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After 100 miles, thin margin decides fat-tire bike race

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: February 20, 2018
  • Published February 17, 2018

75-year-old Erwin Berglund leads a pack of bikers seven miles into the Susitna 100 Saturday. Among those following Berlund on their way to the race’s first checkpoint at Point MacKenzie are, from left to right, Joshua Duffus,  Brian Marang and Grant Stevenson. (Photo by Andy Romang)

The 100-mile Susitna 100 fat-tire bike race was decided by .01 of a second Saturday.

Josh Chelf defeated Tim Berntson by the narrowest margins to win the annual trail race in the Susitna Valley. The race started and ended at the Happy Trails Kennel in Big Lake.

Chelf won in 9 hours, 7 minutes, 01 second. Berntson was an eyelash behind in 9:07:02. Pacing the women was Laura Fox, whose time of 10:35:01 put her in fourth place overall.

In the 100-mile run, David Johnston triumphed in 23 hours, 38 minutes. Laura McDonough was the top woman, and second overall, in 28:39.

Taking the Su 100 ski victories were Alec Walter, the overall winner in 45 hours, 13 minutes, and Lisl Coady, who placed second overall in 46:36 to top the women.

Bill McKeon rides south of Horseshoe Lake, about two miles from the finish of the Little Su 50K race. McKeon finished 29th with a time of 3:05:18. (Photo by Andy Romang)

In the Little Su 50K,  Will Ross and Tazlina Mannix picked up narrow victories in the bike division.

In the men's competition, Ross finished the 31 miles in 2:15:49 to edge David Arteaga (2:16:07) and Jason Lamoreaux (2:16:15). In the women's competition, Mannix and Kinsey Loan finished eighth and ninth overall, with Mannix finishing in 2:23:21 for a nine-second win over Loan.

The 50K ski titles went to Ashley Van Hemert (4:31:33) and Keith Blanchette (6:38:15). In the 50K run, John Hellen set the pace in 4:42:46, with Kat Roch topping the women by placing third overall in 5:33:43.

Riders begin the Susitna 100 Saturday at Martin Buser’s Happy Trails Kennels. (Photo by Andy Romang)

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