FAIRBANKS — The River Pirates Race Series held its first race of the season at Ester Dome on Saturday morning.
The 14.3 mile course started at Goldstream Sports at Ester Dome Road and riders did a two lap course on the outer loop of the Ester Dome Single Track.
Amy Breen won the women’s expert division, finishing in two hours, six minutes, 28 seconds. Ben Abbot won the men’s expert division in 1:36:53.
Julie Schwaub took home the women’s sport/masters division title with a time of 2:16:30. Jay Cable won the men’s sport/masters division, finishing in 1:50:10.
The River Pirates Race Series is a new, point based race series that runs November-April. The Ester Dome Single Track race was the first in the series.
Riders receive points for participating and placing in races. By participating, riders receive 10 points. A first place finish earns 70 points, second place gets 60 points and third place gets 50 points.
Organizing an event earns a rider 50 points.
The next race in the series is the Peat-Pond Criterium race at 10 a.m. Nov. 23. After that, there are two more races scheduled. On Dec. 7 is the 40-mile Fairbanks-Circle Twist at the Fairbanks-Circle Trailhead. The race starts at 11 a.m.
The Isberg Circuit, a 15-mile course, will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 4 and begins at 3590 Isberg Road.
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