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Truckee local first in expert race

Truckee local Scott Philips took first place as an expert in the Point to Point Adventure Race in the Downieville Downhill Mountain Bike Festival Aug. 10 with a time of two hours and five minutes. Philips was one out of roughly 30 other riders in the expert class.

Philips climbed nine miles and approximately 2,000 vertical feet before reaching Packer Saddle from Sierra City.

“The climb afforded a lot of opportunities for passing,” Philips said. “I was the first expert to the top and fifth overall.”

On the descent two pros passed Philips but one flatted-out, he said.

Presented by Wilderness Trail Bikes, the Downieville Downhill Mountain Bike Festival offered two races, the Point to Point Adventure Race and the Downieville Downhill.

The Point to Point Adventure Race was a cross-country race 29 miles long, which began in Sierra City and ended in Downieville.

“The Downieville Classic offers the biggest elevation drop as well as the biggest climb of any race around,” said Mathew Coulter, an event organizer. “It’s also one of the last point to point races left. Most races now are circuit courses, but this race is unique.”

Philips finished the race riding the same course as the Downhill course, which involves difficult terrain, stream crossings, and several small climbs.

The race ended in Downieville with a celebration that included three bands, a beer garden with 12 kegs, a river jump and, of course, a party.

“I took a swim in the river afterword,” Philips said, “and enjoyed the accommodations of the festival.”

For more information about the Downieville Downhill Bike Festival and for a complete list of times see http://www.yubaexpeditions .com.

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