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Tahoe triathlon winners a mix of old, new faces

Jessica Perry and Darin Olde, Tribune staff writers

Blistering blue sky, dust and sweat surrounded hundreds of competitors Saturday and Sunday competing in the Nissan Xterra USA Championship and Nevada off-road triathlon in Incline Village.

In the end, it was no surprise that Conrad Stoltz of Stellenbosch, South Africa, was the clear leader in the men’s pro division.

Stoltz, the 2001 Xterra USA Series and world champion, finished the event in 2 hours, 36 minutes and 38 seconds. He finished the mile swim in Lake Tahoe in 20:55, the 20-mile bike ride to and from Marlett Lake in 1:35:40 and the final 10-kilometer (6.2 mile) run in 40:03 minutes.

He took home $14,400 for his performance.

Mike Vine, from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, was the next closest pro competitor at 2:42:54. He took home $8,400.

France’s Nicolas Lebrun, who trained in Tahoe all month to prepare for the national championship, finished a disappointing seventh after struggling with his bike.

Lebrun was in second place behind Stoltz and was riding with Ned Overend, the Durango, Colo., competitor who would eventually finish third, when he went over the handlebars.

He recovered quickly that time, but later on went off course when Overend made a sudden turn in front of him. Lebrun rode over a rock and punctured his tube. With another flat later on, he fell back even more.

“It was hard to continue racing because in my mind, I was very sad that things had worked out this way,” Lebrun said. “But I knew I had to catch some guys in the series, so I just set out to gain back some time.”

Jamie Whitmore of Elk Grove, Calif., won the women’s pro division after passing Melanie McQuaid of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, on the bike leg. She also took home $14,400 in prize money.

“I just swooped down past her and never looked back,” Whitmore said. “I knew I was in the lead and just hauled from there, trying not to give up anything on the downhill.

Kent Robison, 54, the regional champ from Reno who finished first in his age group in the 2001 USA Championship, finished second in the 50-54 age division.

Tom Lyons, 40, the Reno man who took second last year, sought revenge and got it Sunday by finishing first in the 40-44 age division. He beat the next closest competitor in his division by a whopping 22 minutes.

Incline chiropractor Peter Darvas, who was competing as a amateur on Saturday in the relay event, which was a slightly shorter course than the USA Championship, was fourth out of the swim.

He handed off to Incline resident Mario Gallardo, who took the lead quickly on the road and lead the entire mountain bike portion.

Darvas also led when he resumed the race on the run. He crossed the finish line first with a total time of 2:23:26 on the half-mile swim, 20-mile bike race and 5K-run.

“I brought in a ringer, what can I say?” Darvas said. “Mario is one of the best bikers on the lake and I knew if I had two minutes at the start of the run, we’d be fine.”

Overall, Larry Hibbard of Aptos, Calif., won the amateur event with a time of 2:24:18. He was trailed by Truckee’s Zack Beekler (2:26:51) and Reno’s Scott Miller (2:31:56).

Plc Name Division Overall

1 LarryHibbard 40-44 Aptos,CA 2:24:18

2 ZackBeekler 35-39 Truckee,CA 2:26:51

3 ScottMiller 40-44 Reno,NV 2:31:56

4 NicholasKurth 40-44 2:32:59

5 WayneAvery 40-44 2:33:12

6 SeanKelsey 30-34 2:35:34

7 GlennMengering 25-29 2:37:45

8 DentonBowers 25-29 2:39:13

9 AndyZoldak 30-34 2:40:05

10 GreggTrent 40-44 2:40:26

11 JeremyPurdy 30-34 2:41:18

12 KirkEdgerton 25-29 2:41:34

13 WestcottHyde 30-34 2:42:30

14 DirkKrause 25-29 2:43:50

15 MarkGouge 40-44 2:43:53

16 RobLaurie 35-39 2:43:57

17 JonHyatt 30-34 2:44:19

18 GregChristman 25-29 2:44:31

19 HowardJones 40-44 2:46:00

20 CourtneyCardenas 25-29 2:47:44

21 BrianKadan 30-34 2:48:21

22 WillTemple 40-44 2:48:28

23 A.g.Burnett 30-34 2:48:28

24 ChrisWeiler 30-34 2:49:30

25 CliffMillemann 40-44 2:49:59

26 DennisDoherty 35-39 2:51:06

27 DavidBelden 25-29 2:51:15

28 RobertKronkhyte 45-49 2:52:18

29 KevinTruax 40-44 2:52:22

30 JeffreyStoen 35-39 2:52:32

31 PeterCook 35-39 2:52:34

32 RobertVanwert 35-39 2:52:41

33 JohnKirsch 30-34 2:52:41

34 KeithWalton 35-39 2:52:54

35 CraigKilby 30-34 2:53:08

36 JasonDunlap 30-34 2:53:45

37 GregKenney 35-39 2:54:48

38 PawelSzczepanek 25-29 2:55:01

39 HunterClaxton 15-19 2:55:07

40 MichaelJacob 30-34 2:55:10

41 JimLong 35-39 2:55:13

42 TimFarrar 30-34 2:56:16

43 LiamMurphy 40-44 2:56:23

44 DavidNoble 30-34 2:56:50

45 GeoffBossley 35-39 2:56:50

46 CraigDolly 30-34 2:57:07

47 GregBuell 40-44 2:57:45

48 MarkHenderson 45-49 2:58:41

49 JohnWalters 30-34 2:59:11

50 DougBarta 35-39 2:59:14

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