It takes more than adrenaline to get through 24 hours of grueling off road bicycling, but a mixed team that included Drumheller area resident Gary Chambers took the gold medal in its category in Canmore on July 25 and 26.
The Mail brought readers the story of Chambers getting back into bicycle racing in its June 10 edition. Chambers was back on course riding with the Deadgoat Cycling Club and participated in one of the most prestigious endurance mountain bike races in North America.
The 24 hours of Adrenalin race is just that. The event starts at noon on the Saturday and continues through the heat of the day, evening and then the dark of night, finishing up at noon on Sunday. The course is an 18.5 kilometre loop at the Canmore Nordic Centre.
The rider not only has to deal with the technical terrain and the weather, but biking in the darkness, relying on either a head lamp on a bike mounted light.
The event included more than 1,500 relay riders in a number of categories as well as the world solo championship racers.
The Deadgoat Gears completed 22 laps of the course in 24 hours and placed first in their category, in a field of 52 teams. They placed fourth overall in all of the teams. The top team overall completed 23 laps. The fastest lap for the team was just over 55 minutes.
Chambers says it was an overall good race, and a key to their success was having a clean race with minimal mechanical and lighting issues.