At the conclusion of last year's race I would have bet you $100 that we would never see conditions that good again. Well, I was wrong. A few days of high pressure, an inversion, and cold temps combined to create near perfect conditions for our 2010 Togwotee Winter Classic Race #1 and new course records were set.
1st - Jay Petervary - 2:37:00 (New course record)
2nd - Dave Byers - 2:51:00
3rd - Scott Fitzgerald - 3:31:00
4th - Keith Peters - 3:46:00
5th - Chris "The Viking" Erickson - 4:24:00
6th - Tony Labbe' - 4:30:00
1st - Tracey Petervary - 2:57:00 (New women's record and 3rd overall)
Thanks to everyone who raced and helped to spread the snow bike stoke! Also, thanks to Fitzgerald's Bicycles for providing gift certificates to our top three men and women's winner.
We saw -14F in Moran Junction on the drive up to Togwotee Mountain Lodge but when we pulled into the parking lot at 8am the inversion-driven temp was 4F. Not bad at all.
We had a diverse field of snow bikers including Tony Labbe' who chose to make the Togwotee Winter Classic his first snow bike ride ever. Nice work Tony!
At the gun I tried to catch JayP off guard with an early acceleration but he grabbed my wheel and toyed with me for about 10 minutes before unleashing a furious attack and creating a gap that would only increase throughout the race. Meanwhile, Tracey Petervary rode like the Terminator all day and applied continuous pressure to the very end. Fitzy laid down an impressive performance as well, especially given his "I don't train" approach to racing.
Lastly, the entire field gathered for awards, food, and beverages in the lodge afterwards and relived the day's glorious moments.
A few race pics coming soon. See you March 6th!