Singletrack 6: Killer trails in Kimberley

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Singletrack 6: Killer trails in Kimberley

Editor’s Note: Singletrack 6 is a six-day mountain bike race showcasing the best riding in a variety of mountain bike communities in Western Canada. Here’s a look at stage 4. For full results and more info head to singletrack6.com. All photos are courtesy Singletrack 6.

Singletrack 6: Killer trails in Kimberley

Stage 4 of the Singletrack 6 brought riders to Kimberley, BC, where they started and finished in the town Platzl in the heart of Kimberley. Total distance was 36km with 1250 meters of elevation gain.

Singletrack 6: Killer trails in Kimberley

The day began with the riders heading up the road to the ski area before hitting the dirt for a proper warm-up, as well as ticking off the biggest climb of the day.

Singletrack 6: Killer trails in Kimberley

It was just Kimberley’s finest dirt offerings from there on out. Once at the ski area, there was a bit more climbing on the hill before the course entered Kimberley’s extensive singletrack trail network with a challenging bit of rocky climbing through Moe’s Canyon, and on into the handcrafted Magic Line singletrack.

Singletrack 6: Killer trails in Kimberley

After a series of fast descents and shorter climbs, riders found themselves at the top of the timed descent.

Singletrack 6: Killer trails in Kimberley

With over 300 meters of descending over 5km, the descent promised to be one of the longest and thrilling timed descents of the week.

Singletrack 6: Killer trails in Kimberley

Starting off with the signature “Thunder Turkey” and leading into “Shapeshifter” and “Hoodoo View”, riders hit the lowest point on the course, requiring a hard effort on the 2nd biggest climb of the day to repay the gravity gods for their 300m offering.

Singletrack 6: Killer trails in Kimberley

From there another moderate descent and climb will took the riders onto the town pathway system, and back into the town for a Platzl finish.

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