Bones Takes The Win: Team 'Bones' with Roy Malone, Jason Quinn, Marie Chandler and Andy Tubbs were triumphant in the 2013 Gold Rush Mother Lode Adventure Race. They looked strong and in contention early in the race and carried that strength through to the finish, coming across the line in Long Barn, California in first place. They were chased throughout the race by Team Sweco from Sweden and Yoga slackers/GearJunkie from the USA. Neither could catch Bones and in the end it was Yogaslackers/GearJunkie that claimed second and 'adventureteam.dk' from Denmark taking third. The top Three teams gained all checkpoints on the race. Sweco's strong run saw them finish 4th after missing one CP. Walhalla Specialized from Paraguay (and Uraguay) was 5th and Team Outnorth from Sweden (and Norway) was sixth.
Unseasonal weather in the high Sierras dumped hail, snow and freezing rain on the competitors at the high point of the course near the climb site and in the trek soon afterward. All teams suffered from the wet, cold and high winds and battled on as best they could. Several teams had to cut the course or get a ride in from some of the many hunters who were out in the forest on the opening day of hunting.
4 Day Expedition Adventure Race
September 19-22nd 2013
Team 'Bones' finishes in first place after 71 hours and 42 minutes of racing.