Local riders earn a few state titles at SolVista in series race

Leonard, Robertson, Hatalsky and Riepe lead charge

Go Big Mountain Sports Gravity Team had a standout showing at the Sol Survivor mountain bike races in SolVista Basin Ski Resort Friday through Sunday, August 1-3.



Team coaches Kain Leonard and Christian Robertson stepped up to the podium, as did team rider Stephanie Hatalsky.
The race attracted some of the top names in the gravity and endurance events, with the winners crowned the Colorado State Champions.
Leonard is in third place in the overall gravity series standings among pro men, placing third in the downhill at SolVista.
Robertson maintained his first place in the overall gravity points series in his class with a first-place finish in the downhill expert class ages 30-39 and a fourth-place showing in the dual slalom age class 30+.
It was Robertson’s fourth trip to the podium in the downhill in as many races.
Hatalsky has been racing downhill in the Mountain States Cup since 2004 with one title to her name and is knocking on the door once again.
Hatalsky is holding strong in second place overall in the women’s pro division for the gravity series, taking second place in the downhill at SolVista.
Other local results of note in the gravity events came from Crested Butte Monkey Posse rider Kevin Bates who took fifth place in the expert men age class 25-29 and Heath Nold who came in seventh place in the Super D men’s age class 19-29.
Local cross-country racers brought home the most Colorado State Champions titles to the valley. Brian Riepe won the cross-country single speed race to take the Colorado State title in that category.
Brick Oven/Crested Butte Builders (BO/CBB) rider Travis Scheefer won the men’s expert class ages 19-29 cross-country event for his very own state title.
Other BO/CBB riders posted solid results as well. Will Curry took fourth place in the Junior Expert class and is in second place in the overall points series and Tim Curry finished 15th in the expert class ages 19-29.
The next mountain states cup series race for the gravity riders is the Snowmass G3 Friday through Sunday, August 8-10. The next stop for cross-country race series will be the Eldora Escape August 23-24.

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