Looking Back: 10 years since Jasperites dominated 24 Hours of Adrenaline in Canmore
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A decade ago, about 50 competitors from Jasper rolled into Canmore for the 2010 24 Hours of Adrenalin, taking home several podium and top ten finishes.
Cory Wallace, Luke Way, Jasper Source for Sports five-man team and the Freewheel Skinnys all finished in the top three in their category, while Pam Roy, Dave McDowell, the EVI Biking Bellas and Andrew Bovard all placed in the top ten in their categories.
Wallace dominated the 2010 race, clocking 20 laps in 24 hours around the challenging 16-kilometre track, leading from the first lap. Including pit stops, his average lap time hovered around one hour, ten minutes.
Wallace was followed by born-and-raised Jasperite Luke Way, who completed 19 laps.
Wallace set a blistering pace after the first lap and had a 20-minute lead on Canmore’s Leighton Poidevin, who had won the race multiple times before. However, Poidevin was forced to pull out at 1:30 a.m., leaving Wallace with a two-lap advantage over Way, who moved into second place.
Coming off a seventh place finish at the National Mountain Bike Championships, Wallace earned a chance to compete in Australia that October for the 24 Hours of Adrenalin World Championship. He finished that race in second place.
The Jasper Source for Sports team was stoked with their repeat performance in the 2010 race, capturing first place in the five-man category. The team finished 25 laps, squeezing in their final lap with less than two minutes to space on the clock, however they had already clinched the win with their previous lap. Matt Staneland, Victor Vassalo, Sean Smith, Jason Backman and Manu Loir Mongazon beat out two Mountain Sports teams from Canmore to claim their victory.
The Freewheel Skinnys finally managed a podium finish after three straight years of fourth place results. Wendy Hall, Alana McGrath, Cynthia Routhier, Stacey Smith and Angie Blake clocked 18 laps, while Smith posted the two fastest laps of all the women in the competition with a 1:04.25.
In the solo competition, Dave MacDowell finished sixth, and Andrew Bovard and Chris Peel finished 10th and 11th in the solo competition, doing so on single gear bikes.
Pam Roy, Vidal and Beau Michaud also posted strong finishes in the solo competition. Roy finished fourth in the women’s category, while Vidal and Beau finished 14th and 20th, respectively.