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Local cyclist wins professional road race

— Despite hail, rain and windy conditions, Steamboat Springs’ Barkley Robinson won the 73-mile, Pro 1-2 division of Saturday’s Gore Pass Road Race in 3 hours, 29 minutes, 54 seconds.

“This was my first road race win at this level, and it was awesome to get my first win on my home turf,” Robinson said, pointing to his strategy of riding hard for the entire race in a two-man breakaway to hold off the peloton, the pack of lead cyclists. He finally dropped his breakaway opponent in the final climb.

“I had my teammates back in the peloton that made it possible, covering moves, chasing other breakaways,” Robinson said of the five-member crew from his Rio Grande/Sports Garage team that supported his breakaway finish.



“To win a Pro 1-2 race in Colorado takes so much more than riding five to six days a week and racing every weekend throughout the summer,” said Joe Sternberg, local participant in the race and former pro road racer. “One must eat, drink and sleep the sport. … I have seen thousands of riders in my days in the peloton, and very few have what it takes, and Bark is one of those few.”

Robinson said he was proud to see locals who turned out, including several junior racers from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s cycling team.



“This course had it all,” Sternberg said. “Long climbs, altitude, fast, dangerous descents, flat cross-wind sections – not to mention, it rained all day with tire spray in your face. It was epic.”


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