Bicyclists tear it up at the summit
     2012-07-19      By Gering Citizen   
Photo by Elizabeth Gross/Gering Citizen
James Coover, of Cairo, Neb. is good natured about his long climb up the monument. The annual Oregon Trail Days event is a 1.5 mile climb to the top. This year saw 42 riders from around the region take part in the event.
 
The annual bike sprint up the summit road at Scotts Bluff National Monument took place on Saturday morning, July 14.
In the street bike division, the overall men’s winner was Bruce Rahmig of Denver, Colo. with a time of 5:16. The men’s mountain bike overall winner was Ivan Marsh of Ashland, Neb., who turned in a time of 7:28.
Top finishers in the men’s street bike division, by age group: 19 – 29: Cameron Wagner, 6:53; Frank Sleder, 7:07; Dustin Beaudette, 9:17.
30 – 39: TJ Dredla, 6:36; Doug Smith, 7:09; Paul Janda, 8:30.
40 – 49: Bruce Rahmig, 5:16; Eric Wiebi, 6:52; Brian Feather, 8:18; Chris Holowiski, 10:13.
50 – 59: Tom Smith, 8:27; Mike Donovan, 11:44; Steven Foster, 13:56.
60+: Daryl Payne, 10:06; Steven Eurich, 10:33.
Men’s mountain bike, by age group:
10 – 15: Levi Wickham, 11:45.
16 – 18: Justin Brester, 9:15; Brandon Feather, 11:44.
30 – 39: Ivan Marsh, 7:28; Travis Yants, 9:47; Robert Greene, 12:35.
40 – 49: Rich Gifford, 8:17; Roger Hill, 10:20; James Coover, 10:59; Travis Todd, 11:11.
50 – 59: Darrell Vogel, 9:29; Fred Citta, 10:13.
60 – 69: Allen Ritter, 8:00; Gary Rein, 15:16.
70+: Robert Mueller, 17:54.
For the women, Leah Kleager of Omaha was the overall winner in the street bike division with a time of 7:08. Crystal Schleicher of Gering turned in a time of 14:28 to claim the overall winner in the mountain bike division.
Woman’s street bike, by age group:
19 – 29: Leah Kleager, 7:08; Michelle Foster; Christina Fay, 11:19; Andrea Rein, 17:59.
40 – 49: Lisa Holowiski: 9:16.
50 – 59: Cathy Eastman, 10:23; Dona Rose Zimmerman, 10:32.
Women’s mountain bike, by age group:
30 – 39: Crystal Schleicher, 14:28; Rurt Kaup, 15:44.
50 – 59: Cheryl Reisig, 17:02.

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