A real race is on hand at the front end of the Open Men’s category of the BC Bike Race. Tuesday’s 60km Stage 3 delivered yet another day of excitement. The yellow jersey exchanged shoulders for the third time in three days, and Spencer churned out a memorable comeback performance by not only winning the stage, but reclaiming nearly all of the 7.5 minutes he lost in his Stage 2 mishap!
Over 5,000 feet of steep climbing and swooping singletrack descending stood between the start at the Earls Cove ferry terminal and the finish in Kris Sneddon’s hometown of Sechelt. Indeed, it is the land of Kris Sneddon – he has built many of the trails here with his own hands – and he used his intimate knowledge of the trails to his advantage on the final descent into Sechelt, putting enough time into race leader Tristan Uhl to claim the yellow jersey. Barry claimed 4th on the stage and maintained his 3rd position in the overall. Spencer won the stage by nearly 7 minutes and hurled himself back into contention, now 4th overall and less than a minute out of the yellow.
Wednesday’s Stage 4 is another point-to-point, 50km from Sechelt to Langdale. It boasts the most vertical gain of the week, but the climbs are broader and drawn out. Sneddy is looking forward to another shreddy day in his back yard.