Signal Peak Challenge (Pinos Altos, NM)
Race Report by Beto Villegas
Strong field showed up for this one with some good representation from AZ. The SS division fielded several Pros from Texas and New Mexico. The race start was insane with 2000 ft of climbing the first 5 mile. I was positioned in the 4th spot until I was able to make a break toward the top of the first major climb. The summit trail consisted of 2 miles of power rollers and huge embedded rocks that were momentum killers, which suited me well. Once I connected with the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) it was mostly fast twisty downhill for the next 10 miles. I chased on the next climb but failed to reconnect with the leaders. David Wilson was traveling home from a two and half month racing tour in the rocky mountain state, so I knew he was in great form. To my surprise he finished 2nd and 5 minutes behind his hometown rival who set a new course record. I finished 3rd and a little over 3 minutes behind Wilson. My finish put some cash in my pocket and beat my best time by 3 minutes.