First up was the Bristol Mile in Colorado Springs, CO. This inaugural downhill mile (it was cancelled in 2012 due to the bad air quality caused by the Waldo Canyon Fire) was held on Cheyenne Blvd with a gradual descent of approximately 84 feet over one mile. Neil "Big McD" McDonagh ran a smart race and moved up to finish in 4th place overall in the Elite Men's race, clocking a 4:05.2, setting the new Team Colorado Mile Record!
|Big McD gettin' it done with a 4:05.2 photo: PikePeakSports.us|
We caught an interview with Gute before the race. He showed us his heelies!
Gute shouldn't have worn those heelies. Here is what he said post-race.
(correction: the shoes were the Hoka Bondi Speed--sorry for any confusion!)
What we can say is that Gute probably has the fastest mile ever run in pair of Hokas!
The race victory went to a Sudanese emigree named Dey Dey...yep, that is it: Dey. Dey. He ran 3:53.7. You can't argue with that!
Men's Elite Race
21 & Over Men's Race
Bristol Mile Results
Mont Blanc Marathon
Out in Chamonix, France, Team Colorado's Alex "Axel" Nichols took on the strong European in the Mont Blanc Marathon. Representing Team Inov-8 (and the USA, of course) Axel battled the likes of Killian Jornet, Marco DeGasperi, Luis Alberto Hernando, and other great athletes with ø's in their name, to finish 7th overall with a time of 3:48:54.
Coloradan Stevie Kremer took the women's top honor running 4:03:16
|Starting in the streets of Chamonix...Axel is in his zen phase photo: Nadine Davies|
|Axel showing off his snow-run-off-jumping-skills Photo: Matthew Brown|
|Axel finishing through the small streets of Chamonix, France photo: Nadine Davies|
|Axel's kickin' it, Mont Blanc style photo: Matthew Brown|
Mont Blanc Results
Best of luck to Justin Ricks as he prepares to represent the Team Colorado (and the USA) at the IAU World Trail Championships in Wales. Justin, don't get suck in any bogs!
Special thanks to John Steinbeck for the idea to the title post...our story is much less depressing, though!
Congratulations to friend of Team Colorado, Whittier College graduate and new National Champion (Mexico-Steeplechase), Luis Ibarra. Feliz Cupleaños! Corre por la pista muy rápido mi amigo y saltar obstáculos como un caballo. Órale vato!
Congrats to Alex on representing well over in Chamonix among stiff competition.ReplyDelete
Some commentary on the Bristol Mile...
*what a difference in form between Dey Dey (very smooth) and James Burns (wheels coming off) when Dey Dey passed him.
*Gerald "G-Man" Romero went out like it was a 400m race!
*Mike Stephens (aka "Caveman") is a legitimate talent at that distance. He could easily lose 20 lbs and give 4:10(maybe better) a real shot next year. 4:28 is impressive nonetheless
*Peter, great job getting that footage and providing incredible perspective. Putting the bike to good use :-)