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Wilk seizes Stage 2 win to remain overall leader of Sadler's Alaska Challenge

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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
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
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. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. 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
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
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
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
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. Michael Bishop (Beech Island, S.C.) and Carrie Finale (Navarre, Fla.) race along Talkeetna Spur Road during stage six.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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. 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 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 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

Poland's Rafal Wilk stretched his overall lead in the Sadler's Alaska Challenge to more than four minutes with his impressive performance Wednesday in Stage 2 of the event that bills itself as the longest, toughest handcycling race on the planet.

Wilk covered the grinding 46.3 miles from Ester to Nenana in 2 hours, 24 minutes, 25 seconds to give him an elapsed time of 2:50:07. That furnished Wilk, who won two gold medals at the London Paralympics, an overall cushion of 4:17 over Walter Ablinger of Austria.

Ablinger clocked Wednesday's second-fastest time (2:28:01) and owns an overall time of 2:54:23. Butch Martin of Indiana posted Wednesday's third-fastest time (2:44:11) and is third overall at 3:13:06.

Thea Rosa of California posted the fastest time among three women with her 4:06:02 on Wednesday, and that kept her in first place in her division by nearly 11 minutes.

Wednesday's stage, which came after Tuesday was reserved for rest and travel following Monday's opening time trial in Anchorage, featured some daunting climbs, especially a long, steep grade departing Ester.

Thursday's Stage 3, a 51-miler from Nenana to Healy, is likewise difficult. The course is almost entirely a gradual uphill and the last mile of the climb is particularly daunting. That stretch of the Parks Highway is often buffeted by winds too.

The seven-stage race includes $24,000 in prize money, split evenly across four divisions. Top prize in each division is $3,000, second prize is $2,000 and third place earns $1,000.

The race closes Sunday with a 22.5-mile stage from Palmer to Independence Mine that requires racers to gain more than 3,500 feet of elevation.

Sadler's Alaska Challenge

Handcycle Race

Wednesday's Stage 2 -- 46.3 miles

(Overall time in parentheses)

H2 -- 1) Walter Ablinger 2:28:01 (2:54:23); 2) Peer Bartels 2:52:46 (3:23:31); 3) Jacob Freeland 3:51:25 (4:25:16); 4) Michael Bishop 4:37:05 (5:22:06).

H3 -- 1) Rafal Wilk 2:24:25 (2:50:07, overall leader); 2) Butch Martin 2:44:11 (3:13:06); 3) Carlos Moleda 2:49:08 (3:17:43); 4) Michael Postell 3:15:56 (3:48:52); 5) Gerard Ah Fook 3:34:38 (4:08:27); 6) Larry Coutermarsh 7:10:00 (7:57:44).

H4 -- 1) Alfredo de los Santos 2:58:25 (3:27:53); 2) Robert Puckett III 3:18:42 (3:50:12); 3) Joseph Beimfohr 4:50:37 (5:31:48).

Women -- 1) Thea Rosa 4:06:02 (4:42:20); 2) Carrie Finale 4:13:30 (4:53:12); 3) Karin Korb 4:50:37 (5:33:26).

 


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