Over the years I have done some seriously fun and slightly crazy events. On Saturday June 16, thirty teams of three participants would take part in the first Red Bull Divide & Conquer. A multi sport race on Vancouvers North Shore which consists of a trail run, mountain bike and white water kayak.
Pre race meeting at Cleveland Dam was greeted with pouring rain and fog that would continue throughout the day.
Originally I was going to sit this event out while my teammates Arthur and Chris competed with their selected teams of three. The Wednesday before the race I had a phone call from Arthur that he would not be fully healed from his injury before the weekend and if I could fill his place. I was lucky enough to be teamed up with trail running animal Ed McCarthy and Red Bull/Arcteryx athlete Will Gadd. Will is known as one of the most versatile outdoor athletes in the world would be our man for the Kayak leg.
Chris’s team consisted of Marx Conditioning athletes Tom Craik as their trail runner, himself as mountain biker and James Mole for the kayak leg.
Trail Runners started the first leg of the race commencing at Cleveland Dam. Dylan’s runner Ed McCarthy was in the lead pack of 3 and arrived in 2nd place at the top of Grouse Mountain to tag off for the mountain biking stage.
Mountain bikers Sean Verret, Dylan and Rick Federau on stand by ready for the top three runners to come through the transition. I new I would have my work cut out for me taking off at the same time as Ricky. In weeks prior to the race at the Nimby Fifty I saw Ricky take a wrong turn early and still managed to pull his way back to a third position. Ricky is a smart tactical racer and just an absolute trail shredder.
Dylan and Chris slightly wet and muddy but thoroughly enjoyed the mountain bike stage. Both stoked to be kitted out in Icebreaker clothing in these demanding conditions.
The Santa Cruz Blur TRC was at home tackling the wet & slippery conditions on Mt Fromme. Our Suspension couldn’t have been running smoother on the rocky trails thanks to Suspension Werx.
Katrina Van Wijk drops into the Capilano River for the final leg of the race finishing in the ocean with a portage up the beach into Ambleside Park.
Team Full Dude Men take the win with Wolsky’s team in 2nd and Terra Vida 3rd. Chris and his Marx Conditioning team was in a close 4th.
The Red Bull Divide and Conquer Results
Top 3 Teams Overall:
1. The Full Dudemen 3:51:00 – Toby Roessingh, Ricky Federau, Mike Vine
2. Arc’teryx 3:52:46 – Will Gadd, Ed McCarthy, Dylan Wolsky
3. Terra Vida 4:07:29 – Chris Gragtmans, Matt Morse, Josh Carlson
Top 3 Runners: 1. Joren Titus 1:23:14 (Team All Smiles) 2. Ed McCarthy 1:23:26 (Team Arc’teryx) 3. Mike Vine 1:23:28 (Team The Full Dudemen)
Top 3 Bikers: 1. Ricky Federau 1:45:44 (Team Full Dudemen) 2. Dylan Wolsky 1:47:17 (Team Arc’teryx) 3. Chris Johnston 1:49:45 (Team Marx Conditioning)
Top 3 Kayakers: 1. Ben Marr 38:24 (Team The Rose and The Thorns) 2. Katrina Van Wijk 40:29 (Team SEXY) 3. Logan Grayling 41:07 (Team TNF FUBARers