The 4th Annual Bike Challenge took place on Sept. 9. Four riders left at 1 p.m. from the Barriere North Thompson Funeral Services office – Drake Smith, Ward Stamer, Dennis Farquharson all from Barriere, and Jean Nelson from Clearwater.
At the same time, leaving from the Clearwater office – Mitch Miller, Sam Willan, Jennifer Hewlett and Jan Westendorp.
Barriere Mayor Bill Humphreys and Clearwater Councillor Jon Kreke, via their cellphones, kicked off the race in both municipalities, and were on hand at the end for the presentation of the Cup.
The Barriere team had a slight advantage this year, with a strong tail wind pushing them along. The point at which the teams met set a new record, as they met 31.73 km north of Barriere. In previous years it was at 28, 26, and 25 km. The closest guess out of the 353 guesses registered, was by Vienna Moilliet of Vavenby, with a guess of 31.74 km.
As of Sunday afternoon, a total of $1682.54 had already been raised, with a bit more to come in.
North Thompson Valley Hospice House Society president Steve White presented the Cup to the Clearwater team. The Cup will have a new plate engraved and attached, before delivery to the District of Clearwater office for display until next year’s race.