July 19, 2014 (Canmore, AB) – In a summer which has seen extreme weather and wildfires throughout the Western Canada, the 19th Annual 24 Hours of Adrenalin bike started in perfect cycling weather with moderate temperatures and mixed sunshine. The solo and first leg riders lined up for the Merrell Lemans start with riders run a 700m loop through the expo and start area before getting to their bikes and taking off onto the 17.5km loop around Canmore Nordic Centre.
Canadian National Marathon Champion Cory Wallace led the race off for the Freelwheel Fattys team racing in the 5-Person 150-189 category and he blazed to the only sub-50 minute lap on the course in the midst of his multi-lap first session. Ian Auld led off for Team Planet Foods in the 5-person 190-219 category and the multi-time Canadian National Masters Champion did a two-lap pull to give his team a 3 minute lead in their division and place them .
In the Solo categories, 2013 Champion Nadine Mueller showed her ambition of repeating as champion storming to an early lead which grew into the double digit minutes after three laps. In the Solo Male Under 40, Yannick Bouet and Andrew Bovard show every sign of starting a race-long battle as their lap times were closely match with Bouet leading by 4 minutes after three laps. The Solo Men 40+ was even close with the top three, Craig Bartlett, Duane Myers and Jesse Mong running within 4 minutes of each other.
The weather and course conditions are holding steady four hours into the race and with lights-on for riders another four hours away, the sprint to the night continues.
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