According to event organizers, the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic will have the largest field of riders of any race in the Northwest this Season. More than 460 riders have already registered, including some of the strongest riders in North America.
As of press time, 11 local riders are registered for the race: Tre Hendricks, Anderson Folts, Ted Cramer, Kristen Dillon, Jill Crimmins, Dana Keleher, Dan Kleinsmith, Jim Pennington, Alice Pennington, Luke Pennington, and David Zimbleman are all in the running for the podium.
Three of Hood River's best racers on that list are Alice Pennington, Luke Pennington, and Dave Zimbelman.
Alice Pennington is known as one of the craziest female mountain bikers in the Northwest. She is a product of the Hood River system and is a 1999 graduate of Hood River Valley High School. Alice is known for her nerves of steel and strong bike handling and descending skills.
Luke Pennington was also a graduate of Hood River Valley High School. Luke is one of the hottest young riders in the nation and is currently competing on the U.S. National team. Luke is a great all-around rider who can time trial, sprint, and climb with the best in the country.
Dave Zimbelman is somewhat of a fixture in the local cycling community. His racing career spans over 25 years. At 50 years old, Dave is one of the most decorated and accomplished masters racers on the west coast.
Here to challenging Hood River's finest and represent the U.S. National Racing Calendar are several of the world's best cyclists teams.
Team Symmetrics has three-time Olympian and eight-time Canadian National Champion Eric Wohlbert.
Team Healthnet has Scott Moniger, who has the highest number of career victories of any active American rider.
Team Kona has Cyclocross champions Ryan Trebon and Barry Wicks.