Tobin on winning
Wood River athlete
original "Survivor" series on television was Mark Burnettís
Eco-Challenge Expedition Race, which debuted in 1995 and has since visited
USA Network (channel 23) is screening four days of Eco-Challenge 2001 in
New Zealand. Starting Oct. 21 and continuing for 10 arduous days last
year, 67 four-member teams tackled a 370-kilometer course for a purse of
discover in tonightís final two-hour episode that the winners of the
$50,000 first prize were the Team Salomon/Eco-Internet athletes featuring
Community School graduate Michael Tobin.
begins at 6 p.m.
who grew up in Ketchum, was the rookie member of the winning team that
included captain Ian Adamson, Sara Ballantyne and Mike Kloser. They paid a
$13,500 entry fee and made their investment pay off.
sleep deprivation and extreme fatigue, they paddled to the finish 21
minutes ahead of their primary Kiwi rivals from New Zealand. The course
include mountain biking, river rafting, horseback riding and
mountaineering with fixed ropes.
non-Colorado athlete on the winning team, Tobin was an important member of
a veteran group that averaged 39.5 years of age.
37, a corporate financier from Boulder, had won two previous
Eco-Challenges and was appearing in his seventh race.
an activities director from Vail, is a 12-year professional mountain biker
who had won two Eco-Challenges, including the 2000 event in Sabah with
Adamson. It was his fifth Eco-Challenge.
41, a massage therapist from Durango, won the Eco-Challenge in Morocco in
1998. A pioneer in womenís mountain biking, Ballantyne was in her third
Tobinís previous expedition race experience was limited to a Discovery
Channel adventure race in Switzerland last year, his athletic background
is broad. Tobin is in his 12th year of professional multi-sport racing.
San Francisco native and former world duathlon king, won the Baldy Hill
Climb six times and remains the course record holder (35:11 in 1989). He
is the son of another hill climbing enthusiast, the late Jim Tobin, at one
time owner of Scott USA.
also holds the 16.5-mile Backcountry Run old course record of 1.35:13 set
in 1990. He is a six-time Wild Rockies mountain bike winner.
the top American in the 1997 Ironman Canada on a 128-mile course. His
first major result on the national stage came in Aug. 1987 when he placed
second in the 13.4-mile Pikeís Peak Ascent.
Tobin was the world champion of the Nissan Xterra off-road triathlon
series. Xterra seemed to be his ideal athletic challenge. He amassed 16
career Xterra victories encompassing swimming, biking and running.
actress Holly Hunter, the USA Network premiere show of Eco-Challenge New
Zealand 2001 will be screened tonight, Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. on cable
channel 23 and will be repeated from 8-10 p.m.
two hours will be repeated Thursday, April 25 from 6-8 a.m., then all six
hours will be shown Sunday, April 28 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Web site is mtobin.com.