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Competitors show big spirit at Ford Challenge

Andrew Harley

Spectacular displays of strength and will incessantly stunned spectators, and the competitors themselves, at the Ford Adventure Sport Challenge this past weekend.

Adventure racers, bikers, trail runners and boulderers showcased their incredible endurance for large cash prizes.

Many of the riders in the 24-hour Mountain Bike Race managed to look like they still had energy left when the last laps wound down Sunday.

The most impressive riders were those who took on the challenge alone.

Adam Palmer won the Men’s Solo division by completing 16 laps, which were nearly 12 miles long. Andrew Hamilton completed 15 laps to take second, and Ken Dorst finished third with 14 laps.

Katie Jane Lindquist endured 14 laps to win the Women’s Solo division. Ann Marie James and Kerry White tied for second with 13 laps.

Team Beaver Creek Resort Company completed a grand total of 13 laps as the only team in the 10-Person Fiesta division.

Team Amy Hermes rode 20 laps to win the Four-Person Co-ed division.

Team Beaver Creek 1 won the 4-Person Men’s division with a race-high 23 laps.

And team Beaver Creek Sports tied for first place in the Five-Person Co-ed division with team Breckenridge Ski Resort – each team completed 19 laps.

24-hour Adventure Race teams trickled past the finish line throughout the morning and early afternoon in Adventure Village at Beaver Creek.

Team Nike ACG-Balance Bar – Michael Tobin, Danelle Ballengee and Mike Kloser – won the event with a time of 17 hours, 40 minutes and 9 seconds.

“I was really glad to see the finish tent last night,” said Ballengee. “It was a wonderful adventure. Going through Gore Canyon on a $10 raft from Wal-Mart was a definite highlight.”

Team Nike ACG-Balance Bar 2 – Ian Adamson, Sarah Ballentyne and Dan Weiland – took second with a time of 19:50:33. And Team Montrail – Justin Wadsworth, Novak Thompson and Rebecca Rusch – placed third with a time of 20:40:56.

“I’d like to thank everybody who came out to support us. Thankfully, my teammates and I each managed to pull it off,” said Vail’s Kloser. “We are fortunate to live in the state of Colorado; to be able to enjoy it every day. And we hope to come back again next year.”

Andrew Harley can be contacted at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at

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