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July 20, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Six from Denali View South to Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Walter Ablinger (Rainbach, Austria) leads the handcyclists at the start of stage six along the Parks highway. Ablinger finished the 49.4-mile stage in 2:02:37.
Sam Wasson
July 20, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Six from Denali View South to Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Gerard Ah Fook (Tucson, Ariz.), Robert Puckett III (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Michael Postell (Snellville, Ga.) race along the Parks Highway during stage six.
Sam Wasson
July 20, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Six from Denali View South to Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Gerard Ah Fook (Tucson, Ariz.), Robert Puckett III (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Michael Postell (Snellville, Ga.) race along the Parks highway during stage six.
Sam Wasson
July 20, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Six from Denali View South to Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Walter Ablinger (Rainbach, Austria), Rafal Wilk (Rzezow, Poland) and Butch Martin (Fishers, Ind.) race along the Parks highway during stage six.
Sam Wasson
July 20, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Six from Denali View South to Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Karin Korb (N. Lauderdale, Fla.) races along the Parks highway during stage six. Korb finished the 49.4-mile stage in 3:21:02.
Sam Wasson
July 20, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Six from Denali View South to Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Michael Bishop (Beech Island, S.C.) and Carrie Finale (Navarre, Fla.) race along Talkeetna Spur Road during stage six.
Sam Wasson
July 20, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Six from Denali View South to Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Gerard Ah Fook (Tucson, Ariz.), Michael Postell (Snellville, Ga.) and Robert Puckett III (St. Petersburg, Fla.) turn off the Parks Highway onto Talkeenta Spur Road during stage six.
Sam Wasson
July 20, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Six from Denali View South to Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Michael Postell (Snellville, Ga.), Gerard Ah Fook (Tucson, Ariz.) and Robert Puckett III (St. Petersburg, Fla.) race along Talkeetna Spur Road during stage six.
Sam Wasson
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Larry Coutermarsh (North Pole, AK) races along Talkeetna Spur Road followed by his pilot car driven by members of the Hufford family during stage six. Mark Hufford passed away in 2011 and had participated in the race multiple times.
Sam Wasson
July 19, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Five from Milepost 211 to Milepost 183. A group of six racers race along the Parks highway during stage five.
Sam Wasson
July 19, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Five from Milepost 211 to Milepost 183. Michael Bishop (Beech Island, S.C.) and Carrie Finale (Navarre, Fla.) race along the Parks highway during stage five.
Sam Wasson
July 19, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Five from Milepost 211 to Milepost 183. Karin Korb (N. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Joseph Beimfohr (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) race along the Parks highway during stage five.
Sam Wasson
July 19, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Five from Milepost 211 to Milepost 183. A group of four handcyclists race along the Parks highway during stage five.
Sam Wasson
July 19, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Five from Milepost 211 to Milepost 183. A pair of brown bears cross the Parks highway just ahead of a group of racers during stage five.
Sam Wasson
July 19, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Five from Milepost 211 to Milepost 183. Karin Korb (N. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Joseph Beimfohr (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) race along the Parks highway during stage five.
Sam Wasson
July 19, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Five from Milepost 211 to Milepost 183. Robert Puckett III (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Michael Postell (Snellville, Ga.) and Gerard Ah Fook (Tucson, Ariz.) race along the Parks highway during stage five.
Sam Wasson
July 19, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Five from Milepost 211 to Milepost 183. Michael Postell (Snellville, Ga.) and Jacob Freeland (Asheville, N.C.) race along the Parks highway during stage five.
Sam Wasson
July 19, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Five from Milepost 211 to Milepost 183. Michael Bishop (Beech Island, S.C.) and Carrie Finale (Navarre, Fla.) race along the Parks highway during stage five.
Sam Wasson
Karin Korb of N. Lauderdale, Fl. races on the Parks Highway during stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy. Korb finished the stage in 3:45:53.
Sam Wasson
Peer Bartels of Leer, Germany works on his handcycle before the start of stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy. Bartels finished the stage in 2:32:55.
Sam Wasson
Robert Puckett III of St. Petersburg, Fl. stretches before the start of stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy.
Sam Wasson
The sixteen racers begin stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013 on the Parks Highway. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy.
Sam Wasson
Five handcyclists race on the Parks Highway during stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy.
Sam Wasson
A group of five handcyclists race on the Parks Highway during stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy.
Sam Wasson
Carrie Finale of Navarre, Fl. races on the Parks Highway during stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy. Finale finished the stage in 3:11:56.
Sam Wasson
Carrie Finale of Navarre, Fl. crosses the Jack Coghill Bridge on the Parks Highway during stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy. Finale finished the stage in 3:11:56.
Sam Wasson
Gerard Ah Fook of Tucson, Az. races on the Parks Highway during stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy. Ah Fook finished the stage in 2:51:22.
Sam Wasson
Thea Rosa of Cool, Ca., Jacob Freeland of Asheville, N.C. and Carrie Finale of Navarre, Fl. race on the Parks Highway during stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy.
Sam Wasson
Joseph Beimfohr of Wesley Chapel, Fl. enters the Denali Borough on the Parks Highway during stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy. Beimfohr finished the 50-mile stage in 3:45:09.
Sam Wasson
Larry Coutermarsh of North Pole nears the end of stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy. Coutermarsh finished the 50-mile stage in 4:15:57.
Sam Wasson
Alfredo de los Santos of Hopewell Junction, N.J. races on the Parks Highway during stage two of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from Ester to Nenana. He finished the 46.3-mile stage in 2:58:25.
Sam Wasson
Joseph Beimfohr of Wesley Chapel, Fl. races on the Old Nenana Highway during stage two from Ester to Nenana on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in the Sadler's Alaska Challenge.
Sam Wasson
Thea Rosa of Cool, Ca., right, and Carrie Finale of Navarre, Fl. race on the Old Nenana Highway during stage two of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge Wednesday, July 17, 2013, between Ester and Nenana.
Sam Wasson
Robert Puckett III of St. Petersburg, Fl. races on the Parks Highway during stage two of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge Wednesday, July 17, 2013, between Ester and Nenana.
Sam Wasson
Thea Rosa of Cool, Ca. races on the Parks Highway during stage two of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge Wednesday, July 17, 2013, between Ester and Nenana.
Sam Wasson
Gerard Ah Fook of Tucson, Az., right, and Jacob Freeland of Asheville, N.C. race on the Parks Highway during stage two of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge Wednesday, July 17, 201 from Ester to Nenana.
Sam Wasson
A racer nears the Shirley Demientieff Memorial Bridge during stage two of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge Wednesday, July 17, 2013, between Ester and Nenana.
Sam Wasson
Karin Korb of N. Lauderdale, Fl. is congratulated after completing stage two of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge Wednesday, July 17, 2013, in Nenana.
Sam Wasson
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Thea Rosa nears Point Woronzof as handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Alfredo de los Santos was the first racer on the course as handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Butch Martin crests the big hill near the Chalet as handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
Handcyclists competed in the Anchorage Time Trial from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park on Monday, July 15, 2013, during Stage 1 of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. Stage 2 resumes in Fairbanks on Wednesday as racers make their way down the Parks Highway to Nenana. The Challenge ends with a road race up Hatcher Pass Road during Stage 7 on Sunday.
Bill Roth
July 20, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Six from Denali View South to Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Walter Ablinger (Rainbach, Austria) leads the handcyclists at the start of stage six along the Parks highway. Ablinger finished the 49.4-mile stage in 2:02:37.
Sam Wasson
July 20, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Six from Denali View South to Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Gerard Ah Fook (Tucson, Ariz.), Robert Puckett III (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Michael Postell (Snellville, Ga.) race along the Parks Highway during stage six.
Sam Wasson
July 20, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Six from Denali View South to Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Gerard Ah Fook (Tucson, Ariz.), Robert Puckett III (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Michael Postell (Snellville, Ga.) race along the Parks highway during stage six.
Sam Wasson
July 20, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Six from Denali View South to Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Walter Ablinger (Rainbach, Austria), Rafal Wilk (Rzezow, Poland) and Butch Martin (Fishers, Ind.) race along the Parks highway during stage six.
Sam Wasson
July 20, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Six from Denali View South to Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Karin Korb (N. Lauderdale, Fla.) races along the Parks highway during stage six. Korb finished the 49.4-mile stage in 3:21:02.
Sam Wasson
July 20, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Six from Denali View South to Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Michael Bishop (Beech Island, S.C.) and Carrie Finale (Navarre, Fla.) race along Talkeetna Spur Road during stage six.
Sam Wasson
July 20, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Six from Denali View South to Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Gerard Ah Fook (Tucson, Ariz.), Michael Postell (Snellville, Ga.) and Robert Puckett III (St. Petersburg, Fla.) turn off the Parks Highway onto Talkeenta Spur Road during stage six.
Sam Wasson
July 20, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Six from Denali View South to Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Michael Postell (Snellville, Ga.), Gerard Ah Fook (Tucson, Ariz.) and Robert Puckett III (St. Petersburg, Fla.) race along Talkeetna Spur Road during stage six.
Sam Wasson
Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Larry Coutermarsh (North Pole, AK) races along Talkeetna Spur Road followed by his pilot car driven by members of the Hufford family during stage six. Mark Hufford passed away in 2011 and had participated in the race multiple times.
Sam Wasson
July 19, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Five from Milepost 211 to Milepost 183. A group of six racers race along the Parks highway during stage five.
Sam Wasson
July 19, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Five from Milepost 211 to Milepost 183. Michael Bishop (Beech Island, S.C.) and Carrie Finale (Navarre, Fla.) race along the Parks highway during stage five.
Sam Wasson
July 19, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Five from Milepost 211 to Milepost 183. Karin Korb (N. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Joseph Beimfohr (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) race along the Parks highway during stage five.
Sam Wasson
July 19, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Five from Milepost 211 to Milepost 183. A group of four handcyclists race along the Parks highway during stage five.
Sam Wasson
July 19, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Five from Milepost 211 to Milepost 183. A pair of brown bears cross the Parks highway just ahead of a group of racers during stage five.
Sam Wasson
July 19, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Five from Milepost 211 to Milepost 183. Karin Korb (N. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Joseph Beimfohr (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) race along the Parks highway during stage five.
Sam Wasson
July 19, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Five from Milepost 211 to Milepost 183. Robert Puckett III (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Michael Postell (Snellville, Ga.) and Gerard Ah Fook (Tucson, Ariz.) race along the Parks highway during stage five.
Sam Wasson
July 19, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Five from Milepost 211 to Milepost 183. Michael Postell (Snellville, Ga.) and Jacob Freeland (Asheville, N.C.) race along the Parks highway during stage five.
Sam Wasson
July 19, 2013: Sadler's Alaska Challenge Stage Five from Milepost 211 to Milepost 183. Michael Bishop (Beech Island, S.C.) and Carrie Finale (Navarre, Fla.) race along the Parks highway during stage five.
Sam Wasson
Karin Korb of N. Lauderdale, Fl. races on the Parks Highway during stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy. Korb finished the stage in 3:45:53.
Sam Wasson
Peer Bartels of Leer, Germany works on his handcycle before the start of stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy. Bartels finished the stage in 2:32:55.
Sam Wasson
Robert Puckett III of St. Petersburg, Fl. stretches before the start of stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy.
Sam Wasson
The sixteen racers begin stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013 on the Parks Highway. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy.
Sam Wasson
Five handcyclists race on the Parks Highway during stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy.
Sam Wasson
A group of five handcyclists race on the Parks Highway during stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy.
Sam Wasson
Carrie Finale of Navarre, Fl. races on the Parks Highway during stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy. Finale finished the stage in 3:11:56.
Sam Wasson
Carrie Finale of Navarre, Fl. crosses the Jack Coghill Bridge on the Parks Highway during stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy. Finale finished the stage in 3:11:56.
Sam Wasson
Gerard Ah Fook of Tucson, Az. races on the Parks Highway during stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy. Ah Fook finished the stage in 2:51:22.
Sam Wasson
Thea Rosa of Cool, Ca., Jacob Freeland of Asheville, N.C. and Carrie Finale of Navarre, Fl. race on the Parks Highway during stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy.
Sam Wasson
Joseph Beimfohr of Wesley Chapel, Fl. enters the Denali Borough on the Parks Highway during stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy. Beimfohr finished the 50-mile stage in 3:45:09.
Sam Wasson
Larry Coutermarsh of North Pole nears the end of stage three of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge on Thursday, July 18, 2013. The stage began at milepost 264 north of Nenana and finished at milepost 318 north of Healy. Coutermarsh finished the 50-mile stage in 4:15:57.
Sam Wasson
Alfredo de los Santos of Hopewell Junction, N.J. races on the Parks Highway during stage two of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from Ester to Nenana. He finished the 46.3-mile stage in 2:58:25.
Sam Wasson
Joseph Beimfohr of Wesley Chapel, Fl. races on the Old Nenana Highway during stage two from Ester to Nenana on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in the Sadler's Alaska Challenge.
Sam Wasson
Thea Rosa of Cool, Ca., right, and Carrie Finale of Navarre, Fl. race on the Old Nenana Highway during stage two of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge Wednesday, July 17, 2013, between Ester and Nenana.
Sam Wasson
Robert Puckett III of St. Petersburg, Fl. races on the Parks Highway during stage two of the Sadler's Alaska Challenge Wednesday, July 17, 2013, between Ester and Nenana.
Sam Wasson

A pair of men who won multiple medals at the 2012 London Paralympics led the way Monday when the Sadler's Alaska Challenge -- which bills itself as the longest, toughest handcycle race on the planet -- kicked off with a time trial in Anchorage.

London double gold medalist Rafal Wilk of Poland blistered the 9.1-mile course from Lake Hood to Kincaid Park in 25 minutes, 42 seconds, to post the fastest time of the day.

Walter Ablinger of Austria, who won gold and silver in London, was 40 seconds back in 26:22. Carlos Moleda of South Carolina, the 1999 Sadler's champ, posted the third-fastest time in 28:35.

Thea Rosa of California racked the fastest women's time, clocking 36:18.

The seven-stage, 267-mile race continues Wednesday with a 46.3-mile road race from Ester to Nenana. The race finishes Sunday with a climb of Hatcher Pass.

This is the 27th edition of the Sadler's race.

Sadler's Alaska Challenge

Stage 1, Monday

Lake Hood to Kincaid Park

9.1-mile time trial.

H-4 Division -- 1) Alfredo de los Santos 29:28; 2) Robert Puckett III 31:30; 3) Joseph Beimfohr 41:11.

Women -- 1) Thea Rosa 36:18; 2) Carrie Finale 39:42; 3) Karin Korb 42:49.

H-2 -- 1) Walter Ablinger 26:22; 2) Peer Bartels 30:45; 3) Jacob Freeland 33:51; 4) Michael Bishop 45:01.

H-3 -- 1) Rafal Wilk 25:42; 2) Carlos Moleda 28:35; 3) Butch Martin 28:55; 4) Michael Postell 32:56; 5) Gerard Ah Fook 33:49; 6) Larry Coutermarsh 47:44.

 


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