Boise’s Kai Applequist nosed out Allan Schroeder of Boise to win Saturday’s 47th annual Bogus Basin Hill Climb road cycling event.
Applequist, 37, this year’s Idaho State time trial champion who earned the 2018 Idaho criterium title and 2016-17 Idaho road race crowns, successfully defended his Bogus Basin Hill Climb championship.
It was a lot closer in 2019.
Applequist won the 15-mile climb with 3,500 feet of climbing by one minute in 2018.
On Saturday, Applequist (56:08.58) nipped 27-year-old Schroeder (56:09.65) by one second. Seven cyclists were within two seconds of the winner in a competitive race.
There were 173 cyclists finishing the ascent from Boise to Bogus Basin including 152 men and 21 women. George’s Cycles of Boise held the event.
Women’s winner in 1.07:59 was Kuna’s Jenniffer Halladay by over a minute ahead of Annamarie Hofstetter of Boise (1.09:38). A mother of five, Halladay won the Women’s 40-49 class by nearly six minutes.
Fastest Wood River Valley racer was Hailey’s Brandon Lynch, 41. Lynch placed 27th overall and second in Men’s Class 40-44 with a time of 59:44, 3:36 behind Applequist and three minutes off the pace of Men’s 40-44 winner Jeremy Ward, 42, of Boise (56:38).
Ketchum’s 74-year-old Carl Bontrager (1.35:14) captured the Men’s 70-plus class victory by nearly seven minutes.
Placing 3rd-5th-10th in the 18-racer Men’s 60-69 category won by Boise’s Robert Hoene (1.05:46) were local cyclists Scott Grill, 61 (1.09:54), Ralph Pavone (1.14:05) and Craig Phelan, 68 (1.29:12).
Former Ketchum professional endurance athlete Michael Tobin, 56, of Boise earned the Men’s 55-59 hill climb title at 56:42, just 34 seconds behind Applequist.
Hailey racers placing 5th and 11th in Men’s 55-59 were Chris Gardner, 57 (1.11:17) and Herberth Corrales, 56 (1.23:58).
Leading the way in the quick Men’s 18-and-under class was Spencer Severance, 17, of Boise and BYRDS (Boise Young Riders Development Squad). Severance’s time was 56:10.47, fourth overall.