Spike’s Challenge race winners post top sprint time on Saturday

All 12 of the top teams at sprints for position also finish in the top 12 during the race on Sunday
The winners of the 2018 Spike’s Challenge C-2 race on Sunday – Andrew Triebold and Steve Lajoie – also posted the event’s best sprint time on Saturday.
Triebold and Lajoie, a duo that has now won the Spike’s Challenge C-2 race 11 times together, posted a sprint time of 04:23.8 this year, 11 seconds faster than the next two teams. 
Mike Davis and Weston Willoughby had the second best sprint time at 04:34.5; they also took second place in the Spike’s Challenge C-2 race. The C-2 event runs from Grayling to McMasters Bridge.
Wes Dean and Pete Mead posted a sprint time of 04:34.8, third best of the event. Dean and Mead took fourth place in the Spike’s Challenge.
Nick Walton and Guillaume Blais were fourth at sprints (04:36.0) and fifth on Sunday during the race. Chris Proulx and Kyle Mynar had the fifth best sprint time at 04:36.3. Proulx and Mynar finished third in the C-2 race.
Trevor LeFever and Shane MacDowell were sixth at the sprints for position competition with a time of 04:40.7. They took seventh in the race.
Other top 10 teams at sprints included: 7th, Steve Watson and Patrick Madden, 04:43.8; 8th, Danny Medina and Matt Meersman, 04:46.7; 9th, Colin Hunter and Rich Lauth, 04:52.2; 10th, Pierre-Olivier Quesnel and Normand Mainguy, 04:53.6.
Year after year, the top sprinters consistently finish near the top during the race, making the sprints for position an event that can provide a good forecast of which teams might be near the top of the leader board. 
This year, all of the top 12 teams at the sprints for position event on Saturday also placed in the top 12 during the Spike’s Challenge C-2 race on Sunday.
Last year, all 13 of the top teams during the sprints for position event finished in the top 13 during the C-2 race. In 2016, 12 of the top 13 teams at sprints also finished in the top 13 during the Spike’s Challenge. In 2015, 14 of the top 16 teams at sprints for position also placed in the top 16 during the Spike’s Challenge C-2 race. 
The 2016 Spike’s Challenge C-2 race featured a record field with 84 teams. The 2017 Spike’s Challenge – the 27th C-2 race in the event’s history – featured 66 teams, a lower-than-usual total. This year, numbers rebounded.
For the 80 teams in the 2018 Spike’s Challenge, if they wanted to be at the front of the line for the C-2 race event’s running start on Sunday, they had to earn it on Saturday during sprints for position.
At sprints, teams paddled upstream first on the pond in the city park, went through a narrow opening under a railroad bridge, turned around at a buoy located between the Crawford County Courthouse and hole #18 at the Grayling Country Club, paddled downstream, went under the railroad bridge a second time, and finished at the starting area near the pedestrian bridge in the park.
Posting a strong sprint time and getting a spot near the front for the running start can be a significant advantage; it means fewer teams near you and in front of you, less traffic to work around, and fewer teams near you once you get to the water. Being in the middle and toward the back of the pack can be a challenge with such a large part of the total field trying to get into the water at the same time. 
The running start of the Spike’s Challenge is similar to that of the AuSable River Canoe Marathon – a 120-mile race from Grayling to Oscoda slated for Saturday, July 28 – but the Marathon’s run is longer and usually has a few more teams. Many Marathon paddlers use the Spike’s Challenge as a warm-up race.
In both races, the competitors enter the water at the dock at the Old AuSable Fly Shop. The Spike’s Challenge finishes at McMasters Bridge (the fourth AuSable Marathon timing location).
This year’s Spike’s Challenge C-2 race featured 80 teams, 76 of which competed in the Expert Division. Of those 76, 67 competed in the sprints for position event on Saturday. Teams that do not sprint have to start in the back for the C-2 race’s running start. Expert II Division teams are not required to sprint; two of them did and two did not.
This year, in the Expert Division, sprint times ranged from 04:23.8 to 07:49.9.
 
Spike’s Challenge Sprints for Starting Position
Expert Class 
C-2 Place,  Canoe # , Name,  Name,  Sprint Time
01 1 Andy Triebold Steve Lajoie 04:23.8
02 55 Mike Davis Weston Willoughby 04:34.5
03 2 Chris Proulx Kyle Mynar 04:36.3
04 8 Wes Dean Pete Mead 04:34.8
05 13 Nick Walton Guillaume Blais 04:36.0
06 22 Colin Hunter Rich Lauth 04:52.2
07 91 Trevor LaFever Shane McDowell 04:40.7
08 66 Steve Watson Patrick Madden 04:43.8
09 7 Danny Medina Matt Meersman 04:46.7
10 16 Pierre-Olivier Quesnel Normand Mainguy 04:53.6
11 87 Jorden Wakeley Hailey Halstead 05:00.2
12 111 Chris Issendorf Ian Rolls 04:56.3
13 14 Bill Torongo Kyle Stonehouse 05:32.4
14 68 Jason Hatfield Mo Harwood 05:01.3
15 30 Eric Batway Carson Burmeister 05:09.6
16 128 Joe Leusby Phil Millspaugh 05:22.8
17 25 Sean Casey Mike Hale 05:12.9
18 23 Joseph Schlimmer Sylvie Nadeau 05:14.1
19 9 Oliver McMillan Chris Prater 05:11.9
20 37 Rebecca Davis Mandy Trudgeon 05:32.3
21 57 Jon Webb Anthony Massicotte 05:17.1
22 85 Gloria Wesley Holly Reynolds 05:30.8
23 62 Ray Trudgeon Tom Trudgeon 05:32.1
24 X1 Joe Manns Alex Brick DNS
25 52 JoAnn Olney Paul Olney 05:30.7
26 36 Joel Mack Mike Garon 05:34.2
27 5 Bruce Barton Tom Cannon 05:39.9
28 196 Tony Short Orville Short Jr. 05:52.5
29 127 Bruce Daman Doug Moggo 05:43.6
30 XX Jessica Kozarek Chris Cupp DNS
31 V Kevin Stalheim Chris Gallagher 05:36.7
32 29 Sean Brabant Rod Matthews DNS
33 144 Levi Korneli Bill Mahaffy 05:44.3
34 244 Todd Kaerns Jerry Killingbeck 05:48.1
35 54 Fred Mills Lynne Witte 05:49.4
36 47 Jeff DeFeo Briana Fitzgerald 05:55.9
37 24 Kristi Treston Katie Treston 05:45.9
38 6 Jordan Jamison Don Brooks DNS
39 21 Brandon Gerardy Stephen Leppard 05:45.5
40 41 Jeremie Fortin Rene Joly 05:40.3
41 11 Brian Jones Nathan Tart 05:48.9
42 3 Dean Coulson Mike DeAbreu 05:47.5
43 84 Nate Winkler Rebecca Sutter 05:58.6
44 73 Jon Vermilyea Ed Wagner 05:53.9
45 86 Dave Timmerman Beth Schluter 06:10.5
46 A James Miller Frank Kingma DNS
47 61 Erin Thompson Chuck Hewitt 06:07.5
48 119 Tim Feldkamp Doug Heady 06:05.6
49 38 Kaitlin Jiral Zach Elkins 05:51.2
50 120 Josh Kellogg Mike Kellogg 06:03.3
51 17 Nicki Owen Rodney Elliott 06:09.1
52 160 Robby Kimsel Joey Kimsel 06:09.4
53 60 Kevin Berl Roger Henry 06:05.5
54 189 Ryan Childs Zach Childs 06:09.3
55 Z Glenn Phaup Ryan Slebos 06:20.0
56 28 Pam Fitzgerald Vicki Cummings 06:23.2
57 VV Maria Schilling Amy Solak 06:12.3
58 42 Jon Thompson Roy Sowersby 06:17.4
59 169 Andy Weeks Paddi Thornburg 06:10.2
60 69 Chris Scully Dale Thompson 06:24.9
61 101 Joel Truitt Teddy Gray DNS
62 15 Joe Roman Ross Kittel 06:08.8
63 1111 Kris Kalbfleisch Bill Koestra DNS
64 53 Jason Sharpe Brandon Barnes 06:12.6
65 X Rick Hill Jim Braig 06:24.5
66 134 Adam Steuer Phil Armstrong 07:49.9
67 DD Derek Ferry Dan Prause 06:07.4
68 96 Nate Tate Eldon Barclay 06:03.9
69 108 Fritz Hansen David Buckley 06:23.6
70 67 Mike Taylor Dwight Walker 06:36.4
71 80 Joy Emshoff Ed Jones 06:41.2
72 241 David Somero Joseph Somero DNS
73 45 August Triebold Roxanne Barton 06:52.8
74 145 Bradley Thompson Daniel Sherman DNS
75 49 Lorraine Turturro Rich Neugebauer 06:42.9
76 138 David Hallison Jason Holton 06:23.6
 
Expert II Class 
C-2 Place,  Canoe # , Name,  Name,  Sprint Time
01 18 Shawn Baynes Stephen Belknap 06:19.6
02 175 Jodi Kaiser Jessie Hadley DNS
03 187 Scott Doederlein Ally Doederlein 06:50.0
04 248 Terry Adkison Justin Galvani DNS
 
Results courtesy of www.ausablecanoemarathon.org

 

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