Treasure Valley Rally - EFTA
Written by: Karen Potter
2014 Treasure Valley Rally, part of the Eastern Fat Tire Association race
series, was moved from late August to this past Saturday, May 10th, in an
attempt to attract more racers. The date change seemed to help race
numbers although mother natures tried to thwart some would be racers with early
morning rain. Treasure Valley Rally is known as one of the more difficult
courses in New England with lots of rough, rocky, rooty terrain and steep
climbs to test all of a riders abilities.
morning rain left the roughly 9 mile lap super slick and had racers flailing
about on the rocks and roots making staying on a the bike a difficult
task. The course causes many mechanical dnf's, as well as mental dnf's.
elite racers do 2 full laps and slightly shortened 3rd lap. The second
lap on the course proved much less harrowing as the sun and light wind helped
dry out the course but it also got quite warm for a New England spring
Wissel (B2C2) took the win, his 2nd win in two weeks, in the Elite Men's
category barely fending off Canadian Mathieu Belanger-Barrette. Steven
Crossley (Riverside), John Foley and Alby King (Bikeman) were close behind in
3, 4 and 5th respectively all only a minute apart from each other.
Anthony (Riverside) proved she has great technical skills and held the lead
from start to finish for the win in the Women's Elite race. She was
followed up by Karen Potter (MTBracenews.com) in 2nd who overtook Stephanie
Baker half-way through the 2nd lap. Elizabeth Allen (Danielson Adventure
Sports, reeled in Mo Bruno Roy (Red Mill) in the finishing lap to take 4th with
Mo finishing 5th.
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