Visit the website of official BFC photographer Pat Hendrick to see your photos.
BFC 2018 didn’t set any timing records but it was a perfect day for racing and saw record numbers for entries, starters, finishers, finish line party and another record that may never be broken.
There were 914 registration, 843 starters and 835 finishers, all record numbers but the biggest number of the day was the 6,570 miles between Indian Lake, NY and furthest-finisher winner Koki Gada’s hometown of Yokahama, Japan!
There were an estimated 2,500 racers and fans at the finish line party cheering on racers in front of Indian Lake School and enjoying the party in back of St. Mary’s Church.
Indian Lake Fire Department fed an estimated 1,000+ racers & spectators and the beer tent was constantly busy while Rocky and the Mooseknuckles performed their signature blend of rockin’ blues.
As always, the BFC race committee will meet soon to review everything and find areas where we can improve the experience for all BFC racers, fans and volunteers.
Lastly, we need to thank Indian Lake School, St. Mary’s Church and the legion of volunteers, police, fire and EMS that make this race possible. Without them there would be no Black Fly Challenge!
These dedicated people along with our loyal racers and fans are the reason this is The Adirondacks’ Greatest Race.
A sea of bikes at the start of BFC 2018. Photos by Brad Fox.
Last year’s BFC 2017 Champions included a first-time winner and a Champ who last won in 2010!
- Bryna Blanchard won her second BFC Championship
- Cory Kuhns won his first BFC Championship
The official BFC race photos by Pat Hendrick are posted here.
Last year’s BFC 2016 Champions both made history:
- Rosanne VanDorn became the first-ever Three-Peat BFC Champion
- Christopher Welch was the first-ever Junior to become BFC Champion
Pat’s pics are posted! Check ’em out here.
Black Fly Challenge 2016 was not a washout despite the rains that soaked the start. There were a record 870 registrations and two historical firsts for the BFC:
- Overall Women’s Champion Rosanne Van Dorn, of Lake Placid, became the first person ever to win the title three years in a row.
- Overall Men’s Champion Christopher Welch, of Barneveld, became the first-ever Junior to take home the Champion’s title.
Congratulations to both! Go to the Results Page for more.
Check out this cool 360º view of the BFC 2015 start from AdirondacksUSA.com
Results Coming Soon!
Despite this week’s rains the course is solid overall. The newer road surfaces in the Moose River Recreation Area drain exceptionally well and are hard and fast. The Indian Lake and Inlet highway departments have done a great job of maintaining the roads and we owe them a HUGE thanks!
Leaving Indian Lake, there is new pavement on much of the Cedar River Road. The following gravel road surface is very smooth to the Cedar River Gate and for the first few miles into the Moose River Recreation Area.
Miles 18 & 19 are rocky with several areas where racers need to watch for yellow paint and down arrows. In fact, there is one stretch with too many rocks to paint so it’s marked with a down arrow. Mile 21 is also a bit rocky. These are on downhills so be careful.
The course then smooths out for the next several miles. The recent rains hardened the sandy stretch along the Moose River Plains (see photo below) but created a few big puddles in that area as well. They should drain somewhat by race time.
Turning right at the Big-T the road remains solid in the driving lanes but is a bit soft on the sides for a short stretch. From there the road is solid all the way to Red River and beyond. A few miles after turning right at Red River and after a long ascent you’ll come upon a sign that says “CAUTION – STEEP HILL” and you had better PAY ATTENTION!
This is the most dangerous section of the race course. The final descents down to the Limekiln Gate are smooth and very fast! There are some boulders on your side of the road and the right shoulder is soft.
The speed you can attain on these hills can turn a bike ride into an ambulance ride in a split second so ride within your ability!!!
The ordering deadline to pick up your jersey on race day is April 26.
After that you will still be able to order until June 21 with delivery in August.
Don’t miss out on this special 20th Anniversary edition BFC jersey!
Black Fly Challenge and Epic Outdoor Adventures have teamed up again this year to raffle off a unique high quality bike. This year’s raffle is for a Salsa Mukluk 3 Fatbike, customized by Epic and valued at over $2,000!
Proceeds from the raffle will go to improving the mountain bike trail systems between Inlet and Indian Lake, including trails used for the BFC. We hope you will purchase tickets and support our efforts to improve your Adirondack trail riding experience.
Drawing will be at BFC Post Race Party ~ June 13, 2015 •
The rims and frame for this bike were finished with a multi-step powder coating process that is baked-on so it’s very durable. The blue-green metal flake finish is a real eye-catcher and yet another one-of-a-kind BFC bike!
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