On Saturday brothers and WorldTour team riders Quinn and Colby Simmons had a game plan to win the 50th edition of their hometown bicycle race, the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic.
The plan for Team Simmons, including their 50 year-old father Scott Simmons, was to set Colby up for the win, but after two hours of racing it was 21 year-old Quinn who stood atop the podium at the 47-mile amateur race from Durango to Silverton, Colorado USA.
Finishing in first place with a time of 2:11:29.0, Quinn (Trek Segafredo) originally was only at the event to help his younger brother, Colby (Jumbo Visma), win his first Iron Horse Classic. In the end though, Quinn seized on the opportunity to attack a worn-out and tired front group, including multiple Iron Horse Classic champion and mountain biking legend Ned Overend, plus last year’s champion Riley Amos.
“Everyone has got to win this race, at least if you’re from here,” Quinn told The Durango Herald afterwards. ”It’s good to be back; it’s been five years since my last (Iron Horse) and I don’t get to race at local (events) much anymore.”
Overall it was a good day for Team Simmons, with 18 year-old Colby finishing in 8th place at 2:14:31.8 and father Scott in 28th at 2:28:07.5.
|1||Quinn Simmons||Trek Segafredo||2:11:29.0|
|2||Caleb Classen||Team California||2:11:29.2|
|3||Riley Amos||Trek Factory Racing||2:12:10.0|
|4||Fortunato Ferrara||Zia Velo Cycling||2:12:44.4|
|5||Robbie Day||Bear National Team||2:13:43.3|
|6||Colby Simmons||Jumbo Visma||2:14:31.8|
|8||Cobe Freeburn||Bear National Team||2:14:45.1|
|10||Nicholas Jenkins||Rouleur Devo p/b DNA Cycling||2:17:05.9|
Quinn and Colby will now head back to Europe, with Quinn scheduled to showcase his winning form at the Tour de Suisse 12-19 June. If all goes well and with a little luck, he hopes to make his debut in the Tour de France on 1 July from Copenhagen, Denmark.
Complete Iron Horse Bicycle Classic results HERE.
Photos: Iron Horse Bicycle Classic