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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.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 00:58
- Published on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 00:00
Registration for the 2015 Alaska Challenge Handcycle Race is now CLOSED
Submission Deadline was February 28, 2015
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 02:54
- Published on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 02:52