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Menso Dejong Wins Idyllwild Spring Challenge

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |May 17, 2011 12:16 AM
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Menso Dejong Defeats Manny Prado To Win The Spring Challenge

Written by: Robert Herber

On a crisp and cool morning all of the racers and friends of the Idyllwild Spring Challenge lined up ready to race one of the best courses in Southern California. The pros lined up anxious to get one large, 27-mile, loop of amazing singletrack under way.

The course offers mostly one track for all of the racecourses but only the pros and top experts get to do the "Long Course” that included the infamous "Death March Climb.”  The climb is one of the only sections on the course that is fire road and it’s so steep in the corners that they had to pave them or cars would not be able to get up.

The Idyllwild Spring Challenge offers one of the biggest purses for the pro riders. Not only is there big money to win, at the end of the day there are three king of the mountain points, each with cash for the first rider to the top.

Manny Prado of team Sho-Air/Specialized took the first two "King of the Mountain” checkpoints.  Beginning the "Death March” Manny Prado, Menso Dejong and Vincent Lambardi all hit the deciding climb to the final KOM together.  Vincent was the first to drop off the pace that was being set by Dejong. Menso was the first one over the top and began the "Upper Southridge” descent $100 richer with former Ruta de Los Conquistadors winner Prado just 10 yards behind.

Prado was able to eventually overtake Dejong somewhere in the middle of the best singletrack in this area.  The Sho-Air rider had a few second lead on Dejong while dropping into the final descent the"Tunnel of Love”. Unfortunately, in the Tunnerl Prado found the wrong side of a G-Out and lost his lead to Dejong. 

On the final road section Prado tells it, "Menso put in multiple attacks on the road and was able to overtake me.”  Dejong and Prado battled all the way to the line where Dejong was able to hold it across the line and earn the big payday.

Racers & Chasers Promotes Charity Ride For Lupus Foundation

Racers and Chasers is a group of Mountain bikers that love the community and those involved in it.  We have been putting on Mountain Bike races for many years now. 

Chances are that someone close to you has been affected by the Lupus disease. In our case it’s a great friend and Pro Racer Jeff Meyers wife, Kristin.  Kristin has been fighting Lupus since 2006, and would have found out sooner with the proper education and funding that the Lupus Foundation provides.

Where: Black Mountain Open Space – Southern California

When: Saturday May 14th

Who: Everyone is invited

What: A great time raising money for the Lupus Foundation of Southern California

This is a fun ride that all ability levels of riders will be able to do.  This is what makes this ride even better for the whole community.

For the MTB Scramble to benefit the Lupus Foundation of Southern California we are looking for donations that include, gift cards, merchandise, or other products you provide.

Your Donations are Tax Deductable and we are providing the Tax ID Number.  33-0717512 

Thank you for your time and donations.

For more information about this or any of the many events on Racers & Chasers schedule please visit Racers and



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