Gallery: Singletrack 6, stage 2

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Photos by John Gibson
Words by Barry Wicks

The Nipika Mountain Resort is a remote eco-lodge deep in Kootenay National Park. The lodge produces all its own power on site and boasts over 100 kilometers of singletrack in the summer and Nordic Ski trails in the winter. Today it played host to stage 2 of Singletrack 6. In a modified time trial format, riders went off in waves of 10 based on GC standing, helping to spread the riders out as the course quickly, as they entered tight, narrow singletrack. They rode 40 kilometeters.

The Nipika Mountain Resort is a remote eco-lodge deep in Kootenay National Park. The lodge produces all of its own power on site and boasts over 100 kilometers (62.1 miles) of singletrack in the summer and nordic ski trails in the winter. Today it played host to stage 2 of Singletrack 6. In a modified time-trial format, riders went off in waves of ten, based on GC (general classification) standing, helping to spread the riders out, as they quickly entered the tight, narrow singletrack. They rode 40 kilometers (24.9 miles).

Riders wound along the banks of the Glacier-fed Kootenay River, through deep dark woods, and passed the resort area twice on the figure-eight loop course.

Riders wound along the banks of the glacier-fed Kootenay River, through deep, dark woods, and passed the resort area twice on the figure-eight loop course.

location: Nipika Mountain Resort, B.C., Canada

The hand-built trails don’t see the same amount of traffic of less remote trails, which gives them a virgin feel, as riders wind their way through the forest. With only 1100 meters of climbing today, many riders thought they were in for an easier day. The endless twists, turns and dips of the trail system had other plans though, and coasting had to be kept to a minimum.

The hand-built trails don’t see the same amount of traffic of less remote trails, which gives them a virgin feel. With only 1,100 meters (3609 feet) of climbing today, many riders thought they were in for an easier day. The endless twists, turns and dips of the trail system had other plans though, and coasting had to be kept to a minimum.

location: Nipika Mountain Resort, B.C., Canada

The stage took its toll. By the end, many battered, bruised and otherwise abraded riders entered the misting tent to cool off and clean up, before the short trip into nearby Radium. Tomorrow’s stage is near Lake Lillian and Invermere.

The stage took its toll. By the end, many battered, bruised and otherwise abraded riders entered the misting tent needing to be cleaned clean up, before the short trip into nearby Radium. Tomorrow’s stage is near Lake Lillian and Invermere.

location: Nipika Mountain Resort, B.C., Canada

Results can be found here: http://singletrack6.com/results/

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