Ultra Challenge racing field includes hard-core professionals

In today’s stage of the Sadler’s Ultra Challenge handcycle and wheelchair race (between Fairbanks and Anchorage), South African Ernst Van Dyk tied for first place with Alejandro Albor of California. Oz Sanchez, also of California, was just two seconds back. Australian Paul Nunnari continues to dominate the wheelchair division. And leading the women is Sherry Shulz of Colorado.

While some of the racers in the Ultra Challenge are here for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, many of the competitors leading the pack are professional international athletes, complete with major sponsorships and endorsements.

Libby Casey, KUAC – Fairbanks