Hestler to defend Trans Rockies title

Three-time winner Andreas Hestler (Rocky Mountain Bicycles) will defend his Trans Rockies title this...

Three-time winner Andreas Hestler (Rocky Mountain Bicycles) will defend his Trans Rockies title this year, but said his fifth attempt will be his last. Hestler won in 2004, 2005, and 2006.

This year's Trans Rockies will run from August 12-18, but in reverse format from the last five editions. It will start in Panorama and end in Fernie. Racers will compete for seven days, 600km, and 12,000m of climbing.

"I just love the race and sharing it with my good friends," said Hestler, who has competed with several different partners in the two-person team event. "Bringing new people to this the newest form of mountain biking is truly a rewarding experience, both for our friendships and for the race. We now have four ambassadors out there who are truly fans of this awesomely life-changing event."

In 2003, Hestler raced with Matthew Decore, an Edmonton local, to second placed. Every year since, Hestler had raced with a different partner including Karl Platt, Martin Lazarski, and Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Seamus McGrath.

In his final attempt, Hestler will race with Kevin Calhoun, who works for Rocky Mountain Bicycles and has been racing for 10 years. The long-time friend of Hestler is looking forward to testing himself this summer. Those who finish five Trans Rockies earn a silver buckle for their efforts.

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