Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bike racer Durtschi grabs silver in Walla Walla RR

Third in “King of the Mountain”

Community School sophomore Max Durtschi (riding with the Sun Summit pants and white sunglasses) posted impressive Men’s Category 3 results during the April 19-20 Tour of Walla Walla in Washington State.

Community School sophomore Max Durtschi, riding for Ketchum's Sun Summit Cycling Club, posted impressive stage race results during the Tour of Walla Walla April 19-20 in Washington State.

One of nearly 100 cyclists in the Men's Category 3 division at the $10,395 Banner Bank U.S. Cycling Federation event, Durtschi placed second in the 75-mile road race and finished third in the "King of the Mountain" competition.

Durtschi conquered the 75-mile rolling hills course on country roads with a time of 3.36:02, in second place of 65 cyclists 1:43 behind the winner.

Solid finishes in the 7.5-mile Wilson Hollow time trial April 19 (12th of 84 cyclists) and the 50-minute Walla Walla six-corner downtown criterium April 20 (23rd of 56) put Durtschi in fifth place overall.

"I'm really pleased," said Durtschi. "The Tour of Walla Walla is a tough race. Being my first race of the season and having the time trial and road race on the same day, I just hoped I could finish. Being second in the RR was a big surprise."

Emmett Roubaix results

Durtschi, riding for Sun Summit, picked up a Men's Category 3 road race victory Sunday in the 57.5-mile Emmett Roubaix road race. Durtschi (2.34:48) won the 16-rider class in a photo finish over Boise-based cyclist Dylan Jones.

Scott Krankkala of California Giant/Specialized was ninth (2.40:20) in Men's 3. Other Wood River Valley riders finished the Emmett RR as well:

Men's Category 1/2 (76 miles): 8—Brandon Lynch 3.24:12 (7:33 off the winning pace). 10—Reid Pletcher (Sun Summit) 3.25:04.

Women's 1/2/3 (57.5 miles): 5—Sarah Brown 3.02:32.

Men's Master A 35-plus (57.5 miles): 4—Scott Robinson (SV Road & Dirt) 2.36:01.

Men's Category 4/5 (39 miles): 4—Taylor Sundali (Sun Summit) 1.46:42.

Men's B 45-plus (39 miles): 11—Herberth Corrales 1.56:41.

Men's B 55-plus (39 miles): 8—John Swyers (Durance Cycleworks/Lehman Brothers) 2.13:42.

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