2.05.44

3,

Noah Tautfest

 

2.06.05

4,

Kevin Hines

 

2.08.11

5,

Ross Scratchard

 

2.10.19

6,

Aaron Sirtoli

 

2.14.53

7,

Alby King

Bikeman.com

2.15.08

8,

Jeffrey Whittingham

 

2.21.41

9,

Thom Parsons

Gary Fisher

2.22.40

10,

Paul Simoes

Bikeman.com

2.22.41


Elite Women

1,

Karen Potter

Epic Brewing/MTBRaceNews.com

2.33.36

2,

Kimberly Quinlan

 

2.39.58

3,

Joanne Grogan

 

2.42.59

4,

Hattie Freye

PVC/Cycle

2.53.22

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