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Holcomb finishes Iron Horse with victory on his mountain bike – The Durango Herald

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Johnson wins pro men’s race

Ruth Holcomb takes an early lead and won’t let it go Monday in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic women’s pro mountain bike race. (Cody Olivas/Durango Herald)

Ruth Holcomb raced from Durango to Silverton on Saturday, in the Roostmaster on Sunday, then in the Subaru ATV race on Monday at this year’s Iron Horse Bicycle Classic.

“Honestly, I felt pretty good,” said Holcomb, who rides for the Bear national team. “I was worried my legs would be tired, but they actually got better.”

In the women’s pro race on Monday, she led from start to finish to cap her weekend with a first-place finish. She won the three-lap, 21-mile mountain bike race in 1 hour, 53 minutes, 0.7 seconds.

Bailey Cioppa competes in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic women’s professional mountain bike race on Monday. Cioppa would finish second. (Cody Olivas/Durango Herald)

“It feels really good,” she said. “I had a not-so-great race on Saturday, so it feels good to bring it home today.”

Bear National Team’s Bailey Cioppa, also racing his third race in three days, was second in 1:56:21.5. Team Segment 28’s Lauren Aggeler sped past third in 1:57:14.9.

Brayden Johnson crosses the finish line first to win the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic men’s professional mountain bike race on Monday. (Cody Olivas/Durango Herald)

In the men’s pro race, Brayden Johnson of the Bear National Team earned his second win in two days. After winning the Roostmaster on Sunday, Johnson held off Specialized’s Howard Grotts and TWL’s Todd Wells to win the 21-mile race in 1:34:20.7.

Cody Cupp leads Howard Grotts, Stephan Davoust, Brayden Johnson and Todd Wells toward the end of the first lap of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic men’s professional mountain bike race on Monday. (Cody Olivas/Durango Herald)

“I felt great,” Johnson said. “I had some confidence from last night and my legs weren’t too bad.”

Johnson was part of a group of eight riders who were all together after one lap, including Grotts, Wells, Stephan Davoust, Cody Cupp, Ivan Sippy, Robbie Day and Cobe Freeburn.

Cody Cupp leads the pro men’s Iron Horse Bicycle Classic field out of the gates on Monday. (Cody Olivas/Durango Herald)

By the end of the second lap, Johnson, Grotts and Wells had separated from the peloton.

“I felt like I could ride at a pretty steady pace and some people were giving up,” said Grotts, who was racing his first race of the year.

“My goal was to stay patient this race and sit in the top two or three wheels,” said Johnson, who has competed in the U23 World Cup this season. “I waited for the last lap to attack.”

Johnson started to separate on lap three, but then slid around a corner and crashed, allowing Grotts to catch up and force a sprint to the finish.

Johnson, however, was able to recover and hold off Grotts to win the race by 13 seconds while Wells moved past third at 24 seconds.

“In the end, Brayden definitely had more power,” Grotts said. “But all together, I’m definitely happy.”

“I was thinking over there, those guys really know what they’re doing,” Johnson said. “It’s super cool to run with these guys and beat them.”

Davoust was fourth, 1:53 in 1:36:14.4, followed by Cupp (+2:16), Sippy (+2:45), Day (+3:37), Freeburn (+4:31) Jonathan Anderson (+5:36) and Beckett Ledger in 10th (+6:33).

On Monday, Betty Holcomb competes in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic women’s junior mountain bike race. Holcomb would win his division. (Cody Olivas/Durango Herald)

In the junior women’s 14 and under 7-mile race, Betty Holcomb won in 42:25.8, followed by Tilia Clausen (46:29.8) and Weslie Winebarger (53:47.7).

Riley Huston and Mayzee Lipps faced off in the Junior Women’s Division 15-18 in two rounds, and Huston won by nearly eight minutes clocking 1:28:51.3.

Brittany Cowan beat Emma Jordan in the women’s two-lap race 19-34 in 1:25:22.4.

Blair Matlock leads Katherine Waage, Jessica Wood and others in the 35-44 women’s mountain bike race at the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic on Monday. Wood would win the race. (Cody Olivas/Durango Herald)

In the women’s 35-44 division, Jessica Wood won the 14-mile race in 1:28:30.1. Katherine Waage took second place 1:10 later and Blair Matlock moved past third (+1:42).

Carolyn Feller won the two-lap race in the women’s division 55-64 in 1:44:59.5.

In the junior men’s one-lap race, Johan Souders took the checkered flag in 41:41.5. Charles Zuhoski was second in 42:10.6 and Riley Grimes was third in 46:56.2.

Keegan Field won the two-lap junior men’s race in 1:09.21.6, finishing just five seconds ahead of Ian Feistner. Liam Bezek crossed third place in 1:10:56.5.

In the men’s 19-34 category, Sean Perry won the three-lap race in 1:54:51.8. Niko Skievaski (1:57:185) took second place and Maxwell Jordan (1:57:53.4) moved past third.

Travis Woodruff won the two-lap race in the men’s division 35-44 in 1:11:37.0. Michael Grajeda took second place (+1:45) and Kevin Jacobi (+3:57) took third place.

Michael West won the two-lap men’s race 45-54 in 1:14:47.3. Gene Hilton took second place 41 seconds later and Gregory Strokes moved into third place 1:13 behind West.

Andy Fox won the men’s division 55-64, completing two laps in 1:27:51.1. Charles Brown was second in 1:28:44.4 and Kevin Barton passed third in 1:29:20.5.

Jan Bear, meanwhile, won the 65-plus men’s race after completing two laps in 1:32:49.8. Michael Hicks took second in 1:46:08.5 and David Rakita crossed third in 2:04:13.6.

Full results at https://my.raceresult.com/203875/.

“It’s always fun to race here,” Johnson said. “There are some super talented riders here and there’s no better training than tearing up with Olympians.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever smiled so much in a mountain bike race,” said Ruth Holcomb.

Holcomb and Grotts also said they liked this year’s course, which did not include Telegraph, better than last year’s.

On Monday, Ruth Holcomb took the lead in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic women’s pro mountain bike race. (Cody Olivas/Durango Herald)

Brittany Cowen crosses the finish line to win the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic women’s race 19-34 on Monday. (Cody Olivas/Durango Herald)

Cooper Wells, 8, competes in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Under-14 Junior Mountain Bike Race. Wells would place fourth. (Cody Olivas/Durango Herald)

Andy Fox battled his way to a first-place finish in the 55-64 men’s mountain bike race at the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic on Monday. (Cody Olivas/Durango Herald)

Travis Woodruff, right, takes an early lead and never lets go in the 35-44 men’s mountain bike race at the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic on Monday. (Cody Olivas/Durango Herald)

Howard Grotts leads Todd Wells and Brayden Johnson toward the end of their second round of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic men’s professional mountain bike race on Monday. (Cody Olivas/Durango Herald)

Cody Cupp leads Howard Grotts, Stephan Davoust, Brayden Johnson and Todd Wells toward the end of the first lap of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic men’s professional mountain bike race on Monday. (Cody Olivas/Durango Herald)