Becky Broeder dominated the women's portion of the Ecology Center Classic cycling race so thoroughly that she was able to fall off her bike and still win.
The 30-year-old former professional triathlete from Missoula wrapped up the four-stage race with a fifth-place finish in Monday's criterium at Bonner Park.
The top five finishers in the criterium, in which the last-place rider is eliminated beginning on the sixth lap, was won by Joy Shaffer, but the top five finishers each received the same time. With the huge lead Broeder had established over the first three stages, she took the overall title by two minutes, 32 seconds over Liza Rachetto. Eva Karau was third, 3:54 behind.
Broeder won the first stage, the Pintler Road race, placed 10th in the Perma Road race, and fifth in Sunday's time trial. Broeder took her spill in the Perma Road Race.
"There was a crash," said Broeder, who will travel with her Intermountain Cycling team to a race in Hood River, Ore., later this week. "Someone touched their brakes and I ran into their back. I had to chase hard to get back up. My team did a good job of getting me where I needed to be, but it was touch and go."
Broeder was happy to have nearly a three-minute lead going into Monday's criterium.
"The criterium is always a challenge for me," Broeder said. "I come from a triathlon background, so a sprint is always a challenge."
With last year's champion Jessica Phillips racing in France, Broeder entered the race as the favorite.
"It was real easy to deal with," Broeder said of the expectations. "There's such a great support group here, such a supportive cycling community. I looked at it as a good thing."
Missoula's Ryan Guay of the dominant Team Navigators won the men's criterium, but couldn't overtake teammate Burke Swindlehurst of Salt Lake City for the overall title.
Swindlehurst brought a 54-second lead over Colby Pearce into Monday's final stage and finished eighth in the criterium. Pearce finished in the lead pack of five, but made up just 11 seconds to finish 43 seconds behind. Rusty Beall finished third, 1:59 behind, and Guay was fourth, 2:08 behind.
Ecology Center Classic
Sunday at Bonner Park
1, Ryan Guay, 1:06:03; 2, David Richter, same time; 3, Colby Pearce, same time; 4, Jonathan Baker, same time; 5, Glen Mitchell, same time; 6, Rusty Beall, 1:06:05; 7, Agnetti Sheldrake, 1:06:07; 8, Burke Swindlehurst, 1:06:09; 9, Jim Rucker, 1:06:11; 10, Marc Bomhof, 1:06:13.
1, Burke Swindlehurst, 8:05:10; 2, Colbt Pearce, 43 seconds behind; 3, Rusty Beall, 1:59 behind; 4, Ryan Guay, 2:08 behind; 5, Marc Bomhof, 2:34 behind; 6, Andrew Minier, 4:15 behind; 7, Zak Grabowski, 4:25 behind; 8, Scott Herzig, 6:15 behind; 9, Jonathan Baker, 6:20 behind; 10, Frank Overton, 7:17 behind.
1, Navigators, 24:17:38; 2, First Endurance/Contender, 51:59 behind; 3, Saturn for Seattle, 54:27 behind; 4, Share the Roads Racing, 1:30:01 behind; 5, Recycled Cycles Racing, 1:43:24 behind.
1, Joy Shaffer, 52:21; 2, Liza Rachetto, same time; 3, Katheryn Curi, same time; 4, Allison Beall, same time; 5, Becky Broeder, same time; 6, Renee Eastman, 52:23; 7, Sima Trapp, 52:25; 8, Eva Karau, 52:27; 9, Mary Kneeland, 52:29; 10, Eryn Hanna, 52:31.
1, Becky Broeder, 6:18:47; 2, Liza Rachetto, 2:32 behind; 3, Eva Karau, 3:54 behind; 4, Katheryn Curi, 4:13 behind; 5, Mary Kneeland, 4:59 behind; 6, Sima Trapp, 5:17 behind; 7, Suz Weldon, 5:50 behind; 8, Joy Shaffer, 6:25 behind; 9, Eryn Hanna, 7:41 behind; 10, Renee Eastman, 10:24 behind.
1, Intermountain Cycling, 19:03:09; 2, Los Gatos Bicycle Racing, 12:01 behind.