Tobinís team wins
$50,000 Raid Series event Aug. 8-10
Community School graduate and 13-year pro
Michael Tobin, 39, of Boise led a four-member team that won last weekendís
163-mile Solomon/Saab X-adventure Raid Series event from Stanley to Sun Valley.
Tobin, Mike Kloser, Ian Adamson and
Danelle Ballengee are no strangers to adventure racing and they led the Team
Nike/ACG Balance Bar squad to first place out of 21 competing teams and a
$15,000 first-place prize.
Tobinís Team Nike was essentially the same
team that, as Salomon/Eco-Internet, captured the 2001 Eco-Challenge race in New
Zealand. Tobin, the winningest Xterra and Powerman athlete ever, is a six-time
Wild Rockies mountain bike king.
Team Nikeís time was 23 hours, 47 minutes
and 21 seconds on a 10-section course that featured about 85 miles of mountain
biking, 48 miles of orienteering and trekking, 17 miles of canoeing and 13 miles
of in-line skating.
The winners led by over an hour after the
first day and finished ahead of two French teams and one from Great Britain.
In eighth place in the $50,000 adventure
race was the Bigwood/Montrail squad of Dave Harrison, Dave Bingham, Brooke
Baughman and Novak Thompson from Australia in 33.07:20.
Thompson was on Team Montrailís winning
squad in a 828-kilometer race in Kyrgyzstan ending June 16. But he encountered
stomach problems in last weekendís race which hampered his effort.
The Idaho adventure race was part of the
new Adventure World Cup consisting of qualifying events held in Scotland in May,
France in July, Idaho in August, Spain in September and New Caledonia in
The top-ranked teams on this yearís
X-adventure Race Series will be invited to compete in the 2004 Raid Series World
Championships in Peru.
Team entry fee was $800. For more details