After tasting a sample of Kelowa Crawford’s trails during yesterday’s introduction, I moved on to Stage 1 of the 2022 BC Bike Race for the full meal deal. After it rained all night, the trails were in all conditions for a full 40.5km ride on the local classics.
After a quick loop to wake up the legs, the contestants made their way up an 8 kilometer hike toward the first big descent. Vapor is an offbeat local classic, with big rock tricks and endless roots and corners offering some real curling moments and a first week sample of bc art riding. After a full kilometer descent, the climb on the second days was a 6.5 kilometer leg drain and a transverse double track. The reward was a descent at high speed along the edge of Crawford Valley. Sweeping angles and stunning vistas removed the sting from the day’s climb as the riders descended towards the valley below. A few kilometers rolling during the regrowth of a historic burn added some atmosphere to ending the day. Like the forest around them, the riders’ legs now have a day to recover, as well as moving to Salmon Arm for stage two.
After a long first day, the runners started setting their pace. Barry Landau They traveled to the Okanagan River with a group of six doctors who work and travel together in Bellingham, Washington. The BC Bike Race is a change of terrain and pace for the crew of PNW residents. Like long days in the saddle.”
“When we decided to do it a year ago, it was a big project to get in shape enough to make it happen. We’ve kept it under control today, and we know it’s been a long week. It’s been on the list a long time and we wanted to get it done before we got too old.”
This saddle time is part of the group’s allure.
Then there is the single track.
“I really enjoyed the first descent from the relief station,” Landau says. Being from Bellingham, our specialty is wet roots. But we really do have a great time on these tracks.”
A new leader and a long-awaited return
After testing the legs and competing with a short introduction, Saturday was the first real test of who could compete for this year’s win. While it’s a long week on unfamiliar trails, the first leaders have emerged.
At the forefront of the women’s race Catherine Pendrell Set the pace early. The recently retired world champion positioned herself at the forefront of the inaugural stage one ascent, but with Sandra Walter Locked on her cupboard.
“Yesterday, it all came out. I thought if I could get time off the gun it would be fine,” Walter said of adjusting to the longer day after her choppy time at the front. [Pendrel] He actually drove her today, and she was going really hard.”
By the time they reached the highest point of the stage, Walter was in the lead. At the finish line, she had amassed an advantage of over eight minutes.
“You always have to manage your effort, but I’m still racing. Anything can happen,” Walter said of her strategy this week. If I get a mechanic, I could lose a lot of time. You want to make sure you have a buffer.”
Walter is back at BC Bike Race for the first time in a decade. The Coquitlam 3rd Edition rider made his debut in 2009 in the Mixed Team category. That year, Pendrel won the women’s race with her teammate Lun Chix Catherine Nash. A lot has changed in the decade since then. The stages are shorter and heavier in mono.
“From my personal point of view, it’s more fun than suffering over longer distances,” Walter said of the change. Canadian BCBR has chosen to end its season. “Honestly, I’ve been looking forward to this whole season. It’s my reward. I love World Cup racing, but it takes a lot of effort and mental energy. Racing this one, is a celebration of my season. I try to be more relaxed about it, but I still want to win.”
Chloe Cross Its first platform, BCBR, lands in 2022, in third place. But Lauren Cantwell And the Amity Rockwell After that, they are spaced one minute apart, forming a fierce battle for the podium positions.
A new leader appeared in the men’s competition. After completing a two-second delay Women’s field look In Prologe Friday, Canadian National Champion Peter Desira The attack began as early as the first stage. The Norco rider crowned his first major climb alone, off the front, and never looked back. at the finish line, desert He had 1:31 over the next closest rider.
women fielder He made a sharp pass down a rocker roll to get ahead of the world-class road racer turned mountain biker Rob Brittonusing the net path to cement his second place in the day. Breton Difficult shipping delay Carter Newestig For the second climb, but couldn’t keep it going downhill at high speed until the end. Nieuwesteega native of Fernie, British Columbia, crushed the final touchdown to come close within 30 seconds of women fieldertakes third place on the day. Breton Finished fourth with veteran BCBR Jeff Kabosh Latent is not far from sixth place.
After two tough days at a singles track in Kelowna, the BC bike race says goodbye to Crawford and moves on to the salmon arm. The second stage is set to be a proper epic and one of two stages for Queen this week. It could also be one of the longest days in BC Bike Race’s 16-year history. 52km of racing, and 2,000m of incredible climbing, await racers at South Canoe, Larch Hills and Rubberhead Trails.
the first. Sandra Walter – 2:18:23
Second. Catherine Pendrell – 2:25:41
Third. Chloe Cross – 2:25:47
1 st. Peter Desira – 1:52:30
Second. Women’s Field Look – 1:54:12
Third. Carter Newsstage – 1:54:42
Signals: Dave Silver / Chris Stenberg / BC bike racing