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Coyote Hill Classic - Vermont

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |June 9, 2010 9:20 PM
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Coyote Hill Race Report

written by: Matthew Williams

The Root 66 New England Championship Series made its fourth stop this weekend at Coyote Hill. Tucked deep in the hills of West Farilee, VT, Coyote Hill is home to one of the most technical racecourses on the east coast. The eight mile laps feature big climbs, short punchy climbs, off the back of the saddle descents, and, of course, plenty of those famous New England roots. One course staple was missing this year though, mud. Thanks to an extremely dry spring in Vermont and some slick new bridge work by Tom Masterson and his crew, the course was as dry as it has been in years. But though the dry trails made for fast lap times, they could not lesson the abuse the racers would have to endure in trying to pedal endless rooty twists and turns; some riders were noticing sore backs and wrists just warming up.

The Pro Races

In the Pro Men’s race the pace was high up the opening climb, and a trio of riders containing Ethan Gilmore, Peter Ostroski, and Tom Sampson soon formed. The three would push the pace through the first lap; however, as the lead group came through after the lap two Gilmore had fallen off the pace, he would eventually DNF. That left Ostroski and Sampson to battle it out for the final two laps, and Ostroski took the win in the sprint to the line. John Foley came through nearly three minutes back from Ostroski and Sampson to claim the third spot on the podium.

In the Pro Women’s race local New England star Maureen Bruno Roy took the lead in the first lap and never looked back, cruising in for the win ahead of Linnea Koons.

The Amateur Racers

            In addition to the Pros, an estimated 200 amateur racers made the trip to Coyote Hill. Cat. 3, 2, and 1 racers were in the hunt for overall series points and Vermont State Titles. Vermonters taking home 1st place category titles and state titles included Tyler Berliner (Junior Men) and Matt Williams (Cat. 1 Men).

The Saturday Races

            Though Sunday’s XC event was the big draw of the weekend, there were races on Saturday as well. The action kicked off with a short track, which utilized parts of the Coyote Hill Dual Slalom course, some single track, and a number of tough climbs. Matt Green took the hole shot and was quickly joined by Ethan Gilmore and Mike Montalbano. Coming through at the end of the second lap Gilmore and Montalbano had distanced themselves from Green, who hung on alone in third. Behind, a second chase group consisting of Randall Jacobs and Matt Williams was looking to close on Green. Twenty minutes of suffering later and nothing had changed, as Gilmore took the win (and some cash) ahead of Montalbano, with Green hanging on for third.

            Coyote Hill also served as the first round of the Root 66 Hill Climb series. Saturday afternoon’s hill climb results will be added to results from the second two rounds at the end of the season, with polka dot climber’s jerseys awarded to series winners.

            The Root 66 Series will continue next weekend with the Domnarski Farm MTB Race in Ware, MA. For more information on the series visit www.root66raceseries.com.

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