TGIF 5/7 Recap

May 10, 2021 | Marshall

Friday’s TGIF Mountain Bike Race series at Marshall Mountain kicked off with some fun climbs and ended with a little kicker up by the dual slalom course and flip of a coin for a prize (donated from our local bike shops: MBW, Hellgate Cyclery, and Missoula Bike Source). Turnout was great, weather was iffy, and bikes ranged from a CX/rigid mtb to full squish.  87 riders finished the course.


Our Lady Mammoths had a tight race between Elsa Westenfelder and Ellen Davis– both riding for MT Alpha, starting together, and finishing just a couple minutes apart, with Elsa wearing the Leader’s Jersey for next week. Lynton, the 2 Millar ladies, Spoon, and Daume also put down some nice times and good work on the course. Women’s Cat 1/2 had Heidi Meierbachtol slide into first place with a 30 second lead over Tessa Hansen; both ladies plus Cambell and Lurgio finished the 3 laps in under an hour. Howard Grotts wins the Leader’s Jersey to wear for next week, with a strong win. Mazza and Walnum both had fast races, placing 2nd and 3rd respectively, within a minute of each other. There were 7 riders in the Derailleurs category, with Danny Spoon finishing his lap in an impressive 13 minutes, winning the category. With 12 categories, all were stacked fairly evenly, save for the Women’s Single Speed (c’mon ladies, there’s an easy W for anyone with a SS, though can’t guarantee an easy ride…) and Men’s Single Speed being solo ridden by Ryan M. (who finished 2 laps with one speed in 38 minutes…nice work).


Folks took off either solo, or in groups of up to 4 riders, which led to a different style of racing, with few spectators, and lots of pizza and Big Sky Brewery beer and sparkling waters post race. Although the sun finally came out at the end of the ride, temps are looking better for next week’s race, where we’ll start to see some fierce competition for the Leader’s Jerseys, and some team rivalries forming. Team points will be calculated in the next few days, and we’ll see how the numbers shake out.