Adventure racers cruise through county

SUBLETTE COUNTY – While enduring a 450-mile trek from Jackson to Casper, top adventure racers from around the world got a taste of what Sublette County has to offer while participating in the first-ever Adventure Racing World Championship (ARWC) held in the United States in its 16-year history.

The grueling race features the world’s best endurance athletes, who qualified for the world championship through taking the top two spots by taking first or second at qualifier events around the world.

The race featured 57 co-ed teams from 20 countries that feature four athletes apiece for a total of 228 racers. Athletes race on foot, mountain bike, vertical roping and paddling as they soak in the vast valleys, jagged mountain peaks, alpine rivers and canyons present in the Cowboy State.

Racing began on Thursday, Aug. 10, and by early Friday, teams crossed into Sublette County deep in the Wyoming Range wilderness, before picking up their bikes along Forest Road 10389 and pedaling toward Daniel Junction. Teams hopped on U.S. Highway 191 and continued east, eventually making a brief checkpoint stop in Pinedale and continuing on to Boulder.

At Boulder, teams departed the highway and headed toward the rolling foothills of the mighty Wind River Range on WY-353 en route to South Pass City.

Cameco Cowboy Tough Expedition Race hosted the race, which will wrap up on Wednesday, Aug. 16, as teams cross the finish line at Crossroads Park along the North Platte River in downtown Casper. This is Cameco Cowboy Tough’s fifth year racing in Wyoming.