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Mechanics Challenge returns to Interbike with a few changes

Published August 21, 2017
Win Allen of Win's Wheels was last year's winner

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike will hold the second annual Mechanics Challenge presented by Park Tool to test mechanics’ ability to complete several tasks at this year’s show. The competition will be prominently featured on the show floor with grandstand seating for spectators.

“Having 100-plus participants go through the Mechanics Challenge last year was fantastic and lots of fun. We’re honored to help put a spotlight on the wrenches who keep everyone on the road and trail every day,” said Eric Hawkins, president of Park Tool. “On behalf of all of us at Park Tool, we wish everyone good luck at this year’s event and hope to see a big crowd again at the finals.”

After receiving some constructive comments from participants, the event this year will feature tasks that are more straightforward. Last year’s winner, Win Allen of Win’s Wheels in Westlake Village, California, is set to participate and defend his title.

The event will once again be directed by Eric Lepping, a team mechanic and race management veteran for more than 30 years. Staffing and judging each challenge station will be members of the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association (PBMA), while Project Bike Tech will manage on-site registration.

Each station will be timed by Gemini Timing, which will keep track of individual times on a leaderboard monitor throughout the event. Nine-time Tour de France racer and broadcast personality Frankie Andreu will emcee the challenge.

In addition to Park Tool, challenge sponsors include the PBMA, Shimano, Project Bike Tech and Gemini Timing.

“Speaking on behalf of the PBMA, I am proud that the we will once again be providing a team of leading mechanics to serve as the officiating crew for the Interbike Mechanics Challenge,” said Brent Williams of the PBMA. “The Mechanics Challenge provides an unparalleled platform for professional bicycle mechanics to showcase their skills and problem-solving abilities in a competition format unlike any other, raising both the visibility and value of mechanical skills in today's rapidly evolving retail environment. We are also pleased once again to assist the team at Interbike and work alongside our presenting sponsor, Park Tool, in supporting this incredible event.”

The Mechanics Challenge qualifying rounds will take place over two days on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with the top four competing in a semifinal round. Those four will tackle a new course, in a head-to-head, non-timed heat, for the chance to win prizes from Park Tool, Shimano and a three-night hotel stay for Interbike 2018 in Reno-Tahoe.

A limited number of time slots are available for those who wish to participate. More details on how to register: interbike.com/events/mechanics-challenge.

 

 

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