Young riders rule Cheakamus Challenge 

Plaxton, Kindree and Federau battle for first

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September has been Harrington’s month – she was the top woman in the West Side Wheel Up, Samurai of Singletrack and two Loonie races.

The fastest Whistler rider was Mike Boehm, who was seventh overall and first in the 30 to 39 category with a time of 3:25:58.

Matt Bodkin, who inadvertently competed in the Pro/Expert category, was 11 th overall in 3:30:37.

Vesa Suomalainen was third in the men’s 40 to 49 category and 16 th overall in 3:39:24.

James Crowe was 19 th overall and first in the men’s 14 to 18 age category with a time of 3:45:32 – and was on pace to do even better before he broke his chain. His father Eric Crowe broke his frame earlier in the race, and gave James the chain off his bike even though it meant the end of his own day.

Joe Maika was 24 th overall and fifth in the 40 to 49 race in 3:50:31.

Bob Allison, accidentally lumped in the Pro Expert category, finished 32 nd overall in 3:57:34.

Ewan Thornburn was 39 th and second in the 19 to 29 category with a time of 4:01:41. Jonny Lloyd was third in the same category and 42 nd overall in 4:04:53.

Todd Carter and Scott Brunning were 63 rd and 64 th overall in 4:14:49 and 4:15:28, finishing finishing 14 th and 15 th in the 40 to 49 age category.

Tyler Allison, 13, came in 67 th overall out of 224 finishers, while dominating the 13 and Under category with his time of 4:19:31. He was close to 20 minutes faster than Nicholas Geddes of West Vancouver, and 1:15 faster than Sebastian Sleep of Gibsons, B.C.

"I bonked pretty bad," said Allison, "right at Brandywine.

"It was just a struggle (after that), I went so hard until I ran out of energy. My best part was the road out of the Cheakamus Canyon, I was probably the strongest there, but I liked all the singletrack, that’s where I gained the most ground."

The downhill singletrack helped him to regain some spots he lost after his energy ran out – Allison is one of the top downhill riders in his age group in the province, as well as the top Under 15 cross-country rider, and he estimates that he passed about a dozen people in the technical parts.

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