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ADK 80K racers go long

August 29, 2017
By JUSTIN A. LEVINE - Sports Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - There was a late fall glimmer to the grass early Sunday morning as about 50 mountain bikers pedaled around warming up at the biathlon course at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

The racers lined up in a field with bikes spread out before them on the ground, seemingly haphazard but all pointing toward the start line.

The racers took off, racing mostly themselves. Over the course of 20, 40 or 80 kilometers, the bike riders would be spreading out and spending more time alone than in a pack.

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Dave Smith, of Lake Placid, rides a fat tire bike as part of a two-person relay team in the ADK 80K race at Mount Van Hoevenberg on Sunday, Aug. 27.
(News photo — Justin A. Levine)

"Every year we come up for a week, and it just happened to be that we were lucky enough that this race was going to be when we were here," Baltimore resident Alexis Rhode said. "We're pretty avid cyclists back home. Our kids both race cyclocross, so we started racing the races with them.

"I called the race director and he said it would be fine to ride a cyclocross bike, and now I might be second-guessing that decision," she said before the race. "But it's the bike I brought so I'm riding it."

The ADK 80K mountain bike race was the second event of the weekend, with a trail run taking place on Saturday at the same venue. Local trail runner Sarah Keyes won the women's 50K with a time of 4 hours, 24 minutes and 17 seconds.

"I have been trying to do the race for a few years now and always something else was going on, so I was psyched to have the opportunity," Keyes said. "I didn't decide I was going to do it until like the day before, (but) I needed to get in a long training run anyway."

Keyes is training for a 125-kilometer race in Canada in September, and spent a large portion of her summer out west, which culminated in her completing the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run in California.

"It's more motivating to get up and do it as a race scenario," she said. "It's kind of like a catered long run with aid stations."

Keyes bested the entire field of runners in the 50K, coming across the line more than a half hour before the men's top finisher Eugene Klitenik (5:01:18).

Jared Lynch-Gilbert won the men's 80K run on Saturday with a time of 6:54:13, while the lone runner in the women's longer run, Luana Pesco Koplowitz, finished in 11:38:40.

Douglas Girling completed the ADK 80K ultra duathlon, the 40K bike and 40K run in a combined time of 6:24:50.

On the bike side, Andy Laird (2:15:12) had the fastest overall time in the 40K, while Jennifer Harvey (2:42:02) was the fastest woman. Jessica Nankman (5:05:10) was the fastest woman in the 80K and Patrick Carey (4:29:18) was first across the line for the men.


ADK 80K Results
At Mount Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid
Saturday, Aug. 26
1. Luana Pesco Koplowitz (Plainville)11:38:40
1. Jared Lynch-Gilbert (Petersham, MA)6:54:13
2. Jonathan Mulholland (Plattsburgh)8:54:06
3. Geno Donnelly (Yonkers)9:12:22
4. James Lynch (Brewster)9:12:28
5. Jacob Hadden (Lake Placid)9:36:43
6. Michael Skutt (Lake Placid)9:36:44
7. Daniel Termine (Pittsford)9:39:21
8. Maxime Lavalle (LaSalle, QC)9:43:58
9. J. De Muszka (Verchares, QC)9:44:01
10. Iain Nelson (Jamesville)11:44:55
Two-person Relay
1. Tom Ford7:59:00
Richard Hall (Schenectady)
Four-person Relay
1. Steve Firkser (Cherry Hill, NJ)7:41:20
June Firkser (Cherry Hill, NJ)
Matt Delaney (Chesterbrook, PA)
Emily Delaney (Chesterbrook, PA)
2. David Hochschartner (Lake Placid)9:16:44
Brian Delaney (Lake Placid)
Colin Delaney (Lake Placid)
Karen Delaney (Lake Placid)
1. Sarah Keyes (Lake Placid)4:24:17
2. Jenn Donohue (Saranac)5:15:23
3. Savannah Woods (Westport)6:24:01
4. Amanda Carter (Lakewood, CO)7:49:22
5. Heather Rizzi (Schenectady)8:26:57
6. Teresa Cheetham-Palen (Keene)8:34:16
6. Samantha Stytzer (Keene)8:34:16
6. Jen Kazmicrczak (Keene Valley)8:34:16
9. Helen Ward (Lee, MA)8:45:07
10. MaryAnn Piamonte (Woodstock)8:50:03
1. Eugene Klitenik (Cambridge, MA)5:01:18
2. Dean Deloe (Stamford, CT)5:07:53
3. Patrick Zelko (Buffalo)5:38:45
4. Alexander Terry (Watervliet)5:40:15
5. Alan Carter (Lakewood, CO)5:58:33
6. Christopher Alex (Grafton, MA)5:58:43
7. Timothy Shively (Sacketts Harbor)6:02:47
8. Kyle Smith (New Russia)6:15:03
9. Frank Killian (West Seneca)6:50:23
10. Casey Callahan (Brookline, NH)7:08:39
11. Ben Frantz (Lake Placid)8:34:16
Sunday, Aug. 27
ADK 80K Ultra Duathlon
1. Douglas Girling2:38:06
1. Jennifer Harvey2:42:02
2. Carrie Callahan3:31:20
1. Alexis Rohde3:36:02
Fat Bike
1. Annette Fentress3:48:58
1. Andy Laird2:15:12
2. Devin Leary2:41:39
3. David Basile2:53:14
4. Randy Kieffer2:53:14
5. Yaroslav Filipov3:08:47
6. John Ormsby3:13:27
1. Donald Massonne2:46:01
Fat Bike
1. Andrew Gracey2:25:21
Four-person Relay
1. Kaileigh Moore, Ann Flower-Stitt, Julie Falletta, Jen Ketchell5:56:56
1. Jessica Nankman5:05:10
2. Melissa Nash Mertz5:19:37
3. Jocelyn Linscott5:32:20
4. LiLynn Graves5:35:59
5. Wei-Fang Lin5:39:20
6. Margaret Thompson6:28:43
Two-person Relay
1. Distinct Dwellings (Dave Smith, Nick Selini)
2. HRRT (David Dessis-Dineen, Hector Dessis)
1. Patrick Carey4:29:18
2. Joel Nankman4:33:47
3. Jason Remington4:46:08
4. Bob Gramling5:18:25
5. Eric Caravella5:27:03
6. Stephen Listzwan5:42:20
7. Bill Tyler5:47:10
8. Dominic Ambrosi5:52:27
9. Dan Casey6:37:05
9. Dan Simonds6:37:05
Four-person Relay
1. Balls and Boardshorts (James Falletta, Joel Neshett, Brian Stitt, Chris Mulford)4:57:36
Four-person Relay
1. High Peaks (Matt Delaney, Emily Delaney, Steve Firkser, June Firkser)6:17:12



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