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Ryan, Allen top Four Jacks

Four stage race puts mountain bike skills to the test

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Overall Men:

1. Matt Ryan - 13.5 points

2. Dave Burch - 24

2. Kevin Phelps - 24

4. Chris Johnston - 29

5. Greg Grant - 36

5. Dylan Wolsky - 36

7. James McSkimming - 29

8. Oliver Kristevic - 55

9. Paul Stevens - 61

10. Greg McDonnell - 63

Overall Women:

1. Sylvie Allen - 5.25

2. Fanny Paquette - 12.75

3. Katrina Strand - 12

4. Nicole Heisterman - 22

5. Paige Bell - 25

6. Robin O'Neill - 27

7. Lynda Cowan - 36

7. Gloria Addario - 36

9. Lisa Korthals - 37

10. Marla Zucht - 47

The Winning Bikes:

Bike and component choice was part of the overall strategy in the Four Jacks race, and there was even doping control to check bikes at the end of every stage to make sure everything was the same as when the riders registered.

Matt Ryan was riding a Specialized Stumpjumper with a 2.2 Captain tire up front and a 2.0 Captain on the back. Both were tubeless, and could run at lower pressure on the technical days.

He also switched up his disk brakes to the newest Magura line, and put a seven inch rotor up front and a six inch in the back.

One change - which Ryan said was key to his ride - was the use of a Crank Brothers Joplin adjustable seat post with a remote that allowed him to adjust his height on the fly. "I used that all the time," he said.

Sylvie Allen was riding a stock Norco Fluid with some fatter tires - a 2.35 Maxxis Minion up front and a 2.35 High Roller in the back. She went tubeless on both, and made it through the entire ride without a single flat - which was just as well as the only replacement tube she brought with her had a hole in it.

Her secret was to lower her air pressure for the downhill and for stage four, which takes place on the rockiest, most rugged terrain in Whistler. That's why they call it the no-flow zone.