Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Locals complete 206 miles on bikes

Day in the saddle for Elkins, McClatchy

Local bicycle riders Brian Elkins, 52, and Jim McClatchy, 55, completed the 25th annual LOTOJA bike race Sept. 8.

It was a challenging one-day, 206-mile road race through three states starting in Logan, Utah and climbing into Idaho and then into Wyoming. They finished at Teton Village, Wyo.

Elkins placed 11th in Masters 45-plus age class and 491st of 1,237 finishers in 11 hours, 8 minutes, 16 seconds. McClatchy was 12th in the same class and 508th overall in 11 hours, 11 minutes and 11 seconds.

They left Logan shortly before 7 a.m. and arrived at Jackson Hole just before 6 p.m., averaging just over 18 mph.

LOTOJA is a European-style road race unparalleled in distance and beauty. It is the longest one-day U.S. Cycling Federation-sanctioned event in the country. Riders test physical and mental stamina as they climb through three alpine passes to reach the finish.

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