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