Getting down and dirty

Downhill mountain bike racing returned to the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic this year with a fast and technical course finishing at the Junction Creek Campground. Over 30 men and 11 women competed at all levels. Ryan Sutton, of Gunnison, won the Pro Men’s division with a time of 7:51.51, and Gale Dahlager, of Steamboat Springs, took home the Pro Women’s division title, crossing the finish line at 9:26.60.

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After dropping through the most technical  section of Saturday's course, a rider makes his way toward the finish line.

Slip-sliding away: Expert-class rider Thane Roark, of Durango, comes screeching to a halt after bailing out.  Despite the crash, Roark finished fourth in his division with a time of 8:51:04.

Better safe than sorry: Expert Mike West, of Boulder, makes a mad dash through the most crash-prone section of the course.  His strategy paid off with a third place finish.

Greg Vogt, of Boulder, cleans a technical portion of the course.

Trek Team rider Paul  Smith, of Durango, rehydrates after the day's competition.

Spectators catch a glance of a racer beginning the final descent.

Volunteer Jeremy Howard keeps an eye out for oncoming racers while blowing his whistle to notify spectators to clear the course.

Near miss: Mark Milliken, of Farmington, takes a moment to give thanks for his helmet after taking a spill Saturday afternoon.





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