Tour des Suds tackles Guardsman Pass |

Tour des Suds tackles Guardsman Pass


Tim Henny (257) leads the pack at the Tour des Suds on Sunday. Henny finished in 34th place at the 34th-annual bike race. Christopher Reeves/The Park Record

Submitted by Christa Graff

Approximately 200 caped, crusading cyclists conquered Guardsman Pass Sunday afternoon in the Mountain Trails Foundation’s 34th-annual "Tour des Suds."

The riders, with costumes and crazy bikes, cycled seven miles from City Park to the top of the pass — a 2,700-foot-climb in elevation.

Matthew Turner, Jason Potter and Ethan Reynolds, finished first, second and third respectively in the men’s division, with times of 47 minutes, 40 seconds, 49:12 and 49:15. Evelyn Dong, Melanie McQuaid and Brittany Coyle took the top spots in the women’s division, clocking in at 48:52, 49:04 and 55:37.

"This is one of our favorite events of the year," Mountain Trails Foundation executive director Charlie Sturgis said. "It’s a ton of fun to watch so many people not only take on this challenge, but to do so while having an absolute blast. It really is such a great way to kick-off the start of fall here in Park City."

After the race, participants and spectators headed to the Town Lift Deck on Lower Main Street for post-race revelry that included food, drinks and an awards presentation for the best costumes.

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The Tour des Suds was the last event of the Mountain Trails 2013 summer events series. Revenues from all Mountain Trails events help to offset the organization’s operational costs and allow Mountain Trails to continue its mission to maintain and facilitate the development of more trails for us all to enjoy year-round.

Mountain Trails is Park City’s trail advocate group, dedicated to supporting and promoting the 400+ miles of local trails in the Park City area, now and into the future, for non-motorized recreational use. Park City is the only trail system in the country to have been named a Gold Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, and it is supported through events like the Tour des Suds and the Triple Trail Challenge running-race series, as well as individual donations and volunteers.