Ketchum cyclist Max Durtschi has been selected to compete in the 41st edition of the Le Tour de l'Abitibi (LTA), part of the International Cycling Union (UCI) Juniors Nations Cup circuit for 2009.
The 26-team international race will be held in the province of Quebec, Canada, July 20-26.
Durtschi races for Hammer/CMG, an elite junior team based in Portland, Ore. He was one of a handful of junior racers selected to represent the United States. This will be his second year racing LTA.
Often referred to as "a Tour de France for juniors," LTA is the only North American stage of the UCI Junior World Cup.
It is considered the most important stage, as well as the longest. It is also considered the most popular stage, with teams from more than 30 countries vying for an invitation. Participating cyclists have an opportunity to qualify for the 2010 Junior Youth Olympics.
Durtschi, 18, is home-schooled with the support of Wood River High School, Johns Hopkins University and The Center for Talented Youth.
Visit tourabitibi.qc.ca and click on the English translation for more race information.