Story, pictures and results from the Arduum Challenge 2007

Oct 23, 2007 at 2:09
Oct 23, 2007
by Tyler Maine  
 
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The 1st ever Arduum Challenge took place this past weekend just north of Mission B.C. at Red Mountain and it was AWESOME! Sure it was obviously the wettest race I've ever attended, but all the racers, volunteers and spectators made it such a great feeling event that I can't wait until the next one out there. Racers from Washington, the lower mainland, the Fraser and Whistler Valleys all came out to take on the course that was built to challenge them. And it did!

I am a fan of volunteering, so that is what I did all weekend. My traveling partners on the other hand like to go fast on their bikes, so they were signed up to race. The schedule had a full day of practice on Saturday, so folks were trying to learn their lines and just get the course into their heads. Needless to say the course changed dramatically after each run. Here are a few pics from Saturday's practice:

The girls couldn't keep the dirt off themselves

The girls couldn't keep the dirt off themselves

Pembie Dan was one of only a few making the end double in practice

Pembie Dan was one of only a few making the end double in practice

Determined to hold the line

Determined to hold the line

The fog was pretty epic

The fog was pretty epic


Saturday wrapped up and we all cruised home to shower, warm up and eat some food.

Sunday would come earlier for some of us that drove to Hope at 1am, but others got enough sleep to get up early, bundle up and head back to Red Mtn. The rain was a little heavier on Sunday, but even more riders showed up to take part in the race. I'd say at least a dozen of the riders that were there were from Washington, so the USA was getting good representation for sure. We had a half dozen girls sign up for the mud wrestling/DH Race comp, which was great to see-good work ladies! My responsibilities for Sunday would be manning the consession while the race was on and then doing the MCing at the awards ceremonies-easy enough.

The weather never really got brighter through out the day, but the riders loved it

The weather never really got brighter through out the day, but the riders loved it


Practice ran until 10:30 and then racing commenced at about 11:30. With just over 40 riders taking their starts at the top and spectators wandering on the mountain to find a good vantage of the carnage about to unfold, I headed to the BBQ to take my place in the kitchen. The ladies were the first group to make their way down the mountain-muddy, beat and all still smiling!






Once the girls had cleaned all the mud off the course (as if they got it all) it was time for the boys to start arriving at the bottom. The boys were easily just as dirty and beat from the challenge that they'd just undertaken. The Arduum course is steep, rocky, rooty and now full of mud to add flare to things. One by one the muddy riders crossed the line and smiles were everywhere-ok so their white teeth were easier to see due to muddy faces.


Some good action shots of the race from James Healey:

OUCH

OUCH

The eyes say it all

The eyes say it all

More than one rider came through the chute like this

More than one rider came through the chute like this

Bring it-check the rubber boots

Bring it-check the rubber boots

Prize tables

Prize tables

Ya I have mad BBQ skills-or not.

Ya I have mad BBQ skills-or not.

Karla letting it roll-ok letting it slide.

Karla letting it roll-ok letting it slide.


Check Dave's whole Arduum Album HERE.

Shots from Dave M:

Todd and his race dog Hemi

Todd and his race dog Hemi

Man with a plan and a Kokanee

Man with a plan and a Kokanee


Check Dave's Album HERE


A few of my shots from Arduum:


Thanks to the great volunteers and organizers, the results were posted right away and within the hour we were handing out awards and prizes. Thanks to all the following folks and companies for prizing at this year's event and for sponsoring the first annual Arduum Challenge:

-Experience Cycling
-The District of Mission
-Freeride Dawgs
-Pinkbike.com (Spectrum, Maxxis, Dakine, Sombrio, TLD, Gravity, Dangerboy, WTB, Crud Catcher and DT Swiss)
-Rockstar Energy
-Maxxis Tires
-Marzocchi Canada
-No Hype
-Mudd Bunnies
-Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association (FVMBA)





I was given the green light to talk and present all the awards-thanks Greg! Races like this don't happen on their own and you need to think about all that went into this weekend to even make it happen and it blows my mind at how dedicated the folks behind this race (all organizers for that matter) are and how much they love biking to make things like this happen. The builders wanted to showcase what they felt a DH course should look like and I believe they achieved that with Arduum. Thanks to all that were involved-you know who you are! Without further rambling, here are the results from the 2007 Arduum Challenge:

RESULTS:

Name and Times-

Men 40+:
Dave Mackie DNS


Women 20-29:
Danice Uyesugi 06:42.5 and $100 richer!
Karla Stowards 07:34.0
Kat Duffels 08:13.1
Chelsey Stevens 09:02.5
Erin Lewis 10:25.0


Men 30-39:
John Starcevic 06:18.5
Todd Hovde 06:43.5
Cory Hemminger 06:45.5
Chris Sasso 07:14.5
Todd Kaulback 07:23.5
Sean Doughery 13:52.0
Jason Nicol DNS
Anthony Thaulad DNS
Shaun Grundle DNS


Men 17-19:
Eric Pauwels 05:06.0
Kyle Salisburg 05:31.0
Mike August 05:51.5
Matt Dawes DNF


Men 20-29:
Dan Skogland 04:53.0 and $100 richer!
Ewan Fafard 04:56.5
Ryan Walters 05:21.0
Chris Batteman 05:26.0
Rob Stead 05:43.0
Brad Bethune 05:43.1
Kristian Shortr 05:44.5
Greg Grant 05:51.0
Jev Bjorsell 05:52.0
Vaughn Larson 06:01.5
Colin Tobin 06:14.0
Ryan Gustafson 06:17.0
Kevin Tafts 06:31.5
Jerry Knight 06:32.0
Darryl Bartlett 06:35.0
Robert Johnstone 06:47.0
Duncan Kowalski 06:48.5
Bryce Downey 07:11.0
Taylor Bloy 07:14.5
Marc Zuruchen 07:38.5
Christain Berg 07:43.0
Dan Doule 09:51.0
Paul Kalisch DNF

This says it all-see ya next year

This says it all-see ya next year


www.arduumchallenge.com


We've also got a forum thread that covers everything from this years challenge in it too. Check it HERE.
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20 Comments

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 Thanks Tyler and Radek. The organizing team of the Arduum Challenge was really stoked to have the support of Pinkbike.com with such compressed timeline. You guys really came through for us. Thanks again, we'll talk about next year. Smile

Greg Rector
Freeride Dawgs
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  • + 0
 Oh the puddle. It's been way too long since i've been up. Farwell was probably the best place i've ever been period! Too bad the hour glass is no more......
  • + 0
 Hahaha Aaron I think you meant to leave this comment on the story belowSmile , but yes it's been awhile since the B-team days of traveling up there hasn't it.
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  • + 0
 Hey does any have pics of Greg Grant?

Good work Greg…keep it pinned bro.
  • + 0
 what bike/helmet/jersey?
  • + 0
 Couldn’t tell you.
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 Yeah Dan. Nice one for the win. Gotta work on that podium style tho.....
  • + 0
 Actually Smoke, Dan's podium style was pretty well done. As soon as his name was called off came the jacket, repping the Cove Jersey and I've got a few shots of him looking straight into the camera and smiling it up.
  • + 0
 But you know it really does look like Dans about to go into the "Crane" position that Danielson does in the Karate Kid here. Nah everyone did great-may have to work on that Danice as I'm sure she's got a jersey to rep by now, but we'll let it slide. See ya there next year mr.smoke?
  • + 1
 For a 4 minute race? Make it 40 and I'll be there.......
  • + 0
 Well that does it. We need to have an XC for Smoke. lol
  • + 0
 Or just let him ride up.
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  • + 0
 cool pictures, did anyone get some video clips to post.
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  • + 0
 The guy on the right in the 17 - 19 cat... i met you at sgc
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  • + 0
 Looks just like wales in the uk.nice pics
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  • + 0
 Races in the raIn rule!!!!! Sure looked fun Brule.
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  • + 1
 wow, pretty mud bath Smile
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  • + 0
 wow seems like an awesome race. wish i could go.
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 cool helmet.haha
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