BC Bike Race: Days One and two

Day One

BC Bike Race’s Day One stage was a grueling 70 kilometers (in Canadian), 43.5 miles long. The stage started from the ferry terminal on Vancouver Island and worked its way through the trails around the city of Nanaimo. The route traversed over massive slabs of bedrock and tacky loamy singletrack descents–both littered with slick roots and bridges.


Transporting over 500 people takes an army of volunteers and a fleet of school buses.

Transporting over 500 people takes an army of volunteers and a fleet of school buses.




The school buses brought us to the ferry, which sailed us to Vancouver Island.

The school buses brought us to the ferry, which sailed us to Vancouver Island.



Bicycle police officers helped lead out the neutral start for stage one.

Bicycle police officers helped lead out the neutral start for stage one.



A fraction of the 500 racers on course.

A fraction of the 500 racers on course.



Once the riders hit singletrack it was no cakewalk. These trails are technical in the best way possible.

Once the riders hit singletrack it was no cakewalk. These trails are technical in the best way possible.


Day One’s closure puts some leaders on the board:

Chris Sheppard took the day’s stage for the Solo Men.
Melanie Mcquaid for the Solo Women.

The team of Kris Sneddon and Barry Wicks took it for the men’s two person team.

Brandi Heisterman and Cathy Seglinski for the women’s two person team.

Geoff Kabush and Catharine Pendrel took the co-ed’s two person team category.

Geoff Kabush and Catharine Pendrel took top spot for day one in the mixed 2-person category.

Geoff Kabush and Catharine Pendrel took top spot for day one in the mixed 2-person category.


Both Kabush and Pendrel were sporting some new shiny XTR bits from Shimano

Both Kabush and Pendrel were sporting some new shiny XTR bits from Shimano

The long rocky descents are the perfect proving ground for the redesigned XTR brakes.

The long rocky descents are the perfect proving ground for the redesigned XTR brakes.


The XTR calipers.

The XTR calipers.

Check out Day One’s highlights:

kris Holm Unicycle Check:

Geoff Kabush Bike Check:

Day Two

Day Two’s ride was about 6 miles shorter than day one’s, but equally challenging with a massive climb half way through the race. The climb rewarded riders with a high speed, rocky and technical descent.

Day Two saw the exact same leaders as day one hold their positions.

Day 2's start rolled through the old mining town of Cumberland.

Day 2's start rolled through the old mining town of Cumberland.




Some classic perfect BC singletrack.

Some classic perfect BC singletrack.



Stage 2 saw many old bridges. This was one of the wider and longer ones.

Stage 2 saw many old bridges. This was one of the wider and longer ones.



Race promoters putting their cups up after a successful day 2.

Race promoters putting their cups up after a successful day 2.


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