Same As it Ever Was: Colorado’s Gore Canyon Race


The economy, politics, the definition of wealth—tough things to pin down. One thing you can always count on though? A thriller in Colorado’s Gore Canyon every August. Since the days of Chan Zwanzig and the Wave Sport posse circa Dashboard Burrito, even if sponsors disappear, the Gore Race always goes, even if just a few bros end up paddling really fast downriver.



Thankfully, Timberline Tours (http://timberlinetours.com/) has picked up the torch the last few years to organize this late-summer classic. “It was perfect weather and the water level was 1,100 cfs, a great level,” says Timberline’s Lisa Reeder.


Gore and Tunnel rapids dished out their usual carnage. Aside from the customary beatdowns and swims, a competitor in the Shredder class nearly drowned but was plucked from the drink, seemingly by the hand of you know who in a heroic rescue (Mountainbuzz ).


And the chargers still charged: Steamboat Springs’ Sarah Hamilton won the women’s division while Czech paddler Jakub Nemec had the fastest line for the men’s. And in the name of “all things remain the same,” Team Behind the 8 Ball won the raft race and Team Teva Timberline (both based in Vail, Colo.) grabbed the women’s title. Videographers were out in force. Here’s proof:


Gore Fest 2010 from Matt Helm on Vimeo.






Placing By Times Only (Men, Women and Raft Teams Mixed in together).
1 Jakub Nemec 20:32
2 Jules Campbell 20:48
3 Kenneth Oliver 21:23
4 Charlie MacArthur 21:40
5 Ken Hobie 21:41
6 Behind The 8 Ball 8 22:03
7 Connor Flynn 154 22:39
8 Will Rawstron 22:44
9 Tim Kennedy 22:55
10 Brad McMillan 22:59
11 Tom Janney 23:04
12 Dan Piano 23:16
13 Austin Woody 23:18
14 Cruise Quenelle 23:19
15 Breck Team 23:28
16 Leif Anderson 23:31

17 Aaron Riggard 23:32
18 Thatcher Bean 23:51
19 Luke Walker 24:02
20 Josh Mack 24:07
21 Xavier Engle 24:14
22 Jay Nichols 24:17
23 Mike Perry 24:25
24 Craig Phillips 24:34
25 Dave Kamper 24:44
26 JP Griffith 24:46
27 Forrest Maclean 24:47
28 Kevin Cripps 24:55
29 Brian Gardel 25:18
30 Blues Viosard 25:39
31 Scott Neilson 25:42
32 Sarah Hamilton 25:55
33 TEVA Timberline Women 26:12
34 Antony & Irish 26:17

35 Greg Grahlamn 26:44
36 Kevin Jacobi 27:16
37 Billy & Brandon 27:36
38 Lauri Russell 27:39
39 Greg & Ollie 27:43
40 Jessie Bohn 28:54

41 Lainey Daniels 29:15
42 USAFA 32:16
43 Ld’s Nuts 32:57
44 Ken Hobie 33:26

45 Sugar Shan 33:43
46 Pouder Puffs 38:52
47 Paul St Ruth 41:16
48 Bill Griffith 49:43
49 Charles Ebel 1:00:19
50 Daniel Glauser 1:40:45

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