Racers set off for their final stage, the Whistler ‘victory lap’ at 10am to the cheers of a huge crowd of spectators. Course Director Grant Lamont shared some final insights and anticipated that the fastest racers would cross the finish line in approximately 2 hours.
Chris Sheppard had worn the yellow jersey since Day One and had created a solid cushion from second place Jason Sager. Barring any unforeseen incidents, Sheppard was likely to win BC Bike Race for the second year running. But would he win the final stage? The answer came much quicker than expected. Squamish rider Neal Kindree astounded BC Bike Race spectators and crew when he shot through the finish line in a blistering 1:22:01, nearly 40 minutes earlier than anticipated. The question of who would win the Whistler stage had been brewing since the hard-fought battle for the win in Squamish. Kindree was one of the prospects, as were Sheppard, Sager, and the Kona combo of Kris Sneddon and Barry Wicks. Very strong performances all week saw Kindree on the podium five times, three of which were stage wins.
Sneddon and Wicks won Stage 7 in the Open Team category in 1:25:04, which gave them their seventh yellow jersey of the week. Mitchell Hoke and Brady Kappius (Clif Bar) were second and Greg Day and Colin Kerr took third. Cory Wallace ended up finishing 5th in Stage 7 with an overall of 4th place.