Eric, Yours Truly, Julie and Ruaraidh enjoying a post race photo!
The second stop of the 2006 Trioba Adventure Racing Series was triumphant for Mergeo.com as they won both the overall and 4-person coed division, beating series favorite DART-Nuun by over 17 minutes.
The race took place in and around beautiful Snoqualmie Pass, WA and involved a quick 1 mile run to separate the field, followed by an 8 mile kayak, 17 mile mountain bike, 17 mile trek and finishing with a leg burning 8 mile time trial style mountain bike along the Iron Horse Trail.
The team included Eric Bone, Ruaraidh Stenson, Julie Heidt and Aaron VanderWaal, and even though the four teammates had never raced together as a team, chemistry and communication were a major factor for the victory. “Our transitions were smooth, we carried a positive attitude throughout the race and we shared equally in the physical and mental components of the race,” stated Eric Bone. This chemistry would eventually lead to the fast trekking leg of the day and ultimately seal the victory. “It was exciting to beat DART,” remarks Aaron, “the weekend prior 3 of the 4 of us raced individual in a 100 mile multi-sport race, so we didn’t know if are legs and body would recover, but once we started racing our bodies felt great and we kept fueled through our Clif Shots, Bar and Shot Bloks!”
The victory now puts Mergeo.com in first place in the Pacific Northwest Championships. The overall winner of the series will likely be whichever team beats the other at the season ending 24 hour race being held in late September.