Mad Dash Mountain Bike race at Adventure Sports Week


World Mountain Bike Champion Rebecca Rusch and Furnace 508 champion Michael Emde to compete at Adventure Sports Week!

Adventure Sports Week is a 10 day long festival of 24 outdoor races, contests, clinics and social events taking place at Farragut State Park, 30 miles north of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, June 5—14, 2009.

It was just announced that World 24 hour Mountain Bike Champion Rebecca Rusch and Furnace 508 Champion Michael Emde will compete at Adventure Sports Week 2009.

“We’re thrilled to have stars the caliber of Rebecca and Michael racing with us,” said organizer Dave Adlard.

Rebecca, nicknamed “the Queen of Pain,” will be competing in multiple events, including the Mad Dash 8 hour mountain bike ride, the “It’s Only a Fleshwound” orienteering event, and the Crux and the Crucible Adventure race.

Michael Emde, the defending champion of the Furnace 508 bike race will also be riding in the Mad Dash. The Furnace 508 is widely acclaimed as the world’s toughest single day event, as the racers ride 508 miles through Death Valley in the summer, with over 30,000 feet of elevation.

Rebecca represents Specialized bikes, as well as Suunto, and will be doing instructional clinics and some in-store visits during the week.

Michael and his wife Marla operate Emde Sports, a leading cycling and triathlon training company, and also promote various events in the Spokane area, including the Valley Girl Triathlon and more—

“Rebecca and Michael are two of the top distance cyclists in the world, and having them in the field will be a great experience for all riders, no matter what level. Add this to the great swag, awards and social events, and we hope that every cyclist in the region will come and take part in this special event.”

The Mad Dash has 4 and 8 hour categories for solo riders, “mixed pair” teams and 5 person teams. It will also feature a “Corporate Cup” event for relay teams of 5 racers, which will include priority check in, access to the ASW hospitality tent, a private “meet and greet” with one of our pro racers, a plaque and much more. Profits raised will go to various charities.

Adventure Sports Week is proud to announce that they will be using “Across the Line” Sports Timing to time all of the major events of Adventure Sports Week 2009.

“Having the latest in chip timing technology will make the timing and results of ASW some of the best and most accurate in the nation.”

For racers who haven’t tried chip timing before, their personalized computer chip activates as they cross the start line, and records their finish time within hundredths of a second as they cross the finish line, ensuring the most accurate results possible, and making sure no one is missed.

Adventure Sports Week was recently recognized in the recent National Geographic “Adventure” Magazine as one of the top racing events in the US.

Online registration is now open at for all races.

source: Dave Adlard

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