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Bouchard-Hall raises the bar

June 5, 2017
By ROY BOMBARD - Correspondent , Lake Placid News

WILMINGTON - Kevin Bouchard-Hall dethroned the defending champion and set a course record in the process Saturday to win the seventh annual Wilmington Whiteface 100K mountain bike race in cool, relatively dry conditions..

Bouchard-Hall, of Westport, completed the 100-kilometer course in 4 hours, 4 minutes, 10 seconds to beat out last year's winner Mathieu Belanger-Marrette, of Quebec City, Quebec, who finished in 4:09:36. Dolzani Samuel, of Boulder, Colorado, took third in 4:09:54.

The race acted as a qualifier for the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race to be held in Leadville, Colorado on Aug. 12.

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Kevin Bouchard-Hall, is joined by his wife, Elizabeth, and son Samuel at the finish line after winning the Wilmington Whiteface 100K on Saturday. Kevin set a new course record of 4:04:10.
(Photo — Roy Bombard)

Veronique Fortin, of Gatineau, Quebec, won the women's 100K race in 4:37:55, followed by Regina Legge, of Salem, New Hampshire, in 5:01:01, and Dorset, Vermont's Susan Lynch, who finished in 5:05:24.

The local racers fared well in the 50K, with Patrick Carey, of Keene, taking first place with a time of 1:48:06, followed closely by Karl Schulz, of Lake Placid, who crossed the line in 1:49:08. Keith Watkins, of Hamilton, was third overall in the race with a time of 1:56:14. Jacob Nashett, of Saranac Lake, placed 10th in 2:12:39.

Tara Geraghty-Moats, a World Cup ski jumper from Fairlee, Vermont, won the 50K women's race in 2:06:22, while Sheray Tario was second in 2:15:39 and Emily Molden took third in 2:24:16.

Bouchard-Hall took fourth in the race last year with a time of 4:15:34. He said he was able to get over the hump through conditioning and the help of training coach.

Belanger won in 4:12:01 last year.

"This particular version of the course, with a shorter climb on Whiteface and some extra singletrack riding in Elizabethtown (Blueberry Hill) and Wilmington (Hardy Road) has only been used twice," race announcer Dave McCahill said. "Last year, the rain was torrential. Conditions were tough and very muddy, hence slower times. Perfect race conditions this year. Kevin's record should be tough to beat."

Bouchard-Hall qualified for and raced in the Leadville race in Colorado last year. He hopes to make the trip again this year, along with his son Samuel.

Luis Diego Chaverri was one of four riders from Coasta Rica in Saturday's Wilmington Whiteface races.

"I am used to traveling with my bike, so I just boxed it up and shipped it," he said. "I really didn't expect the cold, (but) this is a very interesting course. There are no long downhill runs, and there are no really long uphill runs, so you are constantly having to pedal."

Bill Frazer, of Lake Placid, placed 30th overall out of the 316 finishers in the 100K race. He was 11th of 61 in the 30- to 39-year-old age group.

"It was a fast day. There were a lot of fast racers here today, and the conditions were perfect," said Frazer, who is the president of the Lake Placid chapter of the Bark Eaters Trail Alliance. "It's a great course. It has a lot of ups and downs, and the singletrack was in perfect shape - not too hard, and not too soft. The drier the singletrack, the harder it gets - it's like sand."

The 50-kilometer race drew 64 competitors, 15 of whom were female.

 
 

 

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