A pair of intriguing events highlight next month’s Rim Country sports and recreation calendar.
First among the two is an effort to help a Payson teenager attain his dream of competing in Europe on a USA cycling team, and the other is an outdoor seminar on bass fishing and camp cooking that is sure to be informative and rewarding.
The cyclist, Cypress Gorry, has a goal of earning a berth on the USA Junior National Cyclo-cross bicycle racing team, but to do so must travel next month to Belgium where he will participate in a junior (under-23) camp designed to acclimate the riders to the deep talent pools of western Europe in preparation for the upcoming world championships.
But making the trip is a huge expense. The support fees alone will surpass $4,000.
Although Gorry has saved some money on his own, he is looking for sponsors to help him shoulder the financial burden.
The teen, a Payson High School honor student and an active member of several school organizations, says he’ll be extremely grateful for any support he gets and promises to be a fine representative for both the school and community.
Those who know Gorry say he has all the makings of a world-class cyclist.
Anyone interested in sponsoring Gorry may call him at (928) 474-5670.
The past several years, Gorry has shined in the Stanley Cup races in Portland, Ore. and at the National Championships in Bend, Ore.
Gorry is also an avid mountain biking cyclist, who only last summer competed against the country’s finest mountain bikers in the USA Cycling National Championships at Granby Ranch, Colo.
There he competed on the rugged Sol Vista Bike Park course, which featured a 19-mile course with a 4,000-foot climb.
Entered in the Category 1 (expert) 15-16 years division, Gorry was fourth.
Last year, Gorry — along with a friend — completed a stint at the Rocky Mountain Regional Olympic Training Camp where he emerged as one of the best young riders in the under-23 years age division.
In 2008, Gorry capped the seven-race Mountain Bike Association of Arizona (MBAA) season by winning age/experience division championships at the Flagstaff Finale.
Gorry took honors in the beginner men, 15-16 years age division, even though he was a 14-year-old who only a week earlier graduated from middle school. At the onset of the MBAA season, he decided to move up an age division in search of better competition.
The outdoor round table is another of the “Shoot for the Heart” events that were started last year and became a big hit on the local hunting, fishing and camping scene.
It is to be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9 in Building C at Mountain Bible Church, and will feature a meal of wild game chili and barbecue served up hot and tasty by noted outdoor and campfire cook Bob DePugh. Also on the agenda is a bass fishing symposium led by FLW touring pro Mark Rose, as well as door prizes and dessert.
DePugh is a top notch Dutch oven and campfire cook who has built a glowing reputation for his camp cooking. Almost everyone who has tasted his treats know there is something special about them because every menu item tastes so very good when prepared with DePugh’s skill, innovation and creativity.
He’s practiced plenty of years and is ready to showcase his skills at the upcoming seminar.
For his chili recipe, which is a camp favorite, he’s expected to use wild elk meat and possibly deer.
Rose, a 30-year-old pro angler from Marianna, Ark., has competed in bass fishing since 1999. He has participated in more than 150 major professional tournaments and has taken numerous top finishes, including two in the top five.
He has fished B.A.S.S, FLW, Walmart BFL, Everstart and Ranger Millennium pro fishing tournaments.