Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sports summary

Sun Valley Telecross and Boardercross

If St. Patrick were a skier, he would have been a telemark skier in a green coat.

This Saturday, March 17th, Sun Valley Tele is hosting the first ever Telecross and Boardercross on Dollar Mountain. Registration will be from 9-11 a.m. with racing beginning at 12 p.m. on Dollar's Family Cross Course.

All telemark skiers and snowboarders are welcome to participate. Cost of racing is $20, which includes entry in the raffle.

There will be $35 Dollar Mountain Competitor day tickets available entrants. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three tele/snowboard men and women in both Elite and Open divisions.

Wear green and win green. Please direct any questions about this event to Kyle Livingston at (509) 991-1139 or  HYPERLINK

USSA Alpine J2 Nationals

KJ Savaria skied to 11th place in the men's slalom Wednesday at the J2 JO'S at Mammoth Mountain, California.

SVSEF teammate Kipling Weisel was 8th after the first run but did not finish the second. In the women's slalom, Jordan Fitzgerald finished 28th.

In downhill on Thursday, Savaria (1:16.57), starting 13th, recorded a fifth-place finish. Savaria was sitting in third place before getting nudged off the podium by Jack Auty and James Lebel (1:15.69), who won the race after starting 51st, as the course got faster as the day wore on.

SVSEF teammate Kipling Weisel (1:17.08) was 12th overall. A first-year J2, Fitzgerald skied to 22nd in the women's downhill.

In men's super G Friday, Savaria tied for ninth place and Weisel finished 12th. On Sunday, Weisel was 10th in giant slalom.

Fitzgerald tied for ninth place in giant slalom Friday, marking her first top-10 result at J2s. On Saturday, Fitzgerald was 35th in giant slalom.

Local cyclists head to Washington D.C.

Greg Martin, local director of the Wood River Bicycle Coalition, and Rebecca Rusch will head to Washington D.C. East to take part in a 500-mile bike ride in support of Bikes Belong, which is a National organization that works towards protecting non-motorized transportation and recreation.

The purpose of the ride is to raise awareness and funds for issues in Congress that that threaten to cut federal funding for non-motorized transportation.

The 500-mile ride will to the steps of Congress in DC and to attend the National Bike Summit.

Martin and Rusch will be sitting down in their offices to personally share our experiences and tell them why we feel support for these initiatives is important for the Wood River Valley and the nation as a whole.

Durtshi aims for U23 Paris-Roubaix

Local cyclist Mas Durtschi will spend his 2012 season in Europe with the U23 national team trying to nail down the big results that get the pro teams' attention.

Durtschi did not renew his contract for the upcoming season with the Chipotle-First Solar Development Team.

Durtschi is the winner of the 2009 junior criterium and road race US national championships said he will spend his 2012 season in Europe with the U23 national team trying to nail down the big results that get the pro teams' attention.

The U23 team program will begin in early March with a stage race in Croatia before the classics group moves on to Belgium for the spring races.

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