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
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
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.
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
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.