The top mountain bikers in the province headed to Mission last weekend to ride in the annual Bear Mountain Challenge cross country and downhill races.
The cross country race on Saturday was on the technical side, but no amount of rock or root seems to slow down the current crop of racers.
Whistler's Jesse Melamed filed away another win with his time of 1 hour, 37 minutes in the Junior Men 17 to 18 category. Quinn Moberg and Jereomy Pelletier of Squamish were second and third in 1:40:03 and 1:59:49 respectively. Alex Toews of Team Squamish was fifth in 2:19:16.
The field for the downhill race was huge with close to 250 riders taking on a long, technical course that was voted the best on the B.C. Cup circuit last year.
In Under 19 Citizen Men, Adison MacDonald of Whistler was fourth in 4 minutes 39.60 seconds. Mason Moberg of Squamish was 10 th in 4:57.17.
Sam Currie of Pemberton was 21 st in 19 to 29 Citizen Men in 5:13.93.
Whistler's Jack Iles won the Under 15 Men's race in 4:14.20.
Jordan Gosteli of Squamish was second in Under 17 Men in 3:54.43. Whistler's Xander Geddes was sixth in 4:11.55.
Jesse Ballhausen of Pemberton was sixth in Senior Men 19 to 29 in 4:10.07. Florent Carreyron of Whistler was 11 th in 4:11.27, Clinton Gould of Squamish was 19 th in 4:17.27, Leo Brandvold of Squamish was 33 rd in 4:37.87, and Rhys Ellison 40 th in 5:03.44.
Derek Timmerman of Squamish was third in Master 40 to 49 in 4:36.88.
Clory Leclerc of Squamish was third in Master 30 to 39 Men in 3:57.44.
Lauren Rosser of Squamish was first in Junior Women 15 to 18 in 4:26.65.
In Junior Men 17 to 18, Max Horner of Whistler placed sixth in 3:54.98.
Squamish's Miranda Miller won the Elite Women category in 4:28.96. Whistler's Dawn Cashen was third in 4:50.72, Pemberton's Jamie Hill was fourth in 4:52.30, Kari Mancer of Whistler sixth in 5:11.17 and Kristen Courtney of Squamish seventh in 5:12.36.
In Elite Men, Trevor Burke of Whistler placed ninth in 3:53.07, Brett Pengelley was 19 th in 4:02.18 and Kyle McDonald 26 th in 4:16.55.
Local riders brave Arduum Challenge
The Arduum Challenge B.C. Cup downhill has always enjoyed a reputation of being a little harder than the rest. The trail winds down a mountainside outside of Mission, with some incredible steep, narrow and rooty sections where it's a challenge to remain on course, much less on your bike.
In the June 20 event, Jordan Gosteli of Sqaumish placed first in Under 17 Men in three minutes, 46.67 seconds. Also in the category, Jackson Lee of Squamish was fifth in 3:57.79, Kip Shortreed of Squamish eighth in 4:15.68, Alexander Geddes of Whistler ninth in 4:15.77 and Jonny Dempsey of Squamish 14 th in 4:48.95.
Berend Boer placed third in 19 to 29 Citizen Men in 3:52.65, while Sam Butler placed 11 th .
John Rempel was 13 th in Senior Men 19 to 29 in 4:13.23, while Florent Carreyron was 32snd in 4:55.14.
In Master 40 to 49 Men, Derek Timmerman of Squamish was fourth in 4:36.29.
In Master 30 to 39 Men Cory Leclerc of Squamish was first in 3:34.50. Bruce Pomeroy was sixth in 4:13.33 and Yanik Gaudette eighth in 4:30.88.
Whistler's Nick Geddes topped Junior Men 17 to 18 in 3:23.09.
Celina Moore of Squamish was second in Elite Women in 4:59.43. Whistler's Dawn Cashen was third in 5:07.16. Kari Mancer of Whistler was fifth in 5:11.48 and Kristen Courtney of Squamish 10 th in 5:36.30.
Tyler Allison of Whistler was 11 th in Elite Men in 3:38.66. Kyle McDonald was 23 rd in 3:55.00 and Trevor Burke 26 th in 4:04.53. Kevin Landry of Squamish was 30 th in 4:19.14.