WEST JEFFERSON — Christopher Zieman was the king of the road last weekend during the Blue Ridge Brutal.
Zieman, 43, from Chapel Hill, finished the grueling 100-mile race in four hours and 39 minutes, four minutes ahead of second place Keith Gerarden also from Chapel Hill.
The race saw 282 bikers compete and finish the 57, 75, or 100-mile race.
Huntersville resident James Petrosky, 39, won the 57-mile race in two hours and 42 minutes and James Barker, 54, of Charlotte won the 75-mile race in three hours, 24 minutes.
There were eight riders from Ashe County compete in the Blue Ridge Brutal. Craig Hughes, 45, of Jefferson finished 31st in the 57-mile race.
Thomas Goodwin, 71, of Todd was 25th in the 57-mile race and was also the second-oldest competitor, only behind Gregg Marland, 72, of Boone.
Rick Powers, 54, of Warrensville suffered mechanical issues after 46 minutes of riding and was unable to finish.
The other five county riders all reside in West Jefferson. Jamie Williams, 36, took 30th place in the 100-mile race. Ray Podd, 61, was 46th in the 57-miler. Linda Stanley, 54, was 60th in the 57-mile race but was the fifth-highest finishing woman in the race. Craig Pergerson, 70, was 75th in the 75-miler and Raymond Bremmerman, 63, was 77th in the 57-mile race.
Christy Daniel of Charlotte, Kristie Summers of York, South Carolina and Sonya Kiziah of Taylorsville were the highest finishing women in the 57, 75, and 100-mile races, respectively.
Racers ranged from 20-72 years old and there were 12 states represented in the field (North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Washington D.C., Florida, Illinois and Kentucky. There was even a racer from the Netherlands that made the trip.
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