Grotts, who easily won his category in 2:20:12, said riding at the front with Overend in his first IHBC race after jumping from the junior category was almost surreal.
“He’s always going to be fast and strong. It’s fun to ride with him. ... I really didn’t know what to think ... It was good coming over the top of (Coal Bank) and hearing that we had a 30-second gap,” the-soon-to-be Fort Lewis College cyclist said. Grotts just finished his collegiate season at Colorado School of Mines.
Overend said he enjoyed seeing the young Durango native make a serious run at the title, adding that Grotts’ time will come.
“Youngest kid and the oldest kid in the pack out there together. Could’ve been a story either way, huh?” he said. Read more...