bikers arrive Tuesday
stage race begins Saturday
of the world’s top female cyclists will pedal through Idaho’s
mountains and high desert June 15-23 during the $75,000 HP Women’s
Challenge bicycle race.
the 19th annual Women’s Challenge is defending champ Lyne Bessette, now
riding with the Canadian national team. She faces formidable competition
including her former Saturn teammates.
HP Women’s Challenge debut will be former world champion Monica Valen,
32, of Norway. Also expected is American Olympic cycling silver medalist
Mari Holden, 31, and her Team T-Mobile.
Women’s Challenge will cover 543 miles over nine days and nine stages.
That’s 145 miles, four stages and three days fewer than 2001. The purse
has dropped $53,000 from last year’s $128,000.
change: Only one race will pass through Ketchum, compared to last year
when the HP Women’s Challenge visited Sun Valley for three races over
there are seven road races, one criterium and one individual time trial
for 2002. There will be no Elkhorn Circuit Race, a crowd-pleasing event in
the past. Also canceled for 2002 is the Trail Creek Road head-to-head time
June 15, Stage #1: The 69.5-mile Boise to Idaho City road race.
June 16, Stage #2: The 58.5-mile Lowman to Stanley road race.
June 17, Stage #3: The 25-mile Stanley individual time trial.
June 18, Stage #4: The 62.3-mile Stanley to Ketchum road race.
June 19, Stage #5: The 87.9-mile road race from Shoshone to Pomerelle
Ski Area south of Burley.
June 20, Stage #6: The 60.7-mile road race from Burley to Magic
Mountain south of Twin Falls.
June 21, Stage #7: The 84.5-mile Twin Falls to Buhl road race.
June 22, Stage #8: The 50-lap, 38.5-mile Wirestone Statehouse
Criterium in downtown Boise.
June 23, Stage #9: The 56.5-mile Emmett to Boise road race.
race’s Web site, www.womenschallenge.com