June has been full of dedication, determination, loads of fun and rewards for hard work. The Boise VeloWomen, through our love of cycling, have trained hard for these challenges and tested our strengths. Events include the Lyle Pearson 200 and Mike Mercy Memorial 2016 Idaho State Time Trial. Boise VeloWomen have also been busy participating in various charity rides, Hubbard TTs and SWICA Crits. Information on these is coming soon!
The Infamous LP 200: June 4, 2016
The Lyle Pearson (LP) 200 is an annual cycling event, hosted by G Corsa Events, that many Boise VeloWomen look forward to each year. The LP 200 is a relay-style race of teams consisting of four participants racing from Boise's Bown Crossing to Ketchum via Highway 75 though Stanley, ID. Through beautiful Idaho country, racers endure nearly a cumulative of 17,000 feet in elevation gain and conquer summits Banner and Galena. Weather is unpredictable this time of year, but the BVW were granted blue skies and warm temperatures with a sprinkling of Idaho's famous wind. There are 10 legs on the journey to Ketchum and only three riders may be on the course at a time, with the exception of the last leg into Ketchum. No drafting, no pelotons - riders can only rely on their other three teammates. Handicaps for each team consist of cumulative race category, gender, age and weight. Each team's start times are stratified based on the handicaps. However, the real goal of the race is to go your hardest, form bonds with your teammates, eat as much as you can while not on the bike and most importantly have fun while enjoying our great state and its beautiful landscape.
This year's race consisted of 69 four-person teams each with a variety of strengths and experiences. That equates to over 276 bikes making their way over mountain passes either on the road or car; quite an overwhelming sight to see so many fellow cyclists in one place. The sense of community and belonging is palpable and the excitement and camaraderie does not fade at the finish line.
For 2016, the BVW had three teams competing in the LP 200:
Mike Mercy Memorial 2016 Idaho State Time Trial : June 11, 2016
From the Mike Mercy Memorial 2016 Idaho Time Trial Race Flier: Dr. Michael Mercy was an avid cyclist, he died from cancer at age 49 in May 2015. Mike participated in mountain bike and road bike events and loved to race his road and time trial bikes. Of all the events Mike enjoyed, he was the most passionate about time trial racing. He would race a stage race just so he could compete in the TT portion. Mike was passionate about education and felt strongly that those who could not afford the opportunity to attend college should be allowed. To honor his wishes, an endowed scholarship fund has been established in his name at Boise State University. The Mike Mercy Memorial Time Trial is to honor Mike, his love for time trialing, and to help those that cannot afford college. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the scholarship fund.
This first Memorial Time Trial raised over $5,000 to donate to the scholarship fund. That is quite a testament to our cycling community's involvement and the love of our discipline while honoring our cycling friends we have lost along the way. Mike Mercy was a friend to the Boise VeloWomen and we didn't hesitate to give our time and legs to this event!
The BVW dominated the Category 4 Women's field - 5 of the 6 Cat 4 women were BVW team members. We also delivered on our promise to podium! Despite strong desert crosswinds, Trisha Wineman placed 1st and captured the State TT Title with an incredible 33.34.08. Kelsey Speigel finishing 2nd in 35.00.02 (not far behind!) followed by Morgan Cornwall (4th), Jessica Grunke (5th) and Morgan Miller (6th).
Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors, Bobs Bicycles, Thrivent, George's Cycles, all the volunteers and, finally, Howard and Linda Roose for a fun, well supported course. We think Mike would be proud of all of us!
Jessica G. & Nadine C.
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