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2016 Frederic Lions Bike Race Report


Neal Lundeen with a strong finish in the 2016 Frederic Lion's Bike Race.  Photo Credit:  William Johnson
 Potyondy-Smith Takes Her First Win at Frederic Lions Bike Race 
FREDERIC—Andrea Potyondy-Smith, Brooklyn Park, MN, was the women’s overall winner of the 29th annual Frederic Lions Bicycle, Sat. June 11.  After several years of winning the single-speed title at Frederic, Potyondy-Smith rode a time trial bike to her first overall win with a time of 1 hour, 21 minutes and 15 seconds for the 26.4 mile, hilly race route.
 

Five-time winner, Tim Mulrooney, Minneapolis, MN, added a sixth title to his record by posting the fastest time in the men’s division, covering the course in 1 hour, 2 minutes and 6 seconds.  Mulrooney was closely followed by Jessop Keene, River Falls, WI, who posted a time just 14 seconds slower, good for second overall and an age group win.

Filling out the podium in the TT Bike division, men’s race, were:  Keene at 1 hour, 2 minutes and 20 seconds and Christopher Johnston, Wayzata, MN, with a time of 1:07:23.  Second and third place in the women’s field were taken by Jacquie Undem, Chisago City, MN, and Maureen Ash, Minneapolis, MN, with times of 1:27:15 and 1:30:21, respectively.

The Stock Bike Class titles were taken by Dan Undem and Jacquie Undem, both of Chisago City, MN.  Without the advantages of aerodynamic time trial specific bikes and equipment, Dan’s winning time was 1:13:04 and Jacquie’s time was 1:27:15.

Andrea Potyondy-Smith also raced in the single-speed division, and was the overall winner in that class with a time of 1:29:36.
The race course, east and southeast of Frederic, on County Roads I and W, has 1300 feet of climbing and is considered a challenging time trial race.
 
Local racers included Neal Lundeen and Arthur Martin.
 
This year was the 29th version of the Frederic Lions Bicycling Classic.  Proceeds have been used as one of their various fundraising efforts over the years.  In addition to Lion and Lioness Club members Jim and Phyllis Meyer, and Roxanne White, community members, Jamie and Carly Worthington, Grant Burdick, and Arthur Martin helped stage the event.     
 
The 30th annual Frederic Lions Bicycling Classic will be held the second Saturday in June, 2017.
 
Complete results are available at:  wisportcycling.org

Overall winners (l to R), Dan Undem, Jacquie Undem (stock bike), Tim Mulrooney, Andrea Potyondy-Smith (TT aero bike).
655  Jessop Keene, River Falls, WI, finishes in second place overall just 14 seconds behind the winner and wins the 20-24 year-old age group.
662  Bob Frandsen, Rush City, MN, finished with a time of 1:17:41, winning the 55-59 men’s age group.  He is riding a stock (non-aero) bike.

671  Neal Lundeen, Frederic, WI, Finishes with a time of 1:32:28, good for second place in the men’s 60-64 year-old age group.  Lundeen’s son, Frank, was the overall winner the Lions Classic in 2001, and currently owns the Cyclova XC bike shop in St. Croix Falls.
 
675  Maureen Ash, Minneapolis, MN, is welcomed to the finish line by a couple of small Holstein cows, who were representing the Milk Marketing Board that provided ice cold chocolate milk to the racers.  Ash was the winner of the women’s 55-59 year-old age division.
 

Submitted by:  Frederic Lion’s Bicycle Classic production staff
 
Photo credit:  William Johnson, Polk County Tourism Council

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