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Parkites set the pace at Pedalfest

John Cartier, The Park Record

Park City’s Keegan Swenson, 18, who has been racing in this event since he was 12 years old, won the pro division of the 21st annual Pedalfest mountain-bike race at Deer Valley on June 9.

"The course was good, I liked it. It was fast and flowing and really fun," said Swenson.

The race attracted more than 125 riders from all over Utah as well as out of state. Bikers were separated by age, gender and level of skill in over 20 different categories. The pro division had three and a half laps equating to about 25 miles.

Deer Valley has been the home of the competition since its inception. Pedalfest has grown to host national competitors and now serves as a national qualifying event for USA Cycling.

Ed Chauner, Pedalfest race director, who has been promoting races for 25 years, values the tradition that comes with the nationally ranked event. He said the course has always been a personal favorite.

"Pedalfest started before I came on the scene and has changed a little bit each year," Chauner said. The course has evolved in conjunction with the changes at Deer Valley over the years, he said. The beautiful venue of Deer Valley is another reason why Chauner considers Pedalfest to be special.

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"Deer Valley has been great to work with. There are great facilities and the snow melts early enough to ensure prime courses," said Chauner.

Those who came to compete were met with a course that incorporated a 1,200-vertical-feet climb. The start line began above the Snow Park Lodge and went up the Little Stick run.

Winding along the base of Little Baldy Peak, bikers went down Deer Hollow to bottom out at Deer Crest. After climbing up Village Trail, the course eventually looped back to the start line. One lap was equal to about seven miles. Most of the divisions had two laps with exception of the men and women’s pro division.

The women’s pro division featured three laps totaling 21 miles. Winning this category was Erica Tingey, who was born and raised in Salt Lake City.

Tingey considers Pedalfest one of her favorite tracks. This year was her third time racing in the event. She said experience with the course helped her deal with some of the tight turns and twists.

Following Pedalfest, Tingey headed to the Professional Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour in Colorado Springs, which will be her third stop on the national tour.

Keegan Swenson’s next stop is a World Cup contest at Mont-Sainte-Anne in Quebec, Canada. From there he will race at another World Cup event in Windham Mountain, N.Y.

For results of the 21st annual Pedalfest race, please see the scoreboard page on B-5.