The 10th annual Bear Mountain Challenge was a blast

Aug 7, 2006
by Tyler Maine  
Well folks the 10th annual Bear Mountain Challenge is in the history books for its great weather, another new course record and an end to an era! The long time race organisers have decide that after 10 years of putting on one of the greatest races in Canada, its time to move on and let a club or other organization handle the duties from this point on.

So for those of you that missed the last great DH race that the boys put on, here are the results and a whole bunch of pictures for you to enjoy:Eric Pauwels, Jordan Holmes and I were greeted by nice sunny weather as we pulled into the Bear Mountain parking lot. Just in time for Eric to get a pre-run in and for Brad to tell me to move my truck out of the way.

Racing started as close to on time as you'll ever find at a mountain bike race, so things here are some of the results from the clean starts:

Under 15 Men:

1-Skyler Gustin 4:01.20
2-Tyler Allison
3-Chayse Marshall

Under 17 Sport Men:

1-Anthony Evans 4:07.26
2-Danny Kolasko
3-Justin Hibbs

Under 17 Women:

1-Miranda Miller 4:19.29 (Fastest woman of the day!)

2-Kjersten Lone
3-Jessica Allouche

Under 17 Expert Men:

1-Simon Garstin 3:51.12
2-Ryan Vanderham
3-Glen Bradley

Junior Sport Men

1-Luke Nelson 3:57.64
2-Dylan Schuetze
3-Eric Lawrenuk

Junior Expert Men:

1-Lorne Trousdell 3:55.31
2-Dean Tennant
3-Adam McConaghy

Junior Women:

1-Brittney Wood 5:05.88
2-Aislinn Merkel

Senior Sport Men:

1-Ewan Fafard 3:55.55
2-Cody Mac Arthur
3-Robbie Sherman

Senior Sport Women:

1-Chelsea Stevens 5:22.67
2-Brigit Jensen
3-Zora Grbici

Senior Expert Men:

1-Tim Coleman 4:01.82
2-Jeff Leigh
3-Coley Gentzel

Brad has been the announcer at Bear for years and he did another great job this time around

Brad has been the announcer at Bear for years and he did another great job this time around

Senior Expert Women:

1-Kat Duffels 4:59.43
2-Cheryl Beattie

Master Expert Men 30-39:

1-Graham Beatty 3:52.72
2-Shawn Pettersen
3-Simon Stevenson

Senior Elite Women:

1-Fiona Taylor 4:27.72
2-Tanya Grunsky
3-Amber Zirnhelt

Senior Elite Men:

1-Steve Smith 3:33.32 (And he's only 16 years old-look out for him in the future)

2-Andrew Mitchell
3-Sean McCarroll

Remember this face

Remember this face

It's a tradition at Bear Mountain to throw a lot of people into the pond at the end of the day, so why break tradition?

I'd like to end this with a great shot of a few long time racers showing their appreciation to long time organizer and fellow racer Brian Eller:

Its been a great 10 years buddy

Its been a great 10 years buddy

For full results and catagories not posted here, please visit

Happy Trails,

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