||UtahMountainBiking.com Race Team
The 2013 team awards were presented at a team picnic at Granite Park in
Sandy. The dinner followed a cyclocross clinic taught by Jason Sparks. It
appears there is no "season end," so these aren't "end of
year" awards. We're still going! Did you notice those beautiful
Ridley cyclocross bikes? Talk to Mike at the UMB store to get yours! Video
from CX the clinic, courtesy of Christian Burrell:
Workhorse Award - Intermountain Cup Series
For racing in all 9 events of the Intermountain Cup Series as a member of
the UtahMountainBiking.com race team, our honorees are Joel Quinn and
Workhorse Award - Intermountain Cup Series and Utah
State Championship Series
The ICup and USCS are now a combined series for 2013 season team and
individual championships. For racing not only in all 9 Intermountain Cup
events, but also in all of the Utah State Championship Series races so
far, we honor Bruce Argyle and John Twitchell as the only members of the
UMB race team to do it all. (If they don't show up for the last race,
their certificates will be repossessed.)
2013 Season Team Awards
The season awards are determined by a vote of the team. Team members can
nominate any other team member (or themselves), and the winner is the
individual who receives the most votes.
||Team Supporter: Kay Hutchings
For more than four seasons, Kay Hutchings has been at the trailside
taking action photos of our racers. She's the first one up the mountain
and the last one back down. And those peanut butter cup cookies -- we do
look forward to the after-race team picnic! The team appreciates Kay,
which is why she's been voted Team Supporter for 2013.
||Most Improved: Dallin Hatch
Dallin Hatch joined the UMB race team in 2012. This year, racing in the
Sport Men 19-29 category, Dallin was in competition for 10 races of the
combined series. The team has been impressed with Dallin's effort and good
attitude, and has voted him Most Improved for 2013.
||Most Inspirational: Joshua Nielsen
It's not always the toughest or the fastest who inspire us. Joshua
Nielsen followed his brothers into bike racing at a very young age. For
three seasons we've enjoyed his fun smile as he tries out the cookies at
the post-race barbeque. It's an inspiration to see Joshua's determined
race-face under that colorful shark helmet, which is why Joshua Nielsen is
Most Inspirational for 2013.
||Best Attitude: John Twitchell
John Twitchell joined the team in 2012, riding in the Clydesdale
category. John has become a force on the UMB team, racking up team points
as he hit every event of the combined series in 2013. And with a brand-new
Ridley cyclocross bike, he's ready for the rest of the year. John gets the
vote for Best Attitude for 2013.
||Toughest Racer: Bruce Argyle
Bruce and his brothers-in-law founded the UtahMountainBiking.com race
team in 2004. For the last 10 years, Bruce has raced injured, raced sick,
and raced with no sleep. With over 150 races finished, he's seen a lot of
blood and broken bike parts, and even a couple of victories. The team has voted
Bruce Toughest Racer for 2013.
||Rookie of the Year: Katy Nafus
Katie joined the team midway through the 2013 season and improved
steadily. Racing in Beginner Women, Katy was in 5 races of the
Intermountain Cup Series, finishing her final race on a brand-new Rocky
Mountain racing bike. We had several new racers who had an outstanding
year in 2013. The team has voted Katy Rookie of the Year.
Junior Racer of the Year: Bentley Vanderwel
Bentley and his father joined the UMB race team in 2013. Bentley raced
5 events in the combined series, riding above his age bracket in the Youth
10-12 group. Bentley is one of five young racers in a tie vote
for Junior Racer of the Year. (In all the years we've voted on season
awards, there's only been one tie vote for any honor.)
Junior Racer of the Year: David Ressa
David began racing with the UMB team in 2009. In the 2013 season, David
raced in the Youth 10-12 category, completing 7 races for the season.
David shows a good attitude and a lot of heart, and is honored by the team
as co-winner Junior Racer of the Year.
Junior Racer of the Year: Hattie Ransom
Hattie began racing for the team in 2008. She now competes in the
Junior Women 12-15 category. Hattie raced 4 events during the 2013 season.
For her performance this season, Hattie is co-winner Junior Racer of the
Junior Racer of the Year: Maggie Ressa
Maggie began racing for the team in 2009 and has moved up to compete in
the longer distances of the
Junior Women 12-15 category. Maggie raced 6 events during the 2013 season.
She's remembered for her smile and her courtesy on the trail and for 2013 is co-winner Junior Racer of the
Junior Racer of the Year: Brock Jeske
Brock came to the UMB team at the second race of the 2013 season and hit
every series event after that. He moved up, challenging the Sport 19-29
category. In his final race, he moved into the Expert Men 19-29 group. His
racing fire makes it hard to consider him a "junior." Brock also
gets the Junior Racer of the Year honor.
||Racer of the Year: Mitt Stewart
Mitt joined the UMB team late in the 2012 season. As he improved, he
came to dominate the Expert Men 40-plus category as the 2013 season
progressed. Mitt completed 11 races of the series. By vote of the team,
Mitt is UMB's Racer of the Year for 2013.