Riders race against time during cycling event

Cyclists had six hours to do as many laps as possible on 12-km course for Six in the Stix last weekend.

The Six on the Stix cycling race was a big success last Sunday, as riders raced around a track in the Community Forest for hours in an effort to accumulate the most laps.

Roughly 110 cyclists took up the challenge, with riders averaging a time of 40-50 minutes to complete one lap of a single-track 12-kilometre course, which was accessed at the College of the Rockies parking lot.

The event had a men’s and women’s solo division, a team category, and a shorter 1 km course for younger teens, while a 250-metre track was set up for toddlers and kids with training wheels.

Charlie Cooper, of RM Events, got involved with the race this year, helping Favorit Cycles and James McKee with organizing everything, as Six in the Stix is in it’s third year.

“I participated myself last year and was really impressed with what this event could become, just because of the great access from the College of the Rockies parking lot to the Community Forest trails,” said Cooper.

This was the first year prize money was awarded as Cooper and McKee had $1,000 to split up for the top three finishes in the solo divisions.

The event attracted many local riders and participants from out of the region, according to Cooper.

“I like having events that involves the locals, that’s what it’s all about,” said Cooper, “but at the same time, the balance of having out-of-towners come and stay for the weekend and enjoy the air is pretty important for the long-term growth of the event.”

Full results for Six in the Stix are available at: http://zone4.ca