Steamboat riders place 2nd in Winter Park downhill event |

Steamboat riders place 2nd in Winter Park downhill event

Local team races in downhill event

Bret Quigley speeds down a trail at Winter Park during the Red Bull Final Descent 12 Hours of Downhill. Quigley and teammates Hazen Kreis, Joseph Love and Keith Derrickson placed second in the team division.
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— Keith Derrickson and Bret Quigley thought racing in the Red Bull Final Descent 12 Hours of Downhill in Winter Park sounded like a good time when they picked up a flier earlier this summer.

But until Saturday, they never dreamed they might actually win the event.

“Keith and I both have season passes to Winter Park,” Quigley said Monday evening. “When we saw a flier promoting the event, we thought it sounded like fun, and we decided to give it a try.”

The two Steamboat Springs riders teamed up with Hazen Kreis and Joseph Love to form a team for the race, which took place in Winter Park on Saturday. They didn’t win their division, but they were pretty close.

The Steamboat riders completed 37 laps to place second, just five minutes behind the winning team of Blake Webber, Sam Powers and Michael Malone. Both teams completed 37 laps, but the title goes to the team with the best time.

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The race drew riders from across the state and included solo pro and expert, duo pro and expert and team divisions. The field included 47 entrants, and the Steamboat team placed 10th in the overall results that included every division.

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