Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Miles and miles of Moab biking

24 hours of riding for valley cyclists

Express Staff Writer

A lot of miles on a mountain bike, 28,418 miles in all, was logged by 350 teams and individual entries Saturday and Sunday at the 24 Hours of Moab event. Cash purse was $20,000 plus $40,000 in prizes for the 12th annual competition.

Eleven Wood River Valley riders did well last weekend.

Men's Solo competitor Reed Melton, 38, of Hailey, finished 10th among all individuals in 17 hours, 57 minutes and 26 seconds for four laps or about 59.64 miles in all. He was sponsored by Sun Summit South, MM&I and Hammer Nutrition.

The "5 Cent Refund," team of Todd Johnston, 39, of Hailey and Marc Driver, 39, of Ketchum placed a 33rd overall and fourth in their class with a time of 12:15:42 in Duo Pro/Expert. Driver cycled four laps or 59.64 miles, Johnston three laps for 44.73 miles.

In the Men's Sport Class was the "Where's the Ski Lift?" foursome from the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. The team had captain Don Wiseman, 51, plus SVSEF alumni Matt McNeal, 26, Scott McGrew, 29, and Zach Latham, 27. They were 71st overall in 12.53:55 for seven laps, coming home 23rd of 99 teams.

The "Ketchum If You Can" team (13.09:08 for 7 laps) ended up fourth of six teams in the Women's Expert Class for 92nd place overall. Team members included Karoline Droege, 36, team captain Muffy Ritz, 49, and Stella Keane, 51. Keane cycled three laps or 44.73 miles last weekend.

India Wysong, 33, of Hailey was on the "Needs Maintenance" team (13.15:48 for 6 laps) that placed 19th of 26 teams in the Duo Pro/Expert Class. Wysong also cycled 44.73 miles or the three-lap distance.

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