Boswell to hit the Hood this year
HOOD RIVER — The VeloNews 2010 breakthrough rider who took third overall at last year’s Tour of Utah will be slugging it out in the Gorge next week at the 2011 Mt. Hood Cycling Classic. Bend’s Ian Boswell, riding this year for the Trek-Livestrong U23 team, is registered for the four-day, five-stage race that starts with a prologue time trial June 2 in Hood River.
Race Director Chad Sperry released a preliminary start list this week and announced that the men’s Pro/1/2 field had reached its limit of 150 riders. Nathaniel English, third overall last year, will be leading the Yahoo! Cycling Team out of California. Also on board this year are full squads from Hagens Berman and Califonria Giant/Specialized. Canada’s Trek-Red Truck and Team H&R Block are also sending full squads. New Zealand’s UCI Continental Team Pure Black racing will be sending a handful of riders riders, including last year’s KOM runner-up Taylor Gunman. (Please check the site soon for a complete rider preview).
Boswell has a brief but shining history with the race, having won the Cat 3 event in 2007 as a 16-year-old junior racing for Hagens Berman. Now, as a 20-year-old who has raced all over the world, he says the 2007 Mt. Hood is still one of his favorite cycling memories. Boswell hasn’t been back to the race since — at least not to race — but he did cheer from the side of the road as his younger brother Austin matched his feat and won the Cat 3 race last year, also at 16.
Outside of the weekly “Six O’clock World Championships” ride that leaves from Bend’s Sunnyside Sports on Tuesdays, Boswell said he hasn’t raced for real since the Giro della Toscana, a six stage U23 nations cup race mid-April.
“I had a big block of spring racing in Europe with the national team earlier this year, so Hood will be my first race in over a month,” Boswell said via e-mail. “I had originally planned to be racing in Europe with the Trek-LIVESTRONG team but opted to stay home and spend time with my mom (who was re-diagnosed with breast cancer while I was in Europe, but is now cancer free and healthy) and family. Hood will be a good opportunity to get some racing back in my legs as a build up to the second part of the year, which is full of hard racing. I really like the riding around Hood River and Mt. Hood, so I’d like to do well on one of the days.”
Boswell said that after Mt. Hood, he will race the Nevada City Classic, which he won in 2010. Then he’ll head for the U23 Road Nationals, Cascade Cycling Classic in his hometown, the Tour of Utah, and possibly the new UCI stage race in Colorado, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. And Boswell’s goals aren’t limited to the road.
“I am also hoping to get a mountain bike and maybe try my dirt tires out at the USAC MTB Marathon Nationals in Bend in September,” he said.