The first race was won by Mr. Meryl Hogg of Kenna. Mr. Hogg developed a bicycle of great height. He reasoned that this would give him an advantage in going over the mountain since he would already be at a greater elevation any other participant. While his reasoning was faulty, his tactic served him well, since during the race there was a cloudburst that flooded some of the low roads. The elevation of his bicycle allowed him to travel through the high water while the floods stopped his opponents.