Sunday's Superior Morgul Bismark results

Pro Men

1 Chris Winn, 2:59:16.32

2 Keegan Swirbul, 2:59:20.89

3 Gage Hecht, 2:59:22.29

Pro Women

1 Flavia Oliveira, 2:20:16.98

2 Alison Powers, 2:20:19.55

3 Abigail Mickey, 2:21:19.68

An enthusiastic crowd perched on the hillside above McCaslin Boulevard to cheer on the cyclists toiling up a 750 vertical foot hump up "The Wall" to the finish line of Sunday's Morgul Bismark road race.

"It's probably the best view of any race," said spectator Shauna Melhorn, whose husband was one of the pro racers.

The road race wrapped up the three-day Superior Morgul series, now in its fourth year.

The series started Friday with a time trial on a new course, followed by Saturday's criterium through downtown Superior and Sunday's Morgul Bismark — a legendary loop which includes the vertical element affectionately named "The Wall."

Race organizers expected about 450 cyclists for the time-trial, about 500 for the criterium and 650 to 700 for the Morgul Bismark, which included a morning citizen's wave of one lap through the course.

Will Pirkey of Denver tried the citizen's wave and, when asked how it went, said "I finished."

"It's a hard course," he said.

Construction on Colo. 93 did require some changes to this year's Morgul Bismark route, with the 12.15-mile loop starting at Community Park on Coalton Road and finishing at the top of McCaslin Boulevard. But the iconic finish stayed the same.


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"It's the famous wall," said spectator Steve Harrop, who also rode in one of the races earlier in the weekend. "We've got to see the end of the wall. It's a great experience."

Tara Koel settled in on the hillside above the finish line with her sons, 4-year-old Gage and 6-year-old Gavin, to cheer on her husband, Brent Koel. The boys talked about their own bike races as they waited for their dad to zoom by.

"It's a great vantage point up here," Tara Koel said. "It's been fun to watch."

Jane Valerius, left, and Joy Nightingale, encourage racers with their cow bells at the top of "The Wall" of the Morgul Bismark Bike Race on
Jane Valerius, left, and Joy Nightingale, encourage racers with their cow bells at the top of "The Wall" of the Morgul Bismark Bike Race on Sunday. (Cliff Grassmick / Daily Camera)

Kristin Hugen, whose husband was racing in the men's division, said she likes watching loops like the Morgul Bismark because she can see the racers come around multiple times. Plus, the way this year's course was structured, spectators could watch the the cyclists racing both up and down the steep hill.

"It's awesome," she said.

The Morgul Bismark was made famous by the late 1970s-era Red Zinger Bicycle Classic, which transformed into the Coors Classic in 1980. The race continued until 1988, and started back up again in 2010, reborn as the Superior Morgul Classic.

The Superior Morgul Classic was organized by the Town of Superior until it handed over organizing and marketing duties to Without Limits prior to the 2012 race.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Amy Bounds at 303-473-1341 or boundsa@dailycamera.com