Monday, June 26, 2006

Talk about an adventure

(Paula Waite, Tom Giese, Brad Brozek and Ivy McIver assemble their bikes for the first mountain biking leg that will take them through 65 miles of diverse terrain. Photo by Chuck Clark and courtesy of Clark and Primal Quest. Thanks guys!)

I haven't heard from The Gazette's Dave Philipps and David Bitton since about noon. They were headed into the heat of the Utah desert to catch up with the teams leading Primal Quest.

Keep checking back for news. For more details than we can share, head to Primal Quest's sweet web site. Photos are posted from pre-race, the amazing horse and rider start, desert trekking and the initial moments of the first mountain bike leg. The site also has details of the teams, the challenges they'll face in each leg, and a map where you can track the teams through GPS.

As of checkpoint 15 (6 p.m. Colorado time), team Spyder was still in the lead, followed by Merrell/Wigwam, Nike PowerBlast, GoLite/Timberland and Nike Beaver Creek. Looks like those teams were transitioning from canyoneering to ropes following the whitewater swim and paddling. Power up!

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