Rears on Gears captures women's title at Kluane Chilkat bike relay

Eight-woman team leads strong Juneau showing in 15th annual race

Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2007

Nearly 30 Juneau, Douglas and Auke Bay teams mounted their bikes and conquered the 15th annual Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay on June 16-17.

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The eight-leg relay race spans 148.1 miles and runs from Haines Junction, Yukon Territory, to Haines.

The Juneau team of Rears on Gears captured the women's eight title with a time of 7 hours, 50 minutes and 9 seconds. Rears on Gears led an impressive local showing in the women's eight division as four of the top five teams were from the Juneau area.

Kim Zwingelberg, Vicki Orozco, Kim Janelle, Angie Wright, Lynn Grossman, Donna Young, Heather Conway and Lucy Potter comprised Rears on Gears.

Slippery When Wet took second place and Caution Runners on Bikes finished fourth while Another Roadside Attraction placed fifth.

The fastest local team proved to be Three Skinnys and One Fast Guy. The four-man team of Chris Scholes, Dale McFarlin, Terry Ward and Charlie Williams finished seventh overall in the men's four division and crossed the tape in 6:20:11.

Local team Form is Everything is Form placed 10th overall in the men's four division in a time of 6:48:15.

Whitehorse's Fantastic Four won the event in a overall best time of 6:11:54.

In the mixed two division, Team Sheufelt finished second in 6:53:59. The duo of Jim and Janice Sheufelt was just 11:31 behind the winning team, Inform Cycle from Canron, Alberta.

Overall, 29 teams competed in the mixed two, mixed four, mixed eight, men's two, men's eight, men's solo and women's eight divisions.

Dave Sevdy and Eric Nelson of Auke Bay's Hawaiian Shirt 2 helped their team place 33rd in the men's four division. The duo have a busy June planned and are set to compete in the Yukon River Quest starting June 27.

The canoe race starts in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, and finishes in Whitehorse.



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