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Bishop, Compton win Grand Junction Fat Tire Criteriums

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Kris Sneddon (Kona) was all smiles at the starting line

Kris Sneddon (Kona) was all smiles at the starting line
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Jeremiah Bishop (Topeak-Ergon-Canyon) was a late entry to the event

Jeremiah Bishop (Topeak-Ergon-Canyon) was a late entry to the event
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Alex Grant (Ridebiker Alliance) staging for the race

Alex Grant (Ridebiker Alliance) staging for the race
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Todd Wells (Specialized) made it to the first left hand turn first after the start

Todd Wells (Specialized) made it to the first left hand turn first after the start
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Fernando Paez (Raleigh Clement) was able to avoid a fallen rider on lap two

Fernando Paez (Raleigh Clement) was able to avoid a fallen rider on lap two
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Brady Kappius (Clif Bar) followed by Mitch Hoke (Pros Closet)

Brady Kappius (Clif Bar) followed by Mitch Hoke (Pros Closet)
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Brian Smith (Griggs Ortho-Stans NoTubes) took a turn on the front at the

Brian Smith (Griggs Ortho-Stans NoTubes) took a turn on the front at the
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Brady Kappius (Cliff Bar) riding alongside Todd Wells on his 28th birthday

Brady Kappius (Cliff Bar) riding alongside Todd Wells on his 28th birthday
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A large chase group formed on lap four

A large chase group formed on lap four
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Fernando Paez (Raleigh Clement) checks to see the damage done by Chris Baddick’s (Boulder Cycle Sport) attack

Fernando Paez (Raleigh Clement) checks to see the damage done by Chris Baddick’s (Boulder Cycle Sport) attack
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Jeremiah Bishop (Topeak-Ergon-Canyon) broke away with Fernando Paez with five laps to go

Jeremiah Bishop (Topeak-Ergon-Canyon) broke away with Fernando Paez with five laps to go
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Jeremiah Bishop (Topeak-Ergon-Canyon) cornering hard

Jeremiah Bishop (Topeak-Ergon-Canyon) cornering hard
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Alex Grant (Ridebiker Alliance) leading a large chase group with Ben Sonntag following

Alex Grant (Ridebiker Alliance) leading a large chase group with Ben Sonntag following
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Josiah Middaug (ENVE- Felt) cornering with Kris Sneddon close behind

Josiah Middaug (ENVE- Felt) cornering with Kris Sneddon close behind
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Robinson Barkley (Orange Peel) riding towards the end of the large chase group with Todd Wells following him

Robinson Barkley (Orange Peel) riding towards the end of the large chase group with Todd Wells following him
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Jeremiah Bishop (Topeak-Ergon-Canyon) dropping Fernando Paez and setting himself up to ride solo for several laps

Jeremiah Bishop (Topeak-Ergon-Canyon) dropping Fernando Paez and setting himself up to ride solo for several laps
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Fernando Paez (Raleigh Clement) turned himself inside out to stay away from the peloton after Bishop left him.

Fernando Paez (Raleigh Clement) turned himself inside out to stay away from the peloton after Bishop left him.
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Chasers riding with two laps to go

Chasers riding with two laps to go
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Todd Wells (Specialized) made a major effort for a mid-race prime

Todd Wells (Specialized) made a major effort for a mid-race prime
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Kris Sneddon (Kona) making a major effort with three laps to go

Kris Sneddon (Kona) making a major effort with three laps to go
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Jeremiah Bishop (Topeak-Ergon-Canyon) taking the solo victory on Main Street of Grand Junction

Jeremiah Bishop (Topeak-Ergon-Canyon) taking the solo victory on Main Street of Grand Junction
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A Giant rider comes through the start-finish on lap three

A Giant rider comes through the start-finish on lap three
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Veteran racer Jay Henry (Tokyo Joes) chasing the lead group on lap two

Veteran racer Jay Henry (Tokyo Joes) chasing the lead group on lap two
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Mark Currie (Boulder Cycle Sport) hammering out of the saddle on lap three

Mark Currie (Boulder Cycle Sport) hammering out of the saddle on lap three
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Jeremiah Bishop (Topeak-Ergon-Canyon) riding solo with two laps to go

Jeremiah Bishop (Topeak-Ergon-Canyon) riding solo with two laps to go
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Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) riding to a top twenty finish

Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) riding to a top twenty finish
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Kris Sneddon (Kona) accelerating out of a corner with two laps to go

Kris Sneddon (Kona) accelerating out of a corner with two laps to go
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Former USA Road Champion Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Team) was a late entry tonight

Former USA Road Champion Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Team) was a late entry tonight
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Children lined up for a Klunker race just before the pros took to the streets

Children lined up for a Klunker race just before the pros took to the streets
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USA Cyclocross Champion Katie Compton (Trek Factory Team) was the woman to beat tonight

USA Cyclocross Champion Katie Compton (Trek Factory Team) was the woman to beat tonight
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Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes) has been having a good racing season

Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes) has been having a good racing season
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Amy Beisel (Liv SRAM) took the hole-shot tonight

Amy Beisel (Liv SRAM) took the hole-shot tonight
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Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes) leading the field on lap two

Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes) leading the field on lap two
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Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes) attempting to split the field

Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes) attempting to split the field
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Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes) pulls the leaders down Main Street

Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes) pulls the leaders down Main Street
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Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport), fresh off road nationals, leading on the back side of the course

Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport), fresh off road nationals, leading on the back side of the course
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) is one of the few women in the field who has ever beaten Compton

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) is one of the few women in the field who has ever beaten Compton
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Katie Compton (Trek Factory Team) following Nash through the turns mid-race

Katie Compton (Trek Factory Team) following Nash through the turns mid-race
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The Grand Junction course had plenty of 90-degree turns

The Grand Junction course had plenty of 90-degree turns
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Katie Compton (Trek Factory Team) did not wait long to assert her authority

Katie Compton (Trek Factory Team) did not wait long to assert her authority
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Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes) and Katerina Nash attempting to stay with Compton

Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes) and Katerina Nash attempting to stay with Compton
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Katie Compton (Trek Factory Team) rolling to the finish ahead of Meredith Miller and Amanda Miller

Katie Compton (Trek Factory Team) rolling to the finish ahead of Meredith Miller and Amanda Miller
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Katie Compton (Trek Factory Team) wins the Grand Junction Off-Road with a major last lap effort

Katie Compton (Trek Factory Team) wins the Grand Junction Off-Road with a major last lap effort
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Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Team) claims second place

Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Team) claims second place
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Women who race cyclocross together (L to R) Amanda Miller, Katerina Nash, and Meredith Miller

Women who race cyclocross together (L to R) Amanda Miller, Katerina Nash, and Meredith Miller
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The festivities on Main Street included a Klunker race in costumes

The festivities on Main Street included a Klunker race in costumes
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A rider on a high wheel Penny Farthing rides on Main Street prior to the women’s race

A rider on a high wheel Penny Farthing rides on Main Street prior to the women’s race
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The costumes on Main Street were quite spectacular

The costumes on Main Street were quite spectacular
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The Pro Women line up on Main Street for their start

The Pro Women line up on Main Street for their start
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Riders including Rose Grant and Meredith Miller chase Amy Beisel (Liv SRAM) on lap two

Riders including Rose Grant and Meredith Miller chase Amy Beisel (Liv SRAM) on lap two
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Riders make a sharp turn on lap three

Riders make a sharp turn on lap three
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Katie Compton (Trek Factory Team) leading Rose Grant through a turn

Katie Compton (Trek Factory Team) leading Rose Grant through a turn
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Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes) riding to a podium finish on Main Street

Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes) riding to a podium finish on Main Street
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Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Team) attempting to bring the race to a sprint finish

Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Team) attempting to bring the race to a sprint finish
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Evelyn Dong (Sho-Air Cannondale) riding to a top ten finish

Evelyn Dong (Sho-Air Cannondale) riding to a top ten finish
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Endurance specialist Jenny Smith (Stans NoTubes) riding to a 12th place finish

Endurance specialist Jenny Smith (Stans NoTubes) riding to a 12th place finish
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) doing everything in her power to stay with Compton

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) doing everything in her power to stay with Compton
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A festival atmosphere prevailed in downtown Grand Junction as the pros warmed up for their evening Fat Boy Criterium. All day, bands had been warming up the large crowd of spectators, as they enjoyed the bike industry and arts fair on Main Street. There was also a “Klunker’ race where participants in costumes rode a couple laps of the course. Grand Junction has been quite wet in recent weeks, but tonight the weather was a perfect 70 degrees for the racers.

Jeremiah Bishop (Topeak Ergon Canyon) shocked the peloton by riding nearly five laps off the front to take the win. Mitch Hoke (Pros Closet) had been gapped by Bishop, but had enough in the tank to secure second place. Ernie Watenpaugh (Jack Daniels) finished third. Brian Alders (TrainingPeaks) finished fourth, and Ben Sonntag (Cliff Bar) rounded out the podium in fifth place.

The Grand Junction course was flat, totally on pavement, and included quite a few turns. Todd Wells (Specialized) got the inside line to the first turn after the start, but it quickly became apparent that this race would be contested by at least ten riders. Brian Smith (Griggs Orthopedics) and Chris Baddick (Boulder Cycle Sport) took turns at the front, but Fernando Paez (Raleigh Clement) and Jeremiah Bishop following their wheels closely.

Several primes had an effect on the final outcome. Jeremiah Bishop explained, “I was thinking that I had one match to spend so I better spend it wisely. There was a nice set-up. It worked perfectly. Wells hit it really hard, and then Sonntag hit it hard to close for a prime. When they were kind of coming back to us and I knew it was a perfect opportunity”.

Bishop continued, “Paez went with me and he pulled through. We had another guy with us briefly. Then after about a lap and a half, Paez couldn’t pedal through the corners. I wanted to work together but I also wanted to drive it. We had to hold a good 380-400 (watts) anytime we were pedaling. I started to get a little bit of a gap on him and I thought this is actually perfect. If I leave him and they see him coming back, they will think they are catching us (both).”

Behind Bishop and Paez, the chase group contained virtually all other racers. Wells, Hoke, and others took turns driving the chase but the leaders were able to get out of sight due to the many turns on the course. During the final laps, Paez was absorbed into the chase group and fell to tenth place. At the end, there was a bunch sprint for second place, which Hoke won by just a few feet.

Pro Women

While the size of the women’s field was much smaller than the men’s field, the quality of the racers was impressive. USA Cyclocross Champion Katie Compton (Trek Factory Racing) won in a dash to the line. Former Road National Champion Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Team) took second place closely behind Compton. Amanda Miller, the current Fat Bike National Champion, won a couple primes and was good enough for third place. Amy Beisel (Liv-SRAM) finished fourth, while Rose Grant secured the final spot on the podium in fifth place.

Amy Beisel took the hole-shot and led for over a lap. Rose Grant then asserted herself and drove the train with Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) and Amanda Miller following closely. Compton appeared comfortable riding a few places back while others expended energy on the front.

As a result of competing for primes, Amanda Miller led the race for a couple laps. But, when Compton went to the front in the final laps, the racing got really serious. Nash, Grant, Biesel, and both Millers focused on not letting Compton get away.

The final corner on the course was only about 100 feet from the finish line. On the final lap Compton got through that turn first and could not really be challenged in a sprint to the line. Meredith Miller did her best but came up about ten feet short.

Miller, who had probably competed in hundreds of road criteriums, was racing her first ever Fat Tire Criterium. Having claimed to Cyclingnews before the race that she was nowhere near peak form, she explained her second place result, “I just know how to ride a crit. I know how to follow wheels. There was one point where there was a bit of a gap (ahead) and a few riders got across….that was the only point when I though I might be losing contact. “

Miller also explained the dynamics for the final half-lap; “Amanda Miller had actually jumped a couple times for primes, in the same place each time. I knew that was where I wanted to jump, but I was just out of gears. Katie said after the race that she had one more gear (at that point), and that’s exactly what she needed to get the jump on us.”

The Pros will race again on Sunday in the main event, The 40 Grand, where $30,000 in prize money is on the line. Stay tuned to Cyclingnews.com for all the action.

Results

Men
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Jeremiah Bishop (Topeak, Ergon, Canyon Bicycles)
2Mitch Hoke (The Pros Closet, Kenda, Stans Notubes)
3Ernie Watenpaugh (Jack Daniels, Telluride Venture Accelerator, BMC Bikes)
4Bryan Alders (TrainingPeaks, Yeti, Pactimo)
5Benjamin Sonntag (Clif Bar, Niner Bikes, SRAM)
6Mark Currie (Champion System, Swiftwick, Adrenalin Cycles)
7Barkley Robinson (Orange Peel)
8Nick Gould (Ska Brewing, Zia Taqueria, Trek Bikes)
9Alex Grant (Ridebiker Alliance, Cannondale, Gear Rush)
10Hector Fernando Riveros Paez (Raleigh, Clement, Shimano)
11Dana Weber (Stage 21)
12Patrick Chartrand (Louis Garneau, Powerwatts Nord, Monty Sylvestre)
13Brian Smith (Griggs Orthopedics, Stan's NoTubes)
14Donny Warbritton (Stages Cycling)
15Dave Harrison (Club Ride, Borealis, Orbea)
17Tj Woodruff (Pivot, Stans NoTubes, Momentum Endurance)
18Josiah Middaugh (ENVE Composites, Felt Bicycles, Optic Nerve)
20Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement)
21Elliot Reinecke (Book a Bike Mechanic.com, Teleost Fins, Focus Bikes)
22Brady Kappius (Clif Bar, Kappius Components, SRAM)
23Nick Truitt (Breck Bike Guides, Shimano, Naturally Fast)
24Kris Sneddon (Kona Bikes, Mom and Dad, Logging)
25Todd Wells (Specialized, Clif Bar, Oakley)
26Chris Baddick (Boulder Cycle Sport, Yogaglo)
27Ricky Willis (Paragon Outdoors, Bootdoctors, Telluride Cycling Club)
28Bryan Dillon (SRAM, Pivot, Griggs Orthopedics)
29Jeff Minotto (Steamboat Velo p/b Moots, Centennial Bank)
30Liam Dunn (Clif Bar, Niner Bikes, Kappius Components)
31Tim Racette (McDowell Mountain Cycles, Mikes Mix Recovery Drink, Schwalbe Tires)
32Ryan Standish (San Juan Cycles, Steamworks Brewing)
33Brad Bingham (Kent Eriksen Cycles, DT Swiss, Honey Stinger)
34Jay Henry (Tokyo Joes, Scott Bikes, Pearl Izumi)
35Cody Cupp (Raleigh Bicycles, SET Coaching, Arelberg's Sports)
36Jason Hilimire (FasCat Coaching-Geneva Bicycle Center)
37Colby Lash (Chocolay, ACE Hardware, KMK Cyclery)
38Brett Denney (Honey Stinger, Bontrager, Beet Elite)
39Joshua Mcdowell (Colavita, 3D Racing Bikes, Broken Spoke Bike Shop)
40Jason Hanson (Rotor Components)
41Jt Toepel (Groove Subaru/Excel Sports, Rudy Project, Domahidy Designs)
42Scott Leonard (Mountain Flyer Magazine, Basalt Bike & Ski)
43Nick Skaggs (Nationwide Insurance, Trek Bicycle, Flat Tire Bike Shop)
44Eric Landis (Mountain Racing Products, Deity Components, Bicycle Outfitters)
DNSKristofer Ochs (Tokyo Joe's, POC, Scott)
DNSCarter Shaver (Giant, Spy, SRAM)
DNSJosh Whitney (Evol Foods, Breeze Bars, Upslope Brewing)
DNSColin Osborn (Giant Co Factory Off Road Team, SRAM, SRM)

Women
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Katie Compton (Trek Factory Racing, Bontrager, Shimano)
2Meredith Miller (Noosa Yogurt, ENVE)
3Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport, Yoga Glo)
4Amy Beisel (LIV Co-Factory, SRAM, OSMOnutrition)
5Rose Grant (Stan's NoTubes, Cannondale Bicycles, Griggs Orthopedics Performance)
6Hannah Williams (Eriksen Cycles, Honey Stinger, Osmo Nutrition)
7Katerina Nash (Luna, Orbea, Shimano)
8Liz Carrington (CRC Janitorial, Cannondale, Hassle Free Sports)
9Evelyn Dong (Team Sho-Air/Cannondale)
10Sarah Kaufmann (Stan's NoTubes, Kenda Tires, Griggs Orthopedics Performance)
11Rebecca Hodgett (ALP Cycles Coaching)
12Jennifer Smith (Stans NoTubes, Cannondale Bicycles, Griggs Orthopedics Performance)
13Gretchen Reeves (Tokyo Joes)
14Becky Edmiston (Rock N Roll Sports, Steamboat Velo)
15Heidi Rentz (Ibis, The Cycling House, GU Energy)
DNSEvelyn Racette (Mike's Mix Recovery Drink)
DNSAnne St. Clair (Moab Cyclery)

 

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