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BC Bike Race: Prologue

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |June 27, 2010 8:37 AM
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500 Mountain Bikers Roll into North Vancouver as BC Bike Race Kicks Off Year 4 

North Vancouver, BC - June 26, 2010 


North Vancouver's Inter-River Park transformed into a festival of mountain biking overnight as BC 

Bike Race – 'The Ultimate Singletrack Experience' welcomed nearly 500 mountain bikers to its 

fourth annual offering. Participants from 21 countries around the globe finalized registration 

details, fine-tuned their bikes, and shook out their legs in the Tour de France style Prologue that 

ran throughout the afternoon. 

This year's rider pack comprises a broader range of athletes than previous years thanks to the 

introduction of the new Challenge course. The original Epic version delivers competitors an 

average of 60km of singletrack each day, while the Challenge promises "half the distance but all 

the fun.” The 2010 field is comprised of weekend warriors through world-class pros, and everyone 

in between. 

This seven-day mountain bike stage race through southwestern British Columbia has attracted an 

impressive roster of notable racers, as evidenced by the guest panel at today's press conference. 

Local and international media gathered under the "big top” tent at Inter-River Park for a chance to 

probe the minds of the pro-studded panel that included Chris Sheppard (Rocky Mountain Factory 

Team), who won BCBR 2009 with partner Seamus McGrath and is racing solo this year; the co-ed 

pairing of Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain) and Catharine Pendrel (Team Luna Chix), 

both powerhouse World Cup racers at the top of their game; Kris Sneddon and Barry Wicks (Kona 

Factory Team), last year's second place team and vying for the win in 2010; Marty Lazarski and 

Stephan Widmer (Rocky Mountain Factory Team), winners of 2009 TransRockies and positioned to 

challenge Team Kona in this year's BCBR; Melanie McQuaid (Team Specialized), three-time X-terra 

World Champion and newcomer to epic stage racing; and Canadian Chris Holm, the world's most 

experienced mountain unicyclist. 

In a first for mountain bike stage races, Holm, the best-known unicyclist in history, will be tackling 

the BC Bike Race Challenge course on a mountain unicycle. A big motivator for Holm is the variety 

of new trails to explore on his two-speed single-wheel ride, "If you came out here (to BC) and 

rode all these trails in one summer, you'd think you had a pretty good run. We get to do that in 

one week!” 

Canadian Chris Sheppard, returning for a third straight year, is favoured to take top podium in the 

solo category. Costa Rican Manuel Prado, winner of La Ruta and repeat top-ranking BCBR 

competitor, also has his eye on the solo win. With such strong representation in the solo realm, 

there's speculation that BC Bike Race might see another first – a stage win going to a lone rider. 

In fact, could this be the year that a solo racer wins BC Bike Race? And is Sheppard gunning for 

the top? 

"Well, I'm a mountain bike racer and I'm in a mountain bike race. At the end of the day it's 

competition and I'm going to try my hardest...and to win overall would be great,” shared 

Sheppard. "But what BC Bike Race represents is beyond competition – it's racing and riding with 

good friends, shredding trails fast and enjoying the best of what BC has to offer.” 

If the Day Zero Prologue is any indication, the Rocky Mountain Factory racer is here to win. 

Sheppard posted the fastest time of the day – a blistering 7min 22sec

The Prologue, a quick 2.1km loop incorporating the Richard Juryn trail, was a time trial format, 

which determined seeding for the next day's stage. It also offered a glimpse into what the next 

seven days may have in store. 

BCBR spectators may be served up some nail-biting excitement in the Epic Team of 2 Men's 

category. With a 7min 55sec finish, Team Kona's Kris Sneddon and Barry Wicks claimed the win. 

But only just. Barely a second off were Rocky Mountain Factory Team's Marty Lazarski and 

Stephan Widmer, in 7min 56sec. Other notables include Team Maxxis – Rocky Mountain' s Geoff 

Kabush and partner Catharine Pendrel of Team Luna Chix taking honours in the Epic Mixed 

category with an 8min 55sec mark. And a 9min 35sec posting put Team Specialized's Melanie 

McQuaid atop the Epic Solo Women's cat. For complete daily race results visit 

Next up is Stage One in Nanaimo. A morning BC Ferries sailing will carry racers across the Georgia 

Strait to the unique Departure Bay ferry terminal start line. From there close to 70km of riding 

awaits the Epic racers, while the Challenge riders will see approximately half the distance. 

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