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Weekly Newsletter 7/6/6

Targhee Time Trail- The 8 mile race of truth, This Sunday.
Registration is from 8am to 9:30am at Peaked Sports in Driggs. You can register ahead of time at Peaked for $25, or $30 the day of the race. All proceeds go to Teton Valley trails and pathways- to build more mt. bike trails and paved bike and pedestrian pathways! Helmet required. Your good bike recommended.
Race starts at 10am sharp at intersection of Stateline and Ski Hill Roads.
Awards, party, raffle at 12:00pm at Peaked Sports in Driggs.

Deep thoughts from the road –
Weird things going on out there: It seems that those same folks from Kansas, Texas and beyond are all back in those huge RV’s. Strangely, they’re not the only ones. Crossing Hwy 22 near the Science/Journey School is a 10-minute affair. Be safe and patient. Also, is it me or are the rednecks getting their mirrors closer to my arm while I’m riding? With the tour now making it on Sports Center not to mention pushing back their PBR rodeo shows it seems they’re getting a bit testy. So be safe out there

RACE RESULTS- TOP SHELF TEAM Impresses at local and regional races.

Team Fitzy’s own Nate Carey (of Wilson, WY) has the new, unlikely, title of Utah State Mt. Bike Sport Class Champion for his victory last week. Crediting his intense new training regime called “keeping up with my girlfriend” Nate has been racking up the wins and keeping an eye on the competition, while putting full time effort into the bike as of late.

Six Fitzgerald’s Bicycles/Snake River Brewery team members raced in a four stage slug fest, including the new Friday night Prologue which was similar to the 2005 Tour de Jackson Prologue in it’s steep, spring, lung regurgitating efforts. Chellie Terry won the W’s Cat III prologue and road race and held to take the trophy for 3rd overall on GC (general classification) for the weekend. Ian Tuttle was 2nd in the prologue and would have been 3rd overall in Cat IV had it not been for an overzealous official who gave him a 10 second time penalty for not signing in on time for the final stage (yeah…signing in seems to be part of bike racing…who knew.) Tuttle took 4th with Dave Bergart 8 seconds behind in 5th. Brian Shilling, Brian Smith and Tim Kelley also competed in the race with Shilling grabbing t.v. time off the front in the Cat III road race. The highlight of the weekend may have been the “unofficial” announcement at the race that “Fitzgerald’s of Jackson Hole wins best team Kit for 2006. Tell the guy who design it that it’s awesome.” So way to go Ray and Scott….Nice work.

WYDAHO Mountain Bike Race-
More info coming next week…as reports are sketchy since it can’t possibly be true that Pro road kill(er) Kris Lunning won the men’s race. Tracey Petervary was 2nd among local women and other Fitzy racers represented quite well. We’ll get more clarity and report more next week as we’re sure Lunning would not be messing with his build up training for next weeks Cascade Classic Pro road race.

Tour de Jackson-
It’s that time of year….but with much confusion and a big doping bust expected at the widespread panic concert…”the TDJ” is holding off on it’s start. This un-official, but oh so important, race will be announced soon with the potential of it being held in August. Don’t miss the Targhee race this Sunday and Teton Pass race on July 23rd as there will surely be bonus points for these races.

PARTY TIME- Fitzgerald’s Team/Club party. If you’ve ever been proud to wear orange spandex….you’re invited. Come one, come all….Party on the Brew Pub Deck (next to the grain tower) next Thursday Night from 6pm on. Beer and nibbles from our Title Sponsor- Snake River Brewery will be provided. Race photos and payback if you submitted your race entries, and just a great time of catching up with friends…off the bike. You don’t have to wear the orange…


Thu. Pedals and Pints- Rated best social ride in town. CyclingNews, July 2006- Thursday Nights, meet at shop before 6pm as the ride rolls out from the shop at 6pm sharp. Whether you want to mock race up Fish Creek, as a more humane pace than Tuesday, or just enjoy group riding, the P&P ride has been a hit with a dozen or more riders of intermediate and advanced road riding abilities enjoying a 1:45 minute ride leaving time for a brew pub deck get together afterwards. With the long nights, expect a leisurely pace to far off places.

Wed. Women’s Only Ride-
5:30pm at the shop. The pace is moderate, 15mph avg. This is an ideal chance to get some practice riding with groups, ask questions form more experienced riders and meet new friends. Road bikes most Wed nights unless otherwise posted on the shop group ride chalkboard.

FIVE INCH FRIDAYS- Take the liquid caddy off the bike and prepare to hitch and push uphill…it’s time for some big air, big hair, mosquitoes and downhill action.

RIDER(s) of the WEEK-
Scott Fitzgerald and Chris Erickson earn a belated Rider(s) of the Week award for their Bike to Work Day ride over Teton Pass, commuting from Victor to support the Jackson bike to work day. Erickson impressed by taking the ride round trip and Fitzgerald was also impressive in that he may not actually be as his “3rd week of the tour like” racing physique might suggest do to his tireless time spent at the bustling shop this summer. Well-done boyz!

Tour de France- Now Showing at Fitzgerald’s Bicycles. The T.V. in the shop is steaming all the latest from France. If you haven’t been watching and picked a winner you’re in luck, as all ours are out already for one reason or another (well, except my pick). So stop in and see which American will be in yellow after Saturday’s decisive Time Trail.

Thank you to our sponsors for helping make all this happen-
Snake River Brewing
Ortho Associates of JH
Great Northern Coffee
Mountain High Pizza
M Ploy
Down On Glenn

You da man Floyd, stay off Murphy’s wheel and out of trouble.

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