Team Photo Scrapbook 09
Intermountain Cup Mountain Bike Racing Series
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2009 UMB Team Trailwork
Because the Intermountain Cup's trailwork
year starts immediately after the championship race, our trailwork page
includes work sessions in the fall of 2009. We're trying to keep the IMBA
trailwork trophy for 2009, but it will take a lot of volunteer efforts!
[ 2009 UMB
Trailwork Page ]
Lambert Park, Alpine. February 7, 2009
The UMB race team, with help from other
volunteers, scrambled to keep the Lambert Park trails clear of snow for
the annual Frozen Hog race. Thanks to all who helped make the event
Hog Page ]
Green Valley Race Loop, 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. Highlights
include first place finishes by Zach Peterson, Justin Griffin, and Jay Griffin, while Joshua Peterson and Eric Ellis finished 2nd in
Warner Valley Race Loop, Hurricane. April 4, 2009
Despite the snowstorm up north, the weather
at the Cholla Challenge was perfect: blue skies and cool temperature for
riding hard. The previous day's rains packed the trail firmly. The
7.5-mile loop offered plenty of challenges, and racers generally agreed it
was the best Cholla race ever. But the fun came with a price: pinch-flats
sidelined many of our riders, and Corbin's crash broke bones in his hand.
The trail was lined with racers pumping tires -- more tire-pumpers than
spectators. UMB had first-place finishes by Steve Winters, Justin Griffin,
Jay Griffin, and Derek Ransom, with a second place by Zachary Peterson.
Showdown at Five Mile Pass
Five Mile Pass, west of Lehi. May 2, 2009
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.
Mile Pass ]
Wimmer's Race at Sherwood
Sherwood Hills, Logan, May 9, 2009
The day started out with temperature in the
upper 30s, but the sun quickly warmed things up. The trail at Sherwood
Hills was firm and grippy under the tires, with just a few damp spots and
one accidental creek. The UMB team was down in total numbers, with just 36
riders at Sherwood, but we earned over 100 team points to keep the season
UMB had first-place finishes by Jakob Haderlie, Mark Messer, Justin
Griffin, and Jay
Griffin. Second-place winners were Zach Peterson, Ryan Payne, and Stephen
Hammerfest at the Hollow
Soldier Hollow, Midway. May 16, 2009
It was a perfect day for racing as the sun
lit up the clean air on the east side of Mount Timpanogos in the Heber
Valley. Temperatures were pleasantly cool. The trail was dry, well, except
for a little gooey grass just before the finish line. Surprisingly, dust
wasn't a major issue. On the descent from the upper mountain, some
tire-track grooves made the sharp turns a little more dicey, but overall
the singletrack was smooth, fast, and fun. Our team had first place
finishes by Dallin Johnson, Jared Muir, Colleen Tvorik, and second place
wins by Jakob Haderlie, Zachary Peterson, Ryan Payne, Jay Griffin, and
Stan Crane Memorial
Draper, Monday May 25 (Memorial Day), 2009
The weekend rain saturated the trails in
Corner Canyon. Ghost Falls and Clarks Trail were too muddy to ride. The
race was pushed back a couple of hours while a new loop was marked on the
sandy trails of the lower mountain. The expert and pro categories were put
off until the afternoon. Most racers felt that the substitute trail made a
great ride. UMB had no first-place finishes in this race. There were second place wins by
Jakob Haderlie, Jay Griffin, and Dallin Johnson.
Sundance Resort, North Fork, Provo Canyon. May 30, 2009
a beautiful sunny day at Sundance. Yesterday's rain put the right amount
of moisture into the trail, so dust wasn't a problem on the singletrack in
the trees. The sunshine lasted until the award ceremony, with the
thunderstorms moving in after the award ceremony. The UMB team had first place finishes by Derek Ransom,
Jared Muir, Jay Griffin,
and Justin Griffin. Second-place wins were scored by Hunter Ransom, Dallin
Johnson, Randy Croall, and Ryan Payne.
Deer Valley Pedalfest
Deer Valley, June 13, 2009
Once again, for the third time this season,
rain made an Intermountain Cup race interesting. Deer Valley got a good
soaking overnight. But the trail was surprisingly firm, and racers quickly
learned to stay in the center of the trail to avoid slippery stuff on the
trail edges. A light dribble stopped just in time for the race, and there
was even sunshine for our BBQ. Dale
Hutchings, Dallin Johnson, Jared Muir, Justin Griffin won first place
victories in their categories. Second place finishers were Hunter Ransom,
Brayden Nielsen, Ryan Nielsen, Derek Ransom, Denmark Jensen, Sally
Hutchings, and Joel Quinn.
Snowbird Mountain Bout
Snowbird Resort, Little Cottonwood Canyon, July 11, 2009
was the first race on Snowbird's new singletrack switchbacks to Mid-Gad.
No more Dick Bass Highway. The new route added some extra climbing, and
that ugly tram-road descent still keeps many riders away from this race.
The rain sprinkled on racers and on our BBQ grill intermittently during
the day. The UMB team hit Snowbird with smaller numbers, and with a few
high-scoring racers having moved up into tougher categories. Two broken
chains knocked key racers to the back of the pack. We saw first-place
finishes by Stephen Brown, Dale Hutchings, and Jared Muir, plus
second-place wins by Jake Weber, Dallin Johnson, Ryan Payne, Jolene Nosack,
and Jay Griffin.
Solitude State Open
Solitude Resort, Big Cottonwood Canyon, July 18, 2009
It was a beautiful day in Big Cottonwood
Canyon. Temperatures were nice for the first race, but got a little warm
as the experts were racing in the afternoon. Our team was hit by
significant mechanical problems, with at least two delayed finishes and
two DNFs. The
team saw first-place finishes by Brayden Nielsen, Jared Muir, Dale
Hutchings, and Ryan Payne, with second-place wins by Hunter Ransom, Dallin
Johnson, Justin Griffin, Denmark Jensen, and Sally Hutchings.
Taming the Tetons
Jackson Hole, July 25, 2009
It was cool and sunny at the 9:30 start
time at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village. The race loop was
the same as in past years -- and rocky and rooty as usual, but perhaps
having more moon-dust than in years past. Some TLC had been given to a
couple of the more-difficult rock gardens, so you could fire right through
them. The ferns, wildflowers, and groves of fir and aspen were beautiful.
It was a great day to race. Dallin Johnson and Ryan Payne took first-place
wins. Jakob Haderlie, Andrew Weber, Dale Hutchings, Jay Griffin, Joel
Quinn, Jake Weber, and Jolene Nosack had second-place finishes.
Rock the Canyons
The Canyons Resort, Park City, August 1, 2009
Season Championship Race
It was sunny and warm for a noon-time race
at The Canyons. The trail was rocky and powdery, brutal to climb and
spooky to descend. It was a tough race, worthy of a season-ender. The UMB
team again had its share of bad luck with flat tires and injuries,
squeaking out a close second-place team finish behind Mad Dog. First-place
winners for UMB were Brayden Nielsen, Randy Croall, Jared Muir, Joel
Quinn, and Denmark Jensen, with second-place finishes by Jakob Haderlie,
Dale Hutchings, Justin Griffin, and Jolene Nosack.
And in other news... Justin Griffin WINS the Snowbird Widowmaker hill climb!
Pretty impressive, huh?
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