S&R News - June 23, 2004 

TOBIN AND TEAM TRIUMPH

Winning has become routine for Michael Tobin. Last weekend, he and his Nike/ACG Balance Bar teammates won the Red Bull Divide and Conquer near Durango, Colorado. The Divide and Conquer is a relay race that crosses the continental divide and includes trail running, paragliding, kayaking and mountain biking. Nike/ACG battled it out with second place finishers, Team Internet BillBoard/OpavaNet from the Czech Republic. Tobin started things off with the trail run.

"The Czech runner and I duked it out and he ended up beating me by 10 seconds," Tobin said. "But then our paraglider, Othar Lawrence, put 10 minutes on everyone else with an awesome climb and a wild 2,000-foot descent."

After the exchange, the paragliders had to hike/run to their jump point. Then they floated down to the kayakers who paddled a section of the Animas River. The mountain bikers competed in the final leg.

It's going to be a busy fall for Tobin's team. With the win, they are invited to participate in the Red Bull Domomitenmann in Austria in September, the race on which the Divide and Conquer race is based. Nike/ACG will also compete in the Primal Quest in Washington state.

Armstrong Athens Bound

On Saturday, Boise cycling super-hero Kristin Armstrong earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team by winning the USA Selection races in Redlands, California. The 30-year-old pulled away from the pack halfway through the 116.8km race. She also picked up a national championship jersey for her efforts.

Armstrong and second place finisher Christine Thorburn were neck and neck going into the last lap before the Boise native outlasted her in the final 400 meters to finish in 3:26:12. This marked the second time that Armstrong was on the brink of qualifying for the Olympics. She also competed in the U.S. triathlon trials for the 2000 games.

JOIN THE TAMARACK TEAM

Team Tamarack Recreation Club is calling teen and adult two-wheel enthusiasts of all abilities to join their multi-sport, multi-season club. Whether you're an adult rider interested in meeting new people and brushing up on your skills or whether you have a trail-loving teen who wants to rub shoulders with the pros, the club will help you meet your cycling goals and have fun all at the same time.

A $95 membership fee gets you discounts on mountain bike clinics, a free Team Tamarack jersey and a season pass to Tamarack's mountain bike park. The team gets together twice every week to ride--Wednesday nights in Boise and Friday nights at Tamarack Resort in Donnelly--led by the pros from the Team Tamarack/Team Goldy's Cycling squad.

Clinics offered through Team Tamarack Recreation Club are taught by the best cyclists in the state. Brooke Blackwelder, Darren Lightfield, Lorien Lightfield, Jake Hawkes, Heather Thiry, Michelle Wiens and Bob Kreisle each teach classes specific to their coaching and competing specialty. All classes are open to kids, teens and adults. Though members do receive a hefty discount to attend clinics, the general public is invited to attend any of the workshops that begin July 1 and take place through September 19.

For a list of clinics or for more information on becoming a member of Team Tamarack Recreation Club call Steve Stuebner at 472-6777 or 484-0295, or Chris Volk at 388-3800. Also visit www.tamarackidaho.com.

GORGE GAMES GO BIG

Eight days of extreme sports at the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon and Washington is rapidly approaching. For extreme sports fans who can't make the trek from Boise to the gorge, don't fret, The X Channel will be covering most of the action for your viewing pleasure.

Saturday, July 10 the games begin with a half-marathon, 10K trail run, skateboard giant slalom, DH street luge, and if the winds are up, there will also be a windsurfing and kiteboarding blowout. And that's just the first day.

In the seven days to follow the Gorge Games host competitions in free-ride mountain biking, extreme kayaking and outrigger canoeing. For the noncompetitors, kids and adults can fill their days watching the pros compete and then attend clinics and workshops to hone their own skills. Entertainment will abound with local music every night, bikini and board short competitions, a street dance and more bar partyies than you can shake your paddle at.

The Gorge Games happen Saturday, July 10 through Sunday, July 18. Check out coverage on the X Channel or see them in person. More info at (541) 386-7774 or www.gorgegames.com.

--Compiled by Joseph Carberry and Rachael Daigle

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