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Steep but fun competition at Flathead Flatout bike race

Riders at the ready for the start of this year’s Flathead Flatout mountain bike race at Terrace Mountain on Sunday, Sept. 15.  - CONTRIBUTED
Riders at the ready for the start of this year’s Flathead Flatout mountain bike race at Terrace Mountain on Sunday, Sept. 15.
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Twenty-one Terrace mountain bikers went all out at this year’s Flathead Flatout bike race, held at Terrace Mountain Sept. 15.

Organized by Terrace Off Road Cycling Association (TORCA) and sponsored by McBike, the time-trial race, returning after a year-long hiatus, travelled the Terrace Mountain bike loop, also known as Flathead – the same route the King of the Mountain trail race started using last year.

“The race went really well,” said TORCA’s Tara Irwin.

“We had better than expected turnout and the race conditions were perfect,” she added.

Irwin noted that four racers were 19 and under – a promising statistic for future races.

The focus this year was on fun – with eccentric prizes and a barbecue that followed – but that doesn’t mean there weren’t some exceptional race times.

Paul Betrand (37:42:00) took first place open. Willie Muller (38:36:00) – who also took the “Freaky fit for Fifty something” title – flew in second. James Clay (39:55:00), who had the “Best Decorated Bike” came in third. Travis Carter (42:02:00) took fourth.

Matt Murray    (42:26:00) was bestowed the “Best recovery from mechanical during race” award. And David Charette (42:48:00) took first place under 19.

In next was Ryan Gordin (44:18:00); Kurt Gasser (44:35:00); Robert Charette (46:33:00); Andrew Johnstone (46:33:00).

Matt Kenney    (46:38:00), clad in a onesie, won the “Best Dressed” award. Shayle Prins (47:40:00) took second for the under 19 category.

Wes Martin (47:56:00) received the “Oldest Bike” award. And right behind him was Jeff Meeks (48:38:00)    .

Tara Irwin (48:48:00) was first place for the women. With Linda Zurchirchen (51:33:00) in second with Kim Barrier (59:08:00) in third a few minutes later.

Next for the men was Gabe Carpendale (53:58:00). Then John Lambert (54:22:00), who flatted out on downhill but won the “Best Comeback out of retirement” award. Robert Davis (1:13:23) took two titles home – “Best Effort” and “Best Crash.”

And Chris Gee, who got a flat tire and didn’t finish the race was given the “Best effort to hold back tears award.”

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