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Sunday, September 12, 2010

steamboat springs stage race 2010 - Ski & Bike Care criterium



you know that the promoter is putting on a quality event when it attracts top-tier riders such as Pete Stetina and a few of his Garmin-Transitions team mates. there was at least one representative of the Trek/LiveStrong development team in attendance as well, along with plenty of local Colorado fast guys.

not too bad for only the 2nd year of the event.



and i have to add that this old dog is happy that he decided to "kick back on the porch", so to speak, with the 45 open division instead of racing category for this event. this field was pretty well stacked.



Dirk Friel (on right, Natural Grocers) and local hometown hero Barkley Robinson sporting the Orange Peel colors take to the start of the SM Pro 1-2 division.



Barkley had earlier vowed to lay down some pain during the middle of the race. the many local fans in attendance were eagerly anticipating the action.







Barks holds true to his word and launches a vicious attack. when he went by the start/finish on the first lap of his flyer, the announcer almost missed it because dude was going so damn fast.



his move draws the attention of several strong riders including Brad Winn, Trevor Connor, Dirk Friel and Jake Wells







after several laps, the break has been made and the bunch seems content not to chase too hard. this is the move that is going to decide the race.


the instigator eventually feels the heat of the brutal tempo at the front and is sent back to the pelican by the breakaway group.



chapeau, Barkley. you get the AYC "most combative rider award" for the day.







cagey veteran Dirk Friel (jr) attacks the breakaway group and takes a well deserved solo win.

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