Lopes Representing the Gravity Sector at BC Bike Race


Yesterday completed Day 3 of the 7 Day stage race that Brian has embarked on in his quest of expanding his riding. Armed with his IBIS DH MOJO SLR he hit the 10,747 feet of climbing and 97 miles of unforgettable single track to date. This BC adventure started with a ferry ride from North Vancouver headed to Nanaimo, Lopes (Oakley/Ibis) boarded the boat with 450 bike enthusiasts. Among the herd he found his wolf pack with Mark Wier & Jason Moschler (WTB/Cannodale), who are tackling the trails as a team. Together the all-American crew is experience the best of BC riding with their first BCBR escapade.  So far the BC Bike Race has made good on its namesake “Epic”.

In Brian’s own words:
“Day 1 (Cumberland,) killed me. Bad mix in camelback caused my stomach to hurt most of the race. Also went out to hard. Oh well. Bad thing as my back and legs were hurting from this day. Finished 14th. 2hrs 50 min. (Open Solo Course)”
“Day 2 (Campbell River) I felt really good and the course was good for me, but still my legs were hurting. Finished 13th. 2hrs 30min. ”
“Day 3 (Powell River), today I went out fast again and for 90-105 minutes I was going great, but the track was demanding & I hit the wall. The last hour or so I paid, but it was still my best finish, coming in 10th just under 2 hrs 47min, putting me at 11th overall in the Open Solo Class”

More to come, as today is scheduled to be the toughest day of them all with 2,110 m/6,922 ft of elevation change and 65km/40.4 miles of terrain to cover.

Source: Paula G

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