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Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 9:51 am

Scott Tietzel of Boulder won the Bailey Hundo for the second time in a row June 15 as he finished the 100-mile mountain bike race in just over 6½ hours.

The fourth annual race started with Colorado State Sen. Mark Scheffel firing a double-barrel shotgun for the “shotgun start.”

Finishing with an official time of 6:31:14.12, Tietzel said after the race, “I’m feeling wrecked!”

He said the single track in the Buffalo Creek area and sustained climbs over the course “were the toughest parts.”

“The Hundo is a great race and well-organized. It’s great that I can do this race on Colorado single track.”

Single track is a biking/hiking trail with one line of travel as opposed to double-track trails that Jeeps and all-terrain vehicles use.

This year a documentary film was shot during the Bailey Hundo by filmmaker Austin Smart and his crew. The film crew was at the finish line and out on the course during the race.

“The Bailey Hundo Film documentary will follow the story of the Bailey Hundo on race day as the race unfolds,” says the film’s Facebook page. “The film will also feature stories about riders as well as volunteers” and the organizations the race supports.

Proceeds from the Hundo support Trips For Kids Denver/Boulder, Colorado High School Cycling League and the Colorado Mountain Biking Association, which is active with Bailey Trails in helping establish new trails.

The Hundo has developed a tie with a mountain bike race in Costa Rica called La Ruta De Los Conquistadores (The Route of the Conquistadors).

The Costa Rican race was founded by Roman Urbina, who finished 165th in this year’s Hundo with a time of 9:59:47.95.

At last year’s Hundo, Urbina and his sister, Florencia Urbina, became friends with Hundo organizers, and now the two races have become sister races.

The La Ruta De Los Conquistadores is a 3-day race touted as “Costa Rica’s premier mountain bike race and one of the most difficult athletic events on the planet.”

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