cycling utah June 1999

Racing Briefs

East Canyon RR

All of the racers participating in the 6th annual East Canyon Road Race were hoping the rain would subside long enough for their ride through the canyons. Well, the sun was shining on the backs of the racers as they took off from the starting line, but the weather wasn't perfect. The racers had to contend with strong winds. A tailwind is always welcome, but cross and head winds will send cyclists into fits.

One of the participants in the race. Paul Quinlan said,"The race was hard, fast, and windy."

The racers were led on a course starting at the scenic East Canyon Resorts up to Lost creek Reservoir, then back to the finish line a few miles past from where the race began. The promoters of the race Sports Am. did a great job coordinating the event. The riders were supported by volunteer amateur radio staff and by several members of the Job Corp. who helped keep the course safe and clear.

James Zwick, of Sports Am. was very happy with the event and wanted to thank all of the riders who participated. "It's gone up every year" said Zwick.

If you missed the race this year, mark it on your calendar for the next. The challenging 60-mile East Canyon Resorts race is a great way to start off the cycling season.

Results: Cat. 1-3: Craig Catiller (Micron); 2. Glenn Lacy (Inter-Mtn.); 3. Ray Allison (Micron).

Women's 1-3. Michele Weidner (Nissan); 2. Laura M. Howatt (MiDoule).

- S. Frederick Larg'e

Earth Day Pedal Cup

The 7th Annual Earth Day Pedal Cup April 1999, up City Creek Canyon was a fun event as always. There were road and mountain bike divisions. The race started at the mouth of City Creek Canyon and finished at Rotary Park where awards where given and food was available for participants.

There were those who rode the course just for the enjoyment of participating, and those who raced for a little competition. No matter the reason for participating, all bikers had fun and received T-shirts to remind them of the event.

If you missed it, there is always the City Creek Bike Sprint October 9, Sports Am's last biking event of the year. For Sports Am biking events look on the web,

Women's Challenge lures racers with biggest purse

BOISE, ID - The top female cyclists from around the world will descend on Idaho next week to compete in the HP LaserJet Women's Challenge, one of the world's most prestigious and demanding road cycling events for women.

Twelve of the top 15 riders in the world, as ranked by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), will compete for a prize purse of $125,000, the richest in North America.

Now in its 16th year, the HP LaserJet Women's Challenge has attained a respected position in the cycling community by providing women with a highly competitive and professionally run event.

The race, sponsored by the Idaho-based Hewlett-Packard LaserJet organization, covers 693 miles and 13,870 vertical feet, making it the longest race on the UCI North American schedule.

Daily race results, stage routes and rider biographies can be accessed via the HP LaserJet Women's Challenge website at A special one-hour highlight program of the race will air on NBC, July 11, 2-3pm eastern.

The Women's Challenge, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 to carry on the tradition of the Women's Challenge race, which began in 1984.

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