Team Mercury’s Jesus Zarate of Guadalajara, Mexico was crowned winner of the King of the Mountains, a segment of the grueling Saturn Cycling Classic from Boulder to Breckenridge, Colorado. He also came in 7th Place in the overall competition. This elite men’s cycling event is 140 miles over 7 mountain passes and reaches elevations exceeding 14,000 feet, higher than any stage of the Tour de France.
Greg LeMond, three time winner of the Tour de France and the first American to win that prestigious competition, was the official starter of the race and presented the awards. Highlights of the race with insights from LeMond will be telecast on ESPN2 in America on Sunday, August 18 at 2:30PM Eastern time (check local listings for the time in your area), presented by Saturn Vue. The winner of the Saturn Cycling Classic, Chris Wherry, won a 2003 Saturn Vue. His triumph was particularly touching since he lost his father just days before. He said that it was his father’s spirit that guided him to his victory and every time he needed that extra push, he touched his dad’s wedding band which he carried with him. His mom and siblings were there to greet him as he crossed the finish line.
The winners were greeted by the “biggest bell movement in the world” with thousands of excited fans lining the streets of Breckenridge ringing cowbells to cheer the cyclists on in the European tradition, welcoming the 20 of 107 cyclists who managed to complete the most difficult cycling race in the world.