Stolen from the Deseret News
STATE CYCLING CHAMPIONS CROWNED: Provo’s Ryan Barrett won his second-straight Utah Criterium Championship last weekend with a last-lap break in the Cat 1-2 field. The Park City Jeep cyclist used the work of several teammates to outsprint Porcupine/Specialized’s Chris Pietrzak.
Kristen Kotval took home the women’s trophy, outlasting former Tour de France cyclist — yes, the Tour de France used to include a women’s field — Laura Howat.
Among the mountain bike racers, Alex Grant surprised the field and handed Bart Gillespie a rare second-place finish at the Wimmer Cycle’s Sherwood Hills race near Logan. Grant’s time of 1:59:43 was 47 seconds faster than Gillespie, a regular fixture atop the podium at local mountain bike races. Next up in the Intermountain Cup series is the Hammerfest at Soldier Hollow on Saturday.
Road racers are heading north to the Bear Lake Classic and Team Time Trial. Most cyclists will race one time around the lake while the top cyclists in the state will be asked to complete two laps — 104 miles total — before seeing the finish line on Saturday. On Sunday, several three-cyclist teams will form pace lines and attempt to set time records as they motor around the lake in unison.