cycling utah August 1999

Racers do the slalom on Snowbird single track

The 12th Annual Mountain Bout Mountain Bike Race was held Saturday, July 3rd at the Snowbird Resort under smokey-blue skies (thanks to local forest and wild fires).

The legendary race, complete with a few new single-track spurs, was true to its reputation as a brutal hill climb.

John Osguthorpe, riding for Schwinn had to scramble to keep ahead of Art O'Connor of SOBE/Spin Cycle in the Men's Pro/Elite race. Osguthorpe maintained his traction as he ploughed down the loose West Second South route to beat O'Connor by only 7/10th of a second over the 14- mile, 3,500-foot vertical race. Indicative of how tightly matched the Pro/Elite Men were, all ten racers finished within a total of nine minutes of each other.

Park City riders had a great showing throughout the day, beginning with young Hillary Wright who captured third place in the 12 and under race. Hillary, who just launched her mountain bike-racing career, attributes her training with the Young Riders program for her strong finish against a predominantly male field.

Rob Karz, of Park City, narrowly missed a first place win as Mark Sarette of Evanston, WY plucked the lead away by two minutes. Women's Pro/Expert riders showed their moxie under the high noon sun as Mindy Gillespie of Provo, beat out Park City's Roxanne Toly by three and a half minutes over the 11-mile track with a time of 1:33:07 to Toly's 1:36:37.

One of the closest races occurred between Mike Oliver of Bountiful and Brian Morris of Salt Lake in the Beginner Men 19 -29 category. Only 4/10th of a second separated the two as they battled on the rocky descent and over each hurdle of the Bass Highway 700-foot ascent.

In the Clydesdale category, Ed Smith of Contender Bicycles reigned victorious as he held on to his winning ways and beat fellow 200+ pounders over their three laps and 2,100 vertical feet. Jeff Graham, of Provo, UT was second, followed by Dean Hudson Of Evanston City, WY.

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