Interested in competing at the USA Cycling National Mountain Bike Championships July 4-7 in Sun Valley? Two qualifying races are coming up.
The first is the Soldier Mountain Cross Country mountain bike race on Saturday, June 16 starting at 10:30 a.m. at Soldier Mountain Ski Area north of Fairfield.
Next is the Galena Grinder/Whit Henry Memorial Saturday, June 30 at Galena Lodge north of Ketchum.
Both are events on the 2012 Knobby Tire Series of Idaho.
Pre-registration closes the Thursday before each race at 10 p.m. Visit knobbytireseries.com. The Grinder is the Knobby Tire Series finale and is also one of a few select events on the 2012 USA Cycling Professional Mountain Bike Ultra Endurance Tour (Pro UET).
Riders finishing in the top 15 in their XC categories and age groups qualify for nationals, to be held in Ketchum and Sun Valley. You must have an annual USA Cycling mountain bike license to compete as an amateur at nationals.
Here are a few details about the upcoming races:
( Soldier Mountain: Saturday's race has three courses—a 23-mile distance for Pro/Open Category 1 (no age breakouts, everyone races for purse of 40% of Pro/Open Cat. 1 fees); 23-mile Cat. 1 age grouping; $15 mile Cat. 2; 10-mile Cat. 3 and Juniors. Fees range from $20 to $40 pre-registration, or $25 to $55 day-of-race entry.
( Grinder/Whit Henry: The 45-mile marathon (2 laps on a 22.5-mile course) begins at 9 a.m. for the Pro/Open/Singlespeed riders, $65 pre-registration, and no day-of-race entry. You must enter the Pro/Open category to be eligible for the cash purse that starts at $500 for first place, men and women, and ranges to $125 for fifth place, men and women.
Other marathoners will start at 9 a.m. in the 19-29, 30-39, 40-49 and 50-plus classes, $55 pre-registration fee.
Pro/Open/Cat. 1 and Cat. 1 age groupings will compete on a 22.5-mile course starting at 10:30 a.m. ($40 and $30 pre-registration, $55 and $45 day-of-race), with Cat. 2 going 17.5 miles, Cat. 3 and Juniors 10 miles.
Last year the Grinder was staged over the July 23-24 weekend for 160 racers led by 45-mile marathon winner Monique Pua Mata and men's marathon winner Manuel Prado—both riding for Team Sho-Air of California.
The event is held in memory of Whit Henry, a 2001 Wood River High graduate who died July 2, 2003 in an accident on U.S. 20 west of Timmerman Hill. He became a passionate cyclist before his untimely death at 20. It is the 11th anniversary renewal of the current incarnation of the Galena Grinder, a mountain bike race held here for two decades.
Call 720-9205 for details, or brokenspokecycling.org.
Wood River Cup bike results
Road & Dirt's 11th annual Wood River Cup short track mountain bike series continued Wednesday at Old Cutters Park in Hailey with the following class results. Another race is today, Wednesday, June 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Rotarun trailhead west of Hailey.
Women Cat. 1/2/3: 1—Janelle Conners 100 points. 2—Ashley McQueen 95. 3—India Wysong 90. 4—Liv Jensen 85. 5—Simone Kastner 80. 6—Muffy Ritz 75. 7—Sara Schroeder 70. 8—Maranda Stopol 65. 9—Colleen Hayes 60. 10—Wendy Rector 55. 11—Gretchen Flint 50. 12—Sandi Hagel 45. 13—Cameron Randolph 40. 14—Amy Anderson 35. 15—Elizabeth Zellers 30.
Men Cat, 1/2: 1—John Reuter 100 points. 2—Brad Walker 95. 3—Terry Duran 90. 4—Dave Harrison 85. 5—Taylor Benz 80. 6—Sam Young 75. 7—Cameron Lloyd 70. 8—Chris Pic 65. 9—Ben Flandro 60. 10—Jedd Young 55. 11—Darren Lightfield 50. 12—Matt McNeal 45. 13—Kyle Rafford 40. 14—Will Hovey 35. 15—Chris Gardner 30. 16—Lee Roquet 25. 17—Ian Sundby 20. 18—Herberth Corrales 15. 19—Pat Schott 10. 20—Dave Bell 5, Ben Young 5, Josh Ringlestett 5, Adrian Montgomery 5.
Juniors: 1—Leo Corrales 100 points. 2—Illiah Pfau 95. 3—Tyler Lohrke 90.
Masters Men: 1—Jeffrey Roth 100 points. 2—Joel Zellers 95. 3—Herberth Corrales 90. 4—Chris Kastner 85. 5—Chris Clay 80. 6—Rick Hilles 75. 7—Stephen Schultz 70. 8—Jeff Lyon 65. 9—Connor Lohrke 60.