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2013 Intermountain Cup and Utah State Mountain Bike Racing Series

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Red Rock Rampage
St. George - March 2, 2013

The weather was perfect for the first event of the combined Intermountain Cup and Utah State Championship Series. The temperature bumped 70 degrees as the second race of the day wrapped up. The course was in great shape. It felt good to get away from northern Utah's snow to ride in the warm sunshine -- racing or not. UMB fielded 39 racers, with first place finishes by Rachel Hutchings and Joel Quinn, and a second place by Bruce Argyle.

Left:   Brian Ressa hits the first hill with the Sport Men 40-plus group.

Expert and Pro Categories
Pro Men:
Left:   Chris Cole rolls through the bottom
of the wash before the final doubletrack
sprint to the finish line, taking 8th place in
the Pro Men category.

Right:  Hazy sunshine warms the scrub
of Green Valley while the Pine Valley
Mountains meet the sky in the

Pro Women:

Left:  Meghan Sheridan hits the rough
sandstone on the downhill, riding to
3rd place in Pro Women.

Right:  UMB racers check in before the
race. Writing a name and plate number
on the team sign-in sheet helps your
poor web editor find all the racers
he's looking for.

Expert Men 19-29:  UMB had no riders in this category!




Prickly Pear cactus is among the first plants to turn green
in St. George as spring approaches.
Checking the position of the team water bottle table. Another
team has moved their table forward, blocking ours.
Expert Men 30-39:    UMB had no riders in this category!


Expert Men 40-plus:  

Left:   Jason Sparks crests the first hill in a huge mob
of Expert Men 40-plus racers. Jason fights through
three laps to take the 6th place ribbon.

Right:  Brian Jeppson hits the rough rock plunge on lap
number two as he takes the 8th place spot in the

Mitt Stewart hustles across the sandstone
wash near the end of the lap, taking 15th 
place in Expert Men 40-plus.

Mark Messer drops off the rocks
to finish his race with the 16th place 
spot in the category.

Dave Benson bounces over the rock
ledges on lap three to get the 21st
place finish.

Expert Women:   UMB had no Expert Women riders!




Singlespeed:   UMB had no Singlespeed riders!




Open Categories
Women 40-plus:

Left:  Sally Reynders launches off the
rock ledge at the end of the steep plunge,
taking  7th place in Women 40-plus.

Right:  Mike works on John's bike while
Gene stands by. The first race is
over, and the second-wave racers
are waiting for their race to start.

Men 50-plus:

Geno Smith is at the front of the Men
50-plus group as they hit the first hill.
Geno grabs the 4th place ribbon.

Rocking the Scalpel down the rock
ledges, Rick Morris gets the 16th place
finish in this competitive group.

Paul Zimmerman heads towards the
finish line on lap two, taking 18th
in the Men 50-plus category.

Men 60-plus:

Joel Quinn powers across the wash
on his way to 1st place in the Men
60-plus category.

Bruce Argyle tips through a fast
turn on the downhill, grabbing 2nd place
for the red ribbon.

Heading down the sandstone, Gene
 completes a podium sweep
for UMB with 3rd place.

Left:   In the Clydesdale category,
John Twitchell
drops down the
ledges to get a ribbon with 6th place.

Right:   In race two, the Pro racers line up
to begin their race. The start time is noon.
Pros will do four seven-mile laps.

Sport Categories
Sport Men 19-29: 
Left:   Sporting a new beard for the new season,
Dallin Hatch hits the first hill with the Sport Men
19-29 category, taking the 13th place spot.

Right:  Steve Bonney rolls down the ledges near the end
of his second lap to finish with the 16th position.

Sport Men 30-39:

Christian Burrell powers up the hill
on the way to the 14th place finish in
Sport Men 30-39.

Ben Hutchings rolls around the ledgy
sandstone drop on lap two, taking
16th place in the category.

Tipping through a turn on the rock,
Michael Dodge grabs the 17th place
spot in Sport Men 30-39.

The Expert Men 40-plus group hits the first hill on the
shakeout doubletrack, 1/4 mile from the start line. 
The first choke point is Keyhole Wash, where riders must
maneuver the tricky wash-bottom while dodging the fins
Sport Men 40-plus:

Brian Ressa heads down the sandstone
on lap one of two, for the 11th place
position in Sport Men 40-plus.

Denmark Jensen drops the ledge on
lap two, heading toward the finish
line and 18th place.

New to the team this year, Tim Wagstaff
sacrificed his race to help a racer with
a medical emergency.

Sport Women 19-34:   UMB had no Sport Women riders!




In Rock Wash (also called Cow-pond Wash), racers face
a series of tricky spots.  Hit this step-up head on!
The Plunge is a steep and loose section starting with a
one-foot drop-off.  Sally is third in this series of riders.
Sport Women 35-plus:   UMB had no Sport Women riders!




Junior Categories
Junior Men 12-15:  
Left:   As one of the youngest in his
category, Hunter Ransom races hard,
flying off a drop-off on the way to
18th place in Junior Men 12-15.

Right:  The last challenge is a turn to drop
a series of small ledges. Jason passes
a rider with bike trouble. Even racing
tubeless, the rock edges can easily
claim a tire. 

Junior Men 16-18: 
Left:   Kyle Leiendecker has joined the
UMB race team for the 2013 season.
Here Kyle is making the final finish-line
sprint to take 7th place in Junior Men

Right:   A sight we don't want to see.
A rider with suspected heat stroke is
airlifted off the mountain. Tim dropped
out of the race to assist.

Junior Women 12-15: 
Left:   Tackling the main race loop,
Hattie Ransom rocks an impressive
4th place finish in Junior Women

Right:   Doing the tech stuff with speed.
Mitt (front), Brian (second), and Mark
(fourth) blast through the turn below
the ledge drop.

Junior Women 16-18:  UMB had no riders in this category!


Beginner Categories
Beginner Men:

Left:   Joining the UMB team, Chad Jenkins gets
his lap finished for the 5th place finish in the new
combined Beginner Men category.

Right:   Adam Reynders launches out into air at the
bottom of The Plunge as he fights to 7th place
in the category.

Left:   Corey Spencer cranks out more speed
near the end of the race as he approaches the
rock drop. Corey takes 10th place.

Right:  At the bottom of The Plunge,  Devin Spencer
eyes the rough rock coming up as he rides to
16th place.

Beginner Women:  

Left:   Sprinting away from the start
line, Rachel Hutchings claims the
front spot to nail 1st place in Beginner

Right:  Rachel gets her spot at the top
of the podium.

Kids Categories
Youth 10-12:  

David Ressa launches into the air as
he hustles into the 6th place position
in the Youth 10-12 category.

Joseph Dodge powers across the kids'
desert loop to take 11th place
after multiple laps.

Standing on the pedals for speed,
Sawyer Ransom nails the 12th place
finish in the category.

Billy Goat:
Note:  Finishing order is not reported for the Billie Goat and Millie Goat (9-and-under) categories this year. Photos appear in the order they were taken. Parents, we really want get your child onto the web page. Let us know if we've missed anybody.)

Draeden Jensen is on the return side
of the kids loop as he sprints back
across the desert dirt.

Joshua Nielsen is wearing an awesome
shark-head helmet that must be seen
from all angles to be appreciated!

Faster and tougher, Pierce Ransom
is back for another season of racing
as he sprints out from the start line. 

Millie Goat:  

Left:  Sydney Nielsen cranks her bike toward the finish line. Looking fast, Sydney!

Right:  Katie Dodge powers across the desert in the
"Millie Goat" group. Welcome back for another season,

Kay seems to have mistakenly photographed
a couple of recreational riders on the race loop.

No mocking allowed, however.
Derek and Mike helped others race at the
Rampage, rather than enjoying the pain themselves.

It was a good start to a new season. The category changes, and the combination of ICup with USCS, make it hard to predict how this season will unfold. Quite a few of us realized that we've slipped a little. Not as fast, not as lean. But it was a great day to be outside on the bike. And the over-60 racers want you to know they're doing their part.

More pictures:
     Bruce photos (first race only)
     Kay Hutchings photos (Thanks, Kay!!!)

GPX track of  Rampage course
Race course Trail Page on

Left:  Bruce (2nd), Joel (1st), and Gene (3rd) sweep the podium for UMB in the Men 60-plus category.

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