Lance Armstrong is First at Crested Butte Alpine Odyssey

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 1, 2011 9:22 am

MT. CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – On Sunday, July 31, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) and the towns of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte hosted one of three mountain bike races held across the nation to qualify athletes for the Leadville Trail 100 race in Leadville, Colo. on August 13, 2011.  The Crested Butte Alpine Odyssey (AO) had an outstanding turnout with over 270 racers and a last minute entry from the great Lance Armstrong, 7-time winner of the Tour de France, Leadville Trail 100 winner and cancer survivor. With over 300 people cheering on racers, Armstrong came across the finish line first for yet another victory.

Armstrong won the race by three seconds, beating Greg Krause of Littleton, Colofrado with a time of 4:32:21 after the 63 miles with a snow field of 200 yards in length and over 7,500 feet of vertical climbing.  After leading the race for most of the day, local racer Travis Scheefer who was racing for Team Alpine Orthopaedics, took third overall with a time of 4:33:48.

Yesterday, Armstrong announced via a Twitter message, that he was heading to Crested Butte to race in the Alpine Odyssey, providing an exciting surprise to race organizers and racers alike. The race proceeded flawlessly, with beautiful weather, strong competition, and well-organized volunteers and staff.

“Beyond psyched with how the race went today,” said Dave Ochs, Alpine Odyssey race director, after the conclusion of a long day of racing and months of organizing the event. “The special “tweet” yesterday definitely heightened the awareness of the event,” added Ochs. “All in all, everything went perfectly; racers coming through the finish with smiles on their faces tell us we did a good job, and they had a lot of fun; that’s what went on today. We hope to see all of the racers back in paradise again soon, and look forward to hosting next year’s event.”

Rebecca Rusch of Ketchum, Idaho, two-time champion of the Leadville Trail 100 (LT100) and women’s LT100 course record holder, led the women across the finish line with a time of 4:51:37. Jennifer Smith of Crested Butte, Colorado and Team Alpine Orthopaedics took second finishing in 4:54:39 and Jari Kirkland of Crested Butte, Colorado with Team Alpine Orthopaedics came in third with a time of 5:08:41.

“We extend our congratulations to all of the racers for coming to Crested Butte to test themselves on such a challenging course,” said Daren Cole, vice president of sales and marketing for CBMR. “The altitude, the course design, and the level of riding all made for a great event that mimics what the Leadville Trail 100 is famous for. The racing was intense, the crowds were great and the crew that put the entire event together was outstanding. The race would not have been such a success otherwise,” added Cole.

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