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“They got to dance with some really good teachers. It’s a big deal for them.”
- Tara Groves  
- on Turning Pointe Dance 
Studio’s trip to L.A. 

 

 
When it comes to endurance, local mountain bike riders Andrew Fairhurst and Jeff Smith have proven they have it in spades, placing among the best in the world at the 2009 24 Hours of Adrenalin World Solo Championships.
With 150 athletes from throughout the world, this event brought some of the best mountain bike riders to Canmore on July 25 and 26, for a competition that hurts the legs just to think about. The goal of the event was to ride the most times around a 17.7 km bike course in 24 hours, facing heat, physical strain, and 1645 feet of elevation gain per lap.
Fairhurst placed 11th overall and first in his category, World Age Group 30-34 Men. He finished 18 laps of the course in 23 hours, 32 minutes, 28 seconds. He placed fifth among all Canadians in the race.
Smith, who was competing in a 24-hour race for the first time, placed 25th overall, completing 15 laps in 23 hours, 45 minutes, 11 seconds. He was second in his category, World Age Group 25-29 Men. He placed tenth among all Canadians.
"All in all it was a fantastic experience," says Fairhurst, who as an organizer of the Sinister 7, along with the Full Moon and Half Moon adventure races, is no stranger to endurance events. "It's certainly physically, and probably more so mentally, very demanding. It was certainly challenging. We're very glad we did it."
 
Fairhurst says that the weather was very warm during the day of July 25, making hydration important. Rain settled in for a while through that evening, which Fairhurst says was almost nice after the heat of the day.
He adds that as hard as the race is physically, it is also very mentally demanding through the night hours, when you are riding alone with only your own thoughts to keep you going around each lap. "It certainly gets pretty lonely out there," says Fairhurst. He had competed in the team categories at the event before, but this was his first solo effort at this race.
Smith says he did better than he expected, as this was his first major endurance event. "It was tough, but it was fun," he says. "It was like riding a jackhammer for the last 12 hours."
The two riders were supported by their wives and family members at the event, who helped get them food and fluids, maintaining their bikes on the course, and providing important motivation throughout the race.
The event was held at the Canmore Nordic Centre, where Fairhurst says they have an excellent mountain bike trail system. The overall winner of this year's race was Australian Jason English, who completed 22 laps in 24 hours, 28 minutes, 6 seconds.
Fairhurst and Smith will be joining forces for the 2009 Transrockies race, which will take place from August 9 to 15 through B.C. and the Crowsnest Pass. They will represent the municipality, taking advantage of a free entry given to the Pass because of our position as a host community.
The race takes place in seven stages, beginning in Panorama, B.C., and will arrive in the Pass on August 14, leaving for the final stage to Fernie on August 15. The race totals 532 km, with 14,225 metres of elevation gain.
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