Friday, July 24, 2009

Ryan Parnes grabs Idaho Criterium title

Wood River Valley cyclist leads the pack

Wood River Valley native Ryan Parnes captured Pro Men's Category 1/2 honors in the Intermountain Orthopaedics Idaho State Criterium championship that attracted 176 cyclists to Boise's Hidden Springs on Sunday, July 19.

Parnes, 25, now of Los Altos, Calif., and racing for Webcor/Alto Velo Men's Elite Cycling, took the overall title one day after finishing 22nd of 51 Pro Men 1 cyclists in the 23rd annual Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium run in downtown Boise. He was a member of the 2007 Stanford University national championship cycling team.

Other local highlights of the Idaho State Criterium: Ketchum's Sara Youmans won Junior Women 13-14 for her seventh consecutive state championship gold medal; and Sun Summit Cycling racers Tyler Spence (3rd Junior Men 13-14) and Colby Benz (2nd Junior Men 17-18) finished well.

Hailey's Brandon Lynch, 31, also did well over the July 18-19 weekend in Boise. He placed fifth behind Parnes in the State Criterium Pro Men's class, and was also 38th in the Twilight Criterium staged in 95-degree heat the evening before.

Tyler Spence was third among Junior 10-14 racers in the Twilight Criterium and 20-year-old Mark Estrebillo ended up 16th in Men's 4/5. Winners were Kenneth Hanson, 27, of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong Savola of Boise.

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