Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Cyclists do an encore after Mile Long Parade

Hailey Criterium brings cheers from big crowd

Hailey Criterium women’s winner Jane Repulski (right) sets the pace during Friday’s downtown Hailey event that attracted up to 1,000 spectators.

Road & Dirt and the Blaine County Recreation District are presented the first annual BCRD Hailey Fourth of July Criterium following Hailey's Mile Long Independence Day Parade Friday, July 4.

All races were exciting with close finishes and the clean up after the race was efficient.

Starting right after the parade, the sun-splashed criterium went off without a hitch. There were three different bands rockin' out the tunes and the kid's carnival was busy adjacent to the race course.

The course was six blocks long starting on Main St. in front of Wise Guy Pizza Pie and heading south with a left turn on Bullion, a left on 1st Ave., a left on Galena, and finally a left turn back onto Main St.

Staged were five separate races. The first was a Men's B event including Category 4/5 racers, Men's Masters, and Junior Men. The 30-minute race featured 38 participants. Winners were Taylor Benz, Henry Harper and Colby Benz.

The second was a 30-minute Women's All Category race. It had nine participants. Winners were Jane Repulski and Mikayla Liman. The third was a one-lap Shimano Youth 7-and-under race that had nine kids racing around the course. Winner was Curtis Larsen. The fourth was a Shimano Youth Series 12-and-under event for nine cyclists. Winners were Will Barta and Sharon Verst.

The fifth and final race was the 50-minute Men's Category 1/2/3 race for 25 competitors. Top five were Reid Pletcher, Eric Carlson, Whit Albright, Bob Hoene and Kai Applequist.

Here are the top placings by class and entrants. There were 90 racers taking part:

Men's 1/2/3: 1—Reid Pletcher. 2—Eric Carlson. 3—Whit Albright. 4—Robert Hoene. 5—Kai Applequist. 6—Ben Flandro. 7—Moses Mexia. 8—Joe Kafka. 9—Engin Yesilhemis. 10—Joshua Berry. 11—No name. 12—Scott Robinson. 13—Henry Harper. 14—Shaw Hanka. 15—#80.

Other racers: Chris Berry, Kevin Murar, Mark Bockenstette, Steve Wright, Eric Kafka, Chris Kemp, Scott Krankkala, Brian Cavanaugh, Rick Greenewald, Kurt Holzer, Bob Walker and Erik Ruggeri.

Women: 1—Jane Repulski. 2—Lolene Wirke. 3—Cameron Randolph. 4—Susan Robinson. 5—Renee Kline. 6—Liv Jensen.

Junior Women: 1—Mikayla Lyman. 2—Grace Alexander. 3—Sara Youmans.

Men's B: 1—Taylor Benz. 2—Cody Caldara. 3—Brent Johnson. 4—Tracy Anderson.

Other racers: Bob Bergdahl, Tate Trent, Chad Howard, Josh Glick, Peter Ashwin, Mark Estrebillo, Mike Long and Troy Larsen.

Masters Men B: 1—Henry Harper. 2—Jim Crouch. 3—Robert Hoene. 4—Bob Walker. 5—Russell Thorstrom. 6—Grady Burnett. 7—Kurt Holzer.

Other racers: Chris Berry, Rick Greenewald, James McCann, Taylor Walker, Scott Ramsey, Rex Sallabanks, Tom Witzye, Mike McDonald, Hugo Gogo and Herberth Corrales.

Junior Men B: 1—Colby Benz. 2—Jackson Long. 3—Gardner Cord. 4—Nicol Wheeler. 5—Rory Lynch. Also: Kristo Jorgenson.

Shimano Youth Series Boys 12-and-under: 1—Will Barta. 2—Matteo Jorgenson. 3—Luke Verst. 4—Will Long. 5—Jack Seiller. 6—Henry Raff. 7—Logan Verst.

Shimano Youth Series Girls 12-and-under: 1—Sarah Verst. 2—Molly Whittington.

Shimano Youth Series Boys 7-and-under: 1—Curtis Larsen. 2—Lance Verst. 3—Tate Caldara. 4—Toby Caldara. 5—Owen Ruggeri. 6—#889. 7—Ben Wise. Others: Lucas Carlson and Jakob Andersen.

Shimano Youth Series Boys 7-and-under: 1—Abigail Widell.

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