Race Report: Geoff Kabush & Laurie Arseneault Go Fastest Day 2 of the 2021 BC Bike Race

Oct 5, 2021
by BC Bike Race  

Location: Summerland
Trail Network: Trail Networks, Cartwright and Conkle
Distance Total: 35km (32Km on the clock)
Vertical: 972 meters
Presented By: SHIMANO
Photo Credit: Dave Silver


Today’s race in Summerland was composed of two-timed stages. This picturesque agricultural valley has amazing mountain biking on either end of it, with Cartwright to the north and Conkle to the south. A small neutral connection of three kilometers between the two mountains enabled racers to rest and refuel before hitting the throttle again for round two of the day. The cool morning air gave way to 18-degree temperatures and bluebird skies providing unparalleled views of the South Okanagan beauty.



With yesterday’s gnar-fest done and dusted the field of racers is beginning to settle down. Yesterday was costly for some athletes like Karsten Madsen, Geoff Kabush, and Corey Wallace (all three suffered mechanicals in the form of flat tires). They may have lost a chance for the overall, we’ll see. That being said, today was another day and another chance to shine. Kabush, the consummate champion, took full advantage and won the day, while Laurie Arseneault floated effortlessly down the trails, and continued to pad her lead. Haley Smith and Katelyn Button are riding strongly in 2nd and 3rd, and this is a stage race with more gnar on the agenda, anything can happen. Four more days remain, with Stage 4 (Day 3) kicking off on Apex Mountain tomorrow, at 10am. The vibe is good, the singletrack plentiful and everyone is breathing easier; excited and happy to get back to good-ol-mountain bike racing.


Stage Results (Stage 2 and 3 Combined Results)

Open Womens

Laurie Arseneault - 1:43:37

Haley Smith - 1:48:55

Katelyn Button - 1:51:19

Overall Open Womens Leader – Laurie Arseneault

Open Mens

Geoff Kabush - 1:28:53

Felix Burke - 1:29:16

Andrew L’Esperance - 1:30:16

Overall Open Mens Leader – Andrew L’Esperance

Team of 2 Mixed

Emily Batty, Adam Morka - 1:52:25

Julie Pheonix, Rob Phoenix - 2:20:12

Kathy Beresford, Andy Smallman - 2:23:11

Overall Team of 2 Mixed Leaders – Emily Batty, Adam Morka

Results 40+ Women

Bryna Blanchard - 2:03:55

Kimberly Quinlan - 2:05:06

Lyndsay Wrightson - 2:07:50

Overall 40+ Womens Leader – Kimberly Quinlan

Results 40+ Men

Eric Tourville - 1:37:45

Graeme Martindale - 1:38:32

Paul Cobham - 1:42:51

Overall 40+ Mens Leader – Eric Tourville

Results 50+ Women

Grace Menning - 2:06:00

Christine Soucy - 2:09:32

Tamara Blythe - 2:16:42

Overall 50+ Womens Leader – Grace Menning

Results 50+ Men

Paul Berry - 1:47:12

Alan Kriss - 1:48:24

John Peachell - 1:50:16

Overall 50+ Men Leader – Paul Berry

Results 60+ Men

Joe Haegert - 2:22:02

Robin Sydneysmith - 2:30:06

Graeme Fitch - 2:41:14

Overall 60+ Men Leader - Joe Haegart

Team of 2 Open Mens

James Clift, Dave Johnson - 1:56:23

Doan Galarneau, Brett Marcoux - 2:04:49

Dietmar Pratz, Mark Ashton - 2:07:55

Overall Team of 2, Open Mens Leaders – James Clift, Dave Johnson

Team of 2 Veterans 80+

John Bula, Taylor Little - 1:50:56

Mark Jansen, Peter Tonkin - 1:50:56

Aaron Heffey, Phil Hess - 2:02:57

Overall Team of 2, 80+ Leaders – John Bula, Taylor LIttle

Full Results Here

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  • 14 0
 Nice! Down country world championships. Would love to see bike checks
  • 4 0
 Always flat tires when people come to the Okanagan. So many sharp edged features in them hills. I'm eager to see more coverage and maybe some bike checks?
  • 6 0
 Wow, 80+ class! I hope to get there sometime...
  • 3 0
 Pretty sure that’s two people who’s cumulative age is beyond 80.
  • 1 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: Thanks for the clarification... anyway, I wish I'll still be riding at 80. Big Grin
  • 5 2
 Wow, only 3 people showed up in each category. Looks like a lot more in the photos!
  • 1 0
 Participation capped at 3 per category due to COVID. ;-)
  • 2 0
 Bring beefy tires to ride here... light and fast ends up flat and slow pretty quick!
  • 2 0
 Imagine being the Phoenix duo and seeing the Batty/Morka team in front of you.
  • 3 1
 Weird how there are only like 30 racers!
  • 2 0
 Go Paul Berry! Keep killing it!
  • 1 0
 Great to see the event held here in the Okanagan. So much going on this fall with Crankworx and now BC Bike Race!

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