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X-Adventure Raid Adventure Race qualifier in Bend, Oregon USA
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An adventure story unfolds
Justin Wadsworth knew what to expect during the first day of the X-adventure Raid Series event in Central Oregon on Saturday.
By Mark Morical
Published: June 13, 2004
But sometimes in adventure racing, just knowing is not enough.
The 150-mile, multi-sport race began with an ascent and descent of Mount
Bachelor on foot, and shortly before the 6 a.m. start near the Pine-Marten
chairlift, Wadsworth said the descent would be "a wicked-fast downhill."
He also predicted that the mountain bike from Edison Sno-Park to Crane Prairie
Reservoir would be where "some mistakes and wrong turns would be made."
He just didn't know how the "wicked-fast downhill" would affect his
Montrail-Revo team, and that it would be one of the teams to take a wrong turn
during the first bike leg of 22.5 miles.
"We had a lot of dramas," said Wadsworth's Australian teammate John Jacoby.
Perhaps the biggest drama befell Jacoby himself. As the team began its descent
down the backside of Bachelor, Jacoby dropped his pack and dove for it, sliding
800 feet down the icy surface. He suffered numerous ice burns on his hands and
legs from the rough terrain, but, like a true adventure racer, he didn't miss a
"There's no stopping there," said Jacoby, lying down with his legs bandaged
during a break after the first canoe leg of the day. "There's no one there to
As for the bike leg, Wadsworth said they took a trail that was overgrown with
plants and brush and obstructed by logs.
"We were carrying our bikes and pushing them through manzanita," Wadsworth said.
"We lost maybe 20 minutes."
Many other teams suffered the same setback.
But they all forged ahead, making a 4.4-mile canoe trip across Crane Prairie
Reservoir, a 10.6-mile in-line skate along Cascade Lakes Highway, followed by
another canoe segment of 12.2 miles into Wickiup Reservoir.
The stage race continued with a 19.4-mile mountain bike around Wickiup Reservoir
from North Davis Creek to North Twin Lake Road. From there, the teams made a
trek on foot to Fall River Airstrip, where they are camped for the night.
Most teams are made up of three males and one female, with three athletes
competing at a time and one competitor sitting out of each stage.
As of 7 p.m. Saturday (with a mountain bike stage and a running stage remaining)
Team Salomon Suisse of Switzerland held the lead, followed by Nike ACG/Balance
Bar of the United States, Ertips Salomon of France, Les Arcs-Quechua of France
and Spie-The North Face of France. Team Montrail-Revo was sixth, and FootZone
Bend was 22nd.
"Wadsworth is one to watch," said Michael Tobin of Team Nike ACG/Balance Bar.
"Knowing the area is a big help. Physically, our teams are pretty close. So much
Pete Swenson of Team Go Lite/Timberland, was just happy to be competing in Bend.
Swenson, who lives in Boulder, Colo., was raised in Corvallis, but moved away
when he was 12.
"I'd come here every weekend when I was growing up, so for me, it's kind of like
coming home," Swenson said. "We're definitely lucky to be here. I've got to hand
it to the organizers. They could have picked anywhere in the U.S. and they
picked Bend. This is a world-class venue."
Angelina Salerno of Team Go Heavily was also thrilled to compete in her home
town of Bend, although she did suffer a mishap while trekking down Kwolh Butte
during the second stage of the race.
"We were going down the butte on our butts and I couldn't stop," Salerno said.
"I eventually did stop with the help of a tree. My teammates said they were
laughing at me. I was really glad when that section was over with.
"But after the first two sections I kind of got in a rhythm. You just have to
keep going, and keep thinking, 'I gotta get through this, and then I'll get to
With that same attitude, Team Montrail-Revo was able to forget about its shaky
start and come through with a solid performance in the in-line skating stage.
Wadsworth — connected by a line to his teammates — literally pulled his team
members to a higher spot in the standings during the stage.
"We got on a good pace right from the get-go," Wadsworth said. "I don't think a
word was said the whole 40 minutes between any of us."
In-line skating is a strong event for Wadsworth, a former Olympian in
"Justin was a stud on the skating," Jacoby said. "He just pulled us all along. I
was doing about half the amount of work."
Team Montrail-Revo hopes to continue on a fast pace as the Raid event gets back
underway today at 5 a.m. Teams will start with a 17.5-mile mountain bike north
from Fall River Airstrip to Wanoga Car Park, where they will strap on their
in-line skates and head to Mount Bachelor.
From there, teams will head out on foot to Skyliners Sno-Park. Along this stage,
teams will stop at Tumalo Falls (around 10 or 11 a.m.) for some rope rappelling
down cliffs. From Skyliners Sno-Park, teams will mountain bike on single track
trails and down to to the finish line at Bend's Les Schwab Amphitheater. The
first teams are expected to finish around 3 p.m.
The Raid event here in Central Oregon — which features 45 teams from 14
countries — is the North American qualifier for the X-adventure Raid Series
World Championship, scheduled for November and December in Argentina.
We should all subscribe!
TraditionalMountaineering folks thank
the X-Adventure Raid folks for the opportunity to assist this fine weekend of world
class aerobic sport. --Webmeister.
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2004 results by age group
Pole Pedal Paddle race changes in 2004
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Winterfest in Bend, Oregon
Bend's Tower Theater restored to 1940s
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Central Oregon's High Desert Museum
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Riverfest boat-demo in Bend Oregon
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Club's fall ski swap
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