There is a difference between chilly and bone chilling.
Chilly is when its cold outside, but bundled in proper gear only the nose and fingers feel the chill.
Bone chilling happens when youre working hard and its wet outside. The cold seeps into your bones and no-matter how fast you move you cant shake the cold. Your muscles protest and misery sets in.
This is what the 2005 World 24 Hours of Adrenalin Championship competitors were up against last weekend, as they rode through mud puddles and driving rain. Keeping warm and somewhat dry was a major concern, especially as the clock-neared midnight.
The 24 Hours of Adrenalin is the fastest growing mountain bike race in North America. Racers lined the start Saturday morning, eagerly awaiting the race clock to role over. At noon, they were off. Racers bolted Le Mans-style (mass start on foot) about 600 metres to where their bikes awaited neatly on the bike racks.
Twenty-four hours later, bikes and riders resembled b-grade horror monsters from the swamp. Mud caked, and exhausted.
Participants competed in the following categories: Three-person co-ed, World Age Group Champions solo, World Solo Champions Elite, World Solo Champions single speed, corporate six to 10 person, five person co-ed, five person 150-199, five person 200+, five person under 149, and four person teams.
Five-time Elite Solo Champion, Chris Eatough once again came out on top. He completed 22 laps in 24 hours, 8 minutes, and 15 seconds. About 27 minutes behind, Ernesto Marenchin placed second with a total of 22 laps as well. Nat Ross and Josh Street placed third and fourth, completing 21 laps each.
Marg Fedyna won the Womens Solo Elite title. She completed 18 laps in 23 hours, 24 minutes and 31 seconds. Close behind, Monique Sawicki, completed 18 laps in 24 hours, 25 minutes and 54 seconds. Louise Kobin and Freya Scollay came third and fourth.
In the corporate division, Whistler teams WB we are IT came second with 25 laps, and the Westin Warriors placed eighth with 18 laps.
Team Yeti from Squamish completed 26 laps for first place in the five-person co-ed category. Team Atomic from Whistler was hot on their wheels with 24 laps. Also from Whistler, the Dirt Digglers came fourth; Team Pique came sixth and Quit Lollygaging placed eighth.
In the five person 150-199 category Whistler team Bearbackbiking.com placed second, and the Spruce Grove Massiv placed sixth.
The Mountain FM Chicks placed fourth in the five person female division. The Spinning Sisters from Whistler placed seventh.
In the four-person category, Team Whistler took first with 25 laps in 24 hours, 49 minutes and 15 seconds.