After seven grueling days, the final stage of the BC Bike Race rolled into the singletrack Shangri La of Whistler, BC and Kona Was on the podium for the majority of the the Epic stages. Barry Wicks and Kris Sneddon took the overall in the men’s team category. Husband and wife duo Wendy Simms and Norm Thibault took third in the mixed category. While Cory Wallace also placed third in the men’s solo category. Congratulations Team Kona on a fine showing.

A little rundown the final stage….

From the start at the base of Blackcomb straight up with everyone riding fairly tight, out of nowhere Cory Wallace kicks it into overdrive and drops the entire field before disappearing in to the singletrack. A power move that helped him secure third spot overall from Colin Kerr. Wendy and her husband Norm had a rough first stage but fought their way hard to finish third with a 4 hour lead on fourth place. Click READ MORE for full race results and photos.

Erik Tonkin, being the hard man that he is, had to deal with some sort of injury in his rib cage all week. Dusty, our mechanic said that he shouldn’t have kept racing but consistently finished in the top ten. Tough guy Tonkin.

All in all a great week of racing for the Kona factory team and a great race to be a part of. After seven days the whole team can’t wait till next year.

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Epic Team of 2 Men – Kris Sneddon and Barry Wicks, Team Kona 18:34:21
Epic Team of 2 Women – Alana Heise & Kate Aardal, Terralandscape-Hardcore Racing 23:12:35
Epic Team of 2 Mixed – Geoff Kabush, Team Rocky Mountain – Maxxis & Catharine Pendrel, Team Luna 20:57:54
Epic Solo Men – Chris Sheppard, Team Rocky Mountain Bikes 18:17:32
Epic Solo Women – Melanie McQuaid, Team Specialized 22:22:18
Epic Solo Masters Men – Ted Russo 21:26:41
Epic Solo Masters Women – Lisa Le Poole, 26:55:55
Epic Team of 2 Veterans 80 – Doug Krumpelman & Mike Gaertner, Vertical Earth
Epic Team of 2 Veterans 100 – Barry Beck & Bill McMillan, BC Ferries Coastal Class 23:59:39
Epic Teams of 3 or More – Michel Thuy, Amo Thuy, Daniel Thuy, KM10 29:52:02