Cycling: Calvert, Park are top finishers at 2011 Tour de LA

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Men’s pro 1/2/3 race decided by less than .01 seconds at Sunday’s race

By The Staff

It was again a tight finish in the top Tour de Los Alamos men’s category.
The Tour de Los Alamos, celebrating its 39th year, was held Sunday on a 27-mile loop course winding from downtown Los Alamos, past the Back Gate, through White Rock and back up the Truck Route.
Damian Calvert, one of the top cyclists in the state, who was nipped by just one second in the 2010 Tour, came out on top in a photo finish against Ryan Blickem. Calvert and Blickem tied to the hundredth of a second in the men’s pro/1/2/3 divison.
Calvert, who just a week earlier won the Pajarito Punishment, won his first Tour de Los Alamos since 2007. Calvert’s winning time was 3 hours, 40 minutes, 8 seconds on the three-lap, 81-mile course.
Once again, the top men’s category was close, with the top five finishers coming in within 41 seconds of each other. Fortunato Ferrera, the fastest local finisher in the men’s top category, was third with a time of 3:40:18.
In the women’s 1/2/3 category, Kristin Park of Madison, S.D., was the top overall finisher. Her time for the two-lap, 54-mile race was 2:55:03, topping Dana Shinn of Durango, Colo., by 19 seconds.
This year was the 39th annual race. The Tour de Los Alamos is billed as the “Oldest Bike Race in the Southwest.”

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