With well over a week of recovery time behind you, we hope you and your team are still reveling in the amazing experience had by all at the 24 Hours at
Albion: Hot August Nights presented by Sporting Life.
With a looming and scary forecast leading up to the event, it was looking like an interesting weekend ahead. With over 3 inches of rain dumping Friday afternoon, and widespread flooding in the GTA, our team was praying for the rain to stop. Once the rain finally ceased all Chico and Albion Hills staff sprung into action inspecting and repairing the course, campsites and roads.
It was looking similar to the 24 Hours of H20, but the water was beginning to recede, and the race course was looking remarkably dry in most areas.
Saturday approached with an overcast, but very warm day with occasional sprinkles and sunshine. Thankfully due to re-routes the course was in excellent shape and people’s spirits were up and everyone was having a great time. We dodged a few local showers and as Saturday evening rolled around and the band started the skies began to show stars! Sunday was a perfect day with sunny skies, and huge smiles, all around.
Special thanks to all the participants, staff, volunteers, sponsors and the venue who all rolled their sleeves up and made the 24 Hours at Albion: Hot August Nights presented by Sporting Life an awesome weekend. Chico Racing would also like to thank the following:
Ted Mcleod, Justin, and all the Ski Patrol, John Rychter, Paul, Tonia, Pschemic and the timing staff, Hayden for his hard work, Tom Ruppel for checking on washrooms, power and electrical, the registration staff Kathleen, Anik, Shannon, Lindsey, Alice, Ericka Hastie for all her help, Sean for course development and Robyn for administration, Steve C. and his food services, Shimano and their tech support, Sporting Life staff and their retail setup, Niterider, Kevin, Nancy and Bob and all, BLT and the Norco crew, Light and Motion with Franky and Dave, Brian and all the massage therapists, Albion Hills, Doug, John, Slim, Jay, Earl, Alex, Claire and all the staff, Barry for the electrical, Misfit Psycles and their gift of the bike giveaway, volunteers and support staff for the riders Vince Langdon and family for his awesome Mcing, Immunotec Research with Steve, Jeff and Gord, Don Gain and Harmony Printing, Yamaha Canada, Wellington Brewery, Yakima racks, Roger from Spectrum Imaging, Todd from Thin Air Pictures, Hangtime "the band", Mars and Effem Foods, Sugoi Clothing, OGC Canada and Camelbak, KHS Bicycles, Jamis Bicycle, Kicking Horse Coffee, Endurance Nutrition – Peak Bars, Smith Optics, Pedal Magazine, and Outpost Magazine.
Chico Racing had a few new contests for the 24 Hours at Albion event and the winners were Albion My Bike One Minute, Albion On My Ass The Next for Best Team Name, Team Slug With New Improved Slime for Worst Team Name, KHS for Best Campsite and Kirith Borsato for Best Lap Story. If you weren’t at the awards ceremony to hear about Kirith’s unbelievable 3rd lap disaster, you missed one of the craziest and most unlucky stories Chico has ever heard!
If you are not ready to put your bike away for the season just yet, plan to sign up for Chico Racings 8 hour relay charity event held for a good friend Luke who was paralyzed in a bicycle accident a few years ago. This “mini 24 hour event” will be held at Walker Farm just outside Uxbridge on September 24. Proceeds from the event will go to help with Luke’s constant battle for independence, so what better way to finish off the 3 event series than with a great ride for a great cause.
Congratulations to all the winners, finishers, participants and support staff for making it through the weekend. Registration will open for Chico Racing’s 2006 24-hour events in October 2005. You will be the first to know however, as we give past participants the first opportunity to register for these annual favorites. Thanks for you support in 2005 and we look forward to hosting you and your team again next year. Happy trails!