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Galena Grinder - Pro Ultra Endurance Tour

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |August 10, 2012 10:47 PM
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Galena Grinder - Galena Lodge, Idaho
USAC Pro Ultra Endurance Tour (Pro UET)

Sho-Air Puts on a Show as Pua Mata and Brendon Davids Win by Big Margins

Written by: Shannon Boffeli

Each year the Galena Grinder offers up some vintage mountain bike racing at one of the most scenic venues in the country. Galena Lodge, just north of Ketchum, Idaho, hosted one of the earliest NORBA national mountain bike events.

The mountain bike heritage of Galena Lodge is evident in everything you see from old school primitive trails with log and creek crossings to the camaraderie and laid back atmosphere of all those involved. The Galena Grinder is a trip back in time and a reminder of what makes mountain bike racing great. The big views and challenging singletrack of the Galena Grinder are hard to beat.

The marathon course consisted of two 22-mile laps and almost 7,000 feet of climbing in just over 40 miles. The highlight of each lap is a brutally-steep, monster of a climb ending in an avalanche chute. The climb affectionately known as "Horsefly Hill” is the fatter, uglier sister of Breckenridge’s French Gulch climb.

The big news of the 2012 Grinder was the presence of California-based team Sho-Air being on hand. Several of the Sho-Air riders chose the marathon event as part of their national championship preparation.

The men’s race included Sho-Air teammates Brendon Davids and Eric Bostrom as well as other national-level big hitters like Jason Siegle (SDG) and Drew Edsall (Kenda/Felt).

Davids started things off fast, opening it up on the start loop like he was racing an Olympic distance cross country instead of a marathon. Davids clearly had the legs though dropping all his closest competitors and not fading over the long-distance course.

Davids dominated throughout the event easily taking the win. At the end it was local Idaho rider Michael Tobin who was able to stay the closest to the leader coming in second.

Third went to Drew Edsall who recovered from a slow first lap moving his way up from eigth in the final 22 miles.

Mike McCalla traveled from Santa Fe, New Mexico , to take fourth in a sprint finish from Utahn Nate Miller who chose to ride a singlespeed for the race.

The women’s race also included some top end national-level talent including marathon national champion Pua Mata (Sho-Air) and National Ultra Endurance champion Amanda Carey (Kenda/Felt).

From the start Mata proved to be on great form sitting in the top-10 of the men for most of the race. Pua Mata used her unique ability to keep the pace high on the climbs and descend with some of the fastest men in the field staying clear of any challengers.

Mata finished with an unbelievable time being the only woman to cross the line in under 4 hours and beating all but the top-8 eight men.

Amanda Carey turned in a strong performance and seems to be recovering nicely from her recent string of 100-milers.

XTERRA racer Jessica Cerra (Focus) came home in third place followed by local favorite Jana Repulski and Utahn Jen Hanks (Epic Brewing/MTBRaceNews.com).

The Galena Grinder was included as the third stop on the USA Cycling Pro Ultra-Endurance Tour (Pro UET). By taking the win, Brendon Davids took over the Pro UET lead from Tinker Juarez (Cannondale) who was not on hand. Pua Mata leads the women’s Pro UET standings.


Marathon Results

Open Men

1,

Brendon Davids

Sho-Air

 

2,

Michael Tobin

 

 

3,

Drew Edsall

Kenda/Felt

 

4,

Michael McCalla

 

 

5,

Nate Miller

Light ‘n Motion/Honey Stinger

 

6,

Eric Bostrom

 

 

7,

Jason Berning

 

 

8,

Drew Free

Revolution/Peak Fasteners

 

9,

Jason Siegle

 

 

10,

 Gabe Klamer

 

 

11,

Gabriel Keck

 

 

12,

Shannon Boffeli

Epic Brewing/MTBRaceNews.com

 

13,

Ricco Van Buskirk

 

 


Open Women

1,

Pua Mata

Sho-Air

 

2,

Amanda Carey

Kenda/Felt

 

3,

Jessica Cerra

Focus

 

4,

Jana Repulski

 

 

5,

Jen Hanks

Epic Brewing/MTBRaceNews.com

 

6,

Jennifer Tobin

 

 

7,

Amy Fulwyler

 

 


Singlespeed

1,

AJ Linnell

Fitzgerald’s

 

2,

Mike Shane

 

 

3,

Yuri Hauswald

 

 

4,

Kyle Rafford

 

 

5,

Alex Phipps

 

 

6,

Mike Sherman

 

 

7,

Daniel Abraham

 

 

8,

Dane Stevens

 

 

9,

James White

 

 

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