The 19th annual Salty Dog Enduro mountain bike race was an impressive spectacle of skill and endurance on the South Canoe Trails.
The May 12 event challenged lone riders and teams of two to complete as many laps of the challenging course as they could within a six-hour time limit.
The course featured exhausting hill climbs followed by speedy and technical downhill sections on the winding dirt trails. With sunny weather and the temperatures exceeding 25 C several riders spoke of the challenge posed by riding the lightly-forested sections of the course under the midday sun.
Along with the six-hour adult ride, the event featured a three-hour U15 enduro over a five-kilometre course.
For the youngest cyclists, the Salty Pup and Jr. Salty Pup races served as a mountain bike competition debut for many of the entrants, ages three and older.
After the dust had settled on the trails, winners were announced in each of the age categories. Ty Andrews lived up to the number 1 bib he was given at race registration finishing first in the Men’s Solo aged 15-29 division. In the Men’s Sol0 30-39 David Yexley was named the winner. Jay Bachman placed first in the Men’s 40-49 and Andrew Sellars won the 50+ race.
Rebecca Hatheway finished first in the women’s solo 15-29 category and Julia Stanislawski topped the podium in the 30-39 year old division. Julie Kelly won the women’s 40-49 race and Glenda Misurelli took home the gold in the 50+ category.
The riders in the U15 event all raced in teams of two with Team Robertlow winning the boys’ division, Double Trouble claiming victory for the girls and Veldig Bro finishing first in the mixed event.
A local top 10 finishers list was released by Skookum Cycle and Ski to show off home-grown talent. A full detailed list of the results for the main race and the U15 race can be found on the Zone4 website.
In the men solo 15-29 category Aiden Hepburn placed sixth, and in the women solo category for the same age group Leah Nash placed second. For the men’s combined age team category 36-64, Calvin Hepburn and Ben Van Bergeyk came in second place. In the combined age 100+ category Richard Lee English and Tom Peasgood also placed second. The women’s combined age 80+ category Alison Howatt and Laura Hepburn placed first.
Some of the winners of the team categories entered under colourful names such as: Beets Out Yeets Out, Bikes Beers and Babes, Dream Crushers and Worst Pace Scenario.