For the past seven days, a microcosm of intrepid humanity has been riding mountain bikes through the deep forests and steep mountains of the southern BC Coast. While the trials and tribulations of the rest of the world have rolled on, the little bubble of the BC Bike Race has existed in an alter-reality, complete with its own alluring forms of challenge and achievement, success and failure.
After seven days, 310km and 10,000 meters of climbing, the Kona Endurance Team, represented by Barry Wicks, Kris Sneddon, and Spencer Paxson, placed all three riders in the top-5 overall, with Spencer in 2nd, Kris in 3rd, and Barry in 5th. This was Kris and Barry’s 7th year of BCBR, and Spencer’s 3rd, and another worthy notch in what has been the most consistently dominant force in 9-year history of the race.
Stage 7 in Whistler had the racers zipping along a vicious little loop on the slopes of Blackcomb. Spencer got away early with Tristan Uhl (Competitive Cyclist) and Quinn Moburg (Rocky Mountain) with Kris and Barry heading up the chase. After a relatively short hour and fifteen minutes of burly singletrack, it was a sprint to the line with Spencer just barely getting edged out in the final chicane. An exciting finish to a fairly dramatic week. Kris and Barry rolled in shortly after, sharing a satisfied high-five on the Olympic Plaza green – another BC Bike Race, done and dusted.
This year’s record-high temperatures and dry trail conditions, not to mention the talent at the sharp end of the peloton, made the 2015 edition one of the most vicious battles yet. The distance of the stages is short enough that the front end of the field is racing all-out every day. There is no sitting in around here. No pastoral valleys to coast through, but rather an unrelenting barrage of technical trail and steep hills. It is also the greatest concentration of first-class singletrack in the world. It’s a special week, however you look at it, whether you’re in it to win, or just grinning cause you’re in it. Congrats to all finishers of this year’s BCBR, and hats off to the Kona Endurance Team for yet another great performance!