Events & Workshops BODYBUILDING.COM FITNESS EXPO—Get pumped for a full day of muscle, MMA and power with John “Bones” Jones, Frankie Edgar and Jamie Eason, pro body builders and pro UFC ﬁghters. Check out the Grapplers Quest, CrossFit Competition, Strong Man Exhibitions and get free samples and tips from companies in the industry. More info at bodybuilding.com/bfe. Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE. CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd. Visit promo. boiseweekly.com for details.
LYLE PEARSON 200 Treasure Valley dwellers know that one of the most scenic drives from Boise into the mountains is Highway 21 to Stanley, followed by Highway 75 from Stanley to Sun Valley. Take the same route and add four cyclists pedaling the roughly 200 miles in a team relay race format and you have the Lyle Pearson 200. Participation is limited to fewer than 100 teams and favors those who are quickest on the trigger when it comes to registration. A mysterious handicapping system lies in the hands of the race promoter, who takes into account age, weight, gender and race experience to make it theoretically possible for any team to win. Six months ago, when I was asked to participate, it seemed like a good idea, as well as an excuse to start training on the bike again. As usual, I had no idea what to expect. Teams began rolling out of Bown Crossing, one by one at the crack of dawn on June 2. All the usual cycling-related challenges were there: ﬂat tires, botched transitions and—despite bluebird skies in the valley—occasional rain showers on the backside of Moore’s Creek Summit and Banner Summit. Our four-woman team, though blessed with 20 minutes of time handicaps, faced several challenges. For starters, graphic details aside, rapidly ramping up one’s time spent on the bike can lead to all sorts of discontent from one’s behind. Also a challenge was the fact we had never ridden together. A certain amount of communication both on and off the bike is crucial in this type of team competition. It’s important to know who’s feeling strong enough to spend more time at the front or tackle the climbing legs solo, as well as who needs the pace to drop by 2 mph or who needs another PowerGel. It quickly became obvious, however, that honesty and clarity would not be a problem. We all spoke the same language of chains and spokes, and we bonded instantly over our common goal. The race’s deﬁning moment occurred at the beginning of the 10th and ﬁnal stage. Aided by a generous tailwind, I had just climbed Galena Summit several minutes faster than expected. In doing so, I had also burned my last few matches, which meant that the descent to Galena Lodge didn’t amount to much recovery before the ﬁnal, windy 22-mile haul into Sun Valley. But as I went sailing through the transition, glancing over my shoulder to make sure all three teammates were rolling into a tight formation so we could ﬁght the wind to the ﬁnish together, something happened. Things started to go slow-mo and I could almost hear Chariots of Fire in the background. My teammates rose out of their saddles to gain momentum, as they applied quadzilla-generated torque. Despite the heat, my ﬂesh broke out in goosebumps and an emotional kick fueled my tired legs. We had collectively smoked our estimated stage times and we were now within spitting distance of crushing our goal by nearly a half-hour. All I had to do was hang onto the wheel in front of me, sitting in the most protected spot to get the full beneﬁt of drafting. And hang on I did. I was hanging onto the other ladies not as teammates but as friends. It made the hanging on a little easier and the victory a lot sweeter. —Sarah Barber WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
FIT USA SHOW— Watch the ﬁttest bodies from around the United States compete for prizes at the Bodybuilding.com Fitness Expo’s evening event. There will also be a special performance by the American Acrobats and strongman feats of strength. Get your tickets at bodybuilding.com/ﬁtusa. Saturday, June 9, 6-9 p.m. $10-$20. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-3450454, egyptiantheatre.net. INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION AND 5K FUN RUN/ WALK—Join in this 5K fun run or walk sponsored by Summer of Hope. Contact Beth McDonald at 208-861-4737 or Glenn Mabey at 208-484-4879 for more info. Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m. $20. Veterans Memorial Park, 930 N. Veterans Memorial Parkway. NORTH FORK CHAMPIONSHIP—International kayakers will compete on the North Fork of the Payette River near Crouch in the inaugural North Fork Championship. Local and national businesses will have booths at the park. Visit northforkchampionship.com for more info. See Rec, Page 38. Thursday, June 8-Sunday, June 9, 5 p.m. North Fork of the Payette River, Crouch. SIXTH-ANNUAL WEISER RIVER TRAIL BIKE RIDE—Ride the northern section of the trail along the headwaters of the Weiser River. Riders will meet in Council and be transported with their bikes to the start in New Meadows. The total distance is approximately 28 miles. Surface is hard-packed gravel on an old railroad grade; mountain bikes or bikes with “hybrid” tires are recommended. Lunch and T-shirt included. Proceeds will beneﬁt Friends of the Weiser River Trail. Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m. $35$40. U.S. Hwy. 95, Council, 208630-4836, weiserrivertrail.org.
Register IDAHO YOUTH WHEELCHAIR SPORTS CAMP—The 25th annual Idaho Youth Wheelchair Camp is open to boys and girls ages 6-19. This unique camp provides the opportunity for youth who use a wheelchair or other assistive device to practice a variety of athletic and recreational activities. Maximum enrollment is 36 campers. Camp takes place Wednesday, June 13-Saturday, June 16. For more info, contact Emily Kovarik at 208-608-7680 or ekovarik@ cityofboise.org. $80. Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road, Boise, 208-384-4486, cityofboise.org/parks.
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