The all-star team of Chris Eatough and Jeff Schalk took the lead in the B.C. Bike race on Day Three, July 1, after an approximately 80 km ride from Port Alberni to Cumberland.
Eatough and Schalk were ranked fourth after the first day of racing, moved up to second on day two, and pedaled into first on the third day to hold the lead with a cumulative time of eight hours, 48 minutes and 22 seconds.
The race is still wide open with four days to go before the Whistler finish on July 4. The Canadian team of Kris Sneddon and Barry Wicks is in second place by just over two minutes with a cumulative time of 8:46:23, with the U.S. team of Jason Sager and Bart Gilliespie and Team La Ruta (Manuel Proado and Marvin Campos) in the hunt in third and fourth.
The top Whistler rider is Matt Ryan, who is currently sitting 10 th with his American partner Jason First.
The top female team is Sara Bresnick-Zocchi and Kelli Emmett of the U.S. in 10:06:54, almost an hour ahead of Americans Katie Lindquist and Amy Harris in 11:05:09. The top Canadians are Kristenn Magnusson and Lisa Ludwig in third place in 11:16:02, while the Whistler team of Fanny Paquette and Vanessa Stark were sitting fourth going into the fourth stage in 11:38:45.
Complete results are posted at www.bcbikerace.com.
Bike Park turns 10
The Whistler Mountain Bike Part turns 10 this year, a decade since it first opened to the public in 1998 with a handful of trails accessible by the gondola. Now the park utilizes three lifts, almost 50 trails, and more than 1,500 vertical metres of riding with the addition of the Garbanzo Zone.
To celebrate, Whistler-Blackcomb is giving away a 10-year mountain bike park pass, worth over $4,000 at today’s prices. Also up for grabs is a Kona Stab Garbanzo mountain bike.
To win the pass, riders are invited to enter the 10 th Anniversary Mash-Up contest between June 30 and Sept. 10, submitting a video from 90 seconds to two minutes in length using more than 15 minutes in footage supplied by film companies The Collective and Freeride Entertainment. The footage is available online at www.whistlerbike.com.
The winner of the bike will be selected in a draw. Entry is also at www.whistlerbike.com.
Crankworx seeking volunteers
The Kokanee Crankworx freeride mountain bike festival is one of the biggest events of its kind in the world, with nine days of exhibitions and events taking place from Aug. 9 to 17. As a result the organizers are looking for more than 300 volunteers to fill 900 shifts during the festival.