Hometown boy Kris Sneddon and partner Barry Wicks (Kona) had their sights set on a victory in today’s stage as Sneddon grew up riding these trails. “Of course we wanted to win the stage,” said Sneddon, “It’s like a hockey team playing on their home rink.” Wicks decided he’d let his partner do what he does best, “Following Kris downhill is super fun but really scary. I just have to put all my trust in him. It’s amazing how fast he descends.”
The Kona boys retained the yellow jerseys for the 4th consecutive stage and have created a 30-minute lead over 2nd place Marty Lazarski and Ricky Federau (Nativo/Devinci). What had at one point been a hard fought battle for 2nd and 3rd place has now spread out. Colin Kerr and Greg Day (Rocky Mountain Bikes) are 15 minutes behind in 3rd.
While some categories saw a reshuffling in the top ranks for today’s stage, the yellow jersey wearers remain the same as yesterday.
Up next: Racers get to sleep in a little longer as the Day 5 Sechelt course had to be modified to due a creek crossing that’s running at a higher volume than normal. With approximately 10km less to ride in the first half of the course, racers will have even more in the tank to thoroughly enjoy the day’s highlight: a close to 12km flowing descent to finish at the Langdale ferry terminal.