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Team Photo Scrapbook 08
2008 Intermountain Cup Mountain Bike Racing Series

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Stan Crane Memorial, Draper  - May 28, 2008

On Monday May 26, torrential rains saturated the course. For the first time in 15 years, an ICup race was cancelled. Rescheduled for Wednesday evening, May 28, it was anybody's guess who, and how many, would show up. The UMB team responded with a great turnout. Distances for many groups were shortened and the award ceremony took place in the chilly darkness. Jim Jackson, Darren Stirland, Justin Griffin, and Joshua Peterson scored first-place wins. Second-place finishers were Dylan Tanner, Rachel Hutchings, Danny Van Wagoner, Jeff Gerke, and Bruce Argyle.

Left:  At UMB HQ in the Equestrian Center parking lot, racers get ready to ride on a course that will take them to the top of Corner Canyon. 1100 vertical feet and 10.5 miles per lap.

Category 9-and-under:

Joshua Peterson sprints away from the
pack right away and keeps up the speed
to take another 1st place win.

Shawn Nielsen coasts into the downhill
turn at the lap/finish split, making a
fast ride to take 4th place. 

Mandy Clark takes a hit from the water
tube on a downhill section of the race
loop and takes the 18th position. 

Jaxon Van Wagoner (#954) raced his way to the 8th place finish in 9-and-under. With 29 racers, this was the biggest category of any group at the race. But Jaxon didn't have a UMB team jersey on, so the shutter never snapped in his direction.
Category 10-12:

Left:  Zachary Peterson stands and sprints as he
attacks the rider in front of him on the singletrack
Zach makes another great ride to get the 5th place

Right:  Brayden Nielsen brings the bike back
down to earth as he races to take 9th place
in the 10-12 category.

Beginner Women:
Left:  Rachel Hutchings gets a little downhill
rest, but soon it's back to the climb as the
loop heads 1100 vertical feet up the slopes
of Corner Canyon. Rachel gets it done for
a 2nd place finish.

Right: Monday morning, Memorial Day.
Because of concerns about trail damage and
danger to racers on the slippery downhill,
the race is postponed until Wednesday.

Beginner 13-15:

Left:  Jake Van Wagoner compresses as
the bike hits a speed bump. Jake makes
a great ride to get 4th place.

Right:  Ryan works on disc brakes. Don't know
how the team ever got onto the trail without
Ryan's help!

Beginner 16-18:

Dylan Tanner fires into a short uphill
section. 10 miles down, 1/2 mile to go
and he wins 2nd place.

Skyler Hancock navigates the tall grass
along Highland Drive as he sprints to
the finish line and 3rd place.

New to the UMB team this week, Harris
shows some speed as he grabs
the 4th place in this category.

Beginner 19-29:
Left:  In another strong performance,
Darren Stirland gets the 1st place spot.
The best way to avoid comments on the
dirt-jumper's helmet and loud shorts in an
XC event: win.

Right:  Andrew Youngkin heads out strong
then trickles into the finish area after sunset
as a flat tire knocks him to 8th place.

Beginner 30-39:


Derek Ransom fights his way to 3rd 
in the newly speedier 30-39 category.

Brandon Knotts is new to the team with
this race, and gets a great finish at 5th place.

Shane Horton powers up the slope and
grabs the 6th place spot.

Left:  In his first start for UMB, Ryan Nielsen
finishes 10th. Ryan seems like an old hand on
the team, as he's accompanied our young Nielsen
racers to all 6 races this season.

Right:   Dale Hutchings fires up the home stretch
to the finish line and 12th place. A little mud
on the legs, a lot of sweat on the brow. It's all

Beginner 40-plus:
In the Beginner Men 40-plus category, UMB swept the podium with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. New team members Jeff Gerke and Brian Beck were on the podium in their first appearances as team members. Congratulations!

Jim Jackson has to work a little harder
to stay ahead and get that 1st place finish.

Jeff Gerke is a couple of seconds behind,
powering to the 2nd place spot.

Chasing hard is Brian Beck, just a
few seconds back at 3rd place.

Left:  Jason Sparks heads over the bump on
the Bonneville Shoreline section of the uphill
climb and hangs in to get 8th place.

Right:  In his first appearance with UMB this
year, Brandon Balkman cranks his way
to 10th place.

Sport/Expert 13-15:
Left:  Justin Griffin gives a great effort to
grab the 1st place spot in his category.
Go Justin!

Right:  The Beginner Men 30-39 category
heads out down the doubletrack shakeout
as they start their 10.5-mile loop.

Sport/Expert 16-18:
Left:  Danny Van Wagoner fires into a turn
on the home stretch as he drops off the 
Spring Hollow trail at Highland, fighting
through to the 2nd place position.

Right: Ah, wasn't that tunnel fun. Two-way
traffic, mud, water, and a rushing stream
next to your handlebar. It really seemed
a lot darker inside than this photo, though.

Sport Women:
Left:  Catherine Reay heads up the hill on
the way to the 9th place finish in the Sport
Women category.

Right:  Coming through the stream and
sprinting into the tunnel. Your shoes are wet,
but you've got quite a few miles to dry off. 

Sport Men 19-29:
Left:  Ryan Van Wagoner gets the 5th place
finish in Sport 19-29.

Right:   Coming into the final finish-line
sprint. Who's that behind you? Are they
in your category, and are they attacking?
How much have you got left?

Sport Men 30-34:
Left:  Dan Hutchings has a smile for the camera
as he knows it's only another mile to the finish
line and 12th place.

Right:  Gatorade, water, pop. Cookies
and carbs to reload after the race.
And not too far away, the tents of our
worthy adversaries, Revolution.

Sport Men 35-39:

Denmark Jensen gets the ribbon and
the team points with a 5th place finish.

Greg Meyers cranks it home and takes
the 10th place position.

Stephen Bergen fights to the 11th place
spot in this tough category.

Jared Evans (#999) was back with the team for this race, but didn't have a UMB jersey. So our photographers missed Jared as he rode to 14th place.
Sport Men 40-plus:

Left:  Jay Griffin takes some air for the camera
and grabs another great finish at 3rd place.

Right:  Kris Nosack heads up the Bonneville
Shoreline toward 14th place in this large
and competitive category.

Expert Men 30-39:
At the Draper race, UMB set a new team record for number of Expert-class riders participating. Yeah, it was just 3 expert riders. But still, it shows our young team is growing up!

Todd Neumarker comes back from a
hamstring injury and cranks out a
4th place finish.

Almost finished with lap number one,
Mike Engberson
exits the tunnel on
the way to 12th place.

Brian Oliver aims for the grate over
the rushing water of the creek as he
gets the 16th place spot.

Women 35-plus:

Jolene Nosack fights her way to take
another 4th place in Women 35-plus.

Kendra Clark powers out of the creek
water and heads for the tunnel and 5th place.

Sally Hutchings gets a bit of breeze and
rest on her way to the 6th place finish.

Men 50-plus:
Left:  John Van Wagoner takes air off the speed
bump and fights on to a team point at 7th place.

Right:  Brian Oliver uses the team workstand
to make some last-minute shifting adjustments
before the race.

Men 57-plus:

Left:  Bruce Argyle heads into the stream before heading up the mountain, hanging in for 2nd place.

This race is Revolution's own party, right in their back yard. Our 40 racers scored well, but we were outgunned by Revolution's 60-plus competitors as they won the race 135 to 106. This, unfortunately for us, is the highest total ever scored by a team in an Intermountain Cup race under the current point system. They simply had more dogs in this fight. But hey, wasn't it a great time? Nice trail, nice company, fun race.

More race photos are available at

Clydesdale:   Singlespeed:  Expert Men 19-29:  Expert Men 40-plus:  Expert Women:  Pro:
           The UMB race team had no riders in these categories at this race.

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