- Last Updated on Monday, 20 July 2015 20:36
- Published on Monday, 20 July 2015 20:33
July 20 2015
Who: Challenge Alaska
What: Alaska Challenge Kicks Off
When & Where: Spring Hill Elementary School, 9911 Lake Otis Pkwy.
Monday July 20, 2015 at 4:30 pm The Lake Front Anchorage, 4800 Spenard Rd.
Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 9:15 am at Lake Hood 3350 Lake Shore Drive
Tuesday July 21, 2015 at 2 pm at the Cuddy Family Park
There are four great opportunities to support and interact with the world’s best Handcycle Athletes participating in the Alaska Challenge, the longest, toughest handcycle race in the worlds Please join us for one are all of these events:
Muffy Davis, three time Paralympic Gold Medalist and current U.S. National Paracycling Team member will be presenting to the Rabbit Creek Community Association Summer Program youth. She will be sharing her story and showing her Gold Medal from the London Paralympics as well as giving a handcycling demonstration.
there will be a Press Reception at The Lakefront Anchorage. This is an exclusive opportunity for the Press to meet the Handcycle Racers, volunteers and sponsors of the 27th Alaska Challenge. You will be provided with a complete press packet which will assist you in your weeklong coverage of the race, some light reception fare and the opportunity to interview the athletes from around the world.
The Alaska Challenge kicks off with Stage one with a time trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park. Stage one is the first opportunity to see the racers in competition and set the bar for the next six days. Spectators are encouraged to attend.
cheer racers on in the first ever handcycling criterium at the Cuddy Family Park. Handcycle athletes will race the oval at top speeds in two 45 minute heats. Spectators are encouraged to attend
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- Last Updated on Friday, 10 July 2015 19:44
- Published on Friday, 10 July 2015 19:41
Race Update July 10, 2015
The schedule for the stages is listed below for the viewing public. Start times are subject to change as circumstances may dictate and finish times are estimates only and will vary (with the exception of stage 2 due to it being a fixed-timed event).
- July 21 - Stage 1 (Anchorage): Time Trial - first racer departs at 9:15 AM. Last racer departs at 9:40 AM. Estimated earliest arrival of first racer at finish: 9:55 AM. Start line: 3350 Lakeshore Dr. (Lake Hood). Finish line: Kincaid Park (behind chalet)
- July 21 - Stage 2 (Anchorage): Criterium - HW, H2 & H3 Divisions start at 2:00 PM and finish at 2:45 PM. H4 Divisions start at 3:30 PM and finish at 4:15 PM. Course: Cuddy Family Park Skating Oval
- July 23 - Stage 3 (Fairbanks to Nenana): Road Race - Depart at 9:00 AM. Estimated earliest arrival of first racer at finish: 11:30 AM. Start line: Ester Fire Station (Old Nenana Highway & Parks Highway). Finish line: Downtown Nenana.
- July 24 - Stage 4 (Nenana to Healy): Road Race - Depart at 9:00 AM. Estimated earliest arrival of first racer at finish: 11:30 AM. Start line: downtown Nenana. Finish line: Stampede Rd. north of Healy (3.7 miles west of Parks Highway).
- July 25 - Stage 5 (Denali National Park): Time Trial - first racer departs at 9:00 AM. Last racer departs at 9:20 AM. Estimated earliest arrival of first racer at finish: 9:30 AM. Start/Finish Line: Mountain Vista parking lot, Denali National Park.
- July 25 - Stage 6: Road Race - Departs at 1:30 PM. Estimated earliest arrival of first racer at finish: 3:00 PM. Start line: Park Highway Mile Marker 191 pullout. Finish line: Parks Highway Mile Marker 159 pullout.
- July 26 - Stage 7 (Talkeetna): Road Race - Departs at 8:30 AM. Estimated earliest arrival of first racer at finish: 11:30 AM. Start line: Parks Highway, Denali View South pullout. Finish line: Parks Highway Kashwitna Lake pullout.
- July 27 - Stage 8 (Palmer): Road Race - Departs at 9:00 AM. Estimated earliest arrival of first racer at finish: 10:45 AM. Start line: N. Showers St.(3 miles off Palmer-Fishhook Rd). Finish line: Independence Mine Parking lot. We request that the viewing public not come to the start line as it is very limited in space. We also request that spectators arrive at Independence Mine by 9:30 AM to minimize traffic within the Hatchers Pass park area while racers are on the road, for the safety of the racers.
If changes are made the day of the stage they will be posted to The Alaska Challenge's Facebook page and on Challenge Alaska's Twitter account.
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- Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2015 19:19
- Published on Friday, 19 June 2015 19:18
The past few weeks have seen several changes to the original route of the 2015 edition of The Alaska Challenge. Reasons for the change vary for each stage and range from unanticipated construction to permitting issues. In order to maintain the overall length of the race to as close to 240 miles, we've come up with a few creative re-routes and one entirely new stage that will add a whole new flavor to the race and possibly increase the visibility of the race to Anchorage residents.
The new look of the 2015 Alaska Challenge is as follows:
- Stage 1: The 2015 Alaska Challenge starts with a difficult opening time trial that begins at Lake Hood and heads south onto the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, finally finishing with a steep climb into Kincaid Park. Look for the favorites to make a statement and establish an early lead in this first of two stages on day one.
- Stage 2: This stage is brand new to The Alaska Challenge and is sure to become a fan favorite as racers will be easy to watch on this short course. In this second stage of day one, racers will participate in a Criterium on a closed course at the Cuddy Family Park skating oval. This 400 meter flat track will see racers complete as many laps as they can in a set time. This is one of the few stages that will benefit the non-climbers in the group. On this course there’s nowhere to hide, so strategy and cunning may help someone win the day on this stage.
- Stage 3: After a transport to Fairbanks, Stage 3 utilizes the traditional stage from Ester to Nenana. This stage is not for the timid and the long, steep climbs on the way out of Fairbanks will test climbing prowess of the entire field. Look for big time gaps to open up in the general classification after the finish of this challenging stage.
- Stage 4: Another traditional stage awaits the racers as they depart from Nenana. Consistent elevation gain and long miles will test the endurance of all the racers, and it is highly unusual for the wind to be calm during this stage. Athletes who have not put in the proper training will suffer on this stage. For the first time this stage of the race will finish on the Stampede Rd. just north of Healy.
- Stage 5: The first of two stages on the day offers the racers a spectacular look inside Denali National Park as they embark on an out and back journey against the clock. With two stages on this day, recovery will be the key, and athletes who can post a good time, yet keep enough fuel in the tank for the afternoon race will finish the day high in the general classification.
- Stage 6: As a stand-alone stage this isn’t very intimidating. However, with two stages on the day, along with logistical concerns and a tight time-table, the well-rounded and organized athlete will excel. From the gun, this stage is typically fast, and it may be an opportunity for the non-climbers to grab a stage win.
- Stage 7: With a spectacular start in the shadow of Denali, Stage 7 is the last chance for a stage win by those sitting in the middle of the general classification. Don’t expect too much from the race favorites as they bide their time for the race finale up Hatcher’s Pass in stage 8.
- Stage 8: This will be the fourth appearance of the magnificent Hatcher’s Pass climb at The Alaska Challenge, and is fitting as the race’s final stage. Although the stage has been shortened, it will still prove to be difficult as racers have precious few miles to warm up before starting the climb of more than 3,500 feet in elevation gain. The overall leaders in the general classification will likely go for the stage win, not only to seal overall victory but also to celebrate victory in this, the “King Stage” of the 2015 Alaska Challenge.