Rain and a very steep hill did not dampen the enthusiasm of cyclists competing in the first annual School Hill Sufferfest last Tuesday, May 14.
Organized by Transportation Choices Sunshine Coast (TraC) as part of Active Transportation Month, Sufferfest featured 19 local cyclists competing for the fastest sprint time up the hill on School Road to North Fletcher in Gibsons.
Sa Boothroyd of Gibsons distinguished herself by winning first, second and third place in the women’s category, while youth powerhouse Dylan Broeke amazed the crowd by crushing the competition on a fixed speed BMX.
After five sprint heats and a lot of thigh burn, the crowd dried out at Tapworks, which sponsored the event, providing prizes and libations.
Congratulations to Jeremy Clement, Dylan Broeke, Tim Howard and Eric Pinfold for placing first through fourth, respectively, and a big thank you to the volunteers, Tapworks and the Town of Gibsons for supporting the event.