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2009 Intermountain Cup Mountain Bike Racing Series

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Showdown at Five Mile Pass  -  May 2, 2009

Wow! What a day at Five Mile Pass. The rain poured down, turning the clay soil into sticky slippery gumbo. Many riders bailed and went home. But enough UtahMountainBiking race team members were willing to brave the mud to give us a win and great memories. UMB had first-place finishes by Hunter Ransom, Brian Terry, Mark Messer, Dallin Johnson, Colleen Tvorik, and Jay Griffin. Second-place winners were Brayden Nielsen, Jakob Haderlie, Ryan Nielsen, Jordan Anderson, and Derek Ransom.

Left:  9 am, time for the kid's race. Ed announces that the race will be postponed a while. He's out re-flagging a new course. We're looking south toward the start line from the shelter of the UMB canopy. 

Category 9-and-under:
Left:  Hunter Ransom sprints out from a special
rainy-day starting line further up the hill, where the
mud isn't quite so deep or so sticky. Hunter powers
through the 9-and-under loop to nail a great muddy
1st place victory!

Right:  Jakob Haderlie, racer #349, makes his first
race for UtahMountainBiking, and takes an
impressive 2nd place win. Somehow Jakob
snuck past the official camera during the race,
so here he is receiving his 2nd place ribbon
as the mud and gloom turn to sparkling sunshine.

Left:  Jaycob Winnett also makes his first start for
the UMB team with the Five Mile Pass race. Jaycob
motors up the hill in good form to grab the 4th place
finish in his category.

Right:  Nathan Weber stands to put a little more
power to the pedal as he starts to hit the rocks
on the climb. Nathan's ride is good for the 5th
place spot in his first race as a UMB team member.

Hattie Ransom shows good strength
as she rides to 2nd place among the
9-and-under girls, for 6th place overall.

Sawyer Ransom stands and sprints
up the hill, making a good strong
ride to the 7th place position.

Sydney Nielsen is third among the
young lady riders, rounding out
UMB's domination with 8th place.

Category 10-12:

Left:  Brayden Nielsen shows the determination that
gave him the 2nd place finish in the 10-12 category
as he bumps up the rocks for the first of his two
trips around the shortened loop. After the climb
comes the tricky part: dodging the muck bogs
on the return part of the loop.

Right:  Joshua Peterson motors past the junipers
in the chilly air, making another fine race to
3rd place in his category.

Left:  Zachary Peterson takes a hit off the Camelbak
as he climbs away from the valley toward the highest
spot on the loop. Zach holds on to the 4th place
finish for 10-12.

Right:  As the clouds hang low on the surrounding
mountians, Harrison Woodard heads toward the
finish line. Harrison finishes in good position
at 5th place.

Beginner 13-15:  

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Left:  Dallin Johnson makes his first
race as a UMB racer and nails the
1st place finish in Beginner 13-15!

Right:  Mike and Brian huddle over a bike
as the rain pours down. Mike decides not
to abuse the new 29er race bike, taking his
older hardtail out into the mud.

Beginner 16-18:  

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Left:  Jordan Andersen runs the bike out
of the mud, also making his first race for
UMB a good one, grabbing 2nd place.

Right:  Getting the kids ready to race.
Sawyer and Hunter wait under the
canopy while Mom puts the race
number on Sawyer's bike.

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Beginner 19-29:

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Left:  Brian Terry cranks through the mud on
the way to taking 1st place in the Beginner Men
19-29 category.

Right:  Andrew Weber rides while others walk, on the
way to taking the 5th position, with team points, and
a ribbon.

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Beginner 30-39:

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Left:  Mark Messer pivots the bike into the wash,
making a great ride in his first outing as a UMB
team racer, taking 1st place in BM 30-39.

Right:  Ryan Nielsen gets the job done again, powering
through the mud to a great placement at 2nd.

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In his first UMB race, Kevin Pferdner
stands and cranks to get the 4th place.

Nathan Thayer grabs the 14th place
finish in this ugly mud-fest.

Erek Winnett is also new to the
team, getting the 15th place finish.

Beginner 40-plus:

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Left:  Dale Hutchings (at right, #102)
sneaks past a struggling rider on the
way to the 4th place finish in Mens
Beginner 40-plus.

Right:  Waiting. Rain delay. A cold wind
starts to blow. Racer sign-in sheets
get soaked. One of the three canopies
starts to blow away and is damaged.

Beginner Women: 

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Left:  Colleen Tvorik makes her first
appearance as a UMB team member
putting in a fast lap to take the 1st place
spot in Beginner Women.

Right:  Water pours down the washes.
At the upper left, that's the ravine
the race course dips through before
the finish line.

Sport/Expert 13-15: UMB had no Sport/Expert 13-15 riders at Five Mile Pass
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Left:  Justin Griffin takes on the older
guys and gets podium at 3rd place.

Right:  Finally, after an hour delay, the
race is on. Zach, Brayden, and Joshua
charge up the hill.

Sport Men 19-29: 
Left:  Dave Larsen is back with the team
this year -- welcome back! --  and grabs
the 4th place ribbon for SM 19-29.

Right:  In this photo, look behind Jaycob.
That's Nathan dragging his bike out of
the mud puddle after a wet crash.
From there, it's on to the finish line.
Hey, we're a tough team!

Sport Men 30-34:

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Left:  Derek Ransom (at right) puts in the effort
trying to get ahead of his category's leader, but
still gets a great finish at 2nd  place .

Right:  Jake Weber rides to team points and a ribbon
with the 5th place position in Sport Men 30-34.

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Left:  Ben Hutchings comes in at the 9th spot in
the category.

Right:   Dan Hutchings fights the mud to get the 10th
place finish.

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Sport Men 35-39:

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Left:  Darren Harris gets on the podium
with his 3rd place win in Sport Men 35-39.

Right:  Aftermath. This is Bruce's bike,
including the flat tire on which he
rode the last two miles. Same story,
though for everybody. Bikes so muddy,
you were lucky if you could still shift
or pedal.

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Michael MacDonald nails that
ribbon with a good  6th place ride.

Jason Sparks fires into the finish
seconds behind at 7th place.

Dominic Bria gets the 11th place
position in Sport Men 40+.

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Left:  Catherine Reay puts her head down
to fight out of the mud, getting UMB
team points at 7th place.

Right:   After the race, the sun breaks
through the clouds and it's time for the
team picnic.

Expert Men 19-29:

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Left:  Eric Ellis grinds out of the mud
bog on the way to a ribbon at 6th place
in the Expert 19-29 group.

Right:  Hot dogs and burgers are on
the menu, as Bruce tries out the new
grill he bought yesterday.

Expert Men 30-39:

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Left:  Mike Engberson snatches himself
a muddy ribbon with 6th place. Despite
buying a snazzy new 29er hardtail yesterday,
Mike takes the old race steed into the mud.

Right:  Mmmmm. Frog-eye salad.
Strawberry cheesecake. Veggies.
Chips and cookies.

Expert Men 40-plus:  UMB had no Expert Men 40+ riders at Five Mile
Expert Women:   UMB had no Expert Women riders at Five Mile

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Left:  Looking hard for a powder-blue
singlespeed and a buff racer wearing
a black helmet, I couldn't find a photo.
But I think that's Shane Horton behind
the sunglasses getting a 5th place ribbon.

Right:  As the slime quickly dries in the
sun and breeze, our junior racers
do a little exploring after their
picnic lunch.


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Left:  Ryan Payne makes his first race as a UMB
team member and makes it count, getting to
the ICup podium with his 3rd place finish.

Right:  Missed Karl Parkinson out on the trail,
but he's enjoying his 6th place ribbon at the
award ceremony.

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Women 35-plus:

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Left:  Sally Hutchings is on the podium, well,
actually in the tweetie chair, with a 3rd place
finish in Women 35+.

Right:   Parting shot. Derailleur clogged
with mud and weeds. How long did it
take to clean your bike? Longer than
you spent racing, I bet.

Men 50-plus:

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Left:  It's three victories in a row for Jay Griffin 
as he continues to dominate the Men 50-plus
group with another 1st place finish.

Right:  Jeff Kingsford makes a strong race
in this tough category to nail down the
5th place spot for the UMB team.

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Men 57-plus:

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Left:  On his second lap, Bruce Argyle slams a rock and ruptures his tubeless rear tire. With 2 miles to go, Bruce goes for it. Riding on the floppy tire in this photo, he manhandles the fishtailing bike to the finish line for 3rd place.

This was a key race for us. Mad Dog made an incredible showing; their highest point total ever. But UMB also had many enthusiastic riders who abused their bikes and bodies in the mud. We took the victory and extended our lead toward the season championship. UMB made team points in more categories than ever before, setting a new record for single-race team points. And now we have some new war stories we can tell at future races: "Remember Five Mile Pass?"

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