Yeah Bro! Sunny Sun Peaks -
Fast was the most common word from racers about the course in the 3rd leg of the Cycling BC - BC Cup Downhill Series at the beautiful resort municipality of Sun Peaks. Mother Nature did show her teeth for a brief moment. In the early morning of Sunday a thunder storm crossed the resort and toppled several team and organizer tents. But organizers were not deterred, the event started on time and was a great success.
During the end of day ceremonies Henry Pejril was recognized for his dedication to the sport with an induction into the Cycling BC Hall of Fame. With over 16 years of continuous dedication to the sport of downhill mountain bike racing, Henry has been instrumental to the organization and execution of many of the race in the series. “ I raced my first BC Cup DH in 1996 in Kamloops, Henry was there through all the years I raced and was always supportive and fair. “He truly cares about the sport. This is shown in the fact that he still puts on some of the best races anywhere.” says C4 Racing Coach, Cory Leclerc. “I am not surprised that my old buddy Henry is behind the return of World Cup Downhill Racing to British Columbia" concludes Cory.
Keith Ryan, Cycling BC Executive Director also announced that Cycling BC with the help of Henry and other volunteers have been working diligently to secure a World Cup Downhill race for Canada and in particular at Sun Peaks within the next 2 years. Stay tuned for more info.
The fastest time of the day was accomplished not by one, but 2 individuals. Both Jamie Biluk and Kirk McDowall in the Elite Men’s category completed the course in a blazing fast 3:39.99. Third place went to Daniel Sims with a time of 3:40.95.
In the Elite Women category the top spot went to Katherine Short completing the course in 4:19.90, followed by Kristen Smart at 4:26.22 and Tara Mowat at 4:31.65.
Lee Jackson of C4 Racing in Squamish completed the course ahead of his rivals to lead the Junior expert men's category with a time of 3:44.43. Forest Riesco 3:45.93 finished second and Branden Ostoforoff 3:49.36 third.For complete results click here.
A huge thank you to all the volunteers that make this and every event on the BC Cup Downhill series such a great success.
See you at SilverStar next weekend!
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