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    Montana's Champions

    It's time for a fun thread. I need a break from the drudgery of advocacy.

    This is a thread about bicycle champions of Montana. What is it about a bike that inspires people to routinely try to best their previous efforts? My guess is that somehow the combination of tires, gears, and frame coupled together with an engine that has many myriad limitations, just gets the mind going. The next thing that happens is an extraordinary feat accomplished, where everyone else just has to stand back and go "wow". Take what Mr. Armstrong recently did to the rest of the field in the Leadville 100. That's the example I'm getting at.

    Montana has it's share of superdudes. And my aquaintance with Bozeman shows a bias, because everyone I am going to mention is from here. So nominations are welcome from other corners of the state. New categories can be made up and submitted too. This is a thread for fun and meant to be honoring the best of us.

    Best long distance endurance feat.
    Ed Anacker - for his border to border run in what year I can't remember but I believe it was under 24 hours. Wyoming to Canada I believe. I'll find the account sooner or later.

    I found an account that has a reference to that account at the bottom. A good read. http://www.newwest.net/city/article/...ust/C396/L396/

    Earliest mountain biker not counting the Buffalo Soldiers.
    Frank Coil - started mountain biking in 1938, nuff said.
    (still alive in Bozeman and just recently gave up biking)

    Most extreme bike explorer
    John Parker - first traverse by bike of the Bridger Ridge Run course. (that I am aware of).
    (not so minor fact, the race course is named after Ed Anacker)

    Fastest mountainbiker in Montana
    John Curry - 2 hrs 12 min for 4 laps of the Leverich Loop.

    Best Climber
    Turk - he would rather not hike a bike. Otherwordly climbing skills and strength.

    Best descender
    ?

    Best Balance
    ?

    Best pure speed
    ?

    Best women in all these categories
    ?

    Submit pictures, race results, articles, or whatever.
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    Montana's Current Endurance Mountain Bike Champ/Junkie
    Bill Martin out of Missoula. (He's the one that looks like hell in the pic below after finishing 6th in the 2009 24hr Solo World Champs)
    http://williammartin.com/


    And a plug for what I consider Montana's best endurance race. I admit I haven't done Rapelje 24 or 8 Hrs of Labor....
    The Butte 50 and Butte 100. If you're an endurance bad ass with big balls, try to get yourself under 6 hours in the Butte 50. If your's hang to the ground, try the 100. I don't have a good women's analogy, sorry!
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    Bill truly is tough and fast! I suppose he is more of a long distance specialist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregB406
    Bill truly is tough and fast! I suppose he is more of a long distance specialist.
    He was pretty successful doing the XC stuff, then he decided he liked extra large doses of suffering...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregB406
    Most extreme bike explorer
    John Parker - first traverse by bike of the Bridger Ridge Run course. (that I am aware of).
    (not so minor fact, the race course is named after Ed Anacker)

    I definitely wasn't the first, i know a couple people that did it years before I did. Maybe the crazies. . .

    I think Tyler Jarosz from twenty6 products is the fastest descender around bozeman for sure.

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    Please find out who is the first on that one, John. then we can fix the list.
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    We need to put him on a mid 70's road bike to see if he can best Anackers time from Wyo to Canada.
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    How about Montanans gone pro? That I can think of offhand:
    ROAD: Levi Leipheimer, Butte (Radioshack); Teejay Van Garderen, Missoula (Columbia HTC)

    MOUNTAIN: Andy Schultz, Missoula (Kenda-Tomac-Hayes), Sam Schultz, Missoula (Subaru-Gary Fisher) http://www.schultzbrothersracing.com/ What happened to Grant Kier? He was a fast semi-pro a couple years ago but I haven't heard his name since then

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    Didn't some guy from Butte win the Tour De France?

    and you're kind of a champ too gregg, especially when it comes to dynomite
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    Levi won a stage at the Tour and has been on the overall podium.

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    Meanwhile, I am just the czar of PBR.
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