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.

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.

Anyone interested in riding around Terrace and what’s going on can check out Bicycling Terrace on Facebook, a community forum to talk about trails, races and fun rides.

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