While most of the checkpoints for the second annual Sub-9 Death March lay just outside the sphere of most Bloomington cyclists' normal training routes, proximity to the course still seemed to proved advantageous to the winners of two of the team categories. Don Galligher took his second consecutive men's team category win along with partner Chris Wood (he paired with Andy Messer for the 2011 victory) using a gravel and singletrack heavy route to hit all of the possible checkpoints on 29er mountain bikes. Conversely, Death March newbies Sarah Fredrickson and Liz Cobb went for a different type of efficiency, burning up the pavement on their cyclocross bike and skipping a possible time bonus at Callahan Cemetery. The strategy proved to be quite effective, as their adjusted time of of 1:24 was a full two hours and twenty minutes ahead of any other women's duo.
Full results have not yet been published, so apologies go out to any other Bloomington folks not included in the report.
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