Tuesday, September 15, 2009

OBRA women grab top two spots on Mt. Baker

GLACIER, Wash. -- A pair of OBRA racers were the two fastest women at Washington's Mt. Baker Hillclimb Sunday.

Jenny Slawta (Landshark) covered the 24.5 mile course in 1:31:00 for first. Alice Pennington (Veloforma) rode the scenic mountain course just 33 seconds slower at 1:31:33 for second.

Slawta's effort was 18th fastest overall time among the more than 500 starters. Pennington was 22nd overall. Washington rider Russell Stevenson set the fastest time of the day at 1:25:16.

The Mt. Baker hillclinb is a 24.5 mile challenge for recreational, competitive and first-time cyclists that features more than 4,300 feet of climbing. RIDE 542 follows the Mt. Baker Highway (SR542) from the town of Glacier (955 ft. elevation) to its end at Artist Point (5140 ft. elevation).

The highway, which winds up and along the Nooksack River, through giant old growth cedar groves and under several glaciers, is closed for the event. Gradual grades dominate the course until the last 2.5 miles, when the road turns skyward. The majority of the course is through undeveloped wilderness area managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Washington Department of Transportation. Artist Point is the western most access to the North Cascades National Park.

Mt. Baker Hillclimb
Glacier, Washington
Sept. 13, 2009

1. Slawta, Jennifer 1:31:00
2. Pennington, Alice 1:31:33
3. Brynjolfson, Kristine 1:34:53
4. 159 Grace, Lise 1:35:13
5. 246 Roschen, Lauren 1:36:51

1. Stevenson, Russell 1:25:16
2. MacDonald, Nathan 1:25:40
3. Rathkamp, Ben 1:26:44
4. Maris, Shannon 1:26:50
5. Vukets, Dave 1:26:52

Complete results are HERE.

(courtesy photo)