24 Hours of Adrenalin Champions
By Angela Yap
27 July 2017
Photo courtesy Thorsten Kuesters
College of Environmental Design senior Megan Bradley (BA Landscape Architecture '18) was part of a team of five cyclists who won the annual 24 Hours of Adrenalin mountain bike race, which took place at the Canmore Nordic Centre on the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies from July 15-16.
Known as the “Woodstock of Mountain Biking,” the 24 hour, nonstop biking race required teams of riders to relay-race a course continually, with the team with the most completed laps winning the championship title. Bradley's co-ed team, Team Kareen SkyPark, consisted of Team Captain Jon Tanklage, Scott Craft, Bill Johnson, Megan Bradley and Dakota Greer. Tanklage, Craft and Johnson were Megan Bradley’s Rim of the World High School mountain bike coaches from 2011-2014. “It was a new experience for me to have my coaches as my teammates,” said Megan Bradley.
Each lap was 17.35 kilometers (10.78 miles), which averaged about one-hour-and-three-plus minutes per lap for Team Kareen. The course was very technical, with large tree roots and sharp rocks obstructing the course in many sections, coupled with multiple fast descents and many tight curves. Bradley completed four laps total in the 24-hour race.
Team Kareen ultimately completed 23 laps in 24:53:40 against the closest local Canadian team, Endo Eddies, 24:56:04. In summary, Team Kareen won by two minutes and 36 seconds, maintaining physical and mental strength for over 24 hours.