HATCHER PASS-He is one of the best in the world at what he does and Rafal Wilk from Poland is the real deal in handcycling. Wilk won the Sadler's Alaska Challenge. The 7 stage 267 mile handcycling race is called the longest and toughest in the world.
Wilk finished on top in 11 hours 4 minutes and 46 seconds in the 7 stages. He even set a record in the sixth stage with a 2 hour two minute 32 second finish to go along with three other records. Wilk also has two golds from the 2012 London Paralympics.
There were three divisions plus a women's division. The division winners won $3,000.
Thea Rose won the women's division title finishing in 12 hours 27 minutes and 57 seconds.
Walter Alblinger won the H-2 division in 11:14:53. Alfredo de los Santos won the H-4 division in 11:24:53. Larry Coutermarsh, from Fairbanks and North Pole resident, was the only Alaskan in the race did finish. He has participated in 26 of the 27 Alaska Challenge races.