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Photo by Gretel Daugherty

Colorado Mesa’s Zack LaVergne whips around the corner at Fifth Street and White Avenue on Saturday during the criterium portion of the Maverick Classic in Grand Junction. CMU rider Mauro Rato, left, finished fifth in the men’s race.

Bicycle Bizarreness

Downtown Criterium filled with strange, dynamic moments

Ariane Horbach was ready to once again destroy the field for another Maverick Classic victory.
As a pack of riders in the women’s Maverick Classic Downtown Criterium rounded the final corner, it was clear there would be no three-peat for Horbach. She was nowhere in sight.
The race-and-destroy mission turned into a disaster.
Horbach was in a three-rider group that had a narrow gap on the rest of the field when a crash took out all three of the lead riders on the final lap.
That’s when Jenna Stauffer’s eyes went into saucer mode.
“I didn’t really see the crash, when I rounded the corner someone yelled ‘crash,’ ” she said. “I know I ran over someone’s water bottle, I was just happy I stayed upright.”


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