Jesse Miller-Smith runner-up in Lake Tahoe Trail 100K
Paul Mach of South Lake Tahoe posted the fastest time out of 195 participants in the Lake Tahoe Trail 100K at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort this past Sunday.
The event was the second of three stops in the Leadville Qualifying Series, and offered 100 starting positions for the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race in Colorado in August.
Northstar’s qualifying race featured two laps on a 33-mile loop, with 4,000 feet of elevation gain per lap. It started at the Village at Northstar and peaked out at the top of Mount Pluto, at around 7,500 feet.
Mach, a 29-year-old member of the Bissell Pro Cycling team, completed the 100-kilometer ride in 4 hours, 2 minutes and 42 seconds, which was less than 2 minutes ahead of runner-up Jesse Miller-Smith of Truckee and the Marc Pro-Strava Racing team, who finished in 4:04:24. Vincent Lombardi from Los Angeles rounded out the top three in 4:12:52.
Julie Young of Truckee was the first woman to finish and was 33rd overall, recording a time of 4:57:43. Karen Jarchow was the second woman (66th overall) in 5:18:36 and Jennifer Girard of Mammoth Lakes was third (76th overall) in 5:23:30.
Another member of the Truckee-based Marc Pro-Strava Racing team, Conrad Snover, came in seventh overall in a time of 4:22:57, while teammate Andy Scott was 23rd in 4:50:36, Matt Chappell, riding a single-speed, was 39th in 5:01:30, and Forrest Huisman was 50th in 5:07:11.
Among other top local finishers, Blake Bockius of Truckee finished 41st on a single-speed in 5:03:08; Mark Henry of Incline Village was 43rd in 5:03:27; David Noble of Incline was 67th in 5:19:10; Andrew Buckley of Truckee was 68th in 5:19:22; Todd Huckins of Truckee was 86th in 5:28:15; Greg Syben of Homewood was 92nd in 5:32:55; Andrew Crisp of Truckee was 93rd in 5:33:28; and Scott Eberhardt of Truckee was 98th in 5:35:16.
A total of 50 riders automatically qualified based on their results in their age category, while another 50 names were drawn randomly among finishers. The number of spots for each category was determined by how many riders were registered in each given age group.
Other races in the Leadville Qualifying Series include the Wilmington/Whiteface 100K in New York and the Crested Butte Alpine Odyssey in Colorado. The Leadville Trail 100 is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13.
For more information about the Leadville Qualifying Series, go to http://leadvillequalifiers.com.