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The May 17 third annual 12 Hours of Disco Mountain Bike Endurance Race drew around 250 visitors to town and 152 mountain bike competitors.

The weather was perfect for the 7AM to 7PM event and the track was in great shape thanks to all the local volunteer labor preparation work.

The goal of the endurance race is to complete as many laps around the eight mile track as possible in the allotted 12 hours. The racers were entered in numerous and simultaneous rider categories. The cumulative distance covered by the riders in the 12 hour event totaled over 7,000 miles.

First place in the Overall went to ProLeisure’s 68 riders who rode 155.8 miles in 11hours 47 minutes. The fastest lap time for an individual male rider was 32 minutes 40 seconds turned in by John Reuter. The fastest lap for a female rider was scored by Ashley McQueen with a time of 42 minutes 38 seconds. Both riders were from Ketchum and each won new forks for their mountain bikes.

In the solo male category 39 year old AJ Linnell of Victor, Idaho took first place by riding 17 laps, which covered a distance of 139.4 miles, in just over 11 hours 20 minutes. Ben Parsons, age 34 of Kalispell, Montana was second and 29 year old Salmon Idaho Mountain Bike Association President Max Lohmeyer came in seventh.

In the solo female division 36 year old Mary Brown of Boise came in first by covering 98.4 miles in nine hours 48 minutes and 53 seconds. Forty one year old India Wysong of Ketchum, Idaho was second and 21 year old Ellis Tate of Salmon was in fifth place.

The multi division race takes a massive amount of organizing which was done through the partnership of the Youth Employment Program (YEP) and the Salmon Idaho Mountain Bike Association (SIMBA). YEP supplied trucks, trailers, tents, the Disco Dome and the labor to provide all the infrastructure needed for the race. YEP’s Art of Design Studio created the web site and poster designs, handled promotion of the event and racer awards. SIMBA provided the timers, the website and USA Cycling support which makes the race a nationally sanctioned event. Additional help came from all the volunteers who set up then tore down all the race related accoutrements and assisted the race judge in timing and posting rider statuses throughout the race. The Local Option Tax Commission supplied funding support to pay Search and Rescue members for their on-duty time plus pay for porta-potties, race promotion items and entertainment.

Proceeds from participant entry fees, food and beverage donations and silent auction items go to support YEP’s efforts to employ youth for local trail maintenance work.

Organizers say the event highlights the combined efforts of various organizations that are focused on promoting and improving the outdoor opportunities this community has to offer. Those efforts are being noticed. Prior to the recent endurance race Single Track Magazine included the Discovery Hill track in its state by state listing of the Top Mountain Bike Trails in the United States. Just recently the Coalition for Recreational Trails has placed the Discovery Hill Trail network in its 2014 Outstanding Use of Recreational Trails Programs under the category of Multiple-Use Management and Corridor Sharing.

Those interested in all of the race results may go to: www.ridesalmon.com/#!12-hrs-of-disco-/cleyf

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