Truckee man wins overall title in 25-29 age group
Truckee’s veteran Xterra racer Conrad Snover swept the field in the REAL Mountain Bike Triathlon Nissan Xterra Point Series held at Folsom Lake, Calif., last weekend, outracing his closest competitor by 32 seconds to win the overall title with a race time of 1:44:28.
“It was a really great race to start the season,” he said. “The bike course was really fun and challenging, with lots of really sharp turns to the left and right.” Snover was challenged when he was leading the pack and fell while trying to pass in what he called the “wrong place.”
“On my second lap, I was passing some folks on their first lap and fell down in front of them,” he said. “It was a really quick fall, and I just hopped back up on my bike, but the second-place guy passed me and I spent the rest of the race trying to catch him.”
Chris Schulze beat Snover to the run transition by 36 seconds, but Snover’s determination and power up the hills allowed him to catch up when it counted most.
“At the half-way point, I passed him on the uphill and put some distance on him,” he said. “Then there was a really brutal hill; it was really hard to keep racing up the steep hill. But I figured I’d just go for it because I was sure there’d be a recovery afterward. I put a lot of distance on him and cruised the rest of the race to the finish line.”
Incline racer Ross McMahan took third in the men’s 30-34 age group, despite a bad crash on the mountain bike and an oversized wet suit in the choppy Folsom Lake in the swim portion.
“I definitely have a lot of work to do on the bike, but I felt good for this time of the year,” he said. “It was my first race on my new bike, shifting with XTR components is different that shifting with my old system. In a pressure situation, it wasn’t instinct.”
McMahan’s just-get-up-and-go-for-it instincts kicked in when he took a tough spill five minutes from the end of the course.
“It was the first crash ever I took where I was going really fast,” he said. “I was going down a gradual downhill, and I didn’t even know what happened, but all of the sudden my bike was out from under me. I was kind of seeing stars, and it was really hard to keep my balance for the rest of the race. But I got back on my bike and made it to the transition.”
McMahan made up time in his run to finish in 1:52:09.
The top female racer for the basin went to Incline’s Sarah Calva, who doubles as McMahan’s main training partner. Calva took fifth overall for the women and third in the women’s 30-34 age group.
“I felt like I had a really rough race,” she said. Calva also overcame a fall on the bike when her pedal hit a rock on the second lap. She launched off the bike to pass three women on the run and finish strong.
“Since I’ve been running with Ross, my running has really improved,” Calva said. “I just got off my bike and ran as fast as I could and passed three women, which was great because while I was down from my fall I was passed by two women, so I felt like I had a lot to make up on the run. Ross is making me a runner.”
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