Jack and Jill biked up some hills Friday evening, as the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club debuted a new coed relay race on North Douglas Highway.
Scott and Betsy Fischer won the inaugural Jack and Jill Relay, overcoming some mechanical difficulties and using a borrowed helmet to finish the 24-mile race in 58 minutes, 3 seconds. Tara Jeans and Terry Ward finished second in 58:30, just edging third-place finishers Joann Quigg and Dave Bartlett, who covered the course in 58:33. A total of 17 teams - 36 riders - participated, with one tandem-bike team.
The two-leg race, which required teams of at least one male and one female rider, started at the Rainforest Trail parking lot near the end of North Douglas Highway. The first rider of each team biked to near the Juneau-Douglas bridge. As each rider crossed the leg finish line near Kowee Creek, their partner headed back out the highway to finish at the starting point.
Many of Friday's racers had participated in the Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay the previous weekend, so there was strong competition in the race and a number of close finishes.
1. Scott and Betsy Fischer, 58 minutes, 3 seconds; 2. Tara Jeans and Terry Ward, 58:30; 3. Dave Bartlett and Joann Quigg, 58:33; 4. Stefan Ricci and Erin Mitchell, 58:39; 5. Obie and Morgan Davis, 59:13; 6. Steve and Molly Box, 1:02:13; 7. Dave Harju and Gail Johnson, 1:02:31; 8. Joe and Bernie Sorenson, 1:03:03; 9. Brandee Gerkee and Eric Carver, 1:03:09; 10. Cheryl Levitt and Ben Williams, 1:03:27; 11. Jan Kriegel and Cherie Nienhuis, 1:06:26; 12. Brian Glynn and Jan Rumble, 1:07:02; 13. David Teal and Ritchie Sonner, 1:07:07; 14. Jim and Terry Calvin, 1:08:05; 15. Elizabeth Wertheimer and Niko Hoskins, 1:24:48; 16. Rick Janik and Stacie Fain, 1:25:21. DNF: Dave and Richard Ringle / Kevin and Janet Henderson (tandem bike team; had mechanical problems).