WAYNE COUNTY – Magon Bowling, Clarissa Johnson, Tina Andersen, and Pam Peterson successfully represented Wayne County as Team CRC in the 35th annual LOTOJA road bike race on Saturday, September 9th.
LOTOJA was started in 1983 by cyclists David Bern and Jeff Keller, who wanted a race that resembled a one-day European classic. The race’s first year featured seven cyclists and ran from Logan to a finish line in Jackson’s Town Square. Since then, it’s grown into one of the nation’s premier amateur cycling events and attracts thousands of riders from the United States and beyond. To win or even place in a LOTOJA category is a prestigious achievement.
This epic event consisting of about 1,000 participants started in Logan, Utah and raced through Preston, Montpelier, Afton, and Alpine, to finish at the Teton Village outside of Jackson, Wyoming for a total of 202 miles. The elevation of the event started out at 4500 feet and topped out at climbs of over 7500 feet. Magon started the relay team off at 6:03am and raced the first leg of 32 miles to Preston, Idaho. Clarissa took over and shattered two category 5 climbs, a grueling category 2, and a category 3 into Montpelier for a total of 46 miles. Tina raced the third leg of 47 miles which included category 5, 4, and 2 climbs. Tina passed off in Afton to Pam. Pam fought a strong headwind for 33 miles through Star Valley to Alpine. Magon finished off the race to end back in Teton Village with another strong 47 miles. Team CRC excelled with the pristine weather conditions and challenging route. They would like to thank their support through the event from Shane Bowling, Ted, TJ, and Hudson Peterson, and Scott Andersen. The relay team finished with a time of 10 hours 24 minutes and placed 8th out of 37 teams.
Wayne County is a great place for all of our athletes to grow and train.