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B.C. Bike Race shows off the province

400 km-plus epic focuses on singletrack

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Without the crash and getting lost, Dr. Zeglinski believes they could have won their category. "But that's racing," she said.

She gave credit to her teammate for being the stronger rider.

"Brandi was riding like a pro out there," she said. "A lot of the time she was at maybe 60 per cent of her maximum heart rate, and she'd be out there chatting to people while I'm drooling and bug-eyed trying to keep up the pace."

But Dr. Zeglinski was proud of her ability to race the more technical trails.

"The fact is that we would have placed ninth in open men and fourth in the mixed category, with all those pro riders in there," she said. "You could really tell the people who were used to riding this type of trail, I talked to people from all over, like Texas or wherever, and most of the people had never even seen this type of riding before."

Dr. Zeglinski plans to ride closer to home for the rest of the season, taking part in the GearJammer, Just Another Bike Race, Cheakamus Challenge and other local events.

American rider Chris Sheppard won the solo category in 18:17.32, followed by Jason Sager in 18:25:27. The top Canadian, in third place, was Cory Wallace in 19:02:07.

Colin Kerr, a fixture at Sea to Sky races, was fourth in 19:04:12. Whistler's Duncan Mackenzie placed 24 th in 23:27:15.

Nanaimo's Melanie McQuaid destroyed the field in the women's solo category, finishing in 22:22:18, almost two hours ahead of Ingrid Rolles of the U.S. who finished in 24:21:51. Katy Curtis of Canada was third in 24:38:30.

Whistler's Sarah O'Byrne had a solid ride from start to finish and completed the epic in 30:56:03 to rank 11 th .

In the solo masters women, Penny Cameron of Whistler placed fifth in 29:55:38.

In the Team of Two Open Men category the Kona team of Kris Sneddon and Barry Wicks won six of eight stages with a combined time of 18:34:21. The team of Branden Stewart and Max Knox of South Africa placed second in 19:09:53. The Rocky Mountain Factory Team of Marty Lazarski and Stefan Widmer was third in 19:23:39.

Team Squamish, Kelly Servinski and Dwayne Kress, were fourth in 20:18:34.

In the women's team category the third place team was the Steedettes, Colleen Little and Mary Shaughnessy, in 30:12:19.

The mixed team category saw Canada's top World Cup cross-country riders, Olympians Geoff Kabush and Catharine Pendrel, join up as Maxxis/Rocky Mountain/Luna Pro. They completed the race in 20:27:54. Jeff Neilson and Mical Dyck, Team Nelson, had an extremely good ride to place within an hour of Maxxis in 21:37:23. Kona-Frontrunners, Wendy Simms and Normon Thibault, were third in 22:01:50.

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