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Mountain bikers converge in Dolores for Boggy Draw Beat Down races

The Boggy Draw Beat Down mountain bike race was held Saturday in Dolores. (Courtesy Dolores Chamber of Commerce)
Cortez rider gets a win; several Durango riders nab first place

The newly organized Boggy Draw Beat Down mountain bike races in Dolores attracted 163 racers Saturday, and set a new course record.

Cortez rider Max Johnson took first place in the 18-mile course with a time of 1:17:44. He held off second-place finisher Bradley Lamoreaux by 36 seconds. Third went to Lane Turner, of Morrison.

In the women’s 18-miler, Janice Emmets of Gypsum came in first at 1:37:17, and Evalynn Skiba was second at 1:40:36.

In the 13-mile race, Jovian Brown of Montrose crossed the line first and beat the course record with a time of 55:11:40. The previous record was 58 minutes, 7 seconds set by Ethan Bergdolt last year.

Second place went to Raul Soto of Cortez, with a time of 59:37:36. Cash Garrett of Aztec came in third with a time of 1:02:18.

In the women’s 13-miler, Kristin Camire of Durango crossed the finished line in 1:05:21, just four seconds ahead of Rebecca Flinders. Laura Mosser of Dolores was third.

For the 60-mile endurance race, Guy Leshem of Durango came in first with a time of 4:08:50. Rotem Ishay came in second and Nathan Miller was in third.

In the women’s, Tristen Musselman, of Durango, took first place with a time of 5:41:38, and Natalya Polukoff, of Salt Lake City, came in second.

In the 33-mile race, Ivan Sippy of Durango took first with a time of 2:16:34. Beckett Ledger came in second, and Kolben Preble was third.

In the women’s 33-miler, Ruby Ryan of Grand Junction was first with 2:32:14. Paige Hauptmann of Montrose was second, and Lauren Hall of Dolores was third.

First-, second- and third-place finishers for men and women earned $100, $75, and $50, respectively for the 60-mile and 33-mile races. Top finishers in other categories received hydration packs from Osprey, and trophies.

Max Johnson of Cortez won the 18-mile Boggy Draw Beat Down mountain bike race Saturday in Dolores. Bradley Lamoreaux, (left) of Pagosa Springs, was second, and Lane Turner of Morrison was third. (Courtesy John Taveira)

The Boggy Beat Down became a USA Cycling sanctioned race, meaning competitors can earn points towards national rankings. It utilizes trails on the San Juan National Forest with views overlooking McPhee Reservoir.

This year the race became independent from its previous time slot during Escalante Days to allow for room to grow.

The annual race is a fundraiser for the Dolores Rotary Club. About $10,000 was raised, said race organizer and rotarian Susan Lisak. The money is donated back to the community for a variety of causes, including scholarships for students.

“It was good to see everyone out. It was a little smokey, but everything went smoothly and people had a good time,” Lisak said.

In a fun twist to not forget the back of the pack, a $100 prize donated by Rustic Style furniture was awarded to the second to last rider in the 13-mile race, who was the father of a family riding together.

The race is organized by the Dolores Rotary, Dolores Chamber of Commerce, Town of Dolores, Southwest Colorado Cycling Association, and Kokopelli Bike and Board.