As the BC Bike Race has evolved to more and more singletrack over the past five years, Stage Six in Squamish has quickly become a favourite stop on the journey. With an unbelievable selection of incredible singletrack, Stage Six is “The Crown Jewel” of BCBR.
Coming into this stage there was considerable speculation as to who would take the win for the day. From the hometown advantage, Neal Kindree (Republic Bike Shop / SRAM) is a Squamish local with intricate knowledge of these trails; while Colin Kerr and Greg Day (Rocky Mountain Bikes) train and play on the Squamish trails multiple times per week. Chris Sheppard (Rocky Mountain Bikes) and Jason Sager (Jamis) are sitting one and two for the GC; and Kris Sneddon and Barry Wicks (Kona) are incredibly strong technically, dominating their category, and posting times in line with the top of the solo GC.
As it turned out, fans at the finish line witnessed the most exciting sprint finish that BC Bike Race has seen. As Sneddon, Sager, Wicks and Kindree hammered toward the finish in a tight pack, Sneddon and Sager got into a tight spot at the last corner, nudging and elbowing to jockey for position. Sager turned up the heat and edged across the line just ahead of Sneddon, with Wicks and Kindree on their wheels. For the second consecutive day, the podium had European flavour as Thomas Dietsch (BULLS) claimed third spot. Though Sheppard suffered a flat that kept him off the podium for the stage, he still dons the yellow jersey going into the seventh and final stage tomorrow.