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2005 Tour de Tunnel
Port Townsend, WA, October 15, 2005
Ragnarok Racing Team held the 2005 Tour de Tunnel on Saturday October 15th at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington. Fort Worden was one of four battlement filled military forts built along the Puget Sound to protect Washington from possible naval attacks. Fort Worden is known to many as the location where "An Officer & Gentleman" was filmed with Richard Gere, Louis Gossett Jr, and Debra Winger in 1982. Without any non commissioned officers present to serve as drill sergeants, racers only had DJ Nathan Keiger to provide moral encouragement from the beer garden.
After strong winds and rainy conditions the night before, the record number of participants were treated to blue skies and bright sunshine on race day. Ragnarok organizers developed a new course that still took advantage of Fort Worden 's historic battlements but didn't have the traditional ride through the long dark tunnel that gave this event its name. Instead, alterations to the course made it faster, smoother and made it substantially more spectator friendly. Beginning with a fast flat straight shot past the Fat Tire beer garden, riders hit a fast single track descent that became more root infested as racing progressed during the day. The descent opened onto a long false flat at the historic Chinese Gardens and then climbed up a short steep dirt rise to the first run up of the day up slick wooden steps next to one of Fort Worden 's historic gun battery battlements. After that short run-up, they descended down into the start finish where they were treated to another run-up, a descent back into Fort Worden into the start finish area just inside the beer garden.
In the Elite Men's Race, Josh Squier with Recycled Cycles established an early lead in the first lap and maintained a 30 second gap for the remaining 7 laps for the win. Chasing in second and third place were Rian Iddings with Redline and Eric Atwood with Benaroya Research Institute). As the race progressed, Squier extended his lead while Atwood and Iddings cased together. Evan Plews (Santial Bicycles) worked his way up from fifth place to pass James Birkenbull, and eventually bridged up to Iddings and Atwood, taking third place.
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Elite Men 1 Josh Squier (Recycle dCycles) 2 Rian Iddings (Redline) 3 Evan Plews (Santiam Bicycles) 4 Eric Atwood (Benaroya Research Institute) 5 Steve Williams (Recycled Cycles) 6 James Birkenbull (Alki/Rubicon) Beginners 1 Phillip Glerun (Wines of Washington) 2 Jason Frazier 3 Brooks Werner (Broadmark Capital) 4 Ernie Powers (Broadmark Capital)
Local results 2004