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Chris Allaire Memorial, Solitude Resort
Big Cottonwood Canyon, July 28, 2012

For the 16th annual Chris Allaire Memorial race at Solitude Resort, the weather was just about perfect. Temperatures were cool at the 8:30 first race and scattered clouds kept temperatures tolerable for the second wave at 11. The trails were in great shape, as recent rains had packed down the dust. UMB put 35 racers on the mountain for a solid team performance. First places went to Ryan Margetts and Mitt Stewart, with 2nd places for Devin Spencer, Rachel Hutchings, Jake Van Wagoner, Stephan Bergen, Sally Reynders, Joel Quinn, and Meghan Sheridan.

Left:   Mike rolls into the first lap in the middle of the Expert Men 40-plus group.

Category 9-and-under:   

Left:   In the 9-and-under race at 9 am, Draeden 
 hits the berm of a turn on the ski slope as 
he heads down toward the finish line and 4th place.

Right:  Josh Nielsen pedals past the aspens as
he grabs points for the team with the 6th place
finish in the category.

Category 10-12:  

Left:   David Ressa cranks through a turn as
he begins his 5-mile 12-and-under lap, taking
the 5th place finish.

Right:  Maggie Ressa follows David up the mountain
on her way to the 6th place spot in the category.

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



Beginner 16-18:    

Left:   Devin Spencer rocks a turn on
the downhill as he gets the red 2nd place 
ribbon in Beginner Men 16-18.

Right:   Christian does a little bike tuning
in the quiet time before the race.

Beginner 19-29:   

Left:   Nearing the end of lap number
one, Ryan Margetts carves a turn on
the ski slope on his way to 1st place 
in Beginner Men 19-29.

Right:   Riders play dodge-em in the
parking lot as they warm up for the
11 o'clock race while the last of the
8:30 racers trickle across the finish

Beginner 30-39:  

Left:  Kevin Casto hits a techy turn
in the aspen-lined downhill as he
nails a podium spot with 3rd place 
in Beginner Men 30-39.

Right:  Racers line up to stage for
the race as Ed gives instructions.

Beginner 40-plus:

Left:   Mike McLaughlin turns toward Honeycomb
Canyon early in his first lap, finishing his two laps
with 4th place in Beginner Men 40-plus.

Right:   Nearing the finish of lap one, Adam Reynders
crosses the ski slope on the way to 7th place.

Left:   Cory Spencer pops out of the aspen and fir
forest onto the ski slope as he takes the 8th place
finish in the category.

Right:  Justin Sampson is finishing his first lap, but
drops out for a DNF. Flat tire, we think.

Beginner Women:   

Left:  Rachel Hutchings carves a
hard turn as she heads toward the
red ribbon at 2nd place in Beginner

Right:   Typical trail at Solitude, as
Hayden flies through the aspens.

Sport/Expert 13-15:  

Left:  Leaning into the turn, Hayden
 crosses the ski slope toward
rocky chute on his way to the 3rd place 
finish in Sport-Expert 13-15.

Right:   Trail view as the race path
crosses a ski slope.

Sport/Expert 16-18:  

Left:  Jake Van Wagoner whips the
bike around a tight turn on the way to
2nd place in Sport-Expert 16-18.

Right:  Another memorable trail spot
is the water splash as the trail crosses
a small creek. Here's John hitting
the slippery rocks.

Sport Men 19-29:  UMB had no Sport Men 19-29 riders at this race!


Sport Men 30-34:

Left:  Just starting into lap one,
Ben Hutchings aims the bike around
a tight turn. Ben grabs a podium spot
with 3rd place in Sport Men 30-34.

Right:  Solitude has some techy
and twisty downhill sections.
Here Casey rockets around a
turn in the trail.

Sport Men 35-39:

Left:  Christian Burrell crosses the ski slope
as he finishes his three laps with 3rd place 
in Sport Men 35-39.

Right:  Michael Dodge emerges from the creek
on the way to 4th place -- after a pit stop to fix
derailleur issues on his new bike between laps
two and three.

Sport Men 40-plus:  

Left:  Keeping position on the downhill section of
the shakeout sprint, Stephan Bergen nails the
2nd place spot in the highly competitive Sport Men 
40-plus category.

Right:   Nursing a broken eggbeater, Brian Ressa
hits the water hazard  as he rides to a ribbon
for 6th place in the SM 40-plus group.

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




Expert Men 19-29:   UMB had no Expert Men 19-29 riders at this race!




Expert Men 30-39:   

Left:   Back from an AC joint injury,
Ben Schmalz rides through the pain
to nail team points for 7th place 
in Expert Men 30-39.

Right:  Elderberries ripen in the sunshine.
They'll be blue-black when ready to

Expert Men 40-plus:  

Left:   Holding on to 1st place in Expert Men
40-plus, Mitt Stewart hits a twisting turn on
the downhill.

Right:  Mike Engberson descends toward the lap
finish area as he begins his race, grabbing a
podium finish with 3rd place in the category.

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




Singlespeed:   UMB had no Singlespeed riders at this race!




Left:   John Twitchell rolls a hard turn
on his way to 3rd place in Clydesdale.

Right:   Among the tech spots on the trail
is this rock chute just above the service
road as the loop nears the lap-finish
zone. Here Stephan dodges the larger

Women 35-plus:

Left:  Sally Reynders cranks through a
meadow near the end of lap two, taking
2nd place in Women 35-plus.

Right:   A trickle of spring water falls over
granite boulders as it nears the water

Men 50-plus:    

Visiting from New Zealand, Clyve Cousins
rides with the UMB team, on the way to 
4th place in Men 50-plus.

Paul Zimmerman pops out of the water
crossing on the 2nd of 3 laps, taking
5th place in the category.

Jay Griffin has a flat early in the
first lap and walks back to the
parking lot for a DNF.

Men 57-plus:

Left:  Joel Quinn cranks through the aspen grove
as he takes the 2nd place finish in the Men 57-plus

Right:   Rick Morris rocks a turn on the ski slope
as he gets his podium spot for 3rd place.

Left:  Bruce Argyle rolls through a downhill turn
on the way to 5th place in the category.

Right:   Just beginning lap one, Gene Poncelet takes
the 7th place finish in Men 57-plus.

 On the final approach to the finish line, Josh rolls a steep
spot while dad follows behind.

The race is over, and it's time to swap stories with team

Pro Men:

Casey Zaugg cranks through an aspen
grove on the way to the 5th place
finish in Pro Men.

Nearing the lap-finish split as the
race begins, Justin Griffin gets his
ribbon with the 6th place spot.

Back with the UMB team as a Pro
racer, Chris Cole sprints toward the
7th place finish in the category.

Pro Women:

Left:   Approaching the end of another
lap, Meghan Sheridan cranks on to take
2nd place in Pro Women.

Right:  The after-race BBQ was held in two
shifts to accommodate both the 8:30
and the 11:00 racers. 

In the next-to-last race of the 2012 ICup season, UMB shows no signs of letting up. We enjoyed a good showing of racers, and strong individual efforts. We're in good position to take the team trophy for 2012. Next week is the season finale at Snowbasin, with season individual awards and team championship to follow. See you there! 

     More pictures:   Kay Hutchings photos (Thanks!!!)  Cycling Utah photos
     Resources:   GPX track Solitude race loop    Satellite view of race loop

Left: The Expert Men 40-plus awards, with Mitt on top of the podium and Mike at 3rd place.

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