By Jean Pocha
Of the Pathfinder 

Women's gravel bike race visits Ovando


Jean Pocha

Emily Dubrawski, Christina Proops, Nicola Lavarack and Bowman Leigh, or the The "Tutu Team" came from the Bitterroot Valley for the camaraderie, cheerfully bringing up the rear in the 40-ish miler.

Cyclists Jessica Cerra and Evelyn Dong crossed Highway 200, within 2,000 feet of the finish line.

The 80-ish mile race sprint finish was between second and third place. Cerra was ready to relegate herself to third place. Dong encouraged her to finish strong, and Cerra came in ahead of Dong by 0.7 of a second.

The gray, drizzly morning did not stop the 200 riders from showing up to the Second Annual Dusty Banditas Women's gravel bike race on June 3 in the Ovando area.

Thirty-seven women participated in the "80-ish" mile race, followed by 143 women in the "45-ish" mile route. Both races star...

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