In the 19-year history of the Westside Wheel Up, Mike Boehm figures he has raced in the event 15 times.
“I haven’t missed this in 15 years,” Boehm said at the event finish line near Rainbow Park after he took top honours in the race Saturday.
This was his year as he won the race in a time of one hour 12 minutes and 17 seconds. He said at the finish line that his win came at the expense of other riders who crashed and suffered mechanical issues. Boehm said he rode much of the final leg, A River Runs Through It, with a tire that was almost flat.
Matt Bodkin was second across the finish line just over two minutes after Boehm. The third place finisher was Brett Grayston with a time of 1:17:47.
Boehm said many of the region’s top riders weren’t in the race and that worked in his favour. Neal Kindree, the winner of many local mountain bike races this season, didn’t compete and last year’s winner, Matt Ryan, was also absent from the start line. Ryan has won the event every year in the last five but he is currently training to be a firefighter and he couldn’t make the race fit in his schedule.
Austin Reith clocked the fastest junior time. He did the Westside course in one hour, 23 minute and 39 seconds.
Lesley Clements was the first female competitor to finish and her time was 1:37:51. Natalie Morel Wood followed Clements with a time of 1:43:12 and Isabelle Papillon was the third female finisher.
A total of 100 riders competed in the race under sunshine and warm temperatures.
All proceeds from the event will go towards the B.C. Para-Alpine Ski Team.
Full race results are available at www.webscorer.com.