August 10, 2010
The Canyons rocked the Intermountain Cup Mountain Bike Racing Series to bed last Saturday.
The 13th and final event on the series calendar, Rock the Canyons saw almost 300 cyclists turn out in its second year, bringing many of the state’s top mountain bikers to the ski resort for one more chance to gain in the series or team points standings.
"It went really well," said Intermountain Cup director Ed Chauner. "The weather cooperated and it wasn’t super hot, there was a nice cool breeze, and there weren’t any injuries."
Matt Shriver, from Durango, Colo., won the 21.6-mile pro men’s race in his only Intermountain Cup appearance this year, while Spanish Fork’s Kara Holley won the 15.6-mile pro women’s race.
Heber City’s Duff Johnson was seventh in the men’s pro race, with Heber’s Brandon Firth taking 13th. Johnson finished second in the overall series rankings to champion Alex Grant, from Salt Lake City, who was runner-up to Shriver on Saturday.
Professional triathlete and Parkite Emma Garrard wound up seventh in total points despite not racing in the series finale.
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Park City’s Bruce Lyman won the men’s age 50-plus category in 1:09:57, while Parkite Bill Dark won the men’s age 57-plus category in 54:19, edging out fellow Park City resident Dwight Hibdon by three seconds.
On the women’s side, the only local winner was former U.S. Ski Team downhiller Roxanne Toly, whose time of 39:57 was tops in the 35-plus category.
Chauner said the series is about 22 years old, but it has spent 19 years under his direction since he bought it from founder Bob Walker for two years’ worth of sponsorship dollars. He said the attraction of the event is its smooth organization, season point standings, and team competition. It’s also over with in a morning, he said.
"We’ve created the event so it’s not just killing a whole day in the lives of these families," he said. Chauner added that the Mountain Trails Foundation has been helpful in organizing the event.
Road construction kept this year’s course layout from being finalized until the morning of the race, Chauner said. He announced the late changes on Twitter and found that most racers were aware of the alterations when he addressed the field before the start. "In this business, you learn to wing it," he said.
A host of other hometown participants had strong results. Haley Batten was third in the 12-and-under group. Nash Batten was second in 9 and under, followed by L.J. Stringer in fourth and Carson Ramocinski in ninth.
Jason Dittman placed third in beginner men ages 30-39. Brad Peacock and Colin Grissom landed second and third, respectively, in beginner men 40-plus. Greg Conway followed in sixth.
Patrick Batten was sixth among expert men age 40-plus, while Craig Williams was fourth among men ages 50-plus.
In singlespeed, Rich Mularski was fourth and Mike Kracht fifth. Colleen Tvorik was fifth in sport women and Kathleen O’Donnell was 11th.
Ethan Fedor crossed fifth in sport/expert ages 16-18, and Stan Kanarowski was fifth in sport men ages 40-plus. Dorothy Gibson was eighth in women’s 35-plus.