Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wild Rockies mountain bikers hit the trails

Barking Spider Bash

Wood River Valley mountain bikers got out their bikes and traveled to the Treasure Valley south of Nampa for Saturday's 16th annual Barking Spider Bash, season-opening race of the 2011 Wild Rockies ( series.

Category 1 men and women, Pros and Single Speed went three laps of the nine-mile lap course, or 28 miles. Category 2 riders went two laps or 18 miles, and Category 1 cyclists covered one nine-mile lap.

The Barking Spider Bash was a qualifier for the USA Cycling Cross-Country Mountain Bike national championships July 14-17 at Sun Valley. The event organized by Breakaway Promotions includes Olympic-style cross country, short track cross country and Super D.

All categories of racers will duke it out on the trails of Sun Valley for Stars-and-Stripes jerseys. Sun Valley will act as the host venue for both the 2011 and 2012 national bike races.

"I have traveled the world and the U.S. for races and I live in the Sun Valley area because it has some of the best trails I've ever ridden as well as welcoming cycling community," said three-time 24-Hour Mountain Bike World Champion Rebecca Rusch. "I know this place is world-class and I'm really looking forward to sharing what Idaho has to offer with the best cyclists in the U.S."

Here are WRV results from the Spider Bash:

Pro Men: 3—Dave Harrison (Wild Rockies Racing) 2.04:58.

Single Speed Men: 3—Pat Schott 2.07:37.

Category 1—Men 40-49: 9—Marc Driver (Sun Summit South) 2.02:44 (16th man). 11—Chris Gardner (Broken Spoke Cycling) 2.03:55 (18th man). 16—Kyle Rafford (Club Ride Apparel) 2.11:01 (30th man). 18—John Tormey 2.15:44 (35th man). Women 40-up: 3—Liv Jensen 2.41:55 (7th woman). Men 30-39: 6—Cameron Lloyd (Sun Summit South) 2.06:30 (20th man).

Category 2—Women 40-up: 3—Tory Canfield 1.43:21 (4th woman). Men 50-59: 3—Bruce Rogers 1.30:55 (21st man). 4—Dan Nicholas 1.31:48. 5—Michael Olenick 1.33:16. Men 40-49: 18—Herberth Corrales (Sun Summit South) 1.39:17 (42nd man). 19—Joel Zellers (SV Road & Dirt) 1.39:59. 24—Josh Glick 2.02:48.

Category 3—Women 30-39: 2—Nancy Glick (Mud Honey Cycling) 1.06:42 (10th woman).

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