Winners of annual Bicycle Hill Climb
     2014-07-17      By The Gering Citizen   
Twenty-nine cyclists, many of them members of the newly formed Western Nebraska Bicycle Club, braved the post-storm debris on a steep grade to leave their mark on the Scotts Bluff National Monument’s summit road early last Saturday morning for the Oregon Trail Days Bicycle Hill Climb. Local riders made a good showing as Rich Gifford of Scottsbluff was the overall winner in the men’s mountain bike class and Morrill native Daren Munroe, now of Des Moines, Iowa, claimed the men’s street bike class. Munroe, who returned for the second year to compete in the event, also took overall event honors with his time of 7:55.

In the ladies division, Gering’s Allison Furby took top honors with the fast time in the women’s mountain bike division of 12:50 while Sarah Stahl of Bellevue won the street bike division and women’s overall title in 10:52. Cathy Eastman of Scottsbluff placed first in her age division of street bike in 12:43.

Furby said the personal challenge of the race was ultimately her reward.

“I’ve only been riding for three years and this is something I wanted to try,” Furby said. “I’m happy because my time was faster than last year’s winning time (in the mountain bike) so it’s a good start.”

Race organizer Larry Massie is stepping down from his duties after 12 years. He said members of the Western Nebraska Bicycle Club will conduct the race next year. Many members were on hand to participate and to learn how the hill challenge is structured.
Men’s Street Bike

Overall winner — 1 , Daren Munroe, Des Moines, Iowa, 7:55.

30-39— 1, Daren Monroe, Des Moines, 7:55. 2, Rob Abrisch. Boulder, Colo., 9:23.

40-49— 1, Joel Diffendaffer, Kansas City, 8:17,2, Blair Oliver. Ft. Collins, 8:30.3, NathanStahl, Bellevue, 8:42. 4, Brian Feather, Scottsbluff, 9:08. 5, Paul Callages, Scottsbluff,10:25

50-59— 1, Matthew Hutt, Scottsbluff, 8:14.2, Scott Schaub, Scottsbluff, 9:28.3, Fred Citta, Gering, 10:10.4, Dale Beaudette, Gering, 12:01.5, Cal Dixon, Gering, 12:50.6. Mike Donovan, Gering, 13:19.7, Robert Garza, Minatare, 17:07.8, Roger Tollefson, Gering, 17:59.9,Daniel Gallegos, Scottsbluff, 18:05.

60-over— 1, Daryl Payne, Scottsbluff, 10:15.2, Chip Littlejohn, Scottsbluff, 15:14. Men’s Mountain Bike

Overall-winner — 1 , Rich Gifford, Scottsbluff, 1 1 :30.

30-39 — 1 , Clark Diffrendaffer, North Platte, 14:45. 2, Devin Furby, Gering, 17:11.

40-49 — 1 , Roger Hill, Scottsbluff, 12:01.

50-59 — 1, Rich Gifford, Scottsbluff, 11:30. 2, Rick McDonald, Scottsbluff, 11:43. 3, Travis Todd, Minatare, 12:06. 4, Tom Robinson, Gering, 14:57. ‘.

60-69 — 1, Rod Carter, Gering, 17:30;

70-up— 1, Joe Lichius, Bayard, 24.37.

Women’s Street Bike

Overall winner — 1, Sarah Stahl, Bellevue, 10:52. ‘S 30-39 — 1, Sarah Slahl, Bellevue, 10:52. , 50-59 — 1, Cathy Eastman, Scottsbluff, 12:43.

Women’s Mountain Bike

Overall winner— 1, Allison Furby, Gering, 12:50.

30-39 - 1, Allison Furby, Gering, 12:50

Share this story on Facebook
LOGIN or REGISTER for exclusive access to premium content

Good Evening friend!
Recently Read Sports
723Winners of annual Bicycle Hill Climb
957Gering hosts Class B Area 7 Junior Legion baseball tournament
1386Area Legion Scores June 1-8
957Gering boys win two games in east/west shootout
1121Golf coaches reflect on winning seasons
958Bluffs Broadcasting’s KOZY to broadcast Cougars games
668Bayard claims fourth team title this season
813Krzyzanowski remains perfect after win in GHS tourney
960Here’s what to pack for hunting
773Bulldog boys begin road swing with win at Alliance
962Scottsbluff stopped by Aurora, weather
1252All Points West: For the love of sports, have fun
961Bulldogs return 10 starters, eye state performance
1210Local tennis teams return from state tourney
960Super Hero Race a super success
712Learning from the loss: Gering, Scottsbluff finding good in season’s end
960Gering basketball boys continue to dominate court
780WNCC volleyball earns No. 7 seed, will play Arizona Western in first round
960Gering has eight victories at Mitchell track meet
1209Scottsbluff Bearcats golf team
Most Read Sports 2012
3931Mitchell track off to a strong start
3811Morrill baseball back in business
3214Rivals make good friends, better training partners
3002Mendoza spirit lives on in softball tournament
2940Gering wrestling builds on experience
2845Bulldogs basketball ready to run Class B gauntlet
2650Raising the bar high
2608Gering resident lives his dream
2607Gering breaks two records at Chadron: Track season gets underway at Chadron Indoor Meet
2590Kizzire and Kautz take first place
2585All Points West: Time to get tough Huskers
2494All Points West: We’ll miss 2016 seniors
2418Doing the heavy lifting
2382Basketball girls hungry for more wins
2332Cougars clench 18th straight Region IX title
2318Gering girls’ soccer team creating team first attitude
2281Beam to golf at Midland
2255Sterkel Colorado bound, inks with Rangers
2143Morrill Lions move to eight-man offers opportunity
2089New Bayard coach looks for productive season
Most Read Sports 2011
3931Mitchell track off to a strong start
3811Morrill baseball back in business
3214Rivals make good friends, better training partners
3002Mendoza spirit lives on in softball tournament
2940Gering wrestling builds on experience
2845Bulldogs basketball ready to run Class B gauntlet
2650Raising the bar high
2608Gering resident lives his dream
2607Gering breaks two records at Chadron: Track season gets underway at Chadron Indoor Meet
2590Kizzire and Kautz take first place
2585All Points West: Time to get tough Huskers
2494All Points West: We’ll miss 2016 seniors
2418Doing the heavy lifting
2382Basketball girls hungry for more wins
2332Cougars clench 18th straight Region IX title
2318Gering girls’ soccer team creating team first attitude
2281Beam to golf at Midland
2255Sterkel Colorado bound, inks with Rangers
2143Morrill Lions move to eight-man offers opportunity
2089New Bayard coach looks for productive season
Platte Valley Companies
Fresh Foods
Hale Multimedia LLC
Spectrum Photo
Kendell Henderson
= = = Platte Valley Companies' = = =
Sports Page

Check out the
Gering Bulldogs on