Words by Brice Minnigh, Photos by Morgan Meredith
It was only Day 5 of the seven-day BC Bike Race, and the cracks had begun to show. Bike magazine's own Team Sad Sacks—who had spent much of the race's first four days faffing around taking riding photos, helping other racers with repairs and chatting far too long in the food zones—finally realized that this strategy was not doing them any real favors.
Faced with relentless climbs up both fireroads and technical singletrack, Bike's publisher Morgan Meredith and managing editor Brice Minnigh were forced to put their heads down and simply grind out the grueling ascents.
For the second time this week, they were joined by Pinkbike's tech writer, Mike Levy, who had apparently decided that Team Sad Sacks' strategy of cruising the fireroads and savoring the singletrack was a lot more sensible than pinning it from the start and blowing up.
By the time they reached the 8-kilometer final descent, both of the Sad Sacks were shelled and opted to descend more conservatively than usual. Still, the stage's finale was superb, with a flowy, machine-built section that felt much like a bike-park jump run. Even some of the less-experienced racers said they loved this part of the course and appreciated the flow.
Here is a glimpse of some of the day's action: