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Live Wire Classic: Racing to season’s end at Northstar

Seth Lightcap
Sierra Sun

Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunNathan Brown rails out of a banked corner racing to sixth place in the Sport 17 class of the Live Wire Classic at Northstar-at-Tahoe on Sunday.

The Northstar-at-Tahoe Bike Park hosted its fifth and final downhill mountain bike race of the season Sunday ” the second annual Live Wire Classic.

While sunny skies and tacky trails made for ideal conditions for the much-anticipated last race, it was a bittersweet day for many riders and racers as the event also marked the park’s closing day for the season.

A record 214 racers lined up for the high-flying cycling challenge, taking on the three dozen-some jumps that make up Northstar’s signature Live Wire trail.

Top riders floated over multiple 20-foot-plus table tops, including many hip, step-up and step-down jumps. A relatively smooth trail beside the many take-offs and landings, the Live Wire course rewarded nimble racers who were rock solid in the air and masters of acceleration in the banked corners.

Veteran pro downhiller Tim Krentz from Loomis, Calif., took the title of fastest man of the day. His blazing time of 4:44 blew away the pro men’s competition by more than six seconds. Graeme Pitts took second with a time of 4:50.2, with Marcelo Guiterrrez close behind in third at 4:50.7.

Northstar’s own Asa Salas rolled away with the women’s open class win, flashing the jump line in 5:29.1. Local Christine Kelly was less than two seconds behind Salas, flying in at 5:31. An even smaller margin gave Tenille Smith third with a time of 5:31.7.