Whistler athletes top Sea 2 Summit 

Tabbernor, Maika top solo racers

By Andrew Mitchell

The 10 th annual Sea 2 Summit Adventure Race took place in Whistler this past weekend with a solid turnout for the two-day event and a modest beginning for the new one-day race introduced this year.

The course on the first day included a 23 km paddle through Pemberton Meadows, followed by a 55 km mountain bike on the old Tour de Soo course to Whistler that included a long hike-a-bike section.

Day two, which also included the one-day racers, started with a 30 km mountain bike that included parts of the West Side Wheel Up course, a 14 km paddle on Green Lake and River of Golden Dreams, and a trek and trail run to finish in Whistler Village.

In the two-day category, Whistler’s Joe Maika finished second overall and second among solo men with a combined time of 10 hours, 44 minutes and 34 seconds for all events. He was less than a minute back of Duncan’s Jason Sandguist at the finish line, but because of some early time bonuses for reaching a checkpoint early three minutes separated them at the end.

Maika used to be a competitive adventure racer, but said he has not spent any time running or paddling since about 2001.

As a result he made a mistake on the first day by not bringing his race boat on the Lillooet River, and came out of the water with about 20 people ahead of him. A strong mountain biker and member of the Team Whistler Nature’s Path cycling team, he made up that time and then some to take the lead at the end of the first day by over 10 minutes.

The bike course was about 60 km long and included parts of the Tour de Soo route to Whistler. In total there was about 7,000 feet of climbing, with almost the same amount of descending.

“I lost about 18 minutes on that first paddle, which I knew I had to make back on the bike,” he said. “In the end (boat choice) cost me the race because I would have come off the water a lot faster on the first day.”

The second day started with a bike over the Northwest Passage to Whistler Creek, before heading over to Whistler’s west side trails to do a section of the West Side Wheel Up course. From there riders headed to Meadow Park, jumped into boats, and paddled to the end of Green Lake and back.

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