Trans BC Enduro: Day Five, Revelstoke - the Soul Crusher

Jul 15, 2017
by Megan Rose  


Day five of the Trans BC Enduro presented by Stages Cycling brought riders to grips with their limits—hot temperatures, long, grinding transitions, and physically demanding stages left many riders looking to their hands as the culprit of today’s pitfalls.



Stage 5 on Day 5 of the Trans BC Enduro in Revelstoke B.C.
Stage 5 on Day 5 of the Trans BC Enduro in Revelstoke B.C.

This has always been a part of Megan Rose’s master plan on her multi-day events. “I always like to make the eve of the finale the hardest day. It gives riders a peak to accomplish, and makes the last day of racing even more satisfying,” Rose said.

Megan Rose testing track before the racers drop
Megan Rose testing track before the racers drop

Racers were taken on a scenic tour through the Selkirk Mountains and the heart of Glacier National Park via Rogers Pass to arrive in Revelstoke by 9 a.m. Changing time zones added an extra hour to the day which gave racers additional time to climb the 1,784m as promised.

Hitting the road to Revelstoke
Hitting the road to Revelstoke!


“Coming from Australia, the mountains are not as big. This race has been a game changer for me,” said Sarsha Huntington (Brisbane, AUS) Open Women. “I have gotten a whole lot fitter and more technically savvy. After this week, I have definitely improved.”


Mount MacPherson was the launch point for the first two stages of the day, both blue groove warm-ups to get the legs pumping. “Stage 1 down TNT was a good warm-up for what will be the biggest day of the whole race— fast, flowy, short and lots of pedaling,” said Drew MacKenzie (Victoria, B.C.) Open Men.


Stage 5 on Day 5 of the Trans BC Enduro in Revelstoke B.C.

Tight Rope into Berm Donor were paired together for Stage 2, spitting racers out of the MacPherson trail network for a quick stop by the pub to fill up on water before heading across town on trails and back roads, thanks to Rose’s local knowledge.


Temperatures spiked around 32 degrees Celsius as racers trudged along the longest transition of the day. A creek flowing across the unsheltered access road provided splashing grounds for racers to cool off in, before cranking out the rest of the climb.

“I look forward to sharing reviews and tips on how to best prepare for this race,” said Alex Chamberlain (San Francisco, Calif.) best known for running a YouTube channel that covers mountain biking reviews, POV’s, bike hacks, and how-to’s. “I was running a 34-42 today, way too steep of a gear for all of the climbing that we do and definitely not needed on the sheer descents.

Chamberlain claims that Stage 3 down Boondocker was the best stage he had ever ridden in his life. “It was super rough, long, steep, with a bunch of line choices— but didn’t scare you.”


Stage 3 on Day 5 of the Trans BC Enduro in Revelstoke B.C.
Stage 3 on Day 5 of the Trans BC Enduro in Revelstoke B.C.

Remi Gauvin (Squamish, B.C.), who was chasing Jerome Clementz all week, took a big spill on Stage 3. “My back and head are a little sore from the jump line on Hotdog Hallway,” Gauvin said. “I have ridden those jumps off the bigger lips, but since they were taped, I hit the smaller lips, got bucked and landed flat and crashed. I went and bought a new bar, installed it, drove back out and shuttled back up to Stage 4 to finish out the day.”


Although Gauvin is now out of the running for the overall, he'll be coming into the final day full gas. “The least I can do is win the final day,” Gauvin said.


The mid-way point of the day landed riders a shuttle bump into the Frisby neck of the woods for the longest descent of the day down Ultimate Frisby. Consistently downhill, with small tech to keep your attention, this off-shoot of the infamous Frisby trail network is like your favorite t-shirt – nothing outrageous, but you go back to it again and again for its pure quality.


“Instead of racing this year, I have been volunteering as a course marshal, and it has been fun to ride everything at the pace I want to ride, enjoy the scenery and other people,” said Alex Petitdemange (Sedona, Ariz.) course sweep. “Also, seeing everything from the organizational perspective has been quite phenomenal.”

Stage 5 on Day 5 of the Trans BC Enduro in Revelstoke B.C.
Stage 5 on Day 5 of the Trans BC Enduro in Revelstoke B.C.

Another hot and sweaty transfer up a steep access road to the fifth and final stage threw some unexpected pushing into the day for some. Despite the heat, Day Five welcomed two guest riders to see where they lined up against the highly competitive fields.


“Revelstoke is the shit. I came to shred some of my favorite trails,” said Ted Morton (Kamloops, B.C.) Guest Rider. “I’m also out here to maintain my Strava times. I put all the starts and finishes in awkward spots to ensure that I kept my KOM’s.”

According to Morton, Stage 5 down Rednecks into Cash Advanced was “full noise” with steep, gnarly sections down the fall-line and across rock slabs.

Stage 5 on Day 5 of the Trans BC Enduro in Revelstoke B.C.
Stage 5 on Day 5 of the Trans BC Enduro in Revelstoke B.C.

Riders were on the last fume of gas coming down stage 5 on Day 5
Riders were on the last fume of gas coming down stage 5 on Day 5

“I had low expectations going into it, because we were very hot and tired,” said Phil Grove (Whitefish, Mont.) Open Men.

Ben Friele getting loose on stage 5
Ben Friele getting loose on stage 5

“But it was sweet because there were lots of catch-berms to slow your speed. It was a touch less steep than Golden, but a lot more rideable with great roots sections that you could bounce off. It ended up being my favourite stage of the day since I overestimated the caliber to begin with and enjoyed my time down it.”


Full results can be found HERE. Check out video action from Day 4 — Golden.

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The Trans BC Enduro concludes the epic week and it’s time Revelstoke in and around Revelstoke Mountain Resort, beginning with a gondola ride to retrieve breakfast from the top of the mountain.


Casey Brown (Revelstoke, CAN) stretched her lead to nearly four minutes, and Jerome Clementz now has 2 ½ minutes over Pete Ostrokski (USA). Joe Nation (NZL) bumped up into third. Race strategy may come into effect for our lead riders to maintain their position, but with enduro anything can happen at the flick of a tire.

Stage 5 on Day 5 of the Trans BC Enduro in Revelstoke B.C.
Pete Ostroski coming in hot.

Stage 3 on Day 5 of the Trans BC Enduro in Revelstoke B.C.
Casey Brown has been on fire all week.

Stay tuned to Pinkbike to see what happens on the final day the Trans BC Enduro. Hashtag your photos #transbcenduro to make their way onto the live stream of the Trans BC’s Media HQ.


A special thanks to Kazoom, Dissent, Tourism Revelstoke, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Fernie Alpine Resort, Panorama Ski Resort, Whitetooth Brewing and Monashee Distillery for additional support. The Trans BC operates under BC Singletrack Society, a non-profit society donating over $8000 to the trails and clubs from the 2017 Trans BC Enduro. For more information email megan@ridingbc.com or visit www.transbcenduro.com.

The Columbia River is looking good after the hot dry and dusty day of racing in Revelstoke Day 5
The Columbia River is looking good after the hot, dry and dusty day of racing in Revelstoke Day 5

ABOUT MEGAN ROSE — Megan has been riding and racing bikes all over the world for 13 years and organizing bike events for the past six years. She splits her time between British Columbia, Canada and New Zealand, running the BC Enduro Series and the new Trans BC for 2016, and running the Trans NZ race. Over the past two years Megan has personally races in over 24 enduro races, timed over 58 days worth of enduro races, and personally organized 22 enduro races. Megan and her team look forward to bringing you the best of the best from all of these perspectives.

ABOUT STAGES CYCLING — Stages Cycling LLC, based in Boulder, CO, launched the Stages Power meter at Interbike in September 2012. The new Stages Power meter immediately made waves for the power measurement category in all disciplines of cycling, including enduro, where the sport's top pros collect and trust its data for training and racing. Since the brand has expanded into the commercial and home fitness category with the SC3 commercial indoor cycling bike, with groundbreaking features including: CarbonGlyde featuring Gates CarbonDrive, SprintShift, FitLoc, RoadBar and, of course, the Stages Power meter. More information at stagescycling.com.



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20 Comments

  • + 9
 Not sure whether this has been mentioned elsewhere, but isn't it a shame that such great events like the Trans BC Enduro and the BCBR are simultaneously? I can imagine foreign riders would like to ride both if there were something like a week or so between the two (as they made it all the way over to BC anyway). I know these aren't exactly the same disciplines but with a middle of the road bike (they may call it trail or all mountain now, but it could be different next year) and some decent fitness and skill I guess you should be fine. Would be cool.
  • + 26
 I just finished the BCBR, and have ridden numerous BC/Canadian Enduros AND the TransBC last year. From the calibre of technical riding skills I saw at BCBR, I can tell you, without a single ounce of doubt, that a vast vast VAST majority of the BCBR riders would NOT be able to even remotely ride a single stage in the TransBC without ending up in the hospital. The amount of sketch descending I saw on not even really technical trails at BCBR would scare the shit out of me if I saw those same riders show up to an Enduro in BC.
  • + 4
 I did BCBR last year, and I also did the BC enduro series race in Golden in 2014. I totally agree, the technicality of the trails in BCBR are nowhere close to the stuff on the Trans BC/BC Enduro series. And a LOT of the international riders in BCBR struggled with that terrain.
  • + 6
 @bigmike9699: Allright then, I'm not saying it is for everyone as these are clearly different disciplines and I suppose competitors should/will be aware of that. But just like you attended both events I suppose there will be more who are capable of doing so. Of course the BCBR shouldn't already be at your technical limit but then again I believe people racing the Trans BC would enjoy the vibe of the BCBR too. So maybe we should look at it like that. People who race the Trans BC Enduro might enjoy having a go at the BCBR too?
  • + 2
 @vinay: you're right, and it's something organizers struggle with, especially when there is a race as established as BCBR. That all said, I think it's generally, two very different demographics, those who go to BCBR and those who go to TransBC. Megan put out a survey after last year's race asking if people wanted a July or September race, and it unanimously went for the July dates. So Megan listened to what riders said. The transBC still sells out (as does BCBR), so I don't think there's too much of an issue.
  • + 1
 @bigmike9699: Oh yeah, clear. I thought it was something to at least look into. But it seems the organizers have already considered and researched the option, so I guess it is all good now. It is not for me personally. If I ever make it over there, I'll probably hook up with a small group and/or a local guide and ride like that. Someone I rode with once went with Big Bear (or something like that) and wholeheartedly recommends them. I once decided I won't ride races or big events anymore because what I see on my trails, the preparations kill the technical challenges (holes, roots etc) and then the event completely rips it apart. Because racers often are more interested in their finish time and personal safety than the most gracious and sustainable way to tackle these challenges. Don't get me wrong. I'm by no means slamming these events, organizers or attendees. I actually think these are great and I probably would love them. I think it is a bit like driving a fast car. It is fun but you also know it is bad (for the environment). So I pick the events I'd really really love to have a go at keep it at that. And yeah, for these BC events it may still be decent as it isn't a multi-lap race (like a typical XC race) or a full week of training and racing (like the Megavalance). I really felt for whoevers home trails the lower sections were there. These were pretty much ridden to pulp. What you have over there is probably a much better approach!
  • + 9
 Who is this "Dave Five Revelstoke"?
  • + 4
 Dave is the older brother of Ben Folds
  • + 2
 Since when is Frisbee DH called Ultimate Frisbee? I've always known Frisbee Ridge descent combined with Frisbee DH to be the Ultimate Frisbee...unless I've had it wrong all this time, which could be?!?

Anyways, what a rad TransBC Megan organized this year and looks like opposite weather conditions from last year.
  • + 1
 It's not just you, that's what I always thought too.
  • + 3
 Highly recommend checking out the Alex Chamberlain YouTube channel, his a good dude making great entertaining videos.
  • + 1
 He is a bit awkward on camera, but it's a decent channel, nonetheless. He's a good rider with some helpful tips.
  • + 2
 Big shout-out to all 3 photographers on this event, great coverage and some seriously awesome work here!
  • + 3
 Rednecks to Cash Advanced is one hell of a stage to finish on.
  • + 3
 Oh Ted, hahahahaha! Me = volunteer next year?! Wink
  • + 1
 Rode the transnz this year and would love to ride the transbc having kept up to date via pink bike. Better start saving!!!
  • + 1
 Boondocker was one of my favorite trails in BC as well. So many good time to be had in Revelstoke. I wanna go back.
  • + 1
 Was Casey Brown the only female racing?
  • + 2
 Dave Five
  • + 1
 Looks like it's been dry at the stoke

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