Daniel Metzger and Elizabeth Hogan took the top spots in the 50-kilometre race of the 10th annual Audi Power of Four race, which started in Aspen and finished in Snowmass Village. The event produced by Aspen Skiing Co. takes riders to each of Skico’s four ski areas.
Metzger, 28 of Colorado Springs, took the overall crown with a time of 5 hours, 59 minutes, 53.9 seconds. He came in nearly 12 minutes ahead of runner-up Michael Mitchell (6:11:33.5), 23 from Denver, and third-place finisher Henry Harris (6:14:15.2), 24 from Denver.
Full results are available here.
Carbondale’s Jack Watson, 42, was the top local runner-up, placing sixth overall in 7:07:24.8. Ian Stuart, 40, of Carbondale, was one spot in 7:08:59.8, while Aaron Murphy, 27, of Aspen, was eighth in 7:18:35.7.
Hogan, 22, of Louisville, Colo., won the women’s 50k crown in 6:26:41.4 to finish fourth overall. Audra Schmidt of Carbondale, 33, was second in the women’s race and ninth overall in 7:19:48.2. Jenya Berino, 32, of Aspen, completed the women’s podium finishing 11e overall in 7:32:58.3.
In the Power of Two, or 25km race – which only included Buttermilk and Snowmass up and down, excluding the steeper Aspen Mountain and Highlands – Finn Leahy and Kristin Saad took top honors .
Leahy, 19, of Carbondale, won the 25k race in 2:16:04.88, winning a nail-biter at the line against Tristan Purdy, 26, of Telluride (2:16:29.77). Joseph Lewis of Carbondale, 35, completed the men’s 25k podium, finishing sixth overall in 2:27:43.32.
Saad, 40, of Cherry Hills Village, won the women’s title finishing third overall in 2:21:40.65. Megan Boord, 45 of Edwards, was fourth overall in 2:21:47.68, and Sophia Gorman of Montana, 23, was fifth overall in 2:27:13.04 to complete the women’s podium.
There was also a 10k race option, held at Snowmass Ski Area, won by Jereme Leafe, 38, of New Hampshire, in 42:21.26. Tyler Doremus, 34, of Denver was second (42:54.19) and Justin Savich, 38, of California, third (53:07.49).
The top female 10k finisher was Carolina Vivo, 32, of Aspen, in 56:40.87, good for sixth place overall. The women’s 10k podium also included Joely Denkinger, 31, of New Castle, who finished eighth overall in 57:37.92, and Olivia Barnhill, 25, of San Francisco, who was 10.e overall in 58:45.84.
The Power of Four race series, which includes the winter ski mountaineering race, concludes on August 6 with the Audi Snowmass 50 mountain bike race.
Next up among the big local races is the Aspen Valley Marathon next Saturday., which travels 26 miles from Aspen to the finish at Basalt. The race is a qualification for the Boston Marathon.