Valley Rally - EFTA Series Finale
Potter Wins Battle for Elite Womenís Race, while Matt OíKeefe Wins the Elite Menís as Many Suffer Mechanicals on True Mountain Bike Course
couldnít have been better for the Treasure Valley Rally which boasts lots of
gnarly rock strewn, root strewn singletrack and its fair share of
climbing. The weather stayed dry all week and race day was beautiful blue
skies. It actually made for a dusty course but most racers agreed they
preferred the dust over the usual greasy trails. The course definitely requires
some serious skills and fitness.
organizers worked hard over the preceding weeks to get in a new 2 mile stretch
of singletrack that rode great considering it was freshly cut. They also
raffled of two Carver Bikes 96er frames along with some great schwag for prizes
and excellent equal payouts to elite men and women.
Elite Menís race had Matt OíKeefe and Brian Wilichoski going head to head for
the first lap until Wilichoski suffered a mechanical that cost him lots of time
and places. Dan Vaillancourt was close behind OíKeefe until he also fell
victim to the course conditions and had to pull out. OíKeefe took the win
unattested at that point in 2:42 followed by Andy Gould in 2:49 and John Foley
(Cycleloft) in 2:53.
womenís race had an intense battle between Karen Potter (Epic Brewing/MTBRacenews)
and Stephanie Baker who proved to be equally matched both technically and physically.
They traded leads but neither able to shed the other for long. Halfway
through lap two, Baker started to gap Potter but Potter managed to reel her
back in and finally take the lead on the final lap to win by 2 minutes.
Karen Potter (Epic Brewing/MTBRacenews.com) 3:05:12
Stephanie Baker 3:07:38
Elizabeth Allen (Danielson Adventure Sports) 3:30:50
Matthew OíKeefe 2:42:33
Andy Gould 2:49:51
John Foley 2:53:18
Alby King 2:56:06
Jonathan Modig 3:07:37
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