Borderline Weather Berates Bikers at Bordertown Bash
After a one-year absence in 2004, the 14th annual Bordertown Challenge returned to the high desert of Nevada, held near Wells, Nevada. Overall, the weather was not too bad and after some brief showers near the start, things settled down. However, prior rains helped make the course soft and a few short sections were reduced to "hike-a-bike" status. There were several bent chains and derailers as a result. What really scared the riders off was the horrendous morning weather in Elko, Boise and Salt Lake. All told only 65 athletes made the trip, but comments like "awesome course" and "this really needs to be in the Utah Series" bounced around ... maybe next year. Clearly, races of this kind with their one-big-loop format, are becoming quite rare.
The men's trail run was once again topped by Kenny McDaniel from Boise, who flew uncontested around the 6.2 mile hilly course in a fast 51:18. Boise's Christine Hall again topped the women's race setting another course record (her second this season) at 55:19. Derryl Spencer topped the duathlon. The pro men's mountain bike field was hammered by Hailey's national-caliber racer Cody Peterson, and the top female mountain biker was Boise's Stacey Scanlan. Single-speeders once again beat all of the other sport riders with Paul Adams, Tom Warr and Troy Nye finishing 1-2-3 and proving again that single-speed bikes are more than competitive with their 21-speed cousins.