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Fast trail leads to record times at the Frosty Bottom bike race

  • Author: Beth Bragg
  • Updated: January 9
  • Published January 9

The six-year-old men’s record for the Frosty Bottom bike race didn’t stand a chance Saturday.

Conditions were conducive for speed — specifically, a hard, fast trail and temperatures that didn’t turn everyone into icicles like they did last year — and four cyclists beat the old record by about five minutes.

Leading the way was Will Ross, who made the 43-mile trip from Kincaid Park to the Hillside and back again in 2 hours, 35 minutes, 18 seconds. David Arteaga was five seconds back in 2:35.23, Eric Flanders was third in 2:35:25 and Jason Lamoreaux was fourth in 2:35:35.

All handily exceeded the record of 2:40:20, set in 2015 by Jamie Stull.

And they could have gone faster, Ross said, if not for traffic on the trail.

“The race started really fast,” he said. “We did have to back off the pace a little bit through the Hillside trails because there were so many people out on the trails enjoying the warmer temps. But we rocked it back down to Kincaid.”

The Frosty Bottom is an annual race held on the city’s multi-use trails, including the Tour of Anchorage ski trail. Timekeeper Mark Iverson of Skinny Raven Sports said Saturday’s temperatures were about 40 degrees higher than last year, when it was minus-7 at the Kincaid start and even lower on the Hillside.

Saturday brought temperatures in the low 30s.

A new record was also established in the men’s 25-mile race, where Nick Straka clocked 1:31:11 to slash more than 10 minutes off the 2018 record of 1:42:04, set by David Slyker. Straka finished 22 seconds ahead of second-place David Stanfield.

Kinsey Loan won the women’s 43-mile race in 3:08:16, which ranked her 21st overall in a total field of 51 racers. Casey Mapes finished second in 3:10:18.

In the women’s 25-mile race, Amber Stull defeated Katie Bell by six seconds with a time of 1:47:22. Stull was 14th overall in a total field of 77 racers.

No race was as close as the men’s long race, which saw the top four racers finish in a 17-second span.

“The four of us hit the final climb together,” Ross said. “We all rode the first half of the climb fairly easy, all waiting for someone to make a move. Jason Lamoreaux made the first move about halfway up, then I went shortly after that. My legs were really cramping, but I had a gap on the group so I had to keep pushing.”

Men’s 43 miles

1. Will Ross 2:35:18 2. David Arteaga 2:35:23 3. Eric Flanders 2:35:25 4. Jason Lamoreaux 2:35:35 5. Jason Rowland 2:42:20 6. Oliver Sternicki 2:44:38 7. James Howery 2:44:41 8. Andrew Brabson 2:44:56 9. Clinton Hodges 2:44:59 10. Mike Monterusso 2:47:31 11. Brad Manderfeld 2:50:40 12. Jonathan Jones 2:53:31 13. Michael Filipowski 2:54:32 14. Chris Robertson 2:54:45 15. Erik Ostberg 2:56:11 16. Bill Fleming 3:01:03 17. Storm Carl 3:04:39 18. Todd Borke 3:04:58 19. Bernhard Stechauner 3:06:07 20. Joshua Lothspeich 3:07:14 21. Brant Grifka 3:10:36 22. Thomas Tabinor 3:11:23 23. Matt Tabinor 3:11:26 24. Ferenc Jacso 3:11:47 25. John Whitekiller 3:11:51 26. Devan Andersen 3:12:27 27. Luke Kiskaddon 3:16:31 28. John Ramey 3:16:40 29. Luke Comer 3:27:56 30. David Cadogan 3:28:03 31. Tanner Ramey 3:31:03 32. Jeremiah Eldridge 3:33:34 33. Cyle Ziegler 3:34:28 34. Spencer Martin 3:35:56 35. Steve McKeever 3:36:30 36. Bruce Ross 3:37:13 37. Jeromee Myers 3:37:28 38. Jeffrey Thurston 3:44:49 39. Jason Hlasny 3:51:14 40. Andy Underwood 3:55:38 41. Scott Owens 4:02:29 42. Kevin Kozicz 4:16:45 43. Jack McKenna 4:24:40.

Women’s 43 miles

1. Kinsey Loan 3:08:16 2. Casey Mapes 3:10:18 3. Stacey Nieder 3:15:32 4. Bri Keifer 3:24:19 5. Bernadette Martel 3:33:37 6. Kristina Storlie 3:35:03 7. Genevieve Nolan 3:36:22 8. Julie Christensen 3:58:10.

Men’s 25 miles

1. Nick Straka 1:31:11 2. David Stanfield 1:31:33 3. Bryan Hudson 1:34:08 4. James Fredrick 1:34:25 5. James Stull 1:34:28 6. David Slyker 1:36:24 7. Brandon Chiu 1:37:49 8. Dave Gamez 1:38:09 9. Ryan Kofoid 1:38:23 10. Todd Jackson 1:40:39 11. Tony Hardwick 1:41:37 12. Tim Lawrence 1:43:11 13. Joshua Hedberg 1:43:22 14. Joshua Estes 1:48:43 15. Peter Marbarger 1:49:22 16. Javier Festa 1:53:59 17. Wesley Furlong 1:55:26 18. Hale Loofbourrow 1:57:57 19. Lee Warnick 1:59:19 20. Mark Geuss 2:00:48 21. Jeff Frizzell 2:02:05 22. Brian Looney 2:03:35 23. Paul Garrett 2:06:05 24. Peter Seiffert 2:09:24 25. Bryan Kirby 2:09:26 26. Mark Robidoux 2:10:11 27. Joshua Wilson 2:10:26 28. Thomas Turnbull 2:11:14 29. Clark Bassham 2:19:25 30. Jon Schultz 2:19:43 31. Howard Levine 2:20:32 32. Eric Nelius 2:21:34 33. Stephen Spencer 2:30:52 34. Andrew Ashton 2:31:24 35. Roman Gorkov 2:32:20 36. John White 2:37:07 37. Jeremy Novakovich 2:45:51 38. Randy Hahn 2:53:32 39. Jeffrey Kelly 3:09:54 40. Christopher Michaelson 3:25:53 41. Aiden Michaelson 3:26:32.

Women’s 25 miles

1. Amber Stull 1:47:22 2. Katie Bell 1:47:28 3. Sheryl Loan 1:54:40 4. Rebecca Noblin 1:55:19 5. Carrie Cecil 1:59:22 6. Bri Lowen 1:59:30 7. Rose Garner 1:59:54 8. Sarah Ekstrom 2:02:18 9. Sarah Virnig 2:08:59 10. Megan Neale 2:10:38 11. Katrina Garner 2:12:35 12. Pam Conn 2:12:43 13. Kalyan Westley 2:14:23 14. Elizabeth Arteaga 2:14:39 15. Lena Palmer 2:19:28 16. Leah Einhorn 2:21:35 17. Lea McKenna 2:23:27 18. Shannon Hardwick 2:28:25 19. Janus Reyes 2:31:14 20. Trina Resari-Salao 2:31:53 21. Kristy Garrett 2:32:14 22. Tara Wheatland 2:35:41 23. Kara Sorbel 2:36:49 24. Lauren Poulsen 2:40:09 25. Sanjana Greenhill 2:42:51 26. Brenna Irwin 2:44:50 27. Sara Montgomery 2:47:35 28. Brooke Lewis 2:51:43 29. Lisa An 2:56:49 30. Cathleen Kelly 3:06:08 31. Laura Zettler 3:15:27 32. Michelle Theriault 3:18:54 33. Robin Cope 3:23:14 34. Vaeda Michaelson 3:25:46 35. Molly Fierro 4:07:52 36. Katrina Moss 4:08:32.

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