Slippery bike race challenges competitors

Thomas finishes first in Expert, Machakos gets first in Sport class

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Juneau mountain bikers got down and dirty while having fun in the mud last weekend during the annual Juneau Freewheelers and Glacier Cycles Dirty Tour Mountain Bike Series.

The three-day event, held Aug. 22-24, attracted about 15 bikers. The series kicked off with a thee-mile timed trial held at Montana Creek Road on Friday, followed by loop courses the remaining two days at Dimond Park and Dredge Lake.

This year's event lived up to its name. Constant rain during the weekend left muddy trails bikers had to navigate through, said time keeper Tara Jeans.

"They were covered in mud the whole time," she said. "It was very slippery this year."

Tucker Thomas finished first in the Expert class with an overall time of 2:55:41. Ryan Siverly and Fritz Moser finished second and third place with times of 3:09:54 and 3:14:02, respectively.

Leading the pack in the Sport class was Julie Machakos, who finished in 2:14:44. In second was Emma Laflin (2:23:57), and third place went to Scott Yarnall (2:51:15).

Machakos' sons, Noah and Seth, were the only two participants in the Junior class. Both completed all three days of the tour and were neck-and-neck during the third stage, with Seth Machakos finishing a mere two seconds before his brother.

Noah Machakos ended up with the better overall time, finishing at 2:36:44. Seth Machakos' completed the tour in 2:44:00.

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