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Four Peaks Gran Fondo Returns to SE Idaho August 14, 2021

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The 4 Peaks Gran Fondo is in its seventh year. The ride will be held in Pocatello, Idaho on August 14, 2021. The ride gets its name from the four summits it traverses over the 70-mile-long course with 7K feet of elevation gain.

We asked organizer David George of 4 Peaks Gran Fondo about the ride.

Cycling West: The ride is in its seventh year, how is it going? What's new for 2021?

4 Peaks Gran Fondo: Our Gran Fondo is going well. We made it through the Covid year and had a solid turnout. Our registrations are up and people are excited about our ride.

Photo courtesy 4 Peaks Gran Fondo
Photo courtesy 4 Peaks Gran Fondo

CW: Tell us about the courses. What are the different course options? What are the highlights of each?

4PGF: The course is a 70-mile course riding the peaks around Pocatello. You gain about 7k vertical feet. You can ride all four yourself, do a relay, or a single peak. Whatever you decide to do, you are sure to have a fun time. Highlights are great riders on a beautiful course with minimal traffic. Each peak has challenging parts to it. It ranges from winding switchbacks to so tough vertical. Pebble will challenge you from the start, but the sense of accomplishment with each peak is awesome.

Photo courtesy 4 Peaks Gran Fondo
Photo courtesy 4 Peaks Gran Fondo

CW: What is the natural history of the area. What are the sights that people will see along the way?

4PGF: Each peak offers the opportunity to see wildlife. Deer, wild turkeys, and moose are common. Lots of trees and beautiful scenery are park of the ride. These picks will give you a great appreciation of what Pocatello has to offer.

Photo courtesy 4 Peaks Gran Fondo
Photo courtesy 4 Peaks Gran Fondo

Cycling West: Where can people stay? Is there camping nearby? Are there family activities in the area?

4PGF: There are many hotels in Pocatello as well as KOA type campgrounds, with VRBO and AirBnB as well. Scout Mountain has a forest service-maintained campground. There are ample options for lodging. Each are not more than 15-20 minutes from the start in Inkom. Lava Hot Springs is close by, and Pocatello has serval options for family entertainment.

Photo courtesy 4 Peaks Gran Fondo
Photo courtesy 4 Peaks Gran Fondo

CW: Tell us about the timed sections of the ride.

4PGF: The timed sections of the ride are on the uphill climbs only. We want to encourage safe descending. Also, the riding time between peaks is also not timed. This ride is to challenge you on the ride up. So, enjoy a recovery spin between each peak.

Photo courtesy 4 Peaks Gran Fondo
Photo courtesy 4 Peaks Gran Fondo

CW: Tell us more about the climbs. How hard are they? What gearing might riders need?

4PGF: The climbs vary. Crystal, Scout, and Buckskin are nice climbs with their own challenges (Category 3-4), but you will just find that gear that works for you and crank away. I think Pebble would be a Category 1 climb. She will test you, but the sense of accomplishment when you hit the top is awesome. As far as gearing goes, you won’t need anything special for the climbs, just some determination.

CW: The event is a fundraiser. Can you tell us more about the beneficiary?

4PGF: The ride is not a fundraiser for any one particular charity, but rather the funds get used to help various causes each year. The 4 Peaks Gran Fondo committee has donated to the Idaho Cycling League, Pocatello Pioneers Mountain Bike Team many times.

Photo courtesy 4 Peaks Gran Fondo
F Photo courtesy 4 Peaks Gran Fondo

CW: Is there anything else that you would like to add?

4PGF: This is an amazing ride. Pocatello has as good of riding as anywhere you will find. Low traffic, great scenery, and various options depending on riding ability. Come see what you are missing. You won’t be disappointed and will be back!

Event Details: Register at 4pgf.com.

August 14 — Four Peaks Gran Fondo, Pocatello, ID, One Day: 82 miles, Four Peaks: 7800ft total elevation gain. Climb the 4 peaks of the Portneuf Valley; Crystal, Scout Mountain, Pebble Creek, Buckskin. Each of the climbs will be timed with chips. Downhill and flat sections are not timed. Cumulative climb times will be totaled to determine rider rankings. Ride 1-4 peaks as you wish, DanielleBagley, 208-339-2043, 208-232-8996, [email protected], David George, 208-317-2225, [email protected], 4PGF.com

The ‘good ole days’ not so different from today

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By Greg Overton — Welcome to a new year of Classic Corner as a feature in Cycling Utah. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this column, Classic Corner takes a historical look at cycling each issue. We will look mostly at racing related products, people, and events from the 1950s through the 1980s.

[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the March 1997 issue of Cycling Utah]

Some of the topics from last season were Masi, Cinelli, Paramount, Campagnolo and Mavic. This year we will continue down this same path, and possibly rekindle memories of your first racing bike or some obscure component in the bottom of that tool box.

The 1997 racing season is yet to begin (at press time), so we thought it would be great to give a perspective on racing in Utah in a different era. Classic Corner recently had the opportunity to visit with Salt Lake native Jan Hyde.

Jan raced on a National level in the fifties and sixties and has some wonderful memories about those days. For readers of this column, you may recall the story on Cinelli in the September issue. The bike featured in that story was one of Jan's racers from the early sixties.

Jan Hyde raises his arms in victory in the BYU to UofU campus race aboard his now-classic Cinelli racing bike.
Jan Hyde raises his arms in victory in the BYU to UofU campus race aboard his now-classic Cinelli racing bike.

As a child in the forties, Jan heard about bike racing's heyday from his grandfather and father.

“Bike racing for me,” Hyde begins his story, “goes back to my grandfather, Orson Hyde. In the early 1900s, the Salt Palace Velodrome was located at 900 South to 1300 South and State Street. My Grandfather was a musician there and knew all the riders. It was part of the National scene in those days, and Frank Kramer and all the big shots of track racing would race there. My grandad was there all the time, and as a result my father wound up in that crowd as well. He got a Pierce Kramer bike from one of the racers and that kind of started him off.

“There was a local racer by the name of Frank Walker who was very good. He rode with the Kramers and Major Taylors of the day, and I remember him telling my dad about ‘The fastest bike racer ever.' He was talking about Major Taylor. Kramer and Taylor were the big names, but there were many others who were right there too. The big names in bikes in those days were Iver Johnson and Pierce Arrow.

“At age 12, I got my first racing bike. My dad had it built for me, and I don't remember what it was, but it had tubular rubber tires and an 81 inch gear, and I started riding a lot. A local racer named Wendell Rollins saw me riding at Liberty Park and suggested that I start racing. I won my first race, the Little Mountain race, in 1952. It was a handicapped start where each rider was sent off at intervals based on his experience, and I ended up winning.

“My first year of really racing was 1953, and Wendell and those guys put me in the qualifiers for the National Championships and I ended up going. Wendell took me and I rode his bike. which was nicer than mine. I didn't win, but I went to Nationals my first year racing. I raced locally until 1956, then just lost interest and stopped riding.

“In 1962, on a whim I went into Joe Fisher's shop and saw a Legnano there that I liked and could afford, so I bought it and started riding again. I was at the University of Utah then and started riding with two other guys – Pete Locke from California, and Ward Hindman from Colorado. Pete knew a lot about racing, and knew Spence Wolfe at Cupertino Bike Shop out there. Spence was the recognized expert on racing bikes and had sold Pete a Cinelli. Before long Ward and I both ordered Cinellis from Cupertino. My Cinelli cost me $210.00 for the complete bike including shipping. I ordered it with chrome stays and trim, so it was more than normal price. I also got Clement Del Mondo silk sew ups which were $21.00, and Spence was the only one who carried them. I had to wait over six months for the bike to arrive.

“Before long we had a good core group of riders locally who were always in shape and ready to ride. In addition to Pete, Ward and myself, there were Milo Hadlock, who was still competing up to recently, Bill Young, Paul DeBuzek and Rod Golson. Our club was called the Utah Wheelmen, and we did regular training rides. Our favorites were from the University, up Parley's Canyon and back down Emigration for a short, between-classes ride. For longer rides, we would go from Salt Lake down to the Alpine Loop, over to Provo Canyon, then to Park City and back down Emigration or Parley's. Another regular was a late spring ride to Brighton, up over Guardsman Pass on the dirt road to Park City and back down. There was also Heber to Mirror Lake, and East Canyon to Coalville or Farmington. My favorite was the Alpine Loop ride.”

Contestants line up for the Little Mountain Road Race, circa 1952, when it was a handicap race. It was Jan Hyde's first race which he won. From left, Alvin Stiller, a professional from Chicago, Wendell Rollins, member of the 1948 Olympic pursuit team, Vaughn Angel, killed in Viet Nam and for years was remembered by the Vaughn Angel race, Raymond Youngberg, Bill Young, Jan Hyde, unidentified rider, Rob Russon, childhood friend of Hyde, and Paul DeBuzek.
Contestants line up for the Little Mountain Road Race, circa 1952, when it was a handicap race. It was Jan Hyde's first race which he won. From left, Alvin Stiller, a professional from Chicago, Wendell Rollins, member of the 1948 Olympic pursuit team, Vaughn Angel, killed in Viet Nam and for years was remembered by the Vaughn Angel race, Raymond Youngberg, Bill Young, Jan Hyde, unidentified rider, Rob Russon, childhood friend of Hyde, and Paul DeBuzek.

“There were not many American racers of International level then, and the name that comes to mind on a National level is Jack Disney. He was really a speed skater who rode for training, but was always at the top of National events. The main guys on our level were Bob Tetzloff from California and Michael Hiltner, who was known all over as a great climber. Hiltner was very much a loner, he never said anything, but he was always right under your elbow. He also rode a Cinelli. In California, there was a hillclimb from the coast to the top of Malibu Canyon, and at the base of the climb was the Stone Market – a hangout for riders. Hiltner owned the record for this hillclimb and had his time posted on the board at this market as a challenge to other riders. I rode this climb and beat his record by three seconds. I went into the market and pinned my time above his on the board, and I got a phone call from him about how I was training.

“The International racers that we would hear about were ‘The Great Coppi,' Jacques Anquetil, Tom Simpson, Louison Bobet, Christophe, and later a young Merckx. The only word we got on the Tour de France was from the British magazine Cycling. We would follow the race two or three weeks behind in the magazine. I remember when Tom Simpson died in the Tour, we found out on a delay weeks after.

“In 1964, our club decided to challenge anyone from BYU to a race on the day of the football game between the U of U and BYU. The game was in Salt Lake, so we put the word out that the race would leave Provo at 2:30 in the afternoon. It was an ‘all-comers' kind of challenge race. We went to Provo and waited at the starting area, and waited. At 2:30, no one was there. At 2:40, no one. We were just getting ready for the training ride back to Salt Lake when a group of about 35 riders came around the corner. There were some excellent riders there too. We swallowed hard and began trying to formulate a strategy for the race. It was a tough race, but our plan did work, and Pete, Ward and myself ended up off the front. Both of them fell off and I ended up winning the thing. That race became an annual event on game day, travelling to the home site. Other big races in the area were a July 4th criterium at Lagoon, road races from Salt Lake to Malad, Idaho, and from Salt Lake to Elko, Nevada. The Elko Relay, as it was called, was 235 miles and was a major event with ten-man relay squads competing. There was a ring that racers would wear around their neck and hand off to the next rider. You would put your strong guys on the hills and sprinters on the flats. We raced for plaques and trophies in those days.

“In 1965, I moved to southern California, and raced for the Santa Monica Cycling Club. I did very well down there and finished third in the California Championships on the track. That was enough to send me to Nationals on the road! In that race, I crashed and broke my nose, but I continued for one lap until I was too dizzy to hold a line, so I just went straight for the hospital. I also raced a tandem down there. It was a red Follis tandem from France that I got from the Santa Monica Bike Shop, and had them put a huge ring on the crank. I had Spence Wolfe make a new derailleur cage to take up the extra chain. You could wrap that thing out to amazing speeds, but it had a ‘mushy' frame that would traverse about a foot either side as you rode. That tandem is still around; I took it to Rod Golson's shop about four years ago, and I think it's still there.

“Follis was one of the big names for bikes back then. The best bikes at that time were Schwinn Paramounts, Peugeot, Legnano, Bianchi and Stella. Cinellis were very rare and kind of unknown, but there was no comparison in how they rode. They were just so smooth and handling was the best. For components it was Campagnolo and Stronglight, in that order with centerpull brakes from Weinmann and Mafac. Simplex was widely used, with their plastic derailleurs . Brooks saddles were used by almost everyone. The first ‘off the wall' frame design I saw was called the ‘F' frame with a small front wheel to lower the body and make the rider more compact for pursuit and sprinting on the track.

“The last race I rode was in Liberty Park in 1969, on a Schwinn Paramount. I honestly don't remember if I won. I just kind of showed up and raced for the fun of it, as I recall. The most fun race I remember was the Double Century Race from Los Angeles to Palmdale and back to Santa Monica. I don't recall the year, but I was in a group of about fifteen riders to attack and get away on the hills. When we got back to the coast north of L.A. we still had about ten guys in the group. And when you're heading south on the coast out there you get a great tail wind. We cruised in to town at around fifty miles per hour with everyone pulling, what a great feeling that was!”

Jan stopped racing after that Liberty Park race to focus on raising his family and pursuing a career. Like his grandfather, Jan is a musician and freelanced for about 35 years while teaching music and repairing instruments. He has played with, among others, the Utah Symphony. For the past twelve years he has been with the Army band full time. These days his free time is spent building large scale remote control planes and answering questions from the author about bikes of the fifties and sixties.

Ride The Rim – Car Free, Carefree Cruising Around Crater Lake

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By Joe “Metal Cowboy” Kurmaskie — On a cloudless Tuesday in July, a week or so after the National Park Service opened Crater Lake's rim roads to traffic, I found myself laboring up and down the forested circumference on my Surly touring bicycle. The color of the most pristine and pure lake in the world was a shade of blue that stunned me each time it came into view.

“I thought it would be… flat,” said my companion, a childhood friend visiting from Florida. “Like a road around a reservoir.”

My laughter ricocheted off the rock uplifts that buffer some of the climbs.

Ride the Rim travels around Crater Lake, Oregon. Photo courtesy Discover Klamath.
Ride the Rim travels around Crater Lake, Oregon. Photo courtesy Discover Klamath.

“They call it Oregon's hardest ride you'll want to do again.” I paused to pull over and take the full measure of a geologic feature on the lake known as Phantom Ship. “I don't know if I agree that it's the hardest ride, but the doing it again part is a no brainer.”

“Who are they?” asked my friend.

They, are the organizers of Ride the Rim, a partnership with the National Park Service, Discover Klamath Visitor and Convention Bureau, as well as the Friends of Crater Lake, a non-profit service organization, who host two weekends of car free rim rides every September.

Granted, a Tuesday morning in July saw only a few cars per hour pass us, but I told my pal I would be back in September to experience the route sans vehicles.

“There's just something about not having to look over your shoulder.”

Not to mention pedaling with hundreds of other bikers, unicyclists, joggers, skateboarders. September is typically Oregon's driest month and still warm.

Which is why, after seven years, Ride the Rim boasts 5,000+ participants.

But is it that hard? I'm probably the wrong guy to ask. Having hauled 18 feet of bikes, tag a longs, trailers, gear and kids across both Canada and the USA, I tend to think of a 35-mile jaunt with 3,700 vertical feet of climbing as a fun little pedal in the park… which it is, literally.

What needs to be pointed out is that the car free portion of the ride is 23.5 miles of the 32.6 needed to be covered if one wants to close the circle. Organizers have set up the route to go from the North Junction entrance clockwise to the Park Headquarters. This is the section completely free of cars. When riders reach the headquarters they continue on to the lodge and on to North Junction by bicycle (this is primarily an uphill climb and you will be shadowed by cars trying to pass much of the way). (Sadly they are not able to offer the shuttle in 2021 because of Covid restrictions).

If one keeps riding they will share the road with cars. The National Park has to keep itself open to the general public, so this is the concession it has made on these weekends. That nearly ten mile section open to cars is also congested with them at times during those weekends because everyone is driving back down to get their bikes.

That section felt safer on the Tuesday morning with cars than on the car free weekend with cars. This is due to the number of cars retrieving bikes. If I had one suggestion to organizers it would be to consider adding a shuttle service trailers to haul bikes back to the north junction, in the same way as they offer the trolley shuttle for passengers only. This would greatly reduce the number of cars retrieving bikes and would add to the car free feel of the entire route. It would also increase the number of bicycle riders who do the entire rim ride.

That said, it's an absolute thrill to take in the views, the five rest stops stocked with free food and drink, the volunteers are knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and the feel good vibe of pedaling with everyone from racers to families hauling their children on tag-a-longs. It's truly a party atmosphere which may help people manage the hills better. The road is wide, and with both directions closed I never felt in danger of fellow cyclists colliding with me. The pavement is in fairly good condition, but at that elevation and due to the harsh winters the park endures, it is best to look at the road ahead on the descents. There are some divots and hot spots which is par for the course with an annual freeze and thaw.

The car free section takes between 3-5 hours depending on your fitness level and how much stopping and taking in of one a natural wonder of the world. Be warned there are hikes and waterfalls and overlooks to explore, so one could easily lose the day. I plan to spend the weekend next year and ride it twice.

The ride is free, but park admission still applies. If you park outside the park, bicycles roll in for $15.

Organizers want everyone doing the event to register in order to provide proper snacks and water.

A final note. Everyone is coming from somewhere to do this ride. We carpooled, but there are other options including Amtrak and making it a bike camp weekend.

[Also, in 2021, there is not a shuttle that transports people from Klamath Falls to Crater Lake, so Amtrak would not be a good option if someone it not planning to rent a car.]

For more details:

ridetherimoregon.com

Bike Rentals:

Bike rentals will be available from the following businesses for those that do not want to bring their own bikes. Arrangements will need to be made in advance.

Zach's Bikes
  • Klamath Falls, OR 541.851.9200
  • zachsbikes.com
Tall Town Bike & Camp
Sky Lakes Wilderness Rentals
  • Chiloquin, OR 541.591.0949
Hutch’s Bicycles
  • Bend-Eastside 541.382.6248
  • Bend-Westside 541.382.9253
  • Redmond 541.548.8200

[Editor's Note: Ride the Rim is scheduled for September 11 and 18th, 2021 in Klamath Falls, Oregon, ridetherimoregon.com]

Photo Gallery: 2021 Crusher in the Tushar by Cottonsox Photography

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The 2021 Crusher in the Tushar was the 10th anniversary of the race. Cathy Fegan-Kim, Cottonsox Photography, was there to capture the action. We present her photo essay of the day's events.

2021 Crusher in the Tushar. July 10, 2021, Beaver, Utah. Photo by Cathy Fegan-Kim, cottonsoxphotography.com

The Athlete’s Kitchen: Sports Nutrition Nuggets from The American College of Sports Medicine

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By Nancy Clark, MS RD CSSD — The American College of Sports Medicine (www.ACSM.org) is a professional organization with more than 17,400 members who are doctors, dietitians, psychologists, exercise physiologists, and other health professionals who work with athletic people. At ACSM’s 2021 Annual Meeting in June, members shared their knowledge and latest research. Here are just a few sports nutrition highlights that might be of interest.

When athletes get injured, underlying mental health issues often get unmasked, including depression, eating disorders, and anxiety about body image, Injured athletes express fears about getting re-injured, gaining undesired weight, and losing their identity. (Who am I am if not a soccer player?) The sport culture is finally acknowledging mental health issues and destigmatizing therapy. For example, mental health information booths and counselors will be available at the Tokyo Olympics. That said, the 6 months after the Olympics can be more stress-filled than pre-Olympic stress and anxiety

As people age, they need less food and often eat less protein. Inadequate protein can lead to loss of muscle and strength. The weakest third of older people are likely to die sooner than the strongest third. Make sure you, your parents, and grandparents stay active!

Older muscles (as compared to younger muscles) have reduced anabolic (muscle building) response to a protein-rich sport diet. Even with a strong protein intake, seniors do not get the same muscle-building response as seen in younger individuals. Seniors want to include at least 20 to 30 grams of protein at each meal plus lift weights. Consuming (dairy or soy) milk or yogurt with each meal is a simple way to boost protein, plus provide the calcium needed to reduce bone demineralization and help keep bones strong.

Science has shown that, during exercise, athletes who eat a high fat ketogenic diet burn more fat than carb-eaters do. Burning fat requires more oxygen than burning carbs (muscle glycogen, blood glucose). That’s a disadvantage for keto athletes. Research with keto racewalkers showed an 8% performance difference between the keto group (they got slower) and the carb-eaters (who got faster). Grains, fruits and veggies are performance enhancing!

If you are restricting your food intake to lose body fat, you are simultaneously losing bone density. To protect bones, dieters want to eat protein-rich foods in each meal. This boosts growth factors that build muscles (along with resistance exercise). Muscles tugging on bones stimulates bones to stay strong.

Male cyclists often have weaker bones than runners, in part because they are not doing weight-bearing exercise. Bone loss has also been seen in NCAA male basketball players—as much as 6% bone loss in a year. Why? The decline might be related to calcium lost in sweat. Hence, athletes who sweat heavily might be wise to consume more calcium-rich foods. Chocolate milk for a recovery drink?

Dieters who are Intermittent Fasting commonly skip breakfast. Breakfast skippers tend to be less physically active; they do not lose more body fat than breakfast eaters. No harm in fueling up for an active day!

Whether you are a collegiate athlete, a CrossFit fan, or a gym rat, you can experience similar changes in body fat. No one exercise setting is superior to another. Hard work creates the desired results, regardless of where you train.

Global warming means outdoor athletes will be spending more time exercising in the heat—and that can take its toll on performance. To beat the heat, try pre-cooling your body by draping a towel dipped in ice water around your neck. You can also put ice packs on your thighs for 20 minutes. Dropping your body temperature can help you perform better during subsequent exercise.

To reduce heat stress, you can also cool yourself from the inside out by consuming ice slurries before and during exercise.

Even national-level male soccer players can struggle to consume enough fluids. On Day One of urine testing, 90% of the players were significantly dehydrated. None were well hydrated. Continuously monitoring hydration status nudged the players to drink more fluids. If you are exercising in the heat, be sure to drink enough so that your first morning urine is not dark and smelly!

Elementary school children at a soccer camp trained for two hours in the morning and again in the afternoon. In the morning, the fluid station was set up beside the pitch. The kids drank too little. In the afternoon, the kids each brought a personal water bottle inside the pitch. They drank enough to replace sweat losses. That simple change helped safeguard these 2nd and 3rd graders. All summer athletes should have water readily available.

Parents: Keep your eyes open for eating disorders in your young athletes. Among 2,109 middle school runners (1,252 boys; 857 girls), 1.5% reported a clinical history of eating disorder, or they met the criteria for elevated dietary restraint. Compared to the normal eaters, the restrained eaters were more likely to skip meals (68% vs 6%), follow a vegetarian diet (55% vs 13%) and use dietary supplements (84% vs 25%). They also reported running slower and recovering slower. Youth athletes should be taught to focus on fueling to grow and perform, and stop skimping on food to be lighter or leaner.

Not all athletes respond to ergogenic (energy-enhancing) sports supplements in the same way. A study with beta-alanine suggests differences in benefits were related more to sleep habits, motivation, nutrition, and training schedules – and less to the supplement itself. Hence, athletes are more likely to respond positively to a supplement if they create supportive lifestyles. No amount of supplements will compensate for an erosive lifestyle.

Spirulina is a popular supplement that has been shown to have antioxidant and performance enhancing properties. A study that involves muscle-damaging exercise suggests spirulina supplementation (6 grams/day) did not offer any benefits in terms of muscle performance or recovery from muscle damage.

To my dismay, nutrition is not always the winning edge. In the past five years, numerous track & field world records have been broken—not because of better nutrition but rather a new style of shoes that reduces effort. Regardless, keep eating wisely and fueling well!

Photo Gallery: 2021 USA Cycling Pro Women’s Road Race Championships by Cathy Fegan-Kim

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2021 USA Cycling Pro Women's Road Race Championships. June 20, 2021, Knoxville, TN. Photo by Cathy Fegan-Kim, cottonsoxphotography.com
2021 USA Cycling Pro Women's Road Race Championships. June 20, 2021, Knoxville, TN. Photo by Cathy Fegan-Kim, cottonsoxphotography

We present a gallery of the 2021 USA Cycling Pro Women's Road Race Championships by Cathy Fegan-Kim, cottonsoxphotography.com. The race was held on June 20, 2021 in Knoxville, TN.

Photo Gallery: 2021 USA Cycling Pro Women’s Criterium Championships by Cathy Fegan-Kim

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2021 USA Cycling Pro Women's Criterium Championships. June 18, 2021, Knoxville, TN. Photo by Cathy Fegan-Kim, cottonsoxphotography.comWe present a gallery of the 2021 USA Cycling Pro Women's Criterium Championships by Cathy Fegan-Kim, cottonsoxphotography.com. The race was held on June 18, 2021 in Knoxville, TN.

Osborne, Kingsford win 2021 XTERRA Beaver Creek Off-Road Triathlon

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AVON, Colorado (July 17, 2021) — Sam Osborne and Samantha Kingsford won the 12th XTERRA Beaver Creek off-road triathlon elite titles on a beautiful blue-sky day in Avon, Colorado on Saturday, July 17, 2021, with winning times of 2:05:29 and 2:34:00, respectively.

Photo courtesy Jesse Peters/XTERRA
Photo courtesy Jesse Peters/XTERRA

It’s the 16th career XTERRA World Tour win for Osborne, the seventh for Kingsford, and the third victory of 2021 for both.  The couple from New Zealand also shared the top step in April at their home country race, XTERRA Rotorua, and XTERRA Oak Mountain in Alabama in May.

XTERRA Beaver Creek, aka “The Beast” boasts the highest elevation of any major on the XTERRA World Tour. It combines a one-mile swim in the 67-degree waters of Nottingham Lake located at 7,400-feet elevation; with a 15-mile mountain bike that climbed 3,500-feet into the thin air of the Rockies topping out at 9,400-feet; and finished with a grueling six-mile trail run featuring another 1,000+ feet of climbing through the aspens.

In the men’s race the star-studded elite field put on an amazing display of endurance and grit. Eric Lagerstrom blitzed the swim in 18:12, coming out of the water nearly a full minute ahead of Branden Rakita, Osborne, Timothy Winslow, Elliot Bach, and Brad Zoller.  Sam Long and Josiah Middaugh were two minutes back from Lagerstrom, and roughly one-minute 20 seconds behind Osborne.

Photo courtesy Jesse Peters/XTERRA
Photo courtesy Jesse Peters/XTERRA

Osborne pulled away from the group then charged past Lagerstrom in the first couple miles of the bike to take the lead.  Long and Middaugh did the same and chased Osborne up the mountain together in second and third place.  From there, the race boiled down to a three-man sprint to the top of the climb as each racer said getting to the top first was the key to success.

Osborne won the battle, with Long about 10 meters back, and Middaugh further behind in third.

Photo courtesy Jesse Peters/XTERRA
Photo courtesy Jesse Peters/XTERRA

“Long almost got across at the top but he never made contact,” said Osborne.  “I knew if I could get to the top first they wouldn’t be able to follow my line on the downhills, and that’s how I’d get away.”

Get away he did, but he couldn’t stay away because Long and Middaugh were pushing the envelope behind him.

“Long and I battled on the bike, he was climbing really strong,” said Middaugh, noting how Long led the charge up the mountain but he was able to pull away on the descents.

Photo courtesy Jesse Peters/XTERRA
Photo courtesy Jesse Peters/XTERRA

“Once the downhills hit, this is my home course, I know these trails, so I was able to leapfrog from Sam Long to Sam Osborne by the end of the bike and find the front of the race.”

With the late surge on the bike it appeared Middaugh had the upper hand heading out onto the run but that’s not how it played out.  It was more like a battle of attrition.

Photo courtesy Jesse Peters/XTERRA
Photo courtesy Jesse Peters/XTERRA

“I felt terrible at the start of the run, and I was convinced Josiah was going to come across but after the first kilometer I still couldn’t see him, so I told myself I just needed to suffer to the top and then roll myself off the mountain and see what happens,” said Osborne.

Middaugh wasn’t feeling good either, saying he had double cramps in his stomach the first couple miles and couldn’t stride out.  That led to Long, who was about 50-seconds back at T2, catching up about one-mile into it.

Photo courtesy Jesse Peters/XTERRA
Photo courtesy Jesse Peters/XTERRA

“I caught Josiah right at the top of Aspen Glade, ran behind him for three or four minutes then made a move,” said Long.  “I got past Josiah and got a glimpse of Osborne on the second loop and left it all out there but couldn’t catch him. Still, it was rad.”

Osborne got the win, Long posted the fastest run split of the day and finished second 32-seconds later in second place, and Middaugh finished third one-minute after that. 

Photo courtesy Jesse Peters/XTERRA
Photo courtesy Jesse Peters/XTERRA

“To perform at this altitude, I’m so stoked, I didn’t think I could actually do it,” said Osborne, who spent two weeks training at similar elevation in Winter Park leading into the race and said that was a game changer.  “If you have any chance to take on Josiah on his home turf, you have to climatize up here, otherwise you just can’t compete with the guy.”

Long was equally thrilled to mix it up with XTERRA’s best.

“I had the fitness, but lacked the finesse on the mountain bike. I have to ride trails more,” said Long. “I mean, how do you compete with Josiah who designed the course, and Osborne who is one of the top three technical riders in the whole sport.”

Middaugh, who won this race seven times before, was happy with the race he put together. 

“This is what I knew I could do, but you can’t control what your competition can do,” he said. “Kudos to those guys. They did great and it was a really good race.”

In addition to the top three, several athletes posted career-best type performances. Brian Smith had an incredible race to finish in fourth, 19-year-old age grouper Colin Szuch came in 5th overall, and 17-year-old Sullivan Middaugh (Josiah’s oldest son) was sixth overall.  Branden Rakita finished 7th overall, 5th elite.

Also of note, Josiah Middaugh had the fastest bike split of the day (1:08:01), then Long (1:08:40), Osborne (1:09:32), and Sullivan Middaugh had the fourth-best split (1:11:11).  Josiah’s 15-year-old son, Porter, had the 19th best bike split of the day in 1:20:27 and went on to finish 17th overall ahead of several established XTERRA elites. The next generation has mostly certainly arrived (and today was Ingrid Middaugh's birthday, a proud Mom and Wife for sure)!

Photo courtesy Jesse Peters/XTERRA
Photo courtesy Jesse Peters/XTERRA

Elite Men's Results

Pl Name, NAT Swim Bike Run Finish
1 Sam Osborne, NZL 0:19:04 1:09:32 0:35:50 2:05:29
2 Sam Long, USA 0:20:23 1:08:40 0:35:30 2:06:01
3 Josiah Middaugh, USA 0:20:28 1:08:01 0:37:18 2:07:11
4 Brian Smith, USA 0:22:50 1:11:59 0:38:11 2:14:58
5 Branden Rakita, USA 0:19:04 1:15:17 0:42:07 2:17:57
6 Paul Stevenson, USA 0:19:53 1:15:43 0:40:43 2:18:06
7 Eric Lagertstrom, USA 0:18:12 1:18:45 0:39:33 2:18:18
8 Kieran McPherson, NZL 0:21:57 1:17:41 0:39:44 2:20:42
9 Brad Zoller, USA 0:19:12 1:21:57 0:40:16 2:22:53
10 Elliot Bach, USA 0:19:11 1:19:35 0:43:03 2:23:11
11 Curtiss Feltner, USA 0:21:22 1:16:41 0:44:23 2:24:47
12 Hans Ryham, USA 0:21:02 1:21:24 0:45:04 2:29:53
13 Steve Croucher, USA 0:20:40 1:21:22 0:46:38 2:30:35
14 Evan Pardi, USA 0:21:10 1:23:58 0:45:09 2:32:10
15 Timothy Winslow, USA 0:19:09 1:23:54 0:47:46 2:33:10
16 Andy Lee, USA 0:26:35 1:22:22 0:45:44 2:36:47

Full Men's Results

In the women’s elite race Kingsford led from wire-to-wire with the fastest swim and run times, and the second-best bike split behind only Suzie Snyder.

Photo courtesy Jesse Peters/XTERRA
Photo courtesy Jesse Peters/XTERRA

“Definitely a redemption race after the disaster I had here in 2019,” said Kingsford. “Coming out two weeks before helped us, but it didn’t make it any easier.  I think the key was pacing.  I paced myself on the swim, rode my own race on the bike because you can come undone so quickly up here, and then the run was just brutal.”

Snyder, who won this race in 2019, was hoping that a summer spent in Colorado riding around these trails would help make things easier come race day.

“It didn’t,” she laughed. “I thought training up here would make it not hurt as bad, but it was worse! My breathing was terrible, and I don’t know if I didn’t start as slow as I should have or what.  It’s just so hard.”

Amanda Felder was second out of the water and held the lead until Snyder caught her at the top of the first climb about mile four.  From there Snyder pulled away and finished second (with the same time finish time she posted two years ago) and Felder was steady to round out the top three.

Photo courtesy Jesse Peters/XTERRA
Photo courtesy Jesse Peters/XTERRA

“I felt good out of the water but couldn’t get in a rhythm on the bike, it just felt really labored.  Suzie rode by and wasn’t even breathing hard, which was super impressive,” said Felder.

An amazing collection of amateur women filled out the next four overall spots with Cathy Yndestad in 4th, Deanna McCurdy in 5th, Irena Ossola in 6th, and Genevieve Evans in 7th.  Nicole Valentine and Rebecca Zitnay placed 4th, 5th in the elite ranks.

Elite Women's Results

Pl Name, NAT Swim Bike Run Finish
1 Samantha Kingsford, NZL 0:20:25 1:27:09 0:44:43 2:34:00
2 Suzie Snyder, USA 0:22:15 1:26:38 0:46:05 2:37:04
3 Amanda Felder, USA 0:20:36 1:30:53 0:50:03 2:43:57
4 Nicole Valentine, USA 0:23:01 1:40:18 0:48:40 2:55:41
5 Rebecca Zitnay, USA 0:26:39 1:38:54 1:03:16 3:11:55
6 Michelle Mehnert, USA 0:20:56 2:28:51 1:08:03 4:01:0

Full Women's Results

All-time XTERRA Beaver Creek Elite Champions
Year – Man/Woman
2021 – Sam Osborne/Samantha Kingsford
2019 – Josiah Middaugh/Suzie Snyder
2018 – Mauricio Mendez/Lesley Paterson
2017 – Josiah Middaugh/Lesley Paterson
2016 – Josiah Middaugh/Julie Baker
2015 – Josiah Middaugh/Flora Duffy
2014 – Josiah Middaugh/Chantell Widney
2013 – Josiah Middaugh/Shonny Vanlandingham
2012 – Conrad Stoltz/Shonny Vanlandingham
2011 – Josiah Middaugh/Danelle Kabush
2010 – Nico Lebrun/Shonny Vanlandingham
2009 – Nico Lebrun/Shonny Vanlandingham

Szuch, Yndestad win XTERRA Beaver Creek amateur titles

Colin Szuch from Evergreen, Colorado and Cathy Yndestad from Mesa, Arizona captured the overall amateur titles at XTERRA Beaver Creek. We’ll have a recap on the age group races and the complete list of Maui qualifiers posted in the coming days.

All Photos by Jesse Peters / XTERRA

UDOT seeks public input to plan more bike lanes, trails, multiuse paths and sidewalks on Utah state roads

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Public comment period on UDOT’s Utah Active Transportation Plan lasts through Aug. 28 

SALT LAKE CITY (July 14, 2021) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) wants the public’s help understanding the community’s needs for more bike lanes, trails, multiuse paths, crosswalks and sidewalks for state roads.

A cyclist braves State Street. Multimodal, personal transportation, should be safe for all users on State Street in Salt Lake City, Photo by Dave Iltis

A public input process is now underway through Aug. 28. This input will help UDOT develop active transportation plans to provide better access to trails and paths on state routes. Active transportation is human-powered transportation like walking, biking, using a wheelchair, or hand cycling and provides more options for people to access jobs, education, and other services within their communities.

For many people who are unable to drive, choose not to drive or don’t have regular access to a vehicle, active transportation facilities are vital networks for accessing jobs, school and other services.  

“Community input is essential in making sure we build projects the right way,” UDOT Active Transportation Manager Heidi Goedhart said. “At UDOT, our emphasis is to build a complete transportation system where people can choose how they travel.”

The public can provide input in the following ways: 

1.     Visit the project website at publicinput.com/udotplanning and respond to a quick survey and/or pin a location on a map 

2.     Email: [email protected] 

3.     Call: 385-360-1900 

The interactive map on the website was created by UDOT to showcase planned and future active transportation projects that users can comment on or identify some of their own. UDOT is committed to understanding community needs for walking and biking options on state roads. The feedback the public provides will be used to inform internal processes, allocate funding and prioritize future projects. 

Bike Racing for All: More Winners than Just Those on the Podium

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By Kelly McPherson — Bike racing is a challenging sport that highly favors the young, light, and athletic. If you get dropped off the back of the peloton, are you even still racing? The nature of the sport does not lend well to newbies and the cost to entry is much steeper than most other sports. Is there a place in this sport for all? Yes!!! Cycling is not just for those who have a chance at getting on the podium.

Kelly McPherson at the East Canyon Road Race. Photo by Bri Hoopes
Kelly McPherson at the East Canyon Road Race. Photo by Bri Hoopes

A friend of mine snapped this picture of me at the East Canyon Road Race this last weekend and I am really glad she did. This moment, this exact moment, is when I won this race. No, I did not get onto the podium. Let me explain.

You probably can tell that I am a heavier, older cyclist and East Canyon has a lot of climbing, which doesn't play to my strengths. The moment in this picture is me, after having climbed this climb once already, headed into a brutal headwind and had turned around and am heading up the climb again. The race started out really cold, but by this time, it wasn't anymore, and I was overlayered and tired. This is the moment when I chose to give it my best effort even though there was absolutely no way I was going to get onto a podium. This is when my attitude towards the race was happy and strong regardless of the outcome. I have done this race before! I knew that this would be the outcome before I even signed up.

In cycle racing, very few people will ever get onto the podium and officially “win.” If only those very few people, who have the potential of getting on a podium show up for a race, that will be a ridiculously small race.

The real winners of cycling races are those who keep coming back, those who keep a good attitude clear until the finish line, those who don't blame others for them not getting on a podium, those whose bodies have long ago peaked but stills squeeze into kits and roll up to a starting line, those who have had injuries and are still doing the best they can, those who are racing for the first time and are so scared they are ready to puke. The real winners are those who keep trying.

Want to be a winner? Come sign up for a race! You may get a picture of yourself with your hands up, medal around your neck, standing on a podium. You may not. It really depends on who else shows up. Just by showing up and giving it your best, whatever that may be, gives you the win.

See the calendar section in this issue for regional events, or online at: https://www.cyclingutah.com/event-calendars/

While there are tons and tons of winners out there, below are three that I have met and have chosen to highlight. Keep on being incredible out there!

Rosann Greenway at the Antelope Island Road Race. Photo by Julie Kirby Photography
Rosann Greenway at the Antelope Island Road Race. Photo by Julie Kirby Photography

Winner!!!!! Rosann Greenway

Roseann is new to racing this year and is excited to come back for more. Her first race was at the challenging East Canyon Road Race where the presence of a good friend helped to calm her nerves. He helped her know where to go and what things to expect and it helped a lot. She popped off the back on a short little climb because she didn’t know that the group would take off like they did. She eventually caught up with a teammate on the long climb and rode with her most of the rest of the way.

Roseann has come from a running background, but since a friend of hers invited her to start riding, she has hardly run since. She even came out for the Emigration Hill Climb race. Yeah!!! She is being converted to the One True Sport.

Jillian Gardner has been racing since age 11. Photo by Michael Finch
Jillian Gardner has been racing since age 11. Photo by Michael Finch

Winner!!!! Jillian Gardner

I met Jillian quite a few years ago when she was working at Canyon Bikes (now Hangar 15). She has always impressed me with how friendly and approachable she is even though she is really, really kick-A. Jillian has been racing bikes since she was eleven years old and achieved a CAT 2 ranking. She is very accustomed standing on a podium.

In 2018, she was riding her mountain bike, crashed and broke her back. Imagine what it would be like to have something that you love and is something you view as integral part of your identity, suddenly taken away. The ground was quite literally taken out from underneath Jillian.

Due to the extent of her injuries, she wasn’t even allowed back onto her bike until 2020. She has really had to adjust her expectations from training. Where she used to be able to go out, push hard and hit the numbers she wanted, now she needs to pay more attention to what her body is saying and be happy with the best that it can give her rather than worrying so much about hitting it hard ALL of the time.

I was absolutely delighted to see Jillian roll up to the starting line of East Canyon Road Race and then again at the Emigration Hill Climb. She was surprised to get dropped on the wall at East Canyon but was thrilled to reach her personal time goal at Emigration. Her stubborn persistence to regain bike fitness is paying off! It is hard for her to have to ride with the CAT 1-3 girls right now and she would have loved to have ridden with the Masters 35+ group, but she isn’t old enough.

When asked why she keeps racing, she responded that she has been involved in this sport since she was very young, and it has given her a lot. She can’t give up on it now. Acknowledging that she may never get back to where she was, in fact, she feels she is healthier now than then, she would like to put her passion to work to help youth get more involved in racing.

Wendy Gusner Pinson and Kelly McPherson at the West Mountain Road Race. Photo by Cameron Scott
Wendy Gusner Pinson and Kelly McPherson at the West Mountain Road Race. Photo by Cameron Scott

Winner!!!! Wendy Gussner Pinson

“I completed a 50-mile bike ride Saturday. Well, technically it was a race, but I refused to allow my heart rate to go above 170, which meant it was a ride for me. I got dropped on the first hill, rode with my friend Kelly Snider McPherson and finished in time to eat 3/4 of a medium pizza, coach 2 basketball games, and do yard work till dark. 2 months post-pneumonia, I’d say I’m recovered. Plus, this is the longest stretch since August 2020 without a medical incident!! Oh, and my bone scan last week came back clear, except for degenerative joint disease in my right knee and right shoulder. That may be why radiation has affected me so negatively, maybe exacerbating what was already there. Oh well, come what may and love it. I’m glad I can do more and more, while choosing to have different goals, like finishing a race with a heart rate between 150-170, as opposed to winning.”

 

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