Nike ACG-Balance Bar naps on Day 2
MOUNT BAKER, Wash. – Vail’s Mike Kloser and his Nike ACG-Balance Bar team of Danelle Ballengee, Michael Tobin and Ian Adamson were still in fourth place of the 2004 Primal Quest adventure race as of 8 p.m. Monday night.Kloser and his teammates are going for an unprecedented third win in a row in the North American adventure race which is being held in Washington state this year.
The event boasts a prize purse of $250,000, the largest ever in the history of adventure racing.Billy Mattison, another local adventure racer, and his team GoLite /Timberland are also holding on to a top-10 spot, hanging tight in ninth place behind Sweden’s Team Silva. The top-10 places shuffled around quite a bit throughout the second day of racing. Mattison’s team actually moved ahead of Nike ACG-Balance Bar when Kloser’s team decided to get nearly three hours of sleep.
A source close to the team said the strategy of getting some quality rest in the early stages of a race is one that has worked well in the past.The other big news Tuesday was that Primal Quest officials decided to cancel the mountaineering section of this year’s 400-mile course because of an early-season snow storm, which dropped two feet of snow.Subsequently, the course is shorter and is expected to now take somewhere around four days for the top teams to complete, instead of the original estimate of five days.
It is too early to tell whether Nike ACG-Balance Bar’s decision to sleep will hurt them with the course being shortened or if it will help them.The three teams ahead of Kloser’s – Aroc, Montrail and Seagate – chose not to sleep and continued to extend their leads Tuesday. Aroc and Montrail had both made it to the 17th checkpoint at the 165-mile point, while Seagate and Nike ACG-Balance Bar were still en route to the 17th checkpoint as of 8:30 p.m.At one point in the race Tuesday the teams were able to choose between using kickbikes or inline skates for a 16-mile skate/skoot section. Kloser’s team chose to use the kickbikes in the mostly downhill, gravel-riddled pavement as did all the other top ranked teams. Mattison’s team brought only inline skates, though, leaving them no option. The mistake cost them nearly an hour of time.
For live updates and photos of this year’s race go to http://www.subaruprimalquest.com.Vail Colorado