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Wild Rockies - News -- Sunday, May 13, 2007

Racing action heats up with over 250 enthusiastic participants ripping it up at the 13th annual Lavarama staged in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

This exciting venue was Round #2 of the 2007 Wild Rockies Mountain Series sponsored by Duke Enterprises. There was excellent participation by Utah riders as this event was part of the Utah State Championship Downhill Series and was also well attended by riders from California and, surprisingly, British Columbia! The venue featured a mountain bike cross-country event and trail run on Saturday with the ‘first ever’ digitally timed downhill in the Northwest drawing over 100 gravity junkies on Sunday.

The three events staged at LavaRama included a 9.2 mile trail run, a mountain bike cross-country race offering beginners an eleven mile loop with a 19 mile circuit for pros and experts, and the digitally timed technical Downhill Time Trail. The overall event attendance was down from last year to 265 for the weekend, but everyone who came out enjoyed perfect weather and had the chance to soak in the world-famous Lava Mineral Pools located right across the street from the start/finish line. The men’s trail run was topped by Jackson, Wyoming’s athlete extraordinaire Mr. Cary Smith sponsored by Hoback Sports who scorched the 9.2 mile big loop in 1:08:32, Lurking close behind was Erich Wilbrecht with 39 second deficit. Boise’s Melissa Johns (Bikes 2 Boards) bested the record in the women’s running field with a 1:27:09. The talented, 11-rider pro men’s cross-country mountain bike field was headed by Keith Hickerson of Tamarack Resort, with a scary fast 1:36:12, edging out Ryon Butterfield(Bob’s Bicycles) and Boise’s very own Brian "the rocketman" Taylor, who all finished within about one minute of each other. The Women’s pro mountain bike cross-country event was dominated by neo-Pro Amanda Riley who clearly won by 10 minutes. The hot and dry conditions were punishing but Team Tamarack Resort rider Lynn Stott drove hard for second place followed by Vello Bella’s Rebbecca Gross. The fastest overall expert man was none other than the mornings trail run winner, Cary Smith of Jackson. He showed why he is a world class athlete by doing the trail run and mountain bike expert course. Mr. Smith posted the second fastest mountain bike time of the day!! This guy is quite the specimen of fitness.

Sunday’s downhill was well received as it featured a course designed and built by a local crew led by downhill designer Wiley Fuhriman. The course featured several man-made jumps and ramps and served as a lighting rod of sorts by attracting a large raucous, rowdy and supportive group of spectators! The new, digital timing was also used for the first time and was very well-received by riders A setback caused by a mechanical on the uphill shuttle vehicle was neatly avoided as enterprising riders put a good volunteer shuttle together and got on with the race. In addition to being part of the Utah Championship Series, the Downhill also carried a USA CYCLING sanction. This sanction enables riders to receive national points for competition in their respective classes. Super fast neo-Pro Andrew Pierce from Park City bested his record from last year with a 2:27.441. This time edged Evan Turpen from Aptos, Calif. to take the pro class by a generous 8 second margin. The best of the rest included Carl Marcum from Team Tamarack Resort, a fraction of a second behind and Boise’s Art Widmer, getting faster and faster at every race. The Wild Rockies Regional Championship Mountain Series is proud to have Duke Enterprises as the title sponsor for 2007. Presenting sponsors this year are the Boise Co-Op, Piehole Pizza, The Shu Company, Eco-Lounge freeride shop, Gravnetic Productions, Kinetic Chiropractic, Body works with Results, Power Cordz, MBT Shoes and POLAR Pak. Supporting sponsors for Lava are Rob’s, Custom Cycle and ski, Dirt Dart, Shuntavi bikes, Bikes 2 Boards, Reed Cycle, Dempsey Creek Trading Post, City of Lava, Royal Hotel, SCOTT USA, Spondoro.com digital timing and Cyclone Sports Wear.

The next round of the 2007 Wild Rockies Regional Championship Series will be the 2nd annual Salmon River Celebration staged in Salmon, Idaho on June 2-3. This event is dedicated to the memory of Janna Brimmer, a local forester who was an avid outdoor athlete and loved by the community. For more information try Darren Lightfield at (208)388-1971.

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