|Boise, Idaho based Lost River Cycling-home of the Intermountain Orthopaedics Cycling Race Team-is looking for success in the 2003 season.|
Among the team’s expected 2003 standouts are Cody Peterson, who was second at the 2002 collegiate national MTB championships to Ft. Lewis college teammate and Saturn pro Tom Danielson. The team also includes Eric Smedberg, previously the first-ranked US master’s road racer. Five current or former State Champions are also on the team.
The Pro/1/2 team consists of Peterson, Smedberg, Erin Witter, Justin Maines and Andy Bopp. The IO/LRC team will primarily be focused on a local and regional race schedule. “But, we will provide whatever national support we can to Cody" said Bopp, who serves as the team director. “Cody has what it takes to make a splash in the road racing world this year."
In addition to the top racers, Bopp, says the team is “Psyched about the foundation of up and coming cat 3 racers we have put together." These include last years State Road Race champion Thomas Grant, local mountain biking legend Davey Moore and junior rider Topher Hurley. Although only 15 we foresee great things for Topher," Bopp says “Look for him at this years junior nationals." The IO/LRC team also includes a solid women’s group and a Cat 4 men’s group.
Intermountain Orthopaedics, home of the widest range of fellowship-trained orthopedic specialists in Idaho, took over the title sponsorship of the Lost River Cycling race team this winter. “We have supported Lost River Cycling in the past and are pleased to expand our involvement," said Dr. Kevin Shea who specializes in sports medicine and pediatric orthopedics. “This group of cyclists combines all the things that make cycling special and so popular in Boise. LRC’s commitment to making cycling a life-long pastime for everyone from new riders to competitive racers has established it as the group we want to be associated with. Sponsoring the race team is a great opportunity for Intermountain Orthopaedics to remain active participants in the cycling community."
For the second year, IO will also sponsor the Intermountain Orthopaedics’ Idaho State Championship Criterium and Road Races in September. This continues IO’s history of supporting Idaho cycling. In 2003, Intermountain Orthopaedics/Lost River Cycling will again stage the Northwest’s oldest mountain bike race, the 19th annual White Knob Challenge in Mackay, Idaho in August. This year it will be expanded into a 2-day stage race. The club will also promote a 50-mile and 50K team time trial in June.
Other IO/LRC sponsors include Shimano USA, Titus Cycles, Hutchinson Tires, Cat Eye, Thomson, Smith’s Sport Optics, Sock Guy, Chris King, Rolf Prima, Louis Garneau, Screamin’ Toad Cycles, Parrilla Grill, Big City Coffee, St. Luke’s Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Services (SLIERS), Smith and Gray Family Dentistry, Mail Boxes Etc. Boise Weekly, Boise Co-Op and Murphy, Holzer and Vaughan, LLC.