Vail locals win Camdex adventure race |

Vail locals win Camdex adventure race

Daily Staff Report
Special to the DailyTeam Nike works its way up Tamul Falls in Mexico during the Camdex Adventure Race Feb. 24-28. The Vail-based team won the race.

SAN LUIS POTOSI, Mexico – Vail locals Mike Kloser and Sari Chwalk, competing as part of the Nike adventuring racing team along with Michael Tobin of Idaho, returned from the first major race of the 2006 season victorious. Team Nike won the four-day Camdex Adventure Race in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and a grand prize of $25,000.”It was a close race throughout, but we worked well together as a team and clinched our victory in the canyoneering section of the last day,” Kloser said.

Fifteen teams competed in the Camdex race from countries including Mexico, Guatemala, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Italy, and the United States. The four days of racing included mountain biking, running, treetop ziplines, navigating, rafting, canyoneering, horseback riding and canoeing. After six hours of racing on the first day, including a 23-kilometer trek and a 7K stretch on horseback, Team Nike finished with a three-minute lead over Team Buff from Mexico and a six minute lead over Colorado-based Team Spyder. Day No. 2 brought scorching temperatures for a mountain biking leg, a steep trek, an upstream canoe paddle and a rappel down the famous 240-foot Tamul Falls. There were several lead changes throughout the day, and Team Spyder finished the stage just over a minute ahead of Team Nike. The third day of competition included a high-speed 14K run, a two kilometer river swim, a rafting stretch on the Santa Maria River and another mountain biking leg. After five hours of racing, Team Spyder won the stage one minute ahead of Team Nike. The final day of the race included more mountain biking, trekking and a canyoneering section with multiple jumps into river pools. Team Nike secured their win in the canyons by building a commanding 20-minute lead over Team Spyder, which they maintained until the finish line.

“The Huasteca area was just spectacular,” Chwalk said. “The race directors really took advantage of the incredibly diverse terrain.”Team Nike will head next to the Mighty Moe Expedition race in Steelville, Mo., for a four-day race May 4-8, and then return to Vail to compete in the Teva Mountain Games, May 31-June 4.Vail, Colorado

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