Friday, August 31, 2012

Rusch, Nurge offer hill climb tips Saturday


By JEFF CORDES
Express Staff Writer

World champion mountain bike rider Rebecca Rusch of Ketchum is pairing up with Bill Nurge to offer a free “Get Ready for the Baldy Hill Climb” mountain fitness clinic on Saturday, Sept. 1 from 9-11 a.m. at River Run Lodge.

On the morning of the Wagon Days Big Hitch Parade, fitness enthusiasts can learn how to use the mountain as a training tool in preparation for the 34th annual Baldy Hill Climb on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Nurge is owner and head coach at the Hardcore Training Center in Ketchum. He is a 12-time winner of Baldy ascent races and holds the course record for the Baldy Double and Baldy Snowshoe Races.

A world champion mountain biker and Leadville 100 Mountain Bike record holder, Rusch holds the current Baldy Double record for women.

Nurge said, “Remember the Baldy Hill Climb is not just a hike/run. There is also a mountain bike division and a Baldy Double division where you bike up, download and then hike/run up. This clinic is for hikers, bikers and the insane "double-athletes."

Saturday’s event features a 30-minute talk on training and getting stronger followed by question-and-answer session. Rusch plans to demonstrate world-class climbing technique and secrets on a mountain bike.

The two-hour meeting will conclude with a walk up Lower River Run including technique tips on effective poling and striding. There will be the optional ‘timed trial’ up Mid River Run.

Nurge said, “It's a good opportunity to visit the ‘Baldy Pain Cave’ if you haven't been there in a while.”

Bring your own poles and energy drink. The clinic will be an informal and fun learning experience for all participants.




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