British Columbia Bike Race day 2
Two down, five to go
Day 1 recap video
Words by Harlan Price
Day two of the BC Bike Race, sponsored by Rocky Mountain Bicycles, returned to its annual stop in Cumberland. The course is brand new this year, sporting 84 kilometers (52.2 miles) that has never been used in the BCBR.
At one time called Dodge City, following the tumultuous end to the mining industry, Cumberland has since established mountain biking as its primary revenue stream.
The BCBR and Cumberland’s mountain biking have co-evolved over the last 8 years, leading to a mountain bike mecca and a driving force behind the creation of one of the most progressive mountain bike stage races in the world.
Three years into the BC Bike Race, Riding Fool Hostel owner, mountain bike advocate and course designer, Jeremy Grasby suggested to race co-founders Dean Payne and Andreas Hestler that they stop doing a point-to-point style race. He proposed using the trails in the forests surrounding the town, concentrating on singletrack and cutting out road-transfers whenever possible.
“When Jeremy asked about doing a single loop, my original response was that it wasn’t done that way,” Grasby said. “Obviously it was an idea that was based on tradition and there was no reason not to change the format.”
Grasby’s simple suggestion shifted the definition of what a mountain bike stage race had to be and turned the BCBR into one of the best races in the world. The new course connects two new section trails, Blue Collar and Further Burger.
It may be a dance, but it’s still a competition and the top solo men took it to the line for another sprint finish. Last year’s winner Kris Sneddon officially has a challenger, Tristan Uhl, who took day two’s win. He was followed by Kris Sneddon, Spencer Paxson and Barry Wicks.
Today, Lea Davidson (Specialized Bicycles) missed the top-spot and Wendy Simms returned to the place she is most familiar with, first. On the third spot was last year’s main challenger Kim Hurst (Mud Cycles). Missing from the podium was Sonya Looney, who lost time on the overall.
Men and Women Duo
Catharine Pendrel and Maghalie Rochette finished in the top-spot on the women’s side, followed by Lesley Tomlinson and Gretchen Reeves.
The men’s saw Greg Day and Quinn Molberg sitting in the hot-seat. “We were hoping to stay with the faster riders of the day, but the flat put us off our game,” they said. “We definitely pushed ourselves to get back into position.”
They are still having problems with results. They will apply all new timing tags to all the competitors before the start of tomorrow’s stage.
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