By Andrew Mitchell
Three local teams took part in the third race of the one day Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race Series in the Cumberland area of Vancouver Island this past weekend, all finishing well in their respective categories.
It was the big race in the province this year with a sold out field of 250 competitors taking part.
After years of trying, and coming close the past three years, Mark Fearman and Gary Robbins at last finished on top of the podium in the men’s Team of Two category.
“Although we have always made the podium, and even led a few of those races, we’ve always had something go wrong for us (and) leaving a bitter taste in our mouths. This was the last chance at redemption,” said Robbins.
Their time of four hours, 27 minutes and 55 seconds was just over four minutes faster than the next competitors after an 8 km kayak, 7-9 km trek with navigation challenges, another 1.5 km kayak, and a 20 km mountain bike section.
With Fearman leaving to live in Australia it was the last outing for the pair for a long time, but Robbins plans to continue competing in adventure races.
Megan Rose and Lina Augaitis, after losing both males in their co-ed group, raced in the women’s Team of Two category where they placed first by a margin of over 45 minutes.
Robbins, Rose and Augaitis competed in both the Cheakamus Challenge and Rubble Creek Classic trail run the previous weekend.
Joe Maika also raced, getting the adventure racing bug again a few weeks earlier with a second place finish in the Sea 2 Summit Adventure Race. Competing in the solo men’s category, Maika was 11 th overall in 5:20:34.