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.
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.
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.
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.
After a series of fast descents and shorter climbs, riders found themselves at the top of the timed descent.
With over 300 meters of descending over 5km, the descent promised to be one of the longest and thrilling timed descents of the week.
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.
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.