These Wells run deep

These Wells run deep

Big brother helps little brother win the Iron Horse

These Wells run deep

Troy Wells won the shortened Iron Horse Bicycle Classic road race from Durango to Durango Mountain Resort on Saturday in an unofficial time of 1 hour, 19 minutes, 13 seconds. “Man, it is awesome. Normally I’m like not in great form for this race, but this year I’m climbing well,” the 29-year-old Durangoan said.
Troy Wells edged Iron Horse Bicycle Classic record-holder Ned Overend at the Purgatory finish line by a wheel, relegating the Hall of Fame cyclist to yet another runner-up finish. “Coming close motivates me. If I start getting dropped, maybe I will ride a different classification,” said the 58-year-old Overend, who has won the IHBC five times. “Being in front, mixing it up, that’s exciting; it is motivating.”
For much of the 43rd Iron Horse Bicycle Classic on Saturday, it was a three-man race between five-time champion Ned Overend, defending champion Kip Taylor and three-time Olympian Todd Wells. But after the ascent to Durango Mountain Resort, it was Troy Wells who won the road race.
While his big brother had his back, Troy Wells pulled ahead of 16-year-old Gage Hecht, and he eventually left Ned Overend at the finish line to win the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic road race Saturday from Durango to Durango Mountain Resort. Troy Wells won, Overend finished second, Hecht third and Todd Wells sixth. “It is good. If it wasn’t me, it was Troy or Todd, and I’m sure Todd is happy to see (Troy) win, too,” Overend said.
“Troy and I got off out front together one time, and I couldn’t really help him,” Troy Wells’ older brother Todd Wells said. “Kip (Taylor) and those guys towed the group back up to us, and Troy went out front again. When they caught up again, Ned (Overend) went with Troy. Then, for me, I just sat in the group and made sure nobody got up to those guys again.”
“Man, it is awesome. Normally I’m like not in great form for this race, but this year I’m climbing well,” the 29-year-old Troy Wells said. “It is a good day. I wish it went to Silverton, but really this finish here is probably better for me. Less super-high altitude climbing.”
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