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9th Mike Horgan Hill Climb
Boulder, CO, July 10, 2004
Classic course delivers classy winners
By Marc Gullickson
The 9th Annual Mike Horgan Hill Climb lived up to its reputation as one of Colorado's toughest climbing tests. The race took competitors up the newly paved Sugarloaf road and finished just outside of Nederland, high above the start in Boulder, Colorado. Michael Carter (Colorado Velo-Denver) and Ann Trombley (Excel Sports), two of the areas most accomplished climbers, won the Elite Men's and Women's races and took home the majority of the $1,200.00 purse up for grabs.
The Elite Men set out from Boulder on what Mike Carter would later describe as "a perfect day for racing on a classic Colorado climb". As soon as the neutral start was over, John Tarkington (Vitamin Cottage) threw down his typical " from the gun" attack but with the field fresh and eager to race everyone was together at the base of Sugarloaf road and the start of the serious climbing. Danny Pate (Health Net) was the first to attack and a small selection was immediately made. By the time a slow starting Travis Brown (Trek Volkswagen) had bridged to this group, Carter had already established his race-winning gap. "
I missed Danny's move and when I finally got up there Mike was up the road" said a clearly frustrated Brown. In their effort to reel in Carter, Pate and Brown eventually shed the last of this elite group. A delighted Carter, who won this race 7 years ago in 1997, crossed the line with a comfortable 16 second lead over Pate who out kicked Brown to take second. Jonathan Baker (Pro Peloton) and Johan Levin (Intermountain Color) both had strong rides holding on to 4th and 5th place respectively.
In the Elite Women's race, Ann Trombley once again showed the dominant form that has won her so many titles this year. Completing the same grueling course as the men, the women's field would have a difficult time containing Trombley, a member of the 1996 Olympic Mountain Bike Team. On her favorite terrain, steep sustained climbing, Trombley opened a comfortable gap and using her Mountain Bike skills, cemented her lead on the rolling dirt road leading to the finish. Trombley was joined on the podium by a hard charging Julie Emmerman who beat Michelle Kiesanowiski (Horn by NZ) in the final sprit for second.
With the Mike Horgan Hill Climb being one of the premier events on the BAR/BAT calendar, local teams came out in force vying for valuable points toward the season long BAR/BAT overall competition. Boulder Racing's Brian Hludzinski was pleased with the strong turnout for the race saying "Everyone loves this climb and I got a lot of positive feedback on the newly paved Sugarloaf Road. There were way fewer flat tires than last year". For complete race results please visit www.boulderracing.com.
1 Michael Carter (Colorado Velo) 1.06.13 2 Danny Pate (HealthNet/Maxxis) 0.16 3 Travis Brown (JDR-Trek/VW) 0.18 4 Jonathan Baker (Pro Peloton Racing) 1.16 5 Johan Levin (Intermountain Color) 1.40 6 Blake Caldwell (TIAA-CREF/5280) 2.08 7 Dirk Friel (Vitamin Cottage Cycling Team) 2.14 8 Jon Tarkington (Vitamin Cottage Cycling Team) 2.15 9 Sam Horn (Intermountain Color) 10 Marc Gullickson (Excel)
Local results 2004