Hewitt third at 7 Summits

Vernon’s Matt Hewitt finishes third in the seventh annual 7 Summits Bike and Hike Challenge Saturday in Wells/Barkerville.

Seven mountains, seven stages and a 7,000-foot elevation change. All in one day.

That’s what Vernon’s Matt Hewitt overcame to finish third in the seventh annual 7 Summits Bike and Hike Challenge Saturday in Wells/Barkerville.

Racing in record Cariboo Mountain temperatures, Hewitt finished behind Peter Findlay of Kamloops, who defended his title by completing the 60-kilometre circuit (40 km bike and 20 km hike) in five hours and three minutes. Stephan Widmer of Prince George was runner-up, finishing 10 minutes behind Findlay.

The event, which drew 60 participants, starts in Barkerville and ends in Wells.

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