Blake Harlan and Jason Sager returned from the raw and wild back woods of British Columbia with 3 stage wins (Sager – Stage 2, 5, and 7) and continued improvement by young recruit Harlan (4th on Stage 7). Sager, finishing 2nd overall, along with Harlan, finishing 11th, put in a combined time of 40hrs of single track racing aboard their Jamis Dakar XCR bikes. Mud, ferns, rain, dust, endless wooded climbs and rake smoking downhills comprised most stages.
“We have, hands down, the best race machines for this terrain” quipped Harlan after the final stage. “Whistler, and BC in general, is fast, rough, steep and unforgiving. While Jamis is based in New Jersey, I’m fairly confident the XCR has BC roots!”
Despite 7 stages of epic single track racing, Sager and Harlan continued their winning ways a little further south in Oregon, winning Casual Monday Night in the Portland MTB Short Track Series- which, in summer, draws more competitors than many regions’ traditional XC series events! Former Portland resident and 2008 Cross Crusade winner Jason Sager denied strongman Shannon Skerritt (Trek 29er) of the win. Sager and Sker ritt battled early in the race, with each rider taking turns leading the way. Sager pulled away for good, in cut-off jean shorts, about three-fourths of the way through the event and finished comfortably ahead of Skerritt.
From Portland, Team Jamis will continue south to this weekend’s Unofficial All Mountain Championships in Downieville, California. Adam Snyder and Jason Sager will look to improve on their top 10 finishes from 2009 racing almost the exact same bike that was used at the BC Bike Race.
Source: Jamis Bicycles