TOLLGATE, OR-- Kevin Thonney (Bicycle Barn) of Walla Walla charged up the ski hill to take the KOM prime and never looked back for a decisive win at the Roundabout Spout XC Mountain Bike Race July 12, 2014. Jonathan Myers (Team S&M) of Portland moved into 2nd place on the difficult climbs at the far end of the course as Dominic Clay (Oregon Trail) of La Grande held steady to round out the podium. Barbara Kreisle of Boise took the win despite double flatting out on the course. Read more
^ Thonney for the win. Photo E. Mills
^ Myers finished second. Photo L. Sather
^ Myers (left) and Clay finished 2nd and 3rd overall. Photo E. Mills.
^ Life flight was well positioned on the sledding hill of Spout Springs.
^ Kreisle celebrates her QOM with a drink. Picture B. Welch.
^ Union County Search & Rescue ambitiously leads out the Sport Category
^ Javin Berg of Dixie, WA won the Sport Category
^ It was a 3 man race at the bottom of the ski hill climb for the KOM prize.
^ The Life Flight helicopter with an impressive take-off and landing.
The birthing of mountain biking in the 1970s spread throughout the western states, La Grande included. The existing motorcycle and horseback riding trails were compatible with the new sport, and many of these users adopted mountain biking also. In the 1980s, locals began racing mountain bikes in the Blue Mountains of Oregon, first at Spout Springs Ski Resort on the cross-country ski trails. Read more
^ Bill Gerst in 2014 leading the way on a trail in the Blue Mountains near Spout Springs. Picture by Z. Heath.
Online registration is drawing to a close Thursday night. Please register online to save some money and also be eligible for the random swag giveaway which will only be for pre-registered racers. Register at http://lagranderide.com/roundabout-spout/register
The race course is dialed right now and our near-promises of perfect weather and trail conditions for race day are coming to fruition. During trail work today, it was in the 60s at Spout Springs around noon even though it was creeping into the 90s down in the valley. Read more
Course preparations and race logistics are set for our race this Saturday, July 12. The track is in excellent shape and you'll be impressed after racing the course. It has good passing opportunities early, a challenging hill, and then narrowing to some stellar singletrack.
11:30a Course marking complete.
1:00 Pre-riding course after this time.
6:00-7:30 Packet pick-up available at Spout Springs Ski Resort http://goo.gl/maps/uiBKr
Saturday, July 12, 2014
10:45 Pre-race briefing at start line for Elite/Expert and Sport categories 11:00 Elite/Expert/Singlespeed (Cat 1) Start
11:02 Sport (Cat 2) Start
11:04 Novice & Junior (Cat 3) stage at starting area for pre-race briefing
11:15 approximate start for Novice & Junior (Cat 3)
12:25 Anticipated first Novice finisher
12:45 Anticipated first Sport finisher
1:05 Anticipated first Elite/Expert finisher
1:30 Podium awards begin