cycling utah June 1999
By Doug Karcher
Like it's namesake, the 273- kms Paris-Roubaix, this year's Emmett-Roubaix took racers over both dirt and paved road sections. As the course wound past farms and orchards, the forbidding clouds that hung over the course and surrounding countryside never made good their threat and the racers were able to stay (mostly) dry.
Cool temperatures and light intermittent rain accompanied the Men's Pro 1-3 group as they left the starting line at Idaho Hwy. 16 and Chaparral Road for two laps of this scenic course south of Emmett, Idaho. John Foster jumped out front on loop one, but fell victim to a flat tire, putting him out of the running. Shortly after the dirt section and near the end of that first loop, as they ascended out of the Emmett valley to start the second loop, Ryan Allison made his jump. Once in front, this youngest member of Net.Now!/Cisco team stretched out a lead that would never be challenged. After 60 miles of racing Ryan climbed Old Freezeout Hill to the finish line and the win 2:27:56. Almost a minute behind the leader, second through sixth were tightly grouped as they rounded the final switchback. At the finish line it was a Net.Now!/Cisco sweep of the top four places as Allison's teammates, Zack Vestal, Glen Lacy and Craig Catellier rounded out the top four places at 2:28:50.
In the 45-mile, Men's 4-5 race, Stacy Steel, riding for the Key Bank team, crossed the finish line first in 1:51:13, just 15 seconds ahead of Boise Cycling Clubs Scott Yribar. Lactic Acid Cycling's Jarde Putchin was just one second behind Yribar, while Boise Cycling Club's Tony McGettingan and Louis Gilbert finished fourth and fifth respectively.
The Women's 1-4 race was won by Kim Boester riding for the Boise Cycling Club, finishing the 45-mile course with a time of 1:58:43, while Steve Olson took the Men's Masters 45-mile race in 1:58:41 seconds.