Wallace wraps up three-day solo TransRockies with victory

Don't look down.

Don't look down. (Image credit: Dan Hudson / TransRockies)

Colin Kerr seemed to race to a win in the final stage three of the TR3, a three-day solo version of the TransRockies on Tuesday. However, Kerr's win wasn't truly a win. While riding in second place in the open men's division, Kerr inadvertently shortcut the course and passed the first place rider Cory Wallace - as well as the first place overall team, Rocky Mountain. Kerr was penalized 10 minutes, which dropped him to third for the stage.

Behind, Wallace and Roddi Lega (Team Pedal Head) were having a classic battle with Lega using his singletrack skills to close in the technical sections only to have Wallace pull back out on the climbs. In the end, the final climb was enough to give Wallace a 20-second win and the overall GC as well. Kerr and Lega would finish, respectively, second and third overall.

In the open women's category of the TR3, Katharina Beeler of Arizona confirmed her overall win with a third straight stage win. Craig Bartlett of Canmore won his battle extraordinaire with Calvin Zaryski with his second straight stage win in the Master Men (40+) category.

The TR3 is in its first year after participants requested a solo version of the TransRockies. While the TR3 spanned only the first three days of the full event, TransRockies participants, racing in the original two-person team format, have another four stages to go.

Stefan Widmer and Marty Lazarski (Team Rocky Mountain) are leading the race ahead of the hard-battling Portugese team of Joao Marinho and Jose Silva and visitPA.com's Ray Adams and Ryan Leech.

Stay tuned to Cyclingnews for full coverage of the TransRockies.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.