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BC Bike Race 2013 Day 2: Campbell River

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

The BC Bike Race takes Canada Day Seriously and showed the world through it’s international riders what they Canadian’s have to be proud about. A trail network that seems boundless.  Day Two of the BC Bike Race Presented by CLIF Bar rolled into the town of Campbell River with its merry travelers after an early departure from the quite streets of Cumberland. Originally renowned for it’s Salmon fishing, the trails of the now famous Snowden Demonstration Forest surrounding the town saw a different type of angling as riders got hooked on a new trail experience. Less climbing and more speed had riders pumping and flowing their way back to base camp at Willow Point Park. For Day Two the sun continued to shine on the race but the old growth forest kept racers cool beneath it’s verdant canopies. With trails like Lost Frog, Mudhoney Pass and Boxed Lunch, it seems British Columbia’s most vibrant industry is the production of trails worth traveling the world to ride.

YouTube Preview Image Video: BC BIke Race 2013 Day 2 Snowden Forest, Vancouver Island.

There are no separate courses for elite riders or for the weekend adventurers. Some finish and look at their times while others say they don’t care, but, curiosity usually gets the best of them and they sneak a peek “Just to know”. To see an almost five hour gap between the first rider and the last is proof that it’s doable for many levels. It’s worth marveling at the perseverance at the back of the pack and the strength at the front.

Kris Snedden of Kona is maintaining a slim margin as race leader.

Despite the percentage of people who claim they are not racing there is still a serious cut-throat battle happening at the front. For the second year in a row a stage finished in a three-man sprint between the current race leader and those vying to take control. Essentially tying, Kris Snedden (Kona) and Neil Kindree (Specialized/ Corsa Cycles) sprinted across the line for the same time after a drag-strip show of power over a wheel sucking stretch of grass. Spencer Paxson (Kona) held the wheels of the two riders till almost the end but finished a second behind the dueling duo. Matt Hadley riding for Xprezo pulled in seven seconds behind and the red-bearded Dane, Erik Skovgaard (Racing29ers), held tight all day and even lead through sections of the trail Mudhoney, only to fade 45 seconds in the end.

The men’s race really shifted to team tactics when race leader Snedden burped a tire. His teammates Cory Wallace and Paxson were in the group with Skovgaard, Hadley, and last years champion Kindree. When it was apparent Snedden was catching back up, Wallace waited for Snedden and proved his brass by working to bring him back towards the lead group for 15 or 20 minutes to the start of the first Enduro Stage. Snedden gapped wallace and made his way back to his main adversaries. Paxson, Wallace and Snedden played a classic “Zone Defense” according to the American Paxson. “Cory Drilled it probably harder than I would have gone by myself.” Kindree is definitely continuing to be a marked man.

Juergen Watts and race founder Dean Payne are on course all week as bike patrol and trail ambassadors.

Wendy Simms brought Kona their third podium of the day with a Kim Hurst (Mud Cycles) and Trish Grajczyk (Deadgoat Racing) trailing in five and 11 minutes back. Simms switched back to her dual suspension for the rest of the week after thinking her lack of training would be boosted by a hardtail on day one. It’s the Women’s race that represents the most countries in the top five with riders from New Zealand, Switzerland, Norway and Canada showing how international the BC Bike Race has become.

Tomorrow the race visits Powell River for the the fourth time in BCBR history. Situated on the banks of the Georgia Straight, this stage has become one of the riders favorites. Last year racers were greeted with bagpipes and the town ringing cowbells as they departed the BC Ferries and walked to camp. Andreas Hestler, BCBR’s Media captain sees Powell River as another jewel in the week for the riders “The community is really into it, the trails are amazing, and it’s an incredible base camp sitting right on the beach. It’s the triangle of power.” It’ll be a full body workout despite the deceptively small amount of climbing on the course profile. No matter how the day goes for racers they’ll have an opportunity to rest their legs and minds while watching the sun set from their tents.

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These lines have corners.
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Corners are better with a friend.
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Finishing under the Chief in Squamish.
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Bike Ambassadors do this a lot during the race days.
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Ryan Leech leading one of the daily Yoga sessions presented by Lululemon.
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Sonke Wegner, Carter Hovey. Sonke and Hovey on the rocks.
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Bacon in Hood in the Woods. Bear bait...
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If you look hard you'll see yourself in there.
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Race starts under BOB the Bear.
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Matt Oreilly. Low five?
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BC Bike Race 2013 Day 6

A crew from Lululemon came to act the fool and make a spectacle for the racers.
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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.
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BC Bike Race 2013 Day 5

Getting elevated.
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BC Bike Race 2013 Day 5

What happens when you return from the wooden forks in the woods?
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What if you rode through the wood with the hands at the hub like Tron?
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HWY 103 and it's pick-up sticks.
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BC Bike Race 2013 Day 5

Early morning light was pretty ethereal today. Clouds drifting through the forest.
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BC Bike Race 2013 Day 5

Go green on Rocky Mountain Day.
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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?
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BC Bike Race 2013 Day 5

Women's leader Wendy Simms can handle some tall trees.
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A little fun in the Sprokids trail.
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BC Bike Race 2013 Day 5

Gotta have some arms to reach across and highfive your friends on this one.
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BC Bike Race 2013 Day 4

They still have beer in Canada.
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BC Bike Race 2013 Day 4

Tree harvesting on the coast.
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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.
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BC Bike Race 2013 Day 4

It's not a triathalon. Watch out for what's just around that corner.
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BOB is along for every ride.
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BC Bike Race 2013 Day 4

Maybe we can get a "Tippie Tandem Challenge" for next year?
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If I said it looks like it could be Pennsylvania, would I be wrong? Either way I'm a fan.
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BC Bike Race 2013 Day 4

Leaders of the Men's 80+ Duo and Ted Russo, Veterans Leader.
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BC Bike Race 2013 Day 4

There are a couple left turns in the BCBR.
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BC Bike Race 2013 Day 4

I usually think of a staircase for going up.
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BC Bike Race 2013 Day 3

Sonke Wegner, this isn't the Black Forest.
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Powell river and it's beach are a highlight of the race.
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BC Bike Race 2013 Day 3

Neil Kindree took the stage win today.
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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.
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Exiting the ferry into Powell River.
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BC Bike Race 2013 Day 3

Find a moment to rest when you can. The ferry ride to Powell River.
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Those mountains in the background help isolate the seaside community of Powell River.
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Car wash through the BC bush.
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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.
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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.
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Photo by Margus Riga
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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.
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Photo by Erik Peterson
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Photo by Dave Silver
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Wade Simmons passing out hugs to the women's duo leaders Nicole Kuttriff and Susanne Rathgeb. Photo by Dave Silver.
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Kris Snedden of Kona is maintaining a slim margin as race leader. Photo by Dave Silver.
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