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BC Bike Race: Stage 5

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |July 3, 2010 9:05 AM
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One more day in Whistler!


The area surrounding the Brennan Park Recreation Centre in Squamish transformed overnight into an amazing mountain bike festival in preparation for Shimano Day at BC Bike Race. Just prior to race start, the entire BCBR crew gathered together beneath the iconic Bear-on-Bike (‘BOB’) start/finish line arch that towered in the parking lot. One annual team photo later, the crew was on their way and replaced by approximately 40 guests invited to ride the Challenge course and stay afterward to join non-riding guests for drinks and a wonderful barbeque outside ‘The Executive.’ Race week simply wouldn’t be the same BC BIKE Race without Dean’s RV corporate headquarters.

The guest list read like the who’s who of the mountain biking industry. Notables included former Olympian and 2009 BCBR winner, Seamus McGrath, plus Andrew Shandro and Dik Cox. Watching some of those guests on trail, running a clinic on how to ride BC singletrack, is nothing short of inspiring. One of the Day’s guests, Specialized’s Matt Ryan, cleared the Challenge course in an amazing 1:53:26 to be the first person of the day to cross the finish line.

The biggest attraction of Shimano Day was the BC Bike Race Shimano Kids Race. For one Twoonie, kids got to participate in the race, earn a BCBR finishers medal, and had a chance to win a new Rocky Mountain Kids Edge 20 mountain bike. The event was a huge success, with numerous waves of children, grouped by age, charging around the track. BCBR MC Drew Bragg commentated the races, Dave Norona, riding his electric moto, led the race pack off the start line, and pro mountain bikers Chris Sheppard, Catharine Pendrel, and Seamus McGrath rode with each group of kids, cheering them on and coaching on the fly. The race generated a great turnout and all proceeds from entry fees went to support the local mountain biking organization.

The sixth day of BCBR saw some changes in the stage standings, the highlights of which include:

Epic Team of 2 Men – Kris Sneddon & Barry Wicks, Team Kona 2:35:51 
Epic Team of 2 Women – Alana Heise & Kate Aardal, Terralandscape-Hardcore Racing 3:27:18
Epic Solo Men – Colin Kerr, Team Rocky Mountain Bikes 2:28:55 
Epic Solo Masters Men – Ted Russo 2:56:58 (5th Simon Pulfrey 3:07:00)

Epic Team of 2 Men – Kris Sneddon and Barry Wicks, Team Kona 17:07:25
Epic Team of 2 Women – Alana Heise & Kate Aardal, Terralandscape-Hardcore Racing 23:12:35
Epic Team of 2 Mixed – Geoff Kabush, Team Rocky Mountain - Maxxis & Catharine Pendrel, Team Luna 18:53:31
Epic Solo Men – Chris Sheppard, Team Rocky Mountain Bikes 16:55:09 (2nd Jason Sager 17:03:05)
Epic Solo Women – Melanie McQuaid, Team Specialized 20:45:43

Geoff Kabush, Team Rocky Mountain – Maxxis and partner Catharine Pendrel, Team Luna, once again dominated the Team of 2 Mixed category in the Epic version. The pair finished in 2:42:25 which puts them in a solid 13 minute lead over the next team of Jeff Neilson and Mical Dyck. As Kabush rolled through the line, BCBR Media Manager, Dave Howells, snagged a quick interview with the yellow jersey wearing racer who said, "These are some of the best trails in the world, and he wanted to come out and enjoy the experience. (Kabush) wanted to ride the trails that the Squamish Cycling groups have done such amazing work on. "

The Kona boys still dominate the GC by roughly 26 minutes over DCM, although Sneddon admitted that they had a tough day on course and are starting to feel the effects of five straight days of epic racing. It’s easier to make little mistakes and misjudgements when racers are feeling not only physically tired but also mentally so. Team Kona’s goal for Day 7 is to play it safe and smart.

It seems that the hometown advantage has played out here on the Squamish BC Bike Race course. Colin Kerr (Rocky Mountain Bikes), local favourite and last year’s BC Bike Race Solo Men winner, blasted through the finish line in a blistering 2:28:55, four and a half minutes ahead Jason Sager and Chris Sheppard. Sheppard, however, still dons the yellow jersey for the final day of racing in Whistler. Sheppard has owned the GC since day one and maintains an almost 8 minute lead over Sager with one day left to go.

Interesting fact of the day: Geoff Kabush and Catharine Pendrel are currently in 15th place of all teams in the BCBR, which means that of the 500 racers here with us this year, only 14 teams finished ahead of Geoff and Catharine. These two are fun to watch!

Next up: Day Seven in Whistler. The Victory Lap, the Champs Elysees…the journey reaches its goal.

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