June 21, 2014 - Deer Valley Resort, Park City Utah
Deer Valley was back on the ICup circuit for 2014. It's a great venue
with plenty of forested singletrack. The weather was perfect both for
standing around and riding. The rains earlier in the week watered down the
dust, so the trails were in perfect shape.
Gene and Rick talk with Lew Rollins (green jersey), another 60-plus
rider who's been displaced into the 50-plus group. That's Corey in back on
|The race loop was a counter-clockwise 5.7-mile maze through
the forest east of the resort. there was 900 vertical feet of climbing per
lap. Beginners did one lap; sport class two laps; experts three.
The race started north of the lifts on dirt lift road. A steep grunt
brought riders up to singletrack on Little Stick for a straight fast traverse.
A twisting singletrack climb brought riders to Deer Crest where a blazing
twisting flight down Pipeline awaited.
At the end of Pipeline (far northeast corner, riders climbed a bit up
the ski path to join the Village Trail. After joining the road and
coasting down the the Deer Crest gates, racers climbed long switchbacks up
to the top of The Gap.
After a somewhat-hairy drop past St. Regis, the trail traversed back to
the north side of the mountain for a descent to Finn's. After zooming
around the mountain, there was a last gentle climb before plunging to the
meadow by the ski lifts. [ GPX
Track File ]
Elevation profile shows the initial grunt up to Little Stick, then a
respite to the singletrack climb to Deer Crest. After the flight
Pipeline, we climb up the Village Trail. A quick drop to the Deer Crest
gate on pavement, and we climb the St. Regis Bypass up and
around, then finish the climb to the top of The Gap. A switchback descent
takes us to Finn's, which traverses around the mountain.
||Check-in was in front of the ski ticket office.
Bathrooms were in the lodge basement. Parking was 1/4 mile away down
the hill. Staging was around the lifts and uphill. So things were a bit
more spread-out than the typical race.
Brian Ressa and son David arrive at the check-in table.
The race was staged about 200 yards up the lift service
road. The area below the staging zone was a hairpin in the trail. Riders
headed downhill through erosion-control trenches and berms (with some
riders jumping over them) then turned 180 degrees to climb up the lift
road to the finish line.
The (small) beginner class assembles at the start line.
We're uphill looking east.
|Rick Morris tests the trail while waiting for his start
in the new Sport Men 50-plus category.
Not a big Beginner Men class. In the front are Bagdan
Brandon. Just beind the blue jersey is our Clyde, Richard.
||The Beginner and Clydesdale categories started their race at
Sport, Expert, Semi-Pro, and Pro groups hit the trail at 11.
Shae Chatlin, Kellye Potter, David Ressa (rear) and Phil Blair
listen to race announcements as the Beginner classes work their way to the
|Bogdan Balasa grinds up the steep lift road as his race
Christian Burrell tests the trail while the dodging
|Brandon Dubovik climbs in a string of riders.
Richard Ewell (where's yer number, dude?) heads
|David Ressa heads out for his lap.
Kellye Potter is enjoying things so far.
||The loop was 95% singletrack. Passing was tough, but most
riders were courteous and helpful.
The racers are already very spread out as they climb the
steeper-than-it-looks service road up Little Stick.
||Temperatures became a little toasty on the climb around the
exposed southern side of The Gap. But the downhill cooled things off
Joe Benson hits the finish line after an unscheduled first-lap
detour onto remote trail. There was one trail fork that was confusing,
apparently due to absconded signage.
|ICup provided chips and soft drinks at the finish line.
Stephan Bergen, Tim Wagstaff, Corey Spencer, and Phil Blair.
|Results for UMB team racers:
Brandon Dubovik 3rd
Bogdan Balasa 4th
Beginner Men 13-15
David Ressa 4th
Kellye Potter 1st
Richard Ewell 1st
Mitt Stewart 11th
Meghan Sheridan 2nd
Expert Men 35-plus
Stephan Bergen 3rd
Brian Ressa 10th
| Expert Men 50-plus
Geno Smith 1st
Sport Men 50-plus
Phil Blair 1st
Rick Morris 4th
Bruce Argyle 5th
Gene Poncelet 7th
Joe Benson 8th
Sport Men 35-49
Tim Wagstaff 1st
Shae Chatlin 3rd
Steven Weaver 5th
Christian Burrell 8th
Corey Spencer 11th
John Twitchell DNF
Katy Nafus 2nd
Jessica Septon 3rd
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