Bikes and skis share the trails at 5+ Hours of Light fest

Droves of bikers broke out their winter rides at the fourth annual 5+ Hours of Light mountain bike festival, hosted by the Contagious Mountain Bike Club at the Biathlon Yukon range.

It was fat-tire heaven Saturday on Grey Mountain.

Droves of bikers broke out their winter rides at the fourth annual 5+ Hours of Light mountain bike festival, hosted by the Contagious Mountain Bike Club at the Biathlon Yukon range.

For the first time the event offered a ski division. About 60 participants took part, including 48 bikers, five skiers and seven who skied and biked.

The lap race ran from 10:09 a.m. to 3:47 p.m., one day shy of the shortest day of the year.

Bikers rode a 10-kilometre single-track loop while skiers faced a grueling five-kilometre ski loop that featured a climb up  “Puke Hill” and a downhill section called “Mega Death.”

In the end, a skier racked up the most laps. Sandro Holzinger skied nine laps, spanning 45 kilometres, to top the count of the day.

Josh DeCloet was the top male biker with seven laps, just ahead of Matt Schenk who also notched seven.

Jenn Roberts and Meagan Wilson both rode five laps, but Roberts did it a little faster to claim the top female spot.

Michelle Eshpeter split the few daylight hours between bike and ski, finishing with four laps.

The Contagious club also hosted their annual 24 Hours of Light festival at the Biathlon Yukon range in June to mark the summer solstice.

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

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