Thousands of Independence Day spectators saw a repeat champion crowned and witnessed one of the best-ever U.S. female criterium racers during the seventh annual Hailey Bike Criterium Friday after the Mile Long Parade.
Repeat Elite Men’s champ in Hailey was Kaler Marshall, 28, from Walla Walla, Wash. and Team Audi. Marshall collected the first-place men’s prize of $500 and finished with a $1,500 haul including his victories in preem sprints.
Marshall won the Campus Criterium at Moscow June 22 and has enjoyed a busy spring including the North Star Grand Prix in Minnesota June 13, the Mutual of Enumclaw Stage Race in Washington State in May, plus the Tour of Walla Walla and Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas during April.
Now calling Hailey her home with husband Chris Pic, Santa Fe (N.M.) native Tina Pic, 48, of the Fearless Femme/Pure Energy Cycling team is one of the most decorated of all North American female cyclists. She is a six-time U.S. National criterium queen, in 2002-05, 2007 and 2009.
In her 16th season of competitive bike racing, Pic has tackled a challenging 2014 season beginning with the prestigious Redlands (Ca.) Bicycle Classic April 2-6 during which she was 12th in the criterium. She boasted three criterium race victories during the June 19-29 Tour of America’s Dairyland series in Wisconsin.
Pic suffered her fourth broken collarbone injury in a 2012 crash, but bounced back from surgery for a busy 2013 campaign with the Colavita-Fine Cooking team. Friday in Hailey, she won the $100 first-place women’s prize and came away with $350 including preems.
Friday’s second-place winners were Kai Applequist, 32, of Boise and Margaret Douglass, 56, of Salt Lake City, Utah. Applequist won the Idaho State Road Race title in May, while Douglass was the 2013 USA Cycling National Road Race winner in the Masters 55-59 class.
The top five men won money ranging from $500 to $50, and the top three women from $100 to $35.
Criterium 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 praised Hailey Mayor Fritz Haemmerle, a longtime bicyclist who has been a driving force behind the holiday activity since it began in 2008. Various contributors raised about $5,000 for the purse, he said.
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.
Besides Powerhouse, sponsors included Christopher & Co., Wise Guy Pizza, Gary Carr’s Cars 4U2 and Luke Whalen. Many volunteers chipped in to make the holiday criterium run smoothly.
Top criterium results:
· Elite Women: 1—Tina Pic. 2—Margaret Douglass. 3—Kirsten Dehart.
· Elite Men: 1—Kaler Marshall. 2—Kai Applequist. 3—Gabe Moss. 4—Seth Merriman. 5—Tom Lyons.
· Men B: 1—Bob Walker. 2—Josh Udesen. 3—Ryan Franklin.