continued Gered Dunne (White River Junction, Vt.) tried to keep up with Cogburn for the first 30-plus miles, but gave up the chase and finished second in 4:11:14.22.
“It’s a ‘roadie’ kind of race, but there are some really nice single-track sections to spread it out,” Dunne remarked. “The downhills are fast and they really make you focus, it’s still a mountain bike race in the end, this is great.”
Dereck Treadwell (Topsham, Maine) rounded out the top three cyclists in the men’s field. Treadwell finished in 4:11:40.96
Six-time LT100 champion David Wiens (Gunnison, Colo.) was also in the lead pack, but he couldn’t keep up with the pace set by Cogburn and finished fourth.
“With that group, I got dropped on the steep pavement on the Jay Mountain Road,” added the mud covered Wiens, whose finish time was 4:12:43.97. “On all the climbs I could barely hang on and it was Cameron and Billy Demong who were pushing really hard. Then when Cameron went off by himself, nobody wanted any part of that I don’t think.”
Demong (Vermontville) crossed the finish line in eighth place. The 2010 Olympic Nordic combined gold and silver medalist finished in 4:23:51.22.
Last year, Crystal Anthony (Beverly, Mass.) lost to Rebecca Rusch (Ketchum, Id.) by 19 minutes. Sunday, she beat the four-time women’s Leadville champion by almost eight minutes.
“Crystal and I have been racing together for two years now. She had a good race and I had an okay race,” added Rusch, who finished in a time of 4:49:50.46. Anthony was clocked in 4:42:00.71. “I’m so happy when this women’s field gets stronger, stronger and stronger, it’s good for everybody. Second is not the first loser.”
Rhonda Stickle (Barrie, Ontario) was the women’s third place racer. She crossed the finish line at the base of the Olympic mountain in 5:00:50.73.
One-hundred of Sunday’s athletes are now making plans to race in the Aug. 10 LT100. Fifty of the LT100 qualifying spots were awarded based on performance in each division for men and women, and the other 50 were distributed randomly from a pool of all racers, who finished under the maximum cutoff time, which was eight hours.