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Steamboat’s Walz shines at Steamboat Springs Stage Race

Cyclist wins Category 3 criterium Saturday

Steamboat riders Matthew Charity, front, and Barkley Robinson, in yellow, bank a corner Saturday during Stage 1 of the Steamboat Springs Stage Race.
Joel Reichenberger
The lead pack of the top women’s division cut a corner Saturday during the Steamboat Springs Stage Race. Amy Dombrowski surged at the end to win the stage.Joel Reichenberger

— A spectator walking through Meadows Parking Lot turned to one of the volunteers helping control traffic during the second stage of the Steamboat Springs Stage Race and flashed a smile.

“I can’t turn around in this town anymore without seeing a bike race,” she said.

No kidding. Stage race cycling continued to fill Steamboat’s roads Saturday as nearly 300 riders took part in a criterium around the Trailhead Lodge complex in the western half of Steamboat Springs, as part of Stage 1 after Friday’s individual time trial prologue, which took place on River Road.

Saturday featured a full day of racing as racers in each of a dozen classifications got their chance on the 1.4-mile course.

Few locals shined in the event more than men’s Category 3 rider Trevor Walz.

Walz has been a regular at the front of the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series in Steamboat this season and one of the people behind the scenes at the stage race in its first two years.

As preparations came together for the event’s third year, he decided it was time to actually take part, and Saturday he took advantage.

“We’ve always wanted to get to the point where we could actually race our own event, and this year (Corey Piscopo) just said ‘register.’” Walz said. “It was fun. The course itself was a blast.”

Riders said Saturday’s course wasn’t difficult. There was one sustained climb, along a stretch of Mount Werner Road, but even that didn’t amount to much. There were several sharp corners, but nothing an experienced rider couldn’t handle.

What made the difference, competitors said, was in-race strategy and their ability to manage that climb and those turns, small hurdles that in the hands of experts could be used to gain advantages.

“It was a great course with nice fast corners,” Steamboat pro racer Barkley Robinson said.

Walz pushed the pace early in his race but soon fell back into the main pack and waited. He said that patience proved the most difficult aspect of the race, but sticking with the field paid off, and as the end neared, he and another rider surged away from the pack, caught a lone rider who’d previously tried a breakaway, and sprinted toward the finish line.

“It was just the three of us, and I managed to hold them off,” Walz said. “It’s tough to be patient, but in the end that’s what paid off.”

Boulder cyclist Amy Dombrowski won a sprint to the finish among the women’s top classification, and Louisville rider Jesse Goodrich emerged at the head of the pack for the men’s pro division.

The results set up Stage 2, which starts at 8 a.m. Sunday and amounts to either 24-, 55- or 70-mile road races along Routt County Roads 33 and 27.

The top three men’s categories will go 70 miles, starting at noon, while the rest of the competitors will race the 55-mile course, except the juniors, who will race 24 miles.

The day’s layout could be good news for locals familiar with the route.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Robinson said. “It’s a nice, long road race, but there are tough climbs out by the coal mine and by Oak Creek. There are a lot of short, hard climbs, and it will be nice knowing the course and knowing where we’re going.

“There will be a chance to really gain or lose time. It will be the most important stage of all of these. It will be a good chance to move up.”

Saturday’s Stage 1

Wildhorse criterium

(Name, hometown, time)

Top 10 in each category and Steamboat finishers

Junior men and women, ages 15 to 18

1 Sebastian Rodriguez, Boulder, 0:33:27

2 Evan Weinman, Steamboat Springs, 0:33:27

3 Marco Capraro, Denver, 0:33:50

4 Jake Carson Laramie WY, 0:33:50

5 Alec Schaffer, Steamboat Springs, 0:33:50

6 Hunter Callahan, Aspen, 0:33:50

7 Cormac Dunn, Denver, 0:33:50

8 Jake Barker, Steamboat Springs, 0:33:50

9 Sam Peketz, Broomfield, 0:33:50

10 Darius St. James, Watkins, 0:35:00

14 Tanner Heil, Steamboat Springs, 0:35:00

15 Max Scrimgeour, Steamboat Springs, 0:35:19

18 Dane Dixson, Steamboat Springs, 0:36:49

22 Lesley Myller, Steamboat Springs, 0:39:29

Women 45+, 55+, 65+, Category 4

1 Nicole Horst, Boulder, Denver, 0:41:31

2 Jennie Thorne, Avon, 0:41:31

3 Natasha Danko, Boulder, 0:41:31

4 Carla Flores, Pueblo, 0:41:35

5 Booka Smith, Arvada, 0:41:37

6 Katie Lindquist, Steamboat Springs, 0:41:37

7 Rebecca Heck, Boulder, 0:41:43

8 Kendra Tupper, Boulder, 0:41:43

9 Jessica Moidel, Silverthorne, 0:41:54

10 Ann Remmers, Boulder, 0:41:55

11 Jody Gale, Steamboat Springs, 0:41:55

Men 55+, 65+

1 Callen Borgias, Englewood, 0:42:22

2 Kim Workman, Bellvue, 0:42:22

3 Kent Eriksen, Steamboat Springs, 0:42:22

4 David Mulica, Denver, 0:42:22

5 Joe Carcich, Lone Tree, 0:42:25

6 Chris Orton, Fort Collins, 0:42:25

7 Scott Glasscock, Fort Collins, 0:42:26

8 Stephen Bennett, Littleton, 0:42:26

9 Jerry Rome Colorado, Denver, 0:42:31

10 Carl Reed, Fort Collins, 0:42:31

Male 45+

1 Peter Ismert, Denver, 0:48:07

2 Craig Hofer, Kittrede, 0:48:07

3 Keith Brodhagen, Phoenix, AZ, 0:48:08

4 Matt Vawter, Boulder, 0:48:08

5 Jeff Hall, Denver, 0:48:13

6 Michael Hagen, Colorado Springs, 0:48:17

7 Dan Grygier, Highlands Ranch, 0:48:17

8 Marty Albe, Evergreen, 0:48:17

9 David Sherrer, Loveland, 0:48:22

10 Steve Presta, Centennial, 0:48:26

Male 35+, 45+, Category 4

1 Scott Fliegelman, Boulder, 0:49:11

2 Dane Emde, Fort Collins, 0:49:11

3 Jack Jefferies, Avon, 0:49:11

4 Bruce Ostermann, Worland, WY, 0:49:11

5 Derek Teuscher, Longmont, 0:49:11

6 Ken Jones, Edwards, 0:49:11

7 Gregg Tomlinson, Denver, 0:49:11

8 Juan Gutierrez, Denver, 0:49:11

9 Ryan Kerin, Steamboat Springs, 0:49:11

10 Justin Hall, Fort Collins, 0:49:11

16 James Barker, Steamboat Springs, 0:49:17

17 Scott Tanner, Steamboat Springs, 0:49:17

40 Vince Hooper, Steamboat Springs, 0:55:02

Male 35+, Category 3

1 Dennis Farrell, Littleton, 0:54:01

2 Carlos Casali, Golden, 0:54:01

3 Chris Phenicie, Lakewood, 0:54:02

4 Paul Rapinz, Boulder, 0:54:03

5 Jon Cariveau, Steamboat Springs, 0:54:03

6 Dave Cho, Fort Collins, 0:54:03

7 Michael Catterall, Golden, 0:54:03

8 Paul DesRosiers, Boulder, 0:54:03

9 Matt Morgan, Evergreen, 0:54:03

10 Brent Webb, Highlands Ranch, 0:54:03

Men Categories 1 and 2

1 Jesse Goodrich, Louisville, 1:18:41

2 Scott Moninger, Boulder, 1:18:41

3 Rory Kelly, Boulder, 1:18:41

4 Garrett Suydam, Parker, 1:18:41

5 Jake Wells, Avon, 1:18:41

6 Colby Pearce, Boulder, 1:18:55

7 Steve Tilford, 1:18:55

8 Brian Schaning, Boulder, 1:18:55

9 Daniel Harm, Seattle, WA, 1:18:55

10 Hill Brian, Greenville, SC, 1:18:55

17 Barkley Robinson, Steamboat Springs, 1:18:55

32 Matthew Charity, Steamboat Springs, 1:20:30

Men Category 3

1 Trevor Walz, Steamboat Springs, 1:00:32

2 Ty Tuttle, Fort Collins, 1:00:32

3 John Noonan, Evergreen, 1:00:32

4 Jay Kocks, Lakewood, 1:00:48

5 Tony DaGiau, Louisville, 1:00:48

6 Paul Shumate, Boulder, 1:00:48

7 Brian Holcombe, Fort Collins, 1:00:48

8 Gabriel Bershenyi, Boulder, 1:00:48

9 Luke McConnell, Boulder, 1:00:48

10 Ian McPherson, Boulder, 1:00:48

Men Category 4

1 John Klish, Eagle, 0:42:45

2 Samuel Chovan, Steamboat Springs, 0:42:45

3 Ben Campbell, Boulder, 0:42:45

4 Aaron Neiderhiser, Denver, 0:42:45

5 Daniel Ebner, Castle Rock, 0:42:45

6 Brian Lehman, Denver, 0:42:45

7 Shane MacDowell, Peru, MA, 0:42:45

8 Jerry Natale, Litleton, 0:42:45

9 Keith Bailey, Denver, 0:42:45

10 Scott Larson, Boulder, 0:42:45

11 Timothy Nylen, Steamboat Springs, 0:42:45

27 Eddie Rogers, Steamboat Springs, 0:44:28

Women 35+, Categories 1, 2, 3

1 Amy Dombroski, Boulder, 0:59:27

2 Nicole Duke, Boulder, 0:59:27

3 Kasey Clark, Lafayette, 0:59:27

4 Alisabe Thurston-Hicks, Canon City, 0:59:34

5 Amy Charity, Steamboat Springs, 0:59:34

6 Angela Cognets, Golden, 0:59:34

7 Catherine Johnson, Boulder, 0:59:57

8 Rebecca Blatt, Lakewood, 1:00:42

9 Andrea Koenig, Denver, 1:00:45

10 Melanie Wong, Avon, 1:00:45

— To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email

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