It wouldn’t be the full British Columbia experience without slick roots and rocks. And What makes roots and rocks slick? Rain. Stage 5 started with a steady drizzle making each root, log and log in the forest as slick as frog snot.
The singletrack kicked off with a steep shoot down to the bottom of a knee deep rushing glacier-fed river. Crossing this in addition to the rain left some racers wishing for the comfort of their home trails. Even with the setback of numb toes, the amazing singletrack kept most racers’ minds off of the lack of feeling in their feet and smiles on their faces.
After Stage 5 the current standings are:
Chris Sheppard – Solo Men- Combined overall time: 14:21
Melanie Mcquaid – Solo Women – Combined overall time: 17:45
Ted Russo – Masters Solo Men – Combined overall time: 16:54
Kris Sneddon and Barry Wicks – Two Person Team Men – 14:32
Alana Heise and Kate Aardal – Two Person Team Women – 19:45
Geoff Kabush and Catharine Pendrel – Two Person Team Mixed – 16:11