LoToJa cyclists near the finish line in Teton Village, Wyoming.
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — For those participating in an endurance event like the 35th annual LoToJa cycling race, it’s assumed that the race is geared to a younger crowd. But don’t tell that to 70-year-old veterinarian Rob Cocanour of Reno, Nevada. Cocanour, who participated in his 10th LoToJa, finished this year’s race at 13:16:38.
“I just love this race. For a guy my age it becomes harder and harder to finish each year, but that’s what makes it such a challenge and that’s what keeps me coming back,” Cocanour said. “For me, it’s really turned into a family event. I bring my son Brice and my daughter Carrie with me and they help support me before, during and after the race. For us, it’s really a family affair.”
Finishing ahead of Cocanour and winning the overall race this year was Kai Applequist with a time of 8:42:31, representing team Mercedes Benz/PB Thrivent Financial. First place for the women, with a time of 9:35:15, went to Lindsay Stevenson, representing team Endurance 360.
Race conditions were considered by race organizers as the best in many years. Much of the smoke-filled air that plagued most of the Wasatch Front in the past week dissipated as cyclists enjoyed clear skies and a strong tailwind through most of Star Valley, Wyoming.
In the relay race, the top 2-person relay went to team Price/Perkins, with a time of 8:54:29, representing CT Velo 1. The winners in the 3-5 person relay, representing the Logan Racing Club, went to team Corry, Griffin, Leishman, Millecam and Robbins. Relay racing is a popular way to ride the 206-mile course from Logan to Jackson Hole.
“For some, the idea of riding LoToJa as a single rider can seem overwhelming, but we do have families, friends and groups that enjoy the relay,” says Dave Bern, LoToJa communications director.
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