There was a moment in his ride Sunday where Matt Ryan wondered
if he should pull back a bit and lessen the chance of getting a flat. He had no
idea where the rest of the field was, or how much of a lead he had going into
his third lap. He also didn’t know where his race partner Matt Green was, and
with both their times counting towards the Re/Max Corridor Cup Challenge title,
he decided to keep hammering.
“I was riding scared the whole time,” he said. “I saw a few
tubes on the course and wondered if Matt had flatted.
“I was sweating a little at the end when my partner wasn’t
coming in and all the other riders were rolling in. Luckily he had a good ride
— he chose a hardtail, a brand new bike he just built that morning, and
he didn’t know the trails at all. He definitely knows better now — he
said he has a sore back, but he had a good time.”
Many riders were surprised how challenging the route could be,
winding through Lost Lake Park on a mix of singletrack and doubletrack trails.
The recreational riders made one lap of the course, while Corridor Cup racers
made three laps.
Ryan was the fastest male overall, completing three laps of the
course in one hour, 40 minutes and 38 seconds. Kevin Calhoun was second in
1:45:50, and Greg Day third in 1:46:18.
Ryan’s partner, Green, was eighth in 1:53:01, which was good
enough for a combined time of 3:33:39 and first place in the Corridor Cup
In second place in 3:35:15 was the team of Greg Day and Dwayne
Kress, while Seth Wells and Carl Goldstraw were third in 3:43:30.
Ryan enjoyed the course a lot more than he expected.
“They put a good course together, it twists all over the
place,” he said. “You would never actually go out and ride that yourself and
put all those trails together, but it was great. I haven’t done a lap race
since probably the last Ken Quon, I usually don’t like going around in circles,
but the course was in good shape and you actually got to know the line more
every time you went through.”
On the women’s side, Joanna Harrington was the fastest woman
overall in 1:58:34, while her partner, Leslie Clements, was in at 2:12:03. No
other women entered the Corridor Cup Challenge this year.
Clements also had good things to say about the course.
“You never had a chance to relax, you were either riding up
something technical or down something technical,” she said. “For this one you
had to be on your game, it was actually a lot harder than you’d think. To be
able to put together this kind of course in your backyard, in Lost Lake, is
Clements wished there were more racers on course, as she
finished the last two laps by herself.
“It was actually a bit boring sometimes, it was me by myself
with a few tourists on the course. You almost wish you had someone to ride
with, but the time went by pretty fast,” she said.
Mike Charuk and Fanny Paquette won the open-mixed team
category, with times of 2:01:09 and 2:29:00 respectively. Craig Hamilton also
raced with his daughter Kerry-Anne Hamilton, finishing together in 3:18:25.
In the combined age categories, 80 to 99, Keith Ray and Eric
Crowe finished in a combined time of 3:49:13, followed closely by Bob Allison
and Keith Reid in 3:49:45, and Dave Smith and Brent Murdoch in 5:07:53.
In the male 100-plus, Todd Allison and Rick Reid finished in
Jesse Melamed and Mac Brunniy won the junior category with
times of 2:03:39 and 2:47:16 respectively.
While the third annual Ken Quon Ride On had a solid turnout in
the Re/Max Corrid Cup Challenge, organizers were disappointed by the turnout
for the recreational race.
The event is a fundraiser for the Ken Quon Memorial Fund,
commemorating local mountain biker Ken Quon, who died of an undiagnosed heart
condition while guiding a Wild Willies group in 2005. To remember Quon, his
fellow guides created the foundation to help purchase emergency health care
equipment that could help others.
The first two Ride On races purchased three Welch Allyn Propaq
Encore patient monitors for Whistler’s ambulance fleet. The monitors are
portable diagnostic machines that can be used to quickly check vital signs on
patients as they are transported from the bush to the ambulance to the
The goal of this year’s race was to purchase monitors for
Pemberton’s ambulance fleet.
Money was raised from entry fees, draw prizes and a silent auction held at the post-race barbecue. For more information visit www.kenquonrideon.com.