Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Hailey criterium a hit with riders, rooters

On Independence Day

    Thousands of Independence Day spectators rooted for an enthusiastic field of cyclists who took part in the sixth annual 4th of July Hailey Bike Criterium staged Thursday after the Mile Long Parade.
    Race director Billy Olson of Hailey’s Powerhouse Fit Studio/Road & Dirt handed out plenty of thanks after the successful event came to a close.
    Olson thanked Hailey Mayor Fritz Haemmerle, a longtime bicyclist who has been a driving force behind the holiday activity since it began in 2008.
    Haemmerle, a lawyer, raised money for criterium sprints called “preems,” and encouraged others in his profession to contribute. Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter was extremely supportive, Olson said. So was Eric Rector of the Blaine County Recreation District.
    Fittingly, 38-year-old Tiffany Pezzulo, a lawyer from Salt Lake City, Utah, won the Women’s Pro Cat. 1/2/3 event exactly one year after giving birth to her first child, Dmitri, last July 4. Primal Women’s Pro Cycling Team criterium cyclist Pezzulo also won the 2011 Tulsa Tough Blue Dome Criterium.
    Thursday’s Pro Men’s winner was Kaler Marshall, 27, from Walla Walla, Wash. and the Kryki Sports-Audi team. Marshall came to Hailey from Baker City, Ore., where he placed third among Pro Men in the final overall standings of the 2013 Baker City Cycling Classic Stage Race June 30.
    Many volunteers chipped in to make the holiday criterium run smoothly. “We look forward to doing it again next year,” Olson said. Here are top criterium results by class:

  • Women Cat. 1/2/3 and Pro: 1—Tiffany Pezzulo. 2—Tina Brubaker. 3—Jena Greaser. 4—Heather Smith.
  • Men Cat. 1/2 and Pro: 1—Kaler Marshall. 2—Dan Bechtold. 3—Tim Root. 4—Joel Brazil. 5—Scott Robinson. 6—Robert Hoene. 7—Rick Greenawald. 8—Ryan O’Hara. 9—Joe Kafka.
  • Men Cat. 3: 1—Jackson Swanson. 2—Nicholas Lee.
  • Men Cat. 4: 1—Mark Lovlien. 2—Paul Shiflet.
  • Women Cat. 4: 1—Rachelle Lyle. 2—Caitlyn Sholtis.
  • Men Cat. 5: 1—Pedro Morales. 2—Peter Gower. 3—Hector Ocampo. 4—Zeb Glenn. 5—Ian Sundby. 6—Henry Raff. 7—Illiah Pfau.
  • Master A Men 45-plus: 1—Tim Root. 2—Robert Van Kirk.
  • Master A Men 35-plus: 1—Craig Hofer. 2—Henry Harper. 3—Robert Van Kirk.
  • Master B Men 45-plus: 1—Robert Walker. 2—Bryan Evans.
  • Master B Men 35-plus: 1—Randy Charrette.

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