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Wild Rockies - News -- Saturday, April 21, 2007

Southern Idaho mountain biking and trail running spring opening event starts off wild and windy

Mountain bike and trail run racing competition began in April with wild and windy weather. Storms loomed in the backdrop of a crowd of 265 athletes eagerly waiting the grand Re-opening of the 2007 Wild Rockies Regional Championship Series presented by Duke Speed Institute. Idaho State Mountain bike champion and Tamarack Resort professional racer Darren Lightfield took over the reigns from long-time cycling promoter Ron Dillon. The Grand POO-BAH, has left the building, says Darren, as he begins where Ron left off, running one of the oldest mountain bike series in the nation. Ron has set a good foundation for mountain bike events in the region, and he has been a wealth of information, I couldn’t have done this on my own, that is for sure. There is just a massive amount of paperwork involved with these events and every agency involved wants a slice of the pie, before you are even taxed on the income! I am doing this because I love cycling and outdoor sports and this is one way to provide opportunities for folks to challenge themselves to have fun and promote a heathwise lifestyle. This series has set a precedent to attract elite level athletes, as well as active people who enjoy having good times with a variety of different events and levels of competition. For example, current US Mountain bike champion Georgia Gould developed in the Wild Rockies series and now she is on top of the World Rankings!! Multi-time XTERRA & Adventure World champion and six-time Wild Rockies champion Michael Tobin is a fixture in the series, when he is not out dominating world-class events. Then we have the weekend warrior types like Hal Miller and Julie Richardson, who want to push themselves, and get a great workout. People come out just to have a good time whether they are participating, watching the events, or even volunteering!

Darren added that he is very excited to introduce some new sponsors to the sport as well as foster the relationships Ron has created over the years. This year series sponsors include title sponsor and local racer Brad Duke, as well as, PieHole Pizza, Boise Co-Op, Kinetic Chiropractic, Eco-Lounge freeride shop, Athlete’s Foot, Cycle Idaho LLC, Gravnetic Productions, Polar Pak, Body Works with Results, Custom cycle and ski, Ken's Bicycle Warehouse, Hyde Park Cyclesports, Power Cordz, George’s, A-1 bike and skate, Dirt Dart, Brian’s Pro Bike, Idaho Mountain Touring, Bikes 2 Boards and Cyclone Sports Wear. The event offered something for everyone; there was a 9.3 mile trail run, and a mountain bike race, ranging from a beginner distance of 9.3 miles, up to 27.9 miles for professionals. Also new to this years format is digital timing chips by Spondoro.com.

The men's trail run was topped by Brian Crowl from Nampa who conquered the 9.3 mile (15K) hilly course in 1:02:41, winning himself a $50.00 bonus. Boise's Carol Severa stomped the women runners with a 1:17:27, Carol was the only racer to compete in running and mountain biking events winning prizes and medals to boot. The pro men's mountain bike field was won by Ketchum’s Cody Peterson setting a blistering, new course record of 1:47:25, with Michael Tobin in-tow 30 seconds back. The sly Fox, Mr. Chris Fox was just a couple minutes back breathing down the neck of Tobin for the whole race. For the women's pro class, Team Tamarack Resort pro squad swept the podium, showing some great early season form. Stacey Scanlon put on a good showing setting a new, very fast, course record of 2:09:07 and clearly topped her teammates Lynn Stott, Jana Repulski and reigning Wild Rockies champion Lorien Lightfield. Pro racers were complimented by winning their equal shares of over $1,000.00 in prize money, sponsored by Duke Speed Institute. Everyone got to enjoy the wide variety of raffle prizes and get some great food from Parrilla Grill, also included in the entry was “organic certified” beer courtesy of New Belgium Brewery.

The next round of the 2007 Duke Speed Wild Rockies Regional Championship Series will be, the 13th annual LAVARAMA, racing starts in the boutique town of Lava Hot Springs, Idaho on the weekend of May 12-13, 2007. Sunday is also round #1 of the Utah State Downhill Series. Be sure to register online at www.sportsbaseonline.com and receive your custom Wild Rockies high-tech t-shirt. For further information go to www.wildrockies.com.

See ya, D.Lightfield

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