The Tour De Ranch held on March 24th & March 25th, 2012, created amazing energy and memories among the downhill crowd, BMXers, and endurance cross country athletes. In the second year of the event, we had 72 racers competing in a combination of 4 races, which totaled 129 race entries.
Title sponsor Bicycle Sport Shop was on hand with bike demos on Saturday as well as providing neutral support for the racers. Kuat Racks came down all the way from Springfield, Missouri to set up a tent in the expo and provide beer for the post-race activities for all. This made for a great cheering section for the Pump Track which went off at 5pm on Saturday, where spectators were treated with some fast men on small bikes with big smiles on their faces racing in small circles with whoops and berms. A handful of women also raced, and even some young kids. It was hard to tell the kids apart from the grown men once they were on course. Shane Mc Anally busted out a 9.03 second run for 1st while Rachel Cook (riding on a borrowed bike in her first pump track race), took top honors in the female category in 12.08 seconds). Wrecker Supply was also on hand in the expo, supplying us with extra items for the raffle giveaway!
The weekend festival started with a Super D showcasing Reveille Peak Ranch’s vertical drop from the top of Decision Point peak to the deer feeder at the bottom (little over a mile). Justin Calland stole the show with a scorching fast time of 7:17 (34 seconds faster than anyone). For the women, Rachelle Wood turned in the fastest time of 10:04. This is a tough downhill, and one that has most puckering up before the drops.
Next up, the grand opening of the flow track where racers enjoyed almost a full mile of downhill smooth flowing trail with no roots, or rocks, but plenty of bermed corners and jumps that could be taken with style in the air, or rolled over if you were new to the sport. This event brought the most entrants, and the most smiles, and D.L. Wood pulled off the fastest time in 2:25, followed ever so close by Shane Mc Anally in 2:27. Donielle Nyland locked up the female fastest time in 2:51. A free shuttle ran for most of the day helping to haul racers back to the top of the hill.
The next morning, the racers competing for the overall omnium award (by participating in all 4 events) drug themselves out of their tents and hotel rooms to compete in the cross-country race. This was a grueling endurance race on a fairly technical race loop around the ranch, with plenty of jeep road for passing. Top honors went to Craig Kuntz completing 3 laps (24 miles) in 2:09:32. The fastest female was Amy Parkinson in 2:44:04 (3 laps).
Omnium winners were awarded in every category (1, 2 & 3).
Category 1: Shane Mc Anally
Category 2: James Balentine
Category 3: Alexander Link
Women Overall: Rachelle Wood
Prize money of $1000 cash was given out ($500 to males / $500 to females), plus awards, t-shirts, pint glasses & raffle items totally another $3,000.
This event should grow into a classic, now that the word is out with the downhill and BMX crowd. We are looking forward to many great years in the future.
On 4/2/2012 8:08:00 PM
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