8 Days, 8 Life Lessons – BC Bike Race 2019 | pinkbike

8 Days, 8 Life Lessons – BC Bike Race 2019 | pinkbike

The rain is pounding down on my tent and I’m trying to convince myself, yet again, that I don’t need to open up the door and venture into the storm to go pee. I finally fall back asleep, only to be woken up what feels like minutes later by the loud squawking of a plastic rubber chicken. It’s go-time, Day 5 of the 2019 BC Bike Race. Read Sarah Moore’s BC Bike Race Life Lessons on pinkbike...
The Dark Side | BIKE Magazine

The Dark Side | BIKE Magazine

BC Bike Race Comes to Life Every Night By a Team Obsessed With Service It’s pouring rain, “I Got Bitches” by A2M is bumping on the sound system loud enough to be heard a hundred yards away, where 600 racers are hunkered down in tents for the night, and Fraser Newton is about to tear into a complete Chris King rear hub overhaul. It’s 3 o’clock in the morning. Read more about Obsession Bikes and the BC Bike Race in the BIKE Magazine...
STAGE 7 – Squamish

STAGE 7 – Squamish

Stage 7 - Squamish| Presented By: Harbour Air Seaplanes | Distance: 52.6 kms | Elevation Gain: 1681 meters Sunny skies broke over Squamish for the first time in three days along the BC coast. It was shaping up to be a perfect finale to a week of incredible racing. BCBR started with a quick tune-up Prologue on Vancouver’s North Shore. This lightning fast mini-stage seeded racers for the feast of single-track stage racing that would follow. From the North Shore, they traveled to North Cowichan on Vancouver Island for a two-mountain, one-stage opening day on some beautiful Mount Tzouhalem and Maple Mountain trail. Then it was off to the grit of Cumberland’s hand built singletrack, slick and spicy from some overnight rain that would raise the pucker factor. After two stages on the Cumberland network, it was over to the Sunshine Coast. Light rain would keep the three Sunshine Coast stages, with stunning trails winding through old growth forest, in super tack conditions. Today it was Squamish and its seriously sick stack of singletrack -the venue for stage 7. Yesterday there was drama on course. Crashes and some interesting shuffling of personalities on the podium at the top made for an interesting day. Felix Burke (Rocky Mountain) dropped the hammer mid-stage 6 and continued to push the pace, rolling across the Langdale finish line first and building up a 3 min-plus cumulative lead on his weeklong rival Geoff Kabush (Yeti-Maxxis.) Kabush was kept off the podium that day, while Benjamin Sontag (Clif Bar) suffered a crash on the final descent that left him with a broken arm and out...
STAGE 6 – Sechelt to Langdale

STAGE 6 – Sechelt to Langdale

Stage 6 - Sechelt to Langdale | Presented By: Shimano | Distance: 49.3 kms | Elevation Gain: 1403 meters After five stages, the trail starts to take its toll. Yesterday was a grinder, a boat load of up and down, with plenty of fast pedaling to make the legs beg for mercy. Racers woke to a grey but eerily calm sky dangling over Sechelt and the chicken, BCBR’s community alarm clock. It was a leg-stretching 10-minute stroll to another hearty and delicious Whistler Cooks breakfast for all 600 racers, many of them exhibiting a little wear and tear. Soon it was go time; time to get into the mental zone required to bite off a burly 50 km stage, with a grand finale 7-km descent to the ferry terminal at Langdale. In the Solo Men category, Lucky 13 was shaping up to be one of the most exciting contests in recent BCBR history. A battle of strategy and endurance, between the youthful power and exuberance of Felix Burke (Rocky Mountain) and the calm experience of BCBR defending champion Geoff Kabush (Yeti-Maxxis.) But there were others in the competitive mix. Benjamin Sontag (Clif Bar,) winner of the 2010 La Ruta de los Conquistsadores, is new to BCBR but has been nipping at the back tires of leaders all week. Payson McElveen (Orange Seal-Trek) another newcomer to this race, won the Powell River stage and rode a strong race yesterday, narrowly missing a podium finish. He was looking increasingly confident, and willing to apply heat to 1st and 2nd placers, Burke and Kabush. Kerry Werner (7mesh-Kona) is a BCBR alumnus who...