Recreation Briefs: Norwich’s Rhim Earns Bronze at U23 Cycling Nationals

  • Ian Bick, 5, right, and his twin brother, Stewart, of Etna, take off during the fun run portion of the “Red, White & Blue 10k, 5k and Fun Run" on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in Lebanon, N.H. (Valley News - Jovelle Tamayo) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Louisville, Ky. — Norwich native Brendan Rhim added to his growing resume in competitive cycling by claiming the bronze medal in Friday’s U23 men’s road race at the USA Cycling National Championships in Kentucky.

Competing in the Pro Category 1-2 division, Rhim finished the 110-mile route in 4 hours, 20 minutes, 7 seconds.

A student at Furman University, Rhim and Holowesko-Citadel teammate Miguel Bryon competed with members of the favored Axeon Hagens Berman squad through the hilly course in Cherokee Park. Rhim eventually joined a three-man sprint to the finish in the 100-rider race, finishing behind Axeon’s Neilson Powless and Aevelo competitor Gage Hecht. Bryon claimed fifth.

Rhim is in his second season racing professionally for Holowesko-Citadel. Friday’s success adds to a growing list of Rhim’s accomplishments, including a criterium and overall points win at last year’s Redlands Classic in California and a fifth-place finish in last year’s Green Mountain Stage Race.

On the Run

Burnett Goes All Out

Claremont — Canaan’s Joe Burnett pulled away for the win on Saturday at the All Out Trail Run in Moody Park, the fourth stop of the Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series.

Burnett outpaced the field over the 5.75-mile course in a winning time of 30 minutes, 7.2 seconds. Hanover teen Adam Glueck took second in 30:40.4, followed by Hanover’s Rob Frost in 31:26.5.

Sunapee’s Emily Cousens topped the women’s field, placing seventh overall in 33:44.8. Hanover’s Dorcas Wonsavage took second among women in 36:04.3.

The WNHTRS returns on July 15 with the seventh Frenzy in the Forest, a five-mile route through Webb’s Forest to benefit the Sunapee High School Athletic Leadership Council. Contact Jon Reed at 603-763-4627, 603-727-8821 (text) or jreed@sunapeeschools.org for more information.

On the Rocks

Climbing Clinics Next Week

Quechee — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department will join the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center for a new session of introductory clinics for kids starting on Tuesday.

The clinics are open to all children ages 5 and older, with two sessions planned based on ability. The introductory class will run from 4:30-5:30 p.m., while the Level I class will go from 6-7 p.m. In both cases, classes will run through Aug. 8.

The introductory clinics cost $55 for Hartford residents and $70 for nonresidents, while the Level I sessions are $65 and $80, respectively. Contact Hartford Parks and Rec at 802-295-5036 for more information or to register. Additional details can be found at www.vermontclimbing.com.

On the Tee

Fore-U Adult Classes

West Lebanon — The Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department will kick off its latest session of adult golf clinics at the Fore-U Golf Center on Wednesday.

The sessions are open to everyone age 15 and older. The clinics will take place on Wednesdays through Aug. 2 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and will focus on building fundamental skills and getting ready to hit the course. The cost is $120 for Lebanon residents and $140 for nonresidents.

Contact Lebanon Rec at 603-448-5121 for more information.

On Two Wheels

Mountain Bike Clinics For Women

Hanover — Liz Burdette and Leah Gartner of the Hanover Parks and Recreation Department will hold the second of their three mountain biking clinics for women, covering the topic of downhill cornering, on July 13 at Mount Ascutney.

The clinic is geared toward advanced beginners, teaching riders to be more comfortable approaching and handling such obstacles. The 90-minute session starts at 6 p.m. and costs $20. Burdette and Gartner will conclude the series on Aug. 10 by focusing on rock gardens at Lebanon’s Boston Lot.

Gartner and Burdette also host monthly social rides for women and will continue that series at Boston Lot on July 24. Riders should be comfortable with green- or blue-level trails, anticipating a ride of five to six miles over two hours. The social rides begin at 6 p.m. and are free of charge.

Contact Hanover Parks and Rec at 603-643-5315 or visit www.hanoverec.com to learn more.

En Garde

Free Introduction To Fencing Session

Norwich — The Upper Valley Fencing Club will start its latest set of lessons with a free learn-to-fence session on Monday at Tracy Hall.

Monday’s event starts eight weeks of lessons for anyone from age 10 and older interesting in trying the sport. All experience levels are welcome. A typical night starts with warmups at 5:30 p.m., basic drills for all from 6-7 p.m. and bouts for intermediate and advanced fencers from 7-8 p.m.

Classes are taught by Paul Horak, Ralph Hoehn, Neal MacBain and Scott Brookes, who combined have decades of instructional experience along with past college-level competition backgrounds.

Beyond Monday’s free event, a full season of classes costs $98 for Norwich residents and $108 for nonresidents. Contact Horak at 802-649-3735, Hoehn at uppervalleyfencingclub@gmail.com or the Norwich Recreation Department at 802-649-1419, ext. 5, for more information.