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Hammerfest at the Hollow
Soldier Hollow, Midway - May 22, 2010

At 7 am, it was decision time. Race, or stay home? It was dark and raining, 35 degrees, with fresh snow blanketing the foothills. Our team members showed their resolve, and came away with the biggest team victory in Intermountain Cup history. Forty team members did battle with the muddy trail. UMB team riders Joshua Peterson, Ian Beaty, Ryan Olsen, Rachel Hutchings, Mark Messer, Justin Griffin, and Jay Griffin took 1st places, with Joel Quinn, Ryan Anderson, Derek Ransom, Chris Cole, and Jack Gage getting 2nd place finishes.

Left:  Ben Hutchings hits a sharp turn on Soldier Hollow's XC ski slope as new team member Casey Zaugg follows.

Category 9-and-under:

Nathan Weber gets off the muddy trail
onto the nearby grass, taking 3rd place
overall, 2nd place among the boys.

Jacey Messer has her UMB jersey under
her coat as she cranks across the grass
to 2nd place girls, 5th place overall.

Hattie Ransom heads down the steep
hill with mud-covered tires, coming in
8th place in 9-and-under, 3rd place girls.

Category 10-12:

Left:  The 10-12 category did two laps of a two-mile loop.
Joshua Peterson is leading the pack as he rolls down the
grassy slope after climbing "The Wall", hanging on to
the lead to score 1st place.

Right:  Hunter Ransom rolls around the turn near the
willow trees on his first lap, cranking the bike to a
ribbon and team points at 6th place.

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



Above left is the view through the Hutchings car windshield as they head up Parley's canyon. It seems certain that this will be an unpleasant, chilly, wet and muddy race. But at Soldier Hollow, a light rain is slowly melting the snow. The rain stops a little while before the kids' race, and the sun even peeks out a time or two during the main race and award ceremony. The temperature jumps from 34 degrees to 50.
Beginner 16-18:     UMB had no Beginner 16-18 riders at this race!


Beginner 19-29:   

Left:  Ian Beaty carves a high-speed turn as he drops
from one XC ski track to the next. In his first race as
a UMB team member, Ian grabs the blue ribbon at 1st place.

Right:  Ryan Anderson cranks out some extra speed as
he rounds a turn and heads for the uphill on the
broad meadow near the finish line, speeding through
his lap to get on the podium with 2nd place .

Beginner 30-39:  

Left:  Ryan Olsen rolls into a downhill about half-way
through the lap, nailing a nice 1st place win in BM 30-39.
Due to muddy conditions on the upper mountain, the
loop was shortened to eliminate the top mile of trail,
where the downhill would have been dangerous.

Right:  Ken Sousa rounds a turn in the meadow just above
the finish line, after a stop to fix a broken chain. Two
more turns, and he'll finish with a ribbon at 6th place
 in his first outing as a UMB race team member.

Beginner 40-plus:

Left:  Scott Robbins pivots a turn on the
upper mountain early in his lap, riding
to a 4th place finish.

Right:  Riders leave the pavement for the
first time to begin climbing up to the XC
ski tracks. Derek is near the front of the
Expert Men 30-39 pack.

Beginner Women:  

Left:  Rachel Hutchings cranks along
a ski path on her way to taking the
1st place victory in Beginner Women.
Way to go, Rachel!

Right: Ben hits the finish line as the
temperatures rise and the sun peeks
weakly through the clouds.

Sport/Expert 13-15:  

Zachary Peterson fires into a downhill
slope, heading toward the podium again
with 3rd place in Sport-Expert 13-15.

Dallin Johnson cranks out some extra
speed after rolling around a downhill
turn. Dallin nails the 4th place spot.

Brayden Nielsen stomps on the pedal
to accelerate away from a turn on
the ski slope, finishing with 7th place.

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

Left:  New to the team this week, Casey Zaugg cranks
across the ski path on his way to a nice 5th place
position in the Sport Men 19-29 group.

Right:  Dan Nath carves a tight turn early in his first lap,
 finishing with the 10th place slot in the category.

Sport Men 30-34:

Left:  Jack Gage hammers down and nails another 2nd place  
finish in the fast SM 30-34 category.

Right:  Jake Weber rails around a turn from one
XC ski path to another, taking the 4th place position.

Left:  Dan Hutchings gets mean as he fights around
an uphill turn near the end of his second lap, taking
11th place.

Right:  Ben Hutchings hits an ugly slope and drops into
granny to grind it out, finishing the race in 14th place.

Sport Men 35-39:

Left:  Mark Messer gets aerodynamic as he heads down
the final slope toward the finish line, nailing another
1st place win in Sport Men 35-39.

Right:  Lee Nitchman tilts hard into a turn in the
meadow above the finish line as he hurries toward
the podium and 3rd place.

Left:  Mike Horne looks pretty fresh as he grinds
up a grassy slope on the way to taking 4th place
in his category.

Right:  Ryan Nielsen gets his game face on, heading
toward the ugly grunt up "The Wall" and takes
a nice finish at 5th place.

Sport Men 40-plus:

Left:  Jason Sparks pops out of the trees onto the
XC ski route as he heads toward another podium
finish at 3rd place.

Right:  Cort Ashton hits a turn in the big grassy meadow
south of the finish area. Cort finishes his two laps at 15th.

Sport Women:  

Left:  Colleen Tvorik cranks across a
traverse on the XC ski path, finishing
with a ribbon at 6th place. To show what
our team is up against: Mad Dog riders
took places one through five in the
Sport Women category!

Right:  Racers gather around the results
board. Jay and Jeff have finished their
race and are waiting for their tags to
appear on the board. 

Expert Men 19-29:  

Left:  Justin Griffin has moved to the
Expert Men 19-29 category and is the
youngest racer there at 14. Justin gets
the job done nicely to nail 1st place.

Right:  The crew gathers for the post-race
picnic. (They're not eating; they're looking
for forks and plates, which Mikey usually
brings. Use fingers and napkins? How
about Gatorade cups for the salads?)


Expert Men 30-39:

Left:  Derek Ransom gets out of the saddle to
grunt out some more speed in the meadow as
he nears the end of his second of three laps,
finishing with the red ribbon at 2nd place.

Right:  Nathan Drozd carves around the slimy narrow
singletrack in the meadow above the finsh area on his way
to podium at 3rd place.

Expert Men 40-plus:  UMB had no Expert Men 40+ riders at this race!




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





Left:  Chris Cole grinds uphill with one gear on his
second muddy lap, taking 2nd place in the Singlespeed

Right:  Shane Horton heads into a welcome bit of downhill
ski route to finish with the 4th place position.


Left:  Karl Parkinson is back, cranking
those muddy tires to a 5th place finish
in Clydesdale.

Right:  Rachel gets that first bite of burger
as the team digs in to hot dogs, burgers,
salads, chips, and cookies. Our post-race
recover fuel is Catsup.

Women 35-plus:

Left:  Jolene Nosack rolls an almost-180 turn between
ski routes on her way to the Women 35-plus podium
with 3rd place.

Right: Sally Hutchings gets out of the saddle and
speeds out of a turn on her way to 5th place.

Men 50-plus:

Left:  Jay Griffin keeps up a blistering pace around a
slimy turn in the meadow on his way to another 1st place  
win in the Men 50-plus group.

Right:  Jeff Kingsford hits a downhill turn on his first
lap, finishing the race with team points at 7th place.

Men 57-plus:

Joel Quinn cranks up the slope on the
way to another nice 2nd place finish in
the oldest category.

Bruce Argyle rolls around the elderberry
bushes on the downhill, finishing  the
race in 5th place.

Gene Poncelet cranks around a turn
on the upper mountain as he nails
down his ribbon with 6th place.

This race was a big deal. With the same number of riders as we had last week at Sundance, we scored 50 more points. Braving ugly weather pays off big. We were able to regain a little ground in the race for the season championship.

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

Left:  Jay is surrounded by red Mad Dogs as he accepts his first place ribbon. Our Canine Competition are tough and worthy. Hanging on to our lead will take a lot of effort.

Thanks to Kay Hutchings for the race photography!

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