Racing on a slightly altered course from previous years, Ryan Trebon took top honors Saturday at the 17th annual Chainbreaker mountain bike race in Skyline Forest west of Bend, topping Trevor Deruise of Reno, Nev., by less than a minute.
The 33-year-old Trebon, of Bend, finished the two-lap, 30-mile course in 1 hour, 56 minutes, 48 seconds, edging out DeRuise, 22, who crossed the finished line in 1:57:08. Lance Haidet, 17, also of Bend, finished third in the elite men’s category in 1:58:40.
Approximately 275 riders competed in the annual Mother’s Day Weekend event, which was staged for the first time by Bend Endurance Academy. Proceeds from the race went to support BEA’s youth sports programs.
“It went really well,” said Bill Warburton of BEA, the Chainbreaker race director. “We added some singletrack, changed up the start a bit and got really lucky with the weather.”
While wind and dust have been problematic for the race in the past, Saturday’s event benefited from the rain and snow that fell on the course earlier in the week.
“Even with the good weather, we watered the road (at the start) anyway, so there was no dust for the first mile,” Warburton said. “The wind picked up just enough to clear the trail.”
Serena Bishop Gordon, 35, of Bend, the only entrant in the elite women’s race, completed the course in 2:14:54. Laura Trace, 48, of Portland, was the next fastest female, winning the expert women’s category in 2:28:15. This story and an accompanying photo cutline have been corrected. In the original version, Serena Bishop Gordon was misidentified. The Bulletin regrets the error.