Photos by John Gibson
Words by Barry Wicks
47 kilometers (29.2 miles) of fast, flowing singletrack greeted riders today, as they embarked on stage 3 of Singletrack 6. With only 1300 meters (4265 feet) of climbing, it looked to be a day of high speeds, ripping trails and miles of smiles, but with a high of 41 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit), the temperatures forced people to ride conservatively and drink plenty.
The headwaters of the mighty Columbia River are just around the corner near Golden, British Columbia, and with tributaries like this, it is easy to imagine the river gaining power as it makes its long 2,000-kilometer (1,243-mile) journey to the Pacific Ocean. Riders had trouble keeping their eyes on the trail, as they passed the hoodoos.
Some days it's worth taking a few moments to relax, enjoy the views, snap a few photos and just spend the day riding awesome trails with your best friends.
Riders were stoked on the amazing trail network in Radium, British Columbia. The Columbia Valley Mountain Bike Club has done an amazing job establishing the intricate trail system, which was evident as riders hooted and hollered throughout the forest.
At the end of another incredible day of trailriding, the best option is to crack open a cold one, take a dip in a nearby lake and then maybe, just have a nap. Three more stages are on tap, with two diverse days of riding in Golden, British Columbia and the final Queen stage in Revelstoke, British Columbia. Riders have now settled into the routine of eat, sleep, shred, repeat.
For full race results, please visit: http://singletrack6.com/results/
More posts from the Singletrack 6:
Gallery: Singletrack 6, stage 2
Gallery: Singletrack 6, stage 1