Day Three of the Trans BC Enduro presented by Stages Cycling
defined “steep” in unfathomable ways when racers were confronted with the decision to commit and grip, slide and ride, or scamper down Mount 7, host of the legendary Psychosis race, 1998-2008
What goes down, must go up first. Racers were greeted with a steep access climb from the shuttle drop-off to pedal, push, and pull their bike up a festival of roots. From the summit, endless views showcased paragliders floating in the distant haze from recent wildfires.
Racers descended steep chutes to the start line, providing the opportunity to enjoy the views along a very exposed ridgeline before clipping in for fresh tracks down the “real” stage one. Nothing but hooting and hollering off the start line, chirping brakes in the middle of more steep and loose chutes, and sounds of elated relief at the bottom, echoed in the hillsides.
Little did racers know, but Stage 1 was merely the warm-up to Stage 3.
The connector to stage two was a quick jaunt across the lower Mountain Shadow
trail system to connect with an amalgamation of Magic Dragon
, Huff and Puff
, and Chute the Duck
back to the aid station. Keep your head up, and you’ll find spicy double and bonus features amidst the punchy ups and fast corners.
After a quick refuel at the aid station, racers were back on the pedals for six kilometers, before being treated with a shuttle bump almost to the top of stage three. Originally, the top of stage three was routed around Summit
, a long flowy traverse contouring from a paragliding launch point. But in true fashion of the Trans BC Enduro, the double black diamond line down Dead Dog
was opened for those who dared to enter the “A” line.
Approximately one-third of the racers dropped into Dead Dog, including the top three Open Women— Casey Brown (Revelstoke, B.C.), Emily Slaco (Pemberton, B.C.) and ALN (Quebec City, QUE), after a discussion concluded with Slaco pretending like she was scoping out the entrance, and then dropping in unannounced.
Although the Psychosis Race is long gone, it will always be remembered as “the most demented downhill mountain bike race” and where Mark Haimes and Reg Mullett set the world record for “Greatest Vertical Descent on a Mountain Bike in 24 Hours
” by completing 27 laps of the Mount 7 Psychosis race course for a total of 107,604 vertical feet.
“It was pretty gnarly today, and there were definitely a few spots that were way over my head,” said Mical Dyck (Cumberland, B.C.) Open Women, who took third place in the 2016 Trans BC Enduro
. “Coming from cross country, I don’t know to ride a lot of that stuff. It’s definitely a steep learning curve in a race format, but you learn how to ride above your level in the moment.”
The fourth and final stage of the day calmed the adrenal glands with a fast, fun and relatively flowy mixed with tech descent down 5 km
and True Value/3 km
“Stage 4 was just bliss and pure easy mountain biking. Little drops and a bunch of lines. It ended my day with a smile on my face. Megan knows how to make us smile even when we want to hate her up steep hike-a-bike sections,” Baril said. Both the Open Men’s and Open Women’s fields have remained highly competitive. Brown has stretched her lead over two and half minutes to ALN, and Slaco less than two minutes behind. Remi Gauvin sunk another 21 seconds into Clementz, keeping JC’s lead at a mere six seconds after 1 hr 22 minutes 10 seconds of racing. Pete Ostroski bridged back into third place after a strong third place on day three.
For Day Four, the Trans BC Enduro continues its streak in Golden, B.C. for another day of upping the ante at Kicking Horse Resort
. Stay tuned to Pinkbike
for updates all week long from 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
, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.transbcenduro.com
Full results can be found HERE
. Check out footage from Trans BC Enduro, Day Two in Panorama.
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 raced 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.