- Published on Saturday, 16 February 2013 01:04
Sadler’s Alaska Challenge
“The Longest and Toughest Handcycle Race in the world” July 14-21, 2013
The event, now run every other year, will include 20 athletes this July, and there is a long waiting list of top racers.
This year's roster will include athletes from five nations, and boasts four Paralympic medalists. The race will include four categories, and for the first time ever, each category will include a Paralympic Champion.
In the Women’s Handcycle division, Muffy Davis, London 2012 triple Gold Medalist, will be competing in her first Sadler's Alaska Challenge (SAC). Davis will be joined by her Gold-medal winning London 2012 handcycle relay teammate Oscar Sanchez, who is the favorite in the Men's H4 category. Sanchez, who also won a bronze in the London Paralympic Time Trial, will be competing in his third SAC.
The 2013 edition of the Sadler’s Alaska Challenge is also an international affair with racers from the US, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and Austria. German racer, Peer Bartels is returning to see if he can reclaim the title he won in 2005 & 2006 in the Men’s H2 division, although he will have to battle Walter Ablinger of Austria, another London 2012 Gold Medalist. To complete the Gold medal trend, the H3 division also includes a Paralympic Champion, Rafal Wilk of Poland, who will also try to win the longest and toughest handcycle race in the world.
Complete Race Roster for the 2013 Sadler’s Alaska Challenge
Walter Ablinger, Austria
Peer Bartels, Germany
Ken Bestine, United States
Jacob Freeland, United States
Butch Martin, United States
Final Spot, to be determined
Alfredo De los Santos