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Team Photo Scrapbook 09
2009 Intermountain Cup Mountain Bike Racing Series

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Desert Rampage  -  St. George, March 7, 2009

Saturday saw beautiful blue skies in St. George, with temperatures warming to "perfect." For team members from northern Utah, it was a great break from dreary snow. The team did well in this race. Yes, many were hoping to do better, and the team missed a few key members who've moved on. But we're a faster and stronger team, and this is just the first race. So many of our riders have moved up to harder categories, the team was actually very thin in the Beginner categories. Highlights include first place finishes by Zach Peterson, Justin Griffin, and Jay Griffin, while Joshua Peterson and Eric Ellis finished 2nd in their categories. 

Left:  Mike flies his Cannondale downhill against the crystal blue skies of a perfect racing day.

Category 9-and-under:
Left:  Hunter Ransom sprints toward the far end of
the race loop, making a strong ride to take the 4th place
finish and grab points for the team in the 9-and-under

Right:  Jaxon Van Wagoner heads back toward the
finish line to complete a loop. Jaxon grabs the 9th
position among the 35 racers in this youngest
race category.

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Amelia Youngkin enjoys her first race
on the UMB team, finishing 13th.

Isaac Loosli also makes his first start
as a team racer, getting the 19th spot.

Ashton Loosli (#207) managed to
miss our camera as he comes in 22nd.

Hattie Ransom shows good attitude
as she cranks out a 30th-place.

Sawyer Ransom is fired up for his
second season, finishing his laps 31st.

Sydney Nielsen rolls through a wash
and rides the bike into the finish at 33rd.

Category 10-12:

Left:  Zachary Peterson fires out to an early lead
in the 10-12 category. Zach powers the bike through
the desert scrub to win the 1st place.

Right:  Close behind is brother Joshua Peterson,
 our 2008 9-and-under champion. Joshua has moved
up into the tougher race category for the challenge,
and nails the 2nd place finish.

Brayden Nielsen sprints out on his
way to the 6th place finish.

New to the UMB team is Harrison Woodard,
who grabs the 8th place position.

Shawn Nielsen moves up to the older
age group this year and wins 9th place.

Beginner 13-15:  UMB had no Beginner 13-15 riders at the Rampage
Beginner 16-18:  UMB had no Beginner 16-18 riders at the Rampage
Beginner 19-29:  UMB had no Beginner 19-29 riders at the Rampage
Beginner 30-39:

Left:  Ryan Nielsen flies into the steep plunge
of the downhill course on his way to 7th-place
in the BM 30-39 category.

Right:  Jeff Frederick catches a little air as he
heads downhill to take the 12th spot.

Beginner 40-plus:

Steve Winters is back in a big way as
he nails podium at 3rd place in BM 40+.

Dominic Bria grabs more points for the
team as he finishes in the ribbons at 4th.

Dale Hutchings plunges downhill
on his way to take 8th place.

Beginner Women:
Left:  As our only Beginner Woman
rider at the race, Rachel Hutchings gets
the ribbon and the team points with a nice
4th-place finish.

Right:  The team HQ waits for team members
 in the crisp but sunny morning air
of Green Valley.

Sport/Expert 13-15:
Left:  Justin Griffin is finally racing in his own
age group, but says he "didn't try very hard"
as he takes 1st place by a wide margin.
Looks like more domination for Justin in
the 2009 season.

Right:  Jake Van Wagoner moves up into
the Sport/Expert division this year and speeds
to grab the ribbon at 6th place.

Sport/Expert 16-18:
Left:  Dylan Tanner grinds up out of
Keyhole Wash. Dylan moves up to
Sport/Expert with this race and finishes
well at 4th place.

Right:  The Beginner Men 30-39 category
races away from the starting gate at 10 am.

Sport Men 19-29:

Left:  Dave Larsen is back with the team for the 2009
season and fights his way to a nice 6th place in his

Right:  Ryan Van Wagoner powers up from the wash
on the way to take the 10th position in SM 19-29.

Sport Men 30-34:

Derek Ransom flies down the raceway
to get the 4th place ribbon in SM 30-34.

Dan Hutchings climbs out of Keyhole
Wash en route to 15th place.

Ben Hutchings prepares to take the
big drop as he finishes 16th.

Sport Men 35-39:
Left:  Darren Harris puts power to the pedals
to get over the ledges on the climb out of
Keyhole Wash. Darren grabs the 4th place
spot in SM 35-59.

Right:  Jonathan Hall zooms down the big plunge
on his way to the 9th place finish in the category.

Sport Men 40-plus:

Jason Sparks lands the bike, racing
to the 13th place in this big category.

Michael MacDonald runs the downhill
in a string of racers and gets 17th.

Scott Van Wagoner moves to Sport
and takes the 23rd place finish.

Sport Women:

Meri Bruin rolls into the rock drop
on the downhill for the 6th place ribbon.

Catherine Reay plunges with determination
and secures the 8th place finish.

Amber Hatfield climbs out of Keyhole
Wash to get the 15th place in SW.

Expert Men 19-29: Expert Men 30-39:
Left:  Eric Ellis makes his first showing in the
Expert Class and gets an impressive 2nd place
finish in the XM 19-29 class.

Right:   Mike Engberson speeds downhill on his
way to the 18th spot in the Expert 30-39 category.

Expert Men 40-plus:
Left:  Lonnie Adams heads into
the big plunge of the downhill on
the way to 22nd place in the
Expert Men 40-plus group.

Right:  Hunter leads a huge group of 35
9-and-under racers as they head out into the laps.

Expert Women:
Left:  Chanda Jeppson makes her first
ride as a UMB team member and gets
the 4th place ribbon in the Expert Women

Right:  Dominic gets the burgers and dogs
started for the post-race BBQ. Thanks to
all who brought food. Good times!

Singlespeed:  UMB had no singlespeed riders at the Rampage
Women 35-plus: Clydesdale:
Left:  In Women 35-plus, Sally Hutchings zooms into the
downhill and takes the 9th position. 

Right:  Jared Loosli joins the team for 2009 and makes
his first race as a UMB Clydesdale to get team points
with a 7th place finish.

Men 50-plus:

Jay Griffin is older, but now slower, as
he takes 1st place in Men 50-plus!

John Van Wagoner climbs the hill on
his first lap, finishing in 13th place.

Jeff Kingsford joins our little team
and gets the 17th finishing position.

Men 57-plus:
Left:  Bruce Argyle eyes the slope as he heads down to a 5th place spot in Men 57-plus.

As the 2008 champions, we came into this race with high expectations. A few of us had hoped to do a little better, both individually and as a team. But we did OK. We fielded 45 racers (versus 46 in 2008) and earned a respectable 93 points (compared to 96 in 2008). So we're in good shape as a team. And with the huge numbers of competing racers this race, individual racers can still feel good about their performance even if they finished a little lower in the "pecking order" than they'd planned. Many of us are faster and have moved up to harder categories, so the team has lost some of our traditional point-earning strength in the Beginner categories. Time to invite new racers to join us!

So, go UMB! On to the next race, coming up in just four weeks.

Thanks to Jared Ferguson for taking the awesome racer photos! For additional photos:

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