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