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Kloser looks for triathlon sweep

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Vail’s Mike Kloser, will seek to sweep the Mountain Quest Winter Triathlon Series Sunday in Winter Park.

Kloser, a former World Mountain Bike Champion and winner of nearly every major adventure race in the world over the past three years, has dominated the series. He won the first race on Dec. 22 by nearly five minutes, and edged out rival and friend Dan Weiland on Feb. 8 by just three minutes – with a winning time of 1 hour, 06 minutes and 34 seconds.

Weiland was the last person to beat Kloser in a winter triathlon – last year, in the second race of the three race series.

“The way Mike is racing this year, though, it seems like it will take a major mistake on his part, or a super-human effort on someone else’s to win the final race,” says Weiland.

-The women’s race has been-more hotly contested. Lisa Isom, of Vail, beat Karen Hogan by just 44 seconds in the-Feb. 8 race; while, Monique Merrill, of Breckenridge, won handily in the first race of the series.

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“I love this event,” says Merrill. “It’s fun, it’s in a spectacular location, and you can make it as competitive or enjoyable as you want.”-

The series began in 1998 as an alternative to the more traditional snowshoe or cross-country ski races held during the winter.-

“We wanted to provide a fun and challenging event for people to work toward and participate in during the colder months,” says Barry Siff, race organizer. The final race of the Series, held at Snow Mountain Ranch, just outside of Winter Park, will consist of an eight-kilometer run on snow-packed road, a 15-kilometer mountain bike on hard-packed ski trail, and a 10-kilometer Nordic ski on groomed trail.-

For more information on the race, visit http://www.mountain-quest.com or call 303.442.0041.

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