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For the week of September 10 - 16, 2003


Bikers grind it
out at Galena

Whit Henry Memorial race

Express Staff Writer

The annual Galena Grinder, a NORBA-sponsored mountain bike competition and locals’ favorite, was held this past Saturday in the trails around Galena Pass.

The day had the smell of fall with three hours of rain falling on the racers. Eventually, the skies let up and low clouds hung over the 85 racers scattered about miles of bike trails.

The Grinder is no easy race. "It’s a well-named race," said first time racer Eric Dobbie, second-place finisher in his Men’s Sport 19-29 Division on the shorter 16-mile course.

"It was grueling—it gave me a lot more respect for those athletes who run these races," added Dobbie.

This year’s race was the first annual Whit Henry Memorial Galena Grinder with proceeds going to various funds established by Henry’s family.

Henry was a Wood River youth who loved biking and excelled at the sport before his untimely passing. Whit’s mother Gail Henry was on hand for Saturday’s race event.

This organizers, Mark Driver and Sean McLaughlin, were thrilled to have such an immense turnout including 33 cross-country racers who each biked a 42-mile course.

"We had racers from all over: Montana, Salt Lake City, Jackson Hole," said Driver. When the race was done the dozens of racers gathered in cozy Galena Lodge and enjoyed a lavish energy-heavy buffet while awards were given out.

All racers seemed to agree with Dobbie, who "had a blast out there."

Here are the results of the Whit Henry Galena Grinder:

Beginner Men (10 miles): Age 30-39: 1—Danny Kelly. 40-49: 1—Woody Preucil 1.10:32. 2—Steve Edsall 1.20:30. 3—Jon Moses 1.40:08. 50+: 1—Rolf Hebenstreit 1.01:36. 2—Ed Flood 1.03:30. 3—Ed Alan 1.14:58. Junior: 1—Corey Bellinger.

Beginner Women (10 miles): Ages 19-29: 1—Tess O’Sullivan 1.04.00. 2—Kristina Joder 1.05:00. 3—Carina Denison 1.20:00. 30-39: 1—Melanie Mildrew 1.07:13. 2—Elizabeth Crossley 1.08:13. 40-49: 1—Lindy Cogan 1.16:46. 2—Rachel Vanderpool 1.33:14. 50+: 1—Heidi Flood 1.32:10.

Trailblazers (3 miles): Men: 1—Mal Prior 30:19. 2—Taylor Riviello 33:40. 3—Cooper Rogers 36:06. Women: 1—Maggie Flood 45:51.

Sport Men (16 miles): 19-29: 1—Jake Schmillen 1.43:02. 2—Eric Dobbie 1.46:24. 30-39: 1—Chard Bernt 1.40:24. 2—Jeremy Fryberger 1.41:46. 3—John Denny 1.57:18. 40-49: 1—Kyle Kunz 1.33:58. 2—Dick Newson 1.42:59. 3—Dan Graham 1.46:15. 50+: 1—Pat Simpson 2.29:36. Junior: 1—Corey Bellinger.

Sport Women (16 miles): 19-29: 1—Stacey Newton. 40-49: 1—Abbi Fisher-Gould 1.55:05. 2—Cherry Thornton 2.06:21. 3—Kathleen Eder 2.24:46. 50+: 1—Karen Simpson 1.28:09. 2—Gabriele Andersen 1.57:02.

Pro/Expert Men (21 miles): 1—Mat Hall 1.58:18. 2—Michael Shane 2.00:11. 3—Carl Praeger 2.00:47.

Pro/Expert Women (21 miles): 1—India Mysong 2.20:17. 2—Maribeth Evezich 2.26:38. 3—Erin Zell 2.31:06.

Double XC Men (42 miles): 1—Whit Albright 3.52:30. 2—Troy Quesnel 3.55:22. 3—Todd Henneman 3.59:28.

Double XC Women (42 miles): 1—Georgia Gould 4.42:48. 2—Janelle Grider 4.44:04. 3—Pam Hanlon 5.04:33.



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