This year’s Copper Harbor Trails Festival drew over 500 youth and adult racers from all around the country. It was a beautiful sunny weekend and fun was had by all.
In the “short” race (17mile), Dan Henderson had an impressive ride, with a blistering average of 13.7mph. He claimed the overall win, beating Parker McColl by 2 1/2 minutes! Oskar Karinen unfortunately had a flat tire.
For the women, Jennifer Barden and Andrea Matter had a sprint finish, going 1-2.
Other local riders in the 17-mile race included (CCS team members highlighted):
Matt Chard, 2nd in age group
Connor McColl, 5th in age group
Alex Yosick, 9th in age group
Ryan LaBar, 9th in age group
Kit Cischke, 13th in age
Terry Dahl, 34th in age
Ed Kraai, 5th in age
Chip Ransom, 1st in age
Rachel Chard, 1st in age
Erin Norton, 3rd in age
Christina Smigowski, 6th in age
Lianna Miller, 3rd in age
In the 29-mile race, there was a 4-way sprint to the finish by professional riders Chris Peariso, Darrin Braun, Brian Matter, and Tyler Gauthier, with Matter and Gauthier tangling up their bikes seconds from the finish line. Peariso hung on for the win with Braun 3 seconds back. Matter was back on the bike first, finishing third, with Gauthier close behind. Local 16-year-old rider and CCS mechanic Pete Karinen had a huge day, riding to a 6th overall finish behind the pros! Way to go Pete!
For the women, Cooper Dendel took the win.
Other 29-mile local racers include:
Ryan Tervo, 4th in age group
Andrew Ignasiak, 12th in age group
Doug Oppliger, 2nd in age group
Jim Meese, 6th in age group
Pat Szub, 7th in age group
Chris Schmidt, 6th in Singlespeed
Check out our Facebook page for more pictures.
Full results here.
Great job everyone!