Beaver Creek, CO July 18, 2004 - Team Nike ACG/Balance Bar began the 2004 BALANCE BAR® 24-Hour Adventure Series with a convincing victory, finishing the 105-mile course in just over 14 hours. Nike ACG/Balance Bar, composed of Mike Kloser, Danelle Ballangee and Michael Tobin, crossed the finish line at Beaver Creek Resort nearly two hours ahead of the second place finishers New Zealand's Team Seagate.
Newly formed Team GoLite/Timberland took third place with a time of 16:13:14, passing Team Montrail while on the orienteering course. Rounding out the top five were Team Montrail, with a time of 16:20:09 and Team Epi/Sole Custom Footbeds arriving at 18:52:59.
It's always a tough race when competing against world-class teams like Seagate and Montrail, but we were able to build an early lead," stated Mike Kloser, Captain of Team Nike ACG/Balance Bar. "Everyone stepped up along the way, which is important to our continued success. We're excited to take home the win again at Beaver Creek."
Teams began the race at 7 am Saturday morning at the State Bridge landing on the banks of the Colorado River. Dressed in full paddling gear and carrying their paddles, teams raced the eight-tenths of a mile downriver to the kayaks. Once in the boats, racers paddled in mostly Class 2 water before reaching the Catamount Recreation Area and transitioning to the trekking portion.
Following the trek up and over Horse Mountain, teams transitioned to the mountain bike stage of the race and rode to the ropes section just off Highway 131. At the ropes, racers encountered the Tyrolean hanging some 200 feet across and 90 feet above Alkali Creek. Competitors traversed while pulling their mountain bikes along from behind.
Following the mountain bike leg with a cumulative elevation gain of 7,800 feet, teams reached the third transition area located at Beaver Creek. Here, racers left their mountain bikes and took to their feet for the final leg of the race, Orienteering, which required teams to find nine points on the north and northeastern slopes of the mountain.
First place Coed Elite Team Nike ACG/Balance Bar earned $10,500 in prize money, while second place finishers Team Seagate return to New Zealand with $7,500. Team GoLite/Timberland takes home $4,000, while Team Montrail earned $2000 and Team Epi/Sole takes home $1000 on the race. In addition to prize money, teams also accumulated points toward the BALANCE BAR® 24-Hour Adventure Series Championship, to be awarded at the Series final in Los Angeles, Nov 20-21.
The BALANCE BAR® 24-Hour Adventure Series is offering a total of $110,000 in prize money between the individual events and overall Series offerings. BALANCE BAR® 24-Hour Adventure prize money is awarded in the coed elite division only, prize money is awarded for first through fifth place contestants of each race as well at the end of the Series.
Coed Elite teams competing for the BALANCE BAR® 24-Hour Adventure Series championship must compete in all three events. Non-elite teams competing for the BALANCE BAR® 24-Hour Adventure Series championship must compete in two of three events, including the Series finale in Los Angeles, November 20-21.
Competitor divisions include: Coed Elite, Coed, Male, Female, Corporate and Masters Coed (combined age of 120+). Adventure racing disciplines featured in the BALANCE BAR® 24-Hour Adventure include: mountain biking, trekking, kayaking, canyoneering, ropes and navigation. The BALANCE BAR® 24-Hour Adventure will also make stops in New York, October 9-10, as well as Los Angeles, November 20-21, for the Series finale and national championship.
Entry fee for each BALANCE BAR® 24-Hour Adventure is $825 per team. For online registration and further information, please visit www.BalanceBarAdventure.com or call (203) 352-5216. For more information on Beaver Creek, call (800) 404-3535 or visit www.beavercreek.com.
2004 Beaver Creek, CO BALAANCE BAR® 24-Hour Adventure Results
Coed Elite Division - Top 5
1. Team Nike ACG/Balance Bar - 14:09:34 (Danelle Ballangee, Dillon, CO, Mike Kloser, Vail, VO, Michael Tobin, Boise, ID)
2. Team Seagate- 16:06:46 (Hadyn Key, Kristina Strode-Penny, Richard Usher, New Zealand)
3. Team GoLite/Timberland - 16:13:14 (Aaron Prince, Monique Merrill, Breckenridge, CO, Isaac Wilson, Park City, UT)
4. Team Montrail - 16:20:09 (Patrick Harper, Ketchum, ID, Rebecca Rusch, Ketchum, ID, Justin Wadsworth, Bend, OR)
5. Team Epi/Sole Custom Footbeds- 18:52:59 (Rick Baraff, Karen Lundgren, Paul Romero, Big Bear Lake, CA)
Male Division Top Finisher
1. Team Black Mountain Crew - 23:30:36 (Jeff Bassett, Scottsdale, AZ, Dale Jensen, Cave Creek, AZ, Randy Ulmer, Cave Creek, CA)
Coed Division Top Finisher
1. Team M.O.A.T. - 22:46:06 (Shaun Bain, Grand Prairie, TX, Dave Boyd, Houston, TX, Patti Plagmann, Houston, TX)
Masters Division Top Finisher
1. Team SSp - 27:37:52 (Patrick Padilla, San Clemente, CA, Allison Sloben, Encinitas, CA, Jon Sterkel, Dana Point, CA)
Complete race results are available at www.BalanceBarAdventure.com or by calling (203) 352-5216.