Duo Winners Team #HitSquad
Gordon Wadsworth (USA, 30) and Thomas Turner (USA, 36) cruised to a first place finish in the duo division with a total time of 11:20:58. They displayed superior skill and endurance, winning four of five stages -- and even looked good doing it, ginger facial hair blowing in the wind.
Wadsworth and Turner obliterated all previously recorded times on the K2N course, most impressive of which was a 1600m (5250ft) climb over 23km (14.3mi) to an elevation of over 3850m (12,630ft) in 2:04:42.
Tanzanian riders Masolwa Bukulebe (31) and Melkiad Mahendeka (37) of Geita Gold Mine put on a strong showing in their second stage race ever. They managed to steal Stage 3 away from Team #HitSquad and finished in second place, 1:12:30 behind Wadsworth and Turner.
Solo Winner #EmyShred
Emy Hairfield (USA, 31) fought off all comers -- and some serious obstacles -- to win the solo division outright. Despite a nasty crash on Stage 3, which resulted in a broken rib and (probably) a broken derailleur the next day (pictured), she finished the week with a total time of 15:52:04. She won three of five stages in the solo division, including the stage in which she broke her rib. Hairfield is one tough cyclist. [We imagine how impressive her husband Wadsworth would be if her grit and resolve were contagious.]
Michael Paul (AUS, 56) of Geita Gold Mine finished in second place, 0:45:21 behind Hairfield. Paul, a solid competitor, also exhibited considerable sportsmanship when he declined to advance against Emy until her broken derailleur problems were sorted on the final day of racing.