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Phelps, Harrington take Soo Valley Rumble

59 riders brave rain for inaugural north trail epic

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Harrington has now won the West Side Wheel Up and Soo Valley Rumble, and will race in the Cheakamus Challenge this weekend. She says her chance of winning all three events will depend on what pro elite riders show up, and is just planning to enjoy the ride.

She also liked the Rumble course.

“It was good to have a new long-style race now that the Samurai is over, and if they keep changing it ever year it will become quite a fun race,” she said.

“The climb was amazing, but I was pretty happy to get out of the No Flow Zone and onto Kill Me Thrill Me. With a little light rain the night before it was so grippy and fast.”

Tyler Allison was sixth overall and led the juniors throughout the race. He held up just short of the finish in order to cross the finish line beside Sebastian Sleep of the Sunshine Coast, who Allison regularly competes against at the provincial and national level. They both crossed the finish line at 3:26:38.

Allison was ranked as high as third at one point in the race, but fell back back about six spots when he started to have mechanical trouble. He went through the last checkpoint in sixth.

Max Horner was third in 3:35:12, shaking off a few crashes to keep up a strong pace against some of the strongest riders in the valley. All the junior riders placed in the top-12 overall.

The race was held to fill in the weekend between the West Side Wheel Up and Cheakamus Challenge, and to feature trails that aren’t typically included in races or events. The goal is to make the Rumble an annual epic race, potentially moving around to different trails each year.

The event was also held as a fundraiser for the Terry Fox Run, with $10 from every race entry, and food and drink tickets going to cancer research. This year WORCA will contribute $630.

Event director Jerome David appreciated everyone who came out to ride.

“I want to thank everyone who looked at the weather this morning, saw the rain, and came out anyway,” he said. “It says a lot about the riders in this town. It’s a pretty hardcore group.

“The reason I did not change to Plan B (easier course) was because I heard from the riders and they said ‘don’t change it’.”