Cyclists aim high at Shames hill climb

EVERYONE WAS a winner at the first Shames Mountain Hill Climb in several years.

AIDEN and Travis Carter about 1.5 hours into the Shames Mountain Hill Climb May 13.

AIDEN and Travis Carter about 1.5 hours into the Shames Mountain Hill Climb May 13.

EVERYONE WAS a winner at the first Shames Mountain Hill Climb in several years.

All seven riders came first in the seven categories set up for the ride, which was more of a 13 km recreational event than a competitive one.

“Everyone was riding for their own reasons,” said Bruce Martindale.

“We did it as a fun run timed, not really a race, so that’s why we did it this way and everybody was given a prize.”

The men’s open winner was Travis Carter with a 47 minutes 6 seconds finish.

Matt Beedle won in the cyclocross category with a time of 49:41.

Mike Talstra, who rode the 25 km out to Shames Mountain before doing the event, was classified as “from town before” and finished in 55:34.

“He wasn’t that far behind the leaders considering he rode 25 km before he started the race,” said Martindale.

Ryan Gordon won as a rookie rider for the Terrace Off Road Cycling Association (TORCA) in 1 hour 2 minutes.

Rod Gee, a masters rider, came in at 1:38 and Tara Irwin took the ladies category in 1:38.

Last, but certainly not least, 11-year-old Aiden Carter came in at 1:52.

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