Helly Hansen is proud to announce that pro mountain bike riders Andreas Hestler and Seamus McGrath have won the 2006 TransRockies stage race, edging out their closest competitors by almost 3 minutes. This marks the third consecutive victory for Hestler and the first for partner McGrath.
Often referred to as the ultimate test of physical endurance and mental determination for mountain bike athletes, the TransRockies is a 7 day, 600km stage race which sees riders crossing back and forth over the Continental Divide as they grind their way up 12,000 meters in the majestic Canadian Rockies.Aside from the obvious physical and mental strain, this year’s competitors had to deal with challenging weather conditions, ranging from scorching heat to torrential rain and hail. Hestler and McGrath were protected from the elements, thanks to an outerwear sponsorship from Helly Hansen.
“Having our outerwear covered was a load off my mind as I knew I could be warm and dry for all stages of the TransRockies” said Hestler. “When you are tired and cold, you can’t focus on your performance. Being comfortable despite the changing conditions made a huge difference”
For more information on the TransRockies, click through to: www.transrockies.com
About Helly Hansen:
Helly Hansen has manufactured technical outdoor apparel since 1877.Today the brand is recognized as a global leader in technical apparel and footwear designs for a range of alpine and water sports activities. Helly Hansen products are distributed in more than 40 countries. Helly Hansen’s Canadian operations are based in Delta, B.C. For more information on the summer 2006 collection or to locate a dealer call 604-585-1494 or visit www.hellyhansen.com