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Stan Crane Memorial
Draper - Monday May 31, 2010

The weather was (finally) non-threatening, so riders turned out in huge numbers. Around 400 riders competed. In the Sport Men 40+, 43 riders started and 37 finished. The UMB team fielded a total of 57 riders. Our largest categories were the 9-and-under and the 10-12, with seven riders each. First place finishes were scored by Jack Gage, Darren Harris, Eric Ellis, and Chris Cole, with 2nd place by Joshua Peterson, Taylor Watkins, Kevin Pferdner, Sally Fairbairn, and Joel Quinn. Draper's trails were in great shape, and racers enjoyed the 9-mile loop. The course mixed straight-ahead climbs with flying descents, plus a bit of twisting tree-dodging. The weather was perfect; filtered sunlight, not hot and not chilly. 

Left:  Jake Weber heads toward the tunnel -- and out onto the main loop -- in a line of Sport riders.

Category 9-and-under:

Left:  Nathan Weber rounds a corner in the oak brush
of the small loop, finishing with a ribbon and team points 
at 6th place.

Right:  Hattie Ransom pedals through thick grass
on the way to taking overall 8th place, winning the
2nd place ribbon for the girls.

Left:  Olivia Weber cranks uphill toward the finish
line as others walk. Olivia gets the 15th place position.

Right:  Aiden Thayer steers the bike into the turns
near the pond and finishes his laps with
17th place.

Sawyer Ransom gets determined as
he heads toward the finish line, taking
21st place in 9-and-under.

Parker Horton leads a string of young
bikers through the oak trees to get
24th place.

In his first race, Tylan Parkinson enjoys
a good ride, and makes his finish
at 25th place.

Category 10-12:

Left:  Joshua Peterson pops out of the trees and
sprints toward the finish line after two 12-and-under
loops, getting onto the winners' podium at 2nd place.

Right:  Hunter Ransom coasts through a grassy
meadow before hitting the tight turns in the oak
trees. Hunter gets a ribbon and nails some
team points with his 6th place finish.

Left:  Harrison Woodard heads through the pass
between the oak trees on his first lap around the
12-and-under loop, making a good race to finish
at 7th place.

Right:  Shawn Nielsen steers the bike into a turn
as he rides to 8th place in the 10-12 category.

New to the team this week is Will
, finishing the race with the
13th place position.

Maggie Ressa watches the trail as
she nears a tight turn in the oak,
grabbing the 14th place finish.

David Ressa pedals the bike toward
the finish line after finishing the
two laps with 15th place.

Beginner 13-15:  UMB had no Beginner 13-15 riders at this race!


Beginner 16-18:     
Left:  Back for his 2nd year at Draper,
Taylor Watkins
 makes a nice ride in
the Beginner 16-18 category to finish
on the podium at 2nd place. Here Taylor
is receiving his red ribbon.

Right:  The race looped through the trees
below Highland Drive, around the pond,
then headed through the tunnel and up
the mountain for the big laps. Racers would
return to the little loop at the end of each

Beginner 19-29:   UMB had no Beginner 19-29 riders at this race! (Ian moved up to Sport.)


Beginner 30-39:  

Left:  Kevin Pferdner cranks hard to hold position
during the "first time" little loop around the pond.
Kevin finishes his nine miles with a 2nd place 

Right:  Ryan Olsen flies through the grassy meadow
with an eye toward the next turn, nailing the 8th place
spot in the BM 30-39 group.

Left:  Jeff Frederick cranks past the rock wall just
before the tunnel on his way to the 11th place finish.

Right:  Nathan Thayer heads through the oak brush
on his way to the 21st place position in the category.

Beginner 40-plus:

Left:  Patrick Arthur cranks uphill on the Corner
Canyon trail, completing his lap with 8th place
in the Beginner Men 40-plus group.

Right:  Steven Barlow cranks toward the tunnel in a line
of riders, nailing the 10th place finish.

Left:  Scott Robbins turns in waist-deep grass as
he heads toward the finish line at the end of his
lap, taking 15th place.

Right:  Bill Becker hits the final ramp up to the finish
line, grunting over the top with 16th place.

Beginner Women:  UMB had no Beginner Women riders at this race!


Sport/Expert 13-15:  

Left:  Zachary Peterson puts on some speed as he
turns around the trees. He's 1/2 mile into the race,
and will finish on the podium in 3rd place.

Right:  Brayden Nielsen has finished one big lap, and
is heading out for a shorter 12-and-under lap, heading
toward team points and a ribbon with 5th place.

Sport/Expert 16-18:  UMB had no S/E 16-18 riders. (Justin is riding Expert 19-29.)



Dan Nath isn't able to return his water bottle to
the cage on the twisting trail, but isn't ready to
chuck it, either.

Derek Ransom raises water helmet-high as he skitters
through the creek after leaving the tunnel. Around the
pond, and he'll have completed a 9-mile lap.

Sport Men 19-29: 

Left:  Stephen Brown hits the "water hazard" as he
leaves the two-way traffic of the tunnel, finishing
with team points for his 7th place spot.

Right:  Casey Zaugg pivots a turn in the tall grass, finishing
his two laps with the 8th place position in his category.

Left:  Ian Beaty moves up to Sport class with this
race and nails the 9th place spot in Sport Men 19-29.

Right:  Dan Nath heads downhill on his first lap, on the
way to the 12th place finish. Each lap had two long
climbs and two short climbs, with downhill in between.

Sport Men 30-34:

Left:  Jack Gage is past the pond and heading toward
the tunnel to start his first lap. Jack makes a powerful
race to finish with 1st place.

Right:  Jake Weber gets low as he pilots the bike
down the twisting trail. Jake takes the 14th place
finish in Sport Men 30-34.


Left:  Ben Hutchings coasts downhill for a moment
of relative rest during this tough race. Ben finishes
with 28th place for his two laps.

Right:  In his first race for the team, Brandon Smith 
gets a good start but doesn't have a recorded
finish. Stand by. Once we hear the story, we'll
update the information here!


Sport Men 35-39:

Darren Harris makes an impressive
ride to finish this race at the top of the
podium with 1st place.

Gary Wekluk carves a turn in the
tall grass on the way to the 8th place
position in the category.

Lee Nitchman exits the tunnel with
a splash as he nears the end of his
2nd lap and a 12th place finish.

Ryan Nielsen cranks hard along the
trail on the way to 13th place.

Mike Horne heads out toward the big
loop on the way to a 15th-place finish.

Matt Flygare grinds the bike up the slope
to the lap/finish split, taking 20th place.

Sport Men 40-plus:

Jason Sparks heads out fast, drops a
couple of spots with a crash, but still
takes a nice 5th place finish.

Brian Ressa pivots a downhill turn
in the sagebrush as he heads toward
13th place.

Dale Hutchings grunts up the last
slope to the finish line in 32nd place
for this big category.

Sport Women:  

Left:  Colleen Tvorik cranks through
shoulder-high grass and shady oak
on her way to 9th place in Sport

Right:  After cresting the climb from the
arena to the parking area, Hunter crosses
the finish line and gets his tag pulled
for an official finish time.

Expert Men 19-29:  

Left:  Eric Ellis turns hard on a downhill section
to win the Expert Men 19-20 category with 1st place.

Right:  Justin Griffin heads out toward the big loop,
doing three painful laps and grabbing podium
at 3rd place.


Expert Men 30-39:

Left:  Derek Ransom cranks around a turn, half a mile
into a race that will go on for 27 miles of Expert-division
suffering. Derek gets onto the podium with a nice 3rd place 

Right:  Mike Engberson leaves a small meadow and
cranks into the shade of the trees on the way to a
12th place finish.

Expert Men 40-plus:  

Left:  Denmark Jensen carves a tight
turn on the way to team points at
7th place in Expert Men 40-plus.

Right:  The team gathers under and around
the canopies for a Memorial Day picnic.
With many racers bringing family, I think
we set a new record for number of burgers
and hot dogs grilled. Thanks to all who
brought "eats."

Expert Women:   UMB had no Expert Women riders at this race!





Left:  Chris Cole hits the creek as he bursts out of
the tunnel under Highland Drive, rocking the one-gear
category with a 1st place victory!

Right:  Shane Horton carves a turn in the high grass
on the way to a 6th place ribbon.


Left:  Riley Brinkerhoff rides in the Clydesdale
category for this race, cranking out a ribbon for
his 6th place finish.

Right:  Karl Parkinson heads out toward the big lap
on the way to 9th place. For the Big Guys, the race
was one Big, and one 12-and-under, for an 11 mile day.

Women 35-plus:

Sally Fairbairn gets rolling toward the
tunnel to start the race, finishing with
podium at 2nd place.

Jolene Nosack hustles toward the finish
line to lock down the 4th place spot
in the Women 35-plus group.

Sally Hutchings hits the tall grass on
a downhill section as she finishes the
race with 7th place.

Men 50-plus:

Left:  Jay Griffin grabs his usual spot at the front of
the line, but tears a tire sidewall. He hustles the repair
but can only fight back to 4th place.

Right:  Jeff Kingsford grinds toward the tunnel to start
his first of two laps, making another nice finish
with team points at 7th place.

Men 57-plus:

Joel Quinn hits the downhill section
with his new bike, grabbing another
podium finish at 2nd place.

Bruce Argyle enjoys his highest finish
of the 2010 season with a 4th place
finish in Men 57-plus.

Gene Poncelet cranks past the rock
retaining wall early in the first lap,
taking the green ribbon at 6th place.

In this race, the three big teams were closely matched. We got our racers out, and we raced hard. It was nice to see a few UMB racers standing on the top spot of the podium for the first time. Draper was a great effort by the team.

     More pictures:
          Bruce photos (kids, awards)
          Kay Hutchings photos 
          Bill Becker photos

Left:  Darren Harris takes 1st place in Sport Men 35-39. Thanks to Kay Hutchings for the great race photography!

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