DelBosco sixth in downhill mountain biking race |

DelBosco sixth in downhill mountain biking race

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. ” For his first race in about a year, Chris DelBosco fared pretty well Saturday in the Jeep King of the Mountain downhill biking series.

Vail’s DelBosco qualified sixth out of eight riders and finished in the same place at the Jeep venue in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

“It went pretty well for not being on the bike a whole lot,” DelBosco said. “It was nice to see where I was at.”

After the morning qualifier on the Y-shaped course, DelBosco faced off against Rich Houseman, who won a NORBA mountain-cross event last year in Snowmass. In the two-run, cumulative best time event, Houseman jumped out ahead of DelBosco on the first run and crossed the finish less than one-second ahead of DelBosco.

“I tried to stay as close behind him,” DelBosco said.

On the second run, Houseman jumped out in front again.

“I had to follow him down and didn’t have time to pass,” DelBosco said.

After being knocked out in the quarterfinals, DelBosco finished sixth by virtue of his qualifying time.

“I had a good (qualifying run). It was pretty tight. I was closer than I usually am to the front guys,” DelBosco said.

DelBosco, who last raced at the Jeep series final last year in Beaver Creek, will compete in the third and final Jeep event this season, also at Beaver Creek on Sept. 1.

“I know where I am fitness-wise. I’m right there and with a little more time on the bike I should be able to hang with them or beat them,” DelBosco said.

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