Lo­cal bike racer on top team at 24-hour bike race

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ES­TATE - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

It was a his­tor­i­cal 24 Hours of Adren­a­line race­ing in Can­more last week­end, and a lo­cal rider was in the win­ner’s cir­cle.

Area res­i­dent and real es­tate agent Gary Cham­bers rides with the Dead­goat Cy­cle Club, based in Cal­gary. The team took on the 20th an­niver­sary run­ning of the team en­durance race. Bikes pound the paths for 24 straight hours. The race started at noon on Satur­day, July 17 and wrapped up at noon on Sun­day, count­ing laps on the 17.36 kilo­me­ter course.

Cham­bers’ team com­peted in the coed team cat­e­gory, with four men and one women. Teams are al­lowed to have up to 10 rid­ers.

Put sim­ply, they crushed it, and in fact, had the fastest team go­ing in all di­vi­sions.

“Usu­ally the fastest are the men’s team, but this year we beat the fastest team by 15 min­utes,” he ex­plains.

This was not the first race for Cham­bers or the team. In fact, he first met one of the team founders at 24 Hours of Adren­a­line, 17 years ago. Cham­bers has com­peted in 13 of the 20 races held.

And this year was cer­tainly chal­leng­ing, in fact down­right mucky. The day be­fore the race, more than 11 mil­lime­ters of rain fell in Can­more, and 6.5mm fell dur­ing the event.

“It was a gross, muddy, cold night of rac­ing.” He told The Mail while he was in the mid­dle of the race on Sun­day morn­ing.

It has been a good year for Cham­bers, he also had the fastest time at the Gran Fondo Bad­lands in Drumheller.

It was a gross, muddy, cold night of rac­ing.” Gary Cham­bers

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Gary Cham­bers (left) was in Can­more to com­pete in 24 Hours of Adren­a­line, brav­ing the soggy weather. He is part of the Dead­goat Cy­cle Club (above) and its 5-mem­ber en­try in the com­pe­ti­tion had the fastest time in their cat­e­gory and over­all.

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