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Sara Youmans, raises her arms in triumph after winning the Volunteer Park Criterium in Seattle.

Youmans Wins Criterium

Ketchum cyclist Sara Youmans, 23, won the Volunteer Park Criterium in Seattle on Saturday, holding off the peloton with a strong sprint to the finish line.

Racing in the women’s category Pro/1/2/3 field, Youmans counterattacked the field after an attack by her teammate was reeled in but Youmans was able to stay off the front for 30 minutes before putting the hammer down on the group. Youmans races for Therapeutic Associates cycling team based in Portland, Oregon.

Youmans is a former Junior National Time Trial Champion and multi-time state champion in all three cycling disciplines: Road, Time Trial and Criterium in both Idaho and Washington. She represented the U.S. at the Junior World Championships in Italy in 2013. Youmans began her cycling career with the Sun Summit Cycling Team when she was 11-years-old.

Gem State Championships

The 2019 Idaho State Road Race Championships were staged in Emmett, Idaho, on June 16. Despite the recent wet weather in the valley, four Wood River Valley residents had enough mettle to pedal away with state titles.  

Richard Mull won the 60+ 55-mile race in two hours and 35 minutes, and Bill McCann won the 50+ CAT 4/5 55-mile race in two hours and 38 minutes. In the Master 40+ CAT 1/2/3 race, Scott Robinson finished in the 75-mile course in three hours and 19 minutes to ride away with first place by more than nine minutes. Susan Robinson claimed the 55-mile women’s 50+ race in two hours and 57 minutes.

“The course had a little of everything, but the most challenging part was the half-mile loose gravel section on each of the two or three laps,” Mulls said. “With mostly regular road bikes and tires there were a few spills as some riders lost control of their bikes in the thicker gravel sections. The weather was quite warm, but, ironically, the race finished on a two-mile climb through beautiful rock formations called “Old Freezeout.”

Outerbike in Sun Valley

Western Spirit Cycling has teamed up with Sun Valley Resort to present the three-day Outerbike event June 21-23 on many of the single-track trails across the Wood River Valley and also the lift-accessed trails on Bald Mountain. The registration fee gives a participant access to all the bike demos, lunches, refreshments, prizes and party admission, plus a three-day lift pass.

Vendors that are scheduled to attend the event are Alchemy Bicycles, Cannondale, Canyon, Club Ride Apparel, Challenge Tires, Dakine, DVO, Esker Cycles, Fezzari, FIDLOCK, Floyd’s of Leadville, Fly Racing, Fox Factory, G-Form, Giant & Liv, Idaho Interscholastic Cycling Association, iSSi Pedals, Krank-it, Light & Motion, Niner, Norco, OPEN, Osprey Packs, Pit Viper Sunglasses, Pivot Cycles, Rocky Mountain Bicycles, Rudy Project, Salsa, Scott, Shimano, Spank Bikes & iXS, Specialized, Sync Vans, Tailwind Nutrition, Transition Bikes, TRUST Performance, Vandoit Adventure Vans, Viathon, Wild Rye, Wood River Trails Coalition, Yeti Cycles, And Zoic.

Sun Valley Outerbike is the first of four scheduled expos. The next three are in Crested Butte, Colorado, August 16-18, Moab, Utah, October 4-6, and Bentonville, Arkansas, October 25-27.

Outerbike will be located at the base of Bald Mountain at the River Run base area, 520 Serenade Lane in Ketchum. Sign up at outerbike.com/sun-valley-2019.

SheepTown Drag Races

The infamous SheepTown Drag Races return to the streets of Hailey this Thursday, June 20. The format is head-to-head drag racing on bikes while pulling flaming logs. There is no entry fee and registration opens at 6 p.m. at Power House on Main Street in Hailey. Limited entry spots are available and a women’s category is offered this year. Racing “starts when it starts.”

A limited portion of Main Street from Myrtle to Spruce will be closed for the flamboyant festivities.  The event is presented by FARCA.

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