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For the week of May 30 through June 5, 2001

Unplugged bikers ride into Nevada

Bordertown Challenge holiday race

A challenging and scenic 26-mile cross-country course through the Pequop Mountains of Nevada was the setting for Saturday’s 11th annual Bordertown Challenge mountain bike race, which comprised Nevada’s state championship.

Over Memorial Day weekend, 264 mountain bikers took part in the third event of the 2001 Wild Rockies "Unplugged" Mountain Bike Racing Series. It featured Saturday’s cross-country race and Sunday’s wild, 3.3-mile downhill event.

Top pros on the 26-mile X-C course were Gabriel Blanco of Sandy, Utah (2.10:49) and Boise’s Barb Kreisle (2.43:03).

Doing well in the top-flight class were Wood River Valley pros Whit Albright, fourth overall in 2.17:06, and Danny Albright, ninth in 2.47:00.

Winning their age classes among the 17 Wood River Valley cross-country racers were Michael McClure (2.21:45 for 26 miles), Whit Harbaugh (2.22:02 for 22 miles), Angela Strickland (2.16:39 for 22 miles) and Banks Gilberti (1.52:48 for 13 miles).

In downhill, Hailey’s Moses Mexia clocked the second-fastest time of seven minutes and nine seconds over the 3.3-mile, 2,000 vertical-foot drop. Jon Wisby of Ketchum was close behind, fourth in 7:24.

Whit Harbaugh (8:16) and Mark Harbaugh (4:36) won their classes. And Hailey’s Randy Earle (4:10) posted the fastest beginner’s time for the easier 1.8-mile downhill.

Next series event is the 10th annual Revenge of the Singletrack Saturday, June 2 at 11 a.m. at Magic Mountain Ski Resort 30 miles southeast of Twin Falls. Check the Web site at

Here are other class placings and times at the Bordertown:

·  Cross-country: 2—Cherry Thornton (2.50:35), Kathleen Eder (3.04:28) and Dede Draper (1.49:45). 3—Troy Quesnell (2.26:33) and Mark Harbaugh (1.21:30).

4—Mike Harris (1.25:30). 5—Whit Henry (3.06:19), Matthew Botti (3.11:30) and Jackson Harris (1.15:16). 6—Jason Eder (3.08:05) and Dave Bell (2.23:33).




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