Spencer Paxson’s BC Bike Race crushing Hei Hei Race DL

Spencer Paxson and his Kona Endurance teammate Cory Wallace have been straight up dominating the 2016 BC Bike Race. Neither are strangers to the event, but that overall top spot has eluded them both and Spencer is on a mission to make it his. By eluded I mean Spencer has come in second place three times in a row!

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Cory chases Spencer down Rupert.

The race came to Squamish, BC today and the tech trails played to Spencer and Cory’s strengths. The two worked together over the 52km stage until Cory punctured. If you didn’t know, the man simply isn’t human, a trailside repair had him up and running again, but he’d lost five places and was now in eighth (Spencer was sitting in second). By the time Cory hit the finish line he’d moved all the way back to third. bcbikerace-6048

Spencer’s GC lead over Cory is now a paltry 1.30 heading into tomorrow’s short Whistler stage. The fact that Cory is only a minute thirty behind is a testament to the kind of machine he is. On day three, Cory was battling a tire leak when he had a major mechanical and bent six links in his chain with 10km to go on the stage. After removing them, the reinstalled chain would only fit over the 11t ring on his rear cassette, leaving him with just one gear. The whole incident set him back around five minutes and he’s been working his way back up the GC ever since. This isn’t Le Tour though, Cory won’t be taking it easy on teammate Spencer (Cory’s best BC Bike Race Result is a 3rd). It all comes down to tomorrow’s penultimate day in Whistler. Be sure to follow BC Bike Race’s Instagram account to see how it all unfolds.

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Spencer and Cory are racing matching carbon Hei Hei Race DL frames.

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There’s not too many of these around. Both bikes are fitted with Shimano’s latest XT Di2 electronic drivetrain.

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XT cranks mated to XTR pedals and an XTR BB.

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Cory and Spencer are running WTB’s i24 (that’s 24mm internal) carbon rims laced to XTR hubs.

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The Marsh Guard. Kiwi ingenuity.

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WTB’s Silverado is loved by DH and XC riders alike, the custom Kona colors and carbon rails just add the right amount of “Don’t you know who I am?”.

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XTR brakes and WTB’s PADLOC grips.

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Pro Components Tharsis 740mm carbon bar.

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Breaking a few rules. Spencer loves running his XC bike with 120mm up front, to get his bars low enough he runs this rad little drop stem from Syntace.

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This thing is almost an eBike!

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Spencer’s MRP Loop fork has raced multiple World Cups and now it’s tackling the ultimate test.

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“The Perfect BC Bike Race tire”. Straight from the horse’s mouth.

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The horse and his leader’s jersery!

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Grippy when wet, Cory knows that the trails in Squamish are like no other!

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