Brok Shafer of Anchor Point, riding in the modified class, notched the fastest time up Odyssey Mountain in Thompson Pass to claim the title of "King of the Mountain" at the Valdez Mountain Man Hill Climb snowmachine competition April 5 and 6.
The course, which starts at 2,700 feet in elevation, quickly climbs to nearly 5,000 feet in less than half a mile. The competition drew 165 riders from across Alaska as well as from Canada and the Lower 48. The event is considered the Alaska championship hill climb.
Competition includes everything from stock 500 cc machines all the way up to modified specialty sleds boasting 200 horsepower.
Seventeen riders from the Kenai Peninsula participated in the event. Joining Brok Shafer from Anchor Point were Cam Shafer, Chet Williams, Gordon Grebe and Eric Overson.
Ryan Turkington made the trip to Valdez from Homer while Kenai's Doug Machado, Mike Brown and John Winchman participated in the event.
From Soldotna, Scott Jackson, Morril Mahan, Wes Morgan, Matt Rice and Cody Slemp made the trip, as did Daniel Haakenson from Sterling.
Under sunny skies but battling a cool breeze, peninsula riders collected four wins and 14 top-three finishes in the 11 competition classes.
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