Eszter Horanyi finishes in a record 6 days, 5 Hours, 27 Minutes
Crested Butte's Ethan Passant (Alpine Orthopaedics) finished the 2010 Colorado Trail Race on Friday Aug 6 in a time of 4 Days, 13 Hours, and 43 Minutes, marking his second victory at the self supported, 493-mile mountain bike race. In her first attempt at the grueling race accross Colorado's high country, Eszter Horanyi has shattered the women's course record by nearly twelve hours.
As of posting time, only Seven riders of the 39 starters have crossed the finish line at the Juncion Creek trail head near Durango, Colo. Jesse Jakomait finished second, just 1 Hour, and 12 minutes behind Passant while Jeffe Branham of Gunnison, Colo. finished thrid in 5 Days, 2 Hours.
The rules of the Colorado Trail Race are simple. Riders must complete the course entirely under their own power with no support from others. They can utilize resources along the way, buying supplies at stores or restaurants if they choose to.
To ride the 493 miles in winning time, riders must continue to make forward progress upwards of 15 Hours each day, taking catnaps on the side of the trail throughout the night. Needless to say, attrition rates are high. As of press time, 20 of the starters have already called it quits includiing last years second place finisher Dough Johnson. Monsoon season drenched the Colorado Rockies all week and the Gnarly, wet weather likely played a roll is the attrition.
Stay tuned here for more updates or go to the official Track Leader website to see realtime positions of the riders on course (they are wearing Spot tracking GPS devices).
|Ethan Passant enjoying himself en route.||A rider pushed up the last stretch of Fooses Creek Trail to gain the Contintental Divide during the 2010 Colorado Trail Race.|
Additional Images by Chris Miller
| The Crested Butte crew- ethan, tim, matt, eszter, and myself ||Matt Steinwand and kurt overcome the monsoon by topping out searle pass late in the evening. ||Mat and Kurt reach for Kokomo Pass under evening alpenglo|