Gold Rush Summer Challenge 2013 Results
It was a close race once the penalties for missed chackpoints were calculated. 'Old Solo Guy' Dave Edwards beat out the two person team of 'Searching for Katan'. Several teams ended up close behind with just a few minutes seperating the places. The event was based at the scenic New Melones Lake using both the Glory Hole and Tuttletown rec areas.
The event started with a short run down to the paddle on Lake Melones. The low water level, a hundred feet below normal, made for tough navigating at times as teams had to ignore the marked lake shore and use the contours to re-visualise it a hundred feet below. After paddling to the Glory Hole side of the lake, teams took in 6 checkpoints on foot before returning to the boats. The hot weather and lack of water caused concerns for some teams and everyone was happy to dunk in the lake whenever they could.
After the foot section around the North side of the lake, teams paddled back to the Tuttletown side of the lake. The final straw for the teams before they reached the refreshing amenities of the main transition at ACP3 was the steep 200ft carry of boats from the landing site back to the ACP. Two teams, 'Dave Crider' and 'Lost in Pace' came out of the hot foot section and accepted a tow back across the lake dropping out at ACP3.
For the next leg, teams tackled a set of 6 checkpoints on mountain bikes around the trails of Tuttletown. The entirely single track route provided fast and smooth riding with plenty of curves to entertain the teams. Flat tires were incurred by many as the trails had their share of goatheads. The young team 'Red White and Blue' had mechanical problems with both Nate Betcher and Chris Crane ending up rolling or carrying their bikes to the finish.
Thanks to the volunteers who manned the event, especially Andrea Cavalli who braved the heat at transition 1 and 2 and Wendy and Jim Pauli in the safety boat,
The Gold Rush team
|Team||First Name||Last Name||Sex||Age||Finish||Missed||Missed CP||Other||Total||Pos|
|Team Solo Old Guy||David||Edwards||Male||43||7:37:30||0||0||7:37:30||1st Overall, 1st Solo|
|Searching for Catan||Jeffrey||Linder||Male||35||7:37:15||11||20||0||7:57:15||1st Team|
|Wild Wood Nymphs||Jeff||Vasek||Male||48||7:32:25||1||50||0||8:22:25||2nd Team|
|Inappropriate Team Name||Roberto||Battiston||Male||33||7:38:30||1||50||0||8:28:30||3rd= Team|
|Steam Donkey/Brown Chicken||Paul||Campbell||Male||37||7:38:30||1||50||0||8:28:30||3rd= Team|
|Red Wihite and Blue||Chris||Crane||Male||26||7:23:53||6,14,15,16||90||0||8:53:53||Incomplete|
|Dave Krider||Dan||Millward||Male||43||6:22:07||1,6,11,12,13,14,15,16||200||0||9:42:07||Drop ACP3|
|Lost in Pace||Tom||Proulx||Male||51||6:43:00||7,8,11,12,13,14,15,16,||180||0||9:43:00||Drop ACP3|