Video: BC Bike Race 2013 Daily Reports

Race Coverage
BC Bike Race 2013 Day 5: Sechelt to Langdale

Editor’s Note: Words by Harlan Price and Photos by Margus Riga, Todd Weselake, Dave Silver, and Erik Peterson.

If yesterday was holding court with the Queen Stage, Day Five Presented by Rocky Mountain Bicycles was a chance to dance with the Jester. What better way to lighten the mood than to give riders an 12km descent to the finish at the BC Ferries Terminal in Langdale. Every ounce of British Columbia spirit was built into this section of trails. Grab a partner, make a train, go it solo, silent passes, gap roots, double the double, pump the berms, roost some loam, cook a tight left with a soft drift right. These are the moments of a day on trails like HWY 102, Sidewinder, and Sprokids. Standing in the woods watching for riders, the first thing you’ll hear is a chorus of whoops echoing through the trees before the bikes slide bye with a grin floating above. This is the gold people come to the BC BIke Race to find.

Jonas Vuille of Switzerland came to the race alone, riding a hardtail, wearing no socks. He currently sits tenth in the Open Solo Men. When asked what motivated him to come here it was because he “wanted a bike holiday, and someone told me there was a lot of singletrack here and it was true. I enjoy this race because I have my time I ride as fast as I care, but no stress. Sometimes I kill myself to follow someone, sometimes on singletrack I’m alone, no one in front nobody behind, and I get really lazy and I only follow the flow and it’s really nice to do it like that.”

HWY 103 and it’s pick-up sticks.

The Sunshine Coast bid farewell to the racers with one last departing gift in the form of the shortest stage of the week so far and some of the most consistently voted favorite trails of the race. New trails on the climb were still soft from the most recent work getting ready for race day. All the 1300m of climbing was done by the 28km mark and the first enduro commenced at 7km down of HWY 102. Trees with thick bark and dense moss watched over racers as they swooped in and out of the beautifully cut trails. Some rocks, a few roots and lots of directional changes made the flow easy to find but a challenge to steer straight and not overcook the corners of the trails.

The Race: Open Women

It was a day for racers and riders to push their limits for fun and overall positions on the general classification. It’s no surprise by now that Wendy Simms (Kona) held onto her stage winning streak. Kim Hurst (Mud Cycles) put in multiple attacks but the singletrack descents were too frequent and Simms trail skills always brought her back in touch. “She was charging hard up every single hill and dropping me and I kept catching her on the downhills or the technical, and one time it was a rocky downhill and she just pulled aside and stopped. She’s pulling plays out of my book that she just figured out a couple days ago she’s definitely pulling them out and smacking them down at me. She’s a quick learner and a great competitor.” Simms. “It’s always good to see someone with heart not giving up despite having odds against them. There are still two days left and if she keeps playing the game to win, her day might be sooner than later. ”

Women’s leader Wendy Simms can handle some tall trees.

Canadian Trish Grajczyk (Deadgoat Racing) is still sitting in a relatively comfortable third, but Annke Bergman of the Craft Rocky MOuntain Team from Switzerland has to keep her eye on Kari Bratveit (TVK) of Norway who is only 10 minutes behind.

Open Men

The last two days of the race are heading to the home trails of Neil Kindree (Specialized Corsa) and that’s where last year’s BCBR winner really put his stamp on the race. That fact isn’t lost on race leader Kris Sneddon (Kona) and he took the opportunity to take another 15 seconds out of Kindree within the last two kilometers after being alone together since the halfway point. In a similar fashion to yesterday’s ending Sneddon attacked on a 100 yard section of eroded jeep road with baby head sized rocks obscuring any real line. “I think I’m good at plowing through the nasty, not fun, you can’t really pick an actual good line, sport of bike riding.” Sneddon said with a little laugh. This rider has been dropping in behind the leaders on the enduro stages and can say he is good at riding all pieces of trail. “It was a tough day. He attacked fully. He attacks properly, he has a nice snap.” From watching Kindree in the past it will be interesting to see how the race unfolds tomorrow. Expect to see more punches from Kindree.

Despite the close race between the top two spots the only podium positions actually changing hands are the third through five places. Today Spencer Paxson (Kona) took back a third position he lost yesterday and Erik Skovgaard (Racing29ers) stayed in fourth but is only 2:27 back and has already proven that he can beat Paxson. This will be a battle to watch in the last two days of racing.

Enduro

Last year’s enduro winner Andreas Hestler (Rocky Mountain BIcycles) finally found his legs today after a week long stint acting as racer, media coordinator, and general race cheerleader. He wrestled both enduros to the ground on the freshly released Rocky Mountain Instinct that was released the day before the start of the BC Bike race. With 130mm of rear wheel travel he smoked the longest enduro stages of the week. I asked why he would ride a bigger travel bike for a week of racing not centered around enduro when an Element would probably be easier and lighter. “I really wanted to highlight the enduros in the race this year and it seemed like a good idea to ride a bike that could get me to the special stages comfortably even if it was a little heavier, just to have the right machine when needed. I rode cross country rims and tires but the extra suspension really made it fun.” On enduro two of the day Sneddon and Eric Goss (East Infection 2) tied for second behind Hestler and now Goss sits third overall behind Sneddon and Kindree in the overall.

In the women’s department Wendy Simms won’t put the top spot back on the rack for someone else to take. Jacalyn Schapel (Liv/Giant Australia) was left with the second spot both times but only six seconds behind in the last enduro of the day. Third place spots were exchanged between Adrienne MIller who took third in the first section while Claire Garcia-Webb (RCBC) grabbed third in the last section.

YouTube Preview Image Video: BC Bike Race 2013 Day 5 Sunshine Coast Part 2.

Open Men Duo

Kevin Calhoun and Greg Day of Rocky Mountain Cycles have returned to the race with hammers in both hands after two initial stages of hardship they now have a 32 minute lead over the Craft Rocky Mountain Team from Germany, Christoff LIstman and Michael Anthes. Paul Newnham and Oliver Young of CLIF Bar UK took the second place podium spot for the day in a solid effort on the short stage.

Solo Masters Men

Only 23 seconds separates Peter Knoop (Motor Mile Racing) and Matt Shandro in the Solo Master’s category. Each day the two exchange leads and this race is gonna be taken all the way to Whistler. Ian Smith (MIVA) was number two on the day and only a second up on Knoop as they sprinted for the line. Keeping it this tight into day five is probably a lot more stress than anyone expected but it it’s always fun to have a fight worth scrapping for.

Solo Masters Women

Cary Mark of Steed Cycles has a grip on first while last year’s challenge winner Jenn Mcrae (787 Racing) has stepped up to the Epic Category with style. A second place step is only two days away if she can keep her body and mind healthy. Third place is firmly being held by Susan Prater of New Zealand.

Day 6

Squamish hosts Day Six presented by Shimano. At 48km and 1783m of climbing it’s sure to test the stamina of a few riders. Fortunately the rewards come in the form of trails like the now world-renown Half Nelson, a purpose built trail like none other. It’s Kindree’s home town and he will have had a good nights sleep so expect him to charge hard to defend his title from last year. Despite it’s length, Squamish is often tied with Whistler as the riders favorites.

All BC Bike Race Results.
Video: BC Bike Race 2013 Day 1 Report.

Continue reading for the BC Bike Race 2013 Day 4, Day 3 and Day 2 Reports.

Video: BC Bike Race 2013 Daily Reports Gallery
1
of
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 6

These lines have corners.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 6

Corners are better with a friend.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 6

Finishing under the Chief in Squamish.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 6

Bike Ambassadors do this a lot during the race days.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 6

×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 6

Ryan Leech leading one of the daily Yoga sessions presented by Lululemon.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 6

Sonke Wegner, Carter Hovey. Sonke and Hovey on the rocks.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 6

Bacon in Hood in the Woods. Bear bait...
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 6

If you look hard you'll see yourself in there.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 6

Race starts under BOB the Bear.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 6

Matt Oreilly. Low five?
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 6

A crew from Lululemon came to act the fool and make a spectacle for the racers.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 6

Hailey. Looks like she's ready to rip some legs off. The Kids Race by Shimano had 115 kids 2-10 years old.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 5

Getting elevated.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 5

What happens when you return from the wooden forks in the woods?
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 5

What if you rode through the wood with the hands at the hub like Tron?
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 5

HWY 103 and it's pick-up sticks.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 5

Early morning light was pretty ethereal today. Clouds drifting through the forest.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 5

Go green on Rocky Mountain Day.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 5

Two corners at speed. Can you guess how different the front of the pack looks going through this versus the mid-pack riders?
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 5

Women's leader Wendy Simms can handle some tall trees.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 5

A little fun in the Sprokids trail.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 5

Gotta have some arms to reach across and highfive your friends on this one.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 4

They still have beer in Canada.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 4

Tree harvesting on the coast.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 4

Wendy Simms (Kona) holds the Solo and Enduro overall. Jaclyn Shapel (Liv/Giant Austrailia) is closing in after today at 1:27 back.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 4

It's not a triathalon. Watch out for what's just around that corner.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 4

BOB is along for every ride.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 4

Maybe we can get a "Tippie Tandem Challenge" for next year?
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 4

If I said it looks like it could be Pennsylvania, would I be wrong? Either way I'm a fan.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 4

Leaders of the Men's 80+ Duo and Ted Russo, Veterans Leader.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 4

There are a couple left turns in the BCBR.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 4

I usually think of a staircase for going up.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 3

Sonke Wegner, this isn't the Black Forest.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 3

Powell river and it's beach are a highlight of the race.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 3

×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 3

Neil Kindree took the stage win today.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 3

A sick partner and some mechanicals have held back Rocky Mountain duo team riders Kevin Calhoun and Greg Day.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 3

Exiting the ferry into Powell River.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 3

Find a moment to rest when you can. The ferry ride to Powell River.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 3

Those mountains in the background help isolate the seaside community of Powell River.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 3

Car wash through the BC bush.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 3

×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 2

Canada Day is well represented at the BCBR. Ryder's Eyewear passed out sunglasses with the colors of multiple nations to make it one big celebration. Photo by Erik Peterson.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 2

Splitting up the starts into 10 waves of racers helps keep the bottlenecks on the course down. Photo by Dave Silver.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 2

Photo by Margus Riga
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 2

The bearded Dane, Erik Skovgaard, Sonke Wegman of Germany and Brett Tippie, having a little pre-race hair sandwich. Photo by Margus Riga.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 2

Photo by Erik Peterson
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 2

Photo by Dave Silver
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 2

Wade Simmons passing out hugs to the women's duo leaders Nicole Kuttriff and Susanne Rathgeb. Photo by Dave Silver.
×

BC Bike Race 2013 Day 2

Kris Snedden of Kona is maintaining a slim margin as race leader. Photo by Dave Silver.
(Visited 2,380 times, 1 visits today)

Related Articles


NOTE: There are two ways to comment on our articles: Facebook or Wordpress. Facebook uses your real name and can be posted on your wall while Wordpress uses our login system. Feel free to use either one.

Facebook Comments:



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*
*