Rim Country Cyclists Win Age/Experience Division Titles

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A trio of Rim Country cyclists capped the seven-race 2008 Mountain Bike Association of Arizona (MBAA) season by winning age/experience division championships at the Flagstaff Finale.

In the cycling wrap up, held May 17 on the outskirts of the northern Arizona city, Cypress Gorry, Scott Davidson and Daniel Conley won gold medals.

Gorry took his in the beginner men, 15-16 years age division by narrowly edging runner-up Evan Broby.

Gorry was timed in 57:39 and Broby in 57:40.

Gorry is actually a 14-year-old who only last week graduated from middle school. At the onset of the MBAA season, he decided to move up an age division in search of better competition.

Davidson, a Rim Country Middle School teacher who only took up racing this year, won the beginner men 30-39 years title.

Davidson was clocked in 56:17. Runner-up Lomax Boyd turned in a time of 1:01.42.

Davidson first made his mark on the state cycling scene Jan. 19 at the McDowell Mountain Meltdown near Phoenix.

There he won his first gold medal covering the 10.5-mile course in 51:59.

Following the victory, Davidson said the experience had him hooked on racing and he planned on competing in the remaining six MBAA state races.

Prior to entering the Meltdown, Davidson had restricted himself to being a training partner for Conley, one of his former RCMS students. Competing in the sport junior men 18 years and under division, Conley won in 1:29.20. Silver medalist Ryan Geiger was two seconds off Conley's pace.

Three members of the Titus-Zimmerschied family also represented the Rim Country in Flagstaff.

Chelsea was fourth in the beginner girls 12 years and under division, Logan pedaled his way to fifth in the beginner boys 10 and under category and in the beginner boys 11-12 years group, Trevor was seventh.

Before the MBAA season culminated in Flagstaff, riders made stops at the McDowell Meltdown (Jan. 19), White Tanks Whirlwind (Feb. 9), Estrella Hedgehop (March 1), Gardner Canyon Grind (March 15) and the Prescott Punisher (April 19).

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