The race began on County Road 50, a few miles west of Fraser, and finished at the Winter Park Resort. All start groups from Pro to Beginner raced the entire 25 mile course, which allowed racers to see how their finishing time stacked up to the top pro racers in the State. We had ten Feedback Sports racers (in various start groups) out at 10:00am for a chilly start to what turned out to be a great day for mountain biking.
Race photos are courtesy of Annette Hayden and Mountain Moon Photography.
Racing in the Pro category were Lisa Hudson, Tim Allen and Ross Delaplane. Lisa finished on the podium with a 3rd place finish, while Tim and Ross finished 7th and 12th respectively in the 24 racer Pro Men's field.
Rob Batey had a great race in the Expert 35-39 class, finishing second, just a fraction of a second away from taking the win!
Also coming through with strong finishes in the Expert class were Mike Schaub in 5th, Doug Hudson in 7th, Steve Warfel in 8th, Will Allen in 8th and Doug Meegan in 15th.
As the Tipperary Creek/King of the Rockies race was the last race of the season at Winter Park, overall series awards were calculated and given out. Series championship awards were determined based on each rider's best 5 race finishes (out of the 7 race series). Four Feedback Sports racing team members garnered podium finishes for the 2012 season at Winter Park!
Tim Allen finished in a tie for first place in the Pro Men's category for the season. He did that with three race wins at Winter Park; the Hillclimb, the Valley point-to-point XC and the Grand Park short track. Congratulations!
In the Pro Women's category, Lisa Hudson finished in second place! She did that with consistent high finishes in all five Winter Park races that she entered this year.
Will Allen was a terror in the Expert Men's 30-34 category at Winter Park in 2012, with 3 podium finishes in the five races that he did. That put Will in second place in the season standings! Nice job for a first timer at Winter Park.
Mike Schaub had a super consistent season at Winter Park in 2012, completing six races with two podium placings and top 5 finishes in all. Mike finished in third place in the Expert Men's 50+ overall standings for the year.
As the 2012 season came to an end at Winter Park, racers and friends enjoyed some excellent food and beverages under the Feedback tent, while trading stories about the great season that just concluded. But, there was no rest for the weary as cross season was just around the corner . . .