As the Dunbar Summer Series caravan left Panorama en route to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for the 8th Western Open BC Cup, the smoke-filled skies were daunting, to say the least. To hear that the Kamloops Marathon was canceled due to wildfires and refuge offered to those displaced from their homes, to say that we were “up against it” was an understatement. We kept our eye on the skies and tried to maintain hope that the event would go off as planned. As it so happened, luck was on our side – the smoke cleared just in time for the weekend’s events to get started.
The annual Psychosis Ride on Mt 7 started things off on Thursday – Dead Dog trail hosted 30 riders in 5 trucks, led by Chris Kovarik and Claire Buchar. Though it rained on our way up the hill, the sun came out to create perfect conditions. This tradition is a highlight on the Dunbar Summer Series circuit, without a doubt
As race day rolled in, we were treated to clear skies and slight rain. We hoped the rain would extend further into the mountains to help alleviate the quickly spreading wildfires, but that was not to be. We were fortunate that there was not one visit to the hospital from the racers. We ran on time like every event that is part of the Dunbar Summer Series. But most of all, everyone got to experience the great vibe that these events exude, a family of racers and volunteers, hanging out in the pit tents, close to the action. With a bbq, gondola, finish, and coral all in the same area. It made for an epic event.
In the end, after an exciting day of racing, Chris Kovarik and Luke Stevens were the only racers to come in under the four-minute benchmark with a 3:55:67 and 3:58:09 respectively. Special Awards -
Garrett Macintosh won the Kore Components award for being injured, but still attending both Panorama the Western Open and cheering on the racers trackside all day long.
Steve Sherlock and Zac Allman won the Parent of the Weekend award for the support they show their kids and for just being all around rad dads!
Kendall McLean and Piper Allman took home brand new watches from Vancouver’s own Momentum Watches for laying down the two fastest amateur times on race day. This is Kendall's second consecutive win on the Dunbar Summer Series this far; I expect he will have amassed quite the collection before the season is over.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to the medical staff, officials, and volunteers for making this event one of the best every year! Special thanks to KHMR’s own, Emile and to Caroline Black for making sure registration ran fast and smooth!
Next up on the Dunbar Cycles Summer Series: Big White
September 3rd, 2017.
Registration for the Big White BC Cup can be found here: www.CCNBIKES.com
Top of Mt. 7 before dropping into Dead Dog to re-live the memory of the famous Psychosis event.
Claire Buchar dropping into the scree slope before things really get steep.
Pit setup at the Western Open is second to none... Everything in one place.
Greg Franson, Master 30 to 39 Men.
Laurie Citynsky Elite Women followed by her mechanic Steve Wong.
Huck to Flat winner, Conlan Reis pushing things to a new level with a 48.8-foot jump to flat.
Dunbar's own Aziz using all of his V10's suspension.
Defending champ, Cody Macarthur sending it 45.4 feet and second place.
Conlan Reis set an unreal new record by over 4 feet compared to 2016's 44 feet winning distance.
Jason Louden winning best tattoo with his Stevie Smith Chainsaw.
Jon Mozell vs. Brett Cris at the riders meeting tire changing competition.
Travis Roesner, Elite Men.
Zep Coach, Rhys Ellis, Elite Men.
Alex Silverthorne, Elite Men.
Michelle Griffiths, Elite Women.
Joshua Fultz Veinotte, Jr. Expert Men.
Garrett Macintosh cheering on Logan Van Eesteren from Jr. Expert Men.
Kore Components award winner, Garrett Macintosh.
Parents of the weekend award winners, Steve Sherlock and Zac Allman.
Momentum Watches fastest amateurs, Kendall McLean (4:05.9
and Piper Allman (5:16.33).
Master 50 Plus Men, 1st - Don Van Eesteren 4:34.39, 2nd - John Nihsner, 3rd - Pete Zablotny.
Senior Men, 1st - Mark Allison 4:18.41, 2nd - Caleb Harapniuk, 3rd - Nat McGrath.
Elite Women, 1st - Claire Buchar 4:30.80, 2nd - Michelle Griffiths, 3rd - Laurie Citynski.
Registration for the complete Dunbar Summer Series can be found here: www.CCNBIKES.com