Catherine Shenk heads into Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Invitational with an adventure-packed resume.
The rangers at Colorado’s Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area weren’t sure what to make of Catherine Shenk when she pulled up to the fee booth on a mountain bike recently. It was, after all, the dead of winter and the entire area was covered in snow.
“They weren’t sure if bikes were allowed,” Shenk says. After some deliberation they let her through. With tires built for the terrain, she followed packed snowmobile trails to the town of Minturn, about 20 miles away. Then she turned around and rode back up to the pass.
Iditarod: Shenk heads into the wilderness on Monday.
Photo: Norm Shenk
The rangers may have expressed disbelief, but those who know Shenk have come to expect the extraordinary. For the 50-year-old Boulder resident, it was just another training ride as she prepared for the Alaska Ultraport Iditarod Trail Invitational.