ALAMOSA — Cameron Roberts edged Daniel Boyes in a photo finish to win the men’s Kristi Mountain Sports Fat Bike Race to start the third day of the Rio Frio Ice Fest at Blanca Vista Park on Sunday morning.
Roberts, who is a Monte Vista native, recorded a time of 6 minutes, 09:88 seconds, which barely topped Boyes’ time of 6:10.23.
Roberts said he led the whole way. “Not by much, but I did,” he added.
The 16-year-old, who is home schooled, said even though Boyes was right in back of him the whole race, he tried not to look back.
Roberts said Moyes began to close in on him during the second half of the competition.
As the race came down to the final turn, not much separated the top two competitors.
“We were probably just a couple of inches apart, said Roberts about how close it was from the final turn to the finish line. “I could hear his tires rumbling and he was right behind me and everybody was yelling, ‘Get him.’ ”
Roberts said the Ice Fest race was his first time racing in a Fat Tire competition; however, he competes as a cross country mountain biker for the San Luis Rattlers.
Alamosa native Erin Moore came from behind to win the women’s 2.5-mile race.
Her first-place time was 9:08.36.
Moore said she trailed during the first half- to quarter-mile of the competition.
Emma Reesor, who led Moore in the beginning of the race, placed second at 9:26.80.
Moore, who competed and was the runner-up in last season’s Rio Frio Fat Tire race, explained how she pulled away at the end of the course.
“You just have to be aware of your gears,” she said. “This is a tough course because there’s surface changes, which makes a difference, and there’s short, really steep hills.
“But then the last bit is flat, so you just have to try to stay in it mentally.”