Singletrack 6: Day 5, Golden, BC

Jul 28, 2016 at 11:11
by Nick Verde  

Distance: 31 km
Elevation Gain: 1200m*
Timed Descent: 1.7 km, 300m descending
Aid/CP: 11km, 24km


location Golden B.C. Canada Photo Jean McAllister John Gibson of Gibson Pictures

Day 5 of Singletrack 6 began in the heart of Kicking Horse Country, in Golden, BC. Serving as an access point to no less than six National Parks (Banff, Glacier, Kootenay, Jasper, Mt. Revelstoke, and Yoho), scenery and terrain are all-time.

location Golden B.C. Canada Photo Jean McAllister John Gibson of Gibson Pictures

location Golden B.C. Canada Photo Jean McAllister John Gibson of Gibson Pictures

With the support of local government and the Golden Cycling Club trail builders, this town of 4500 is mad for mountain biking.

location Golden B.C. Canada Photo Jean McAllister John Gibson of Gibson Pictures

location Golden B.C. Canada Photo Jean McAllister John Gibson of Gibson Pictures

After a night in Kimberley, riders were transported via HWY 95 on a 235 km shuttle north to Golden. The 31 km day began in downtown Golden as riders rolled out to sample a host of pristine trails expertly-built and maintained by the Golden Cycling Club.

location Golden B.C. Canada Photo Jean McAllister John Gibson of Gibson Pictures

Sonya Looney 1st Place Stage 5 ST6 Open Women Photo Jean McAllister John Gibson of Gibson Pictures

Mountain Shadows trail network was first up. The stage started in the Town Centre at Spirit Square, and after some road climbing to spread the group out, riders converged on the “Grand Opening” on Schacher Trail, a brand new, machine-built singletrack climb up the slopes of Mount 7. A major effort for the Golden Cycling Club for years, the professionally-built trail is a major asset to the town’s collection of trails.

Anthony Smith Bike Magazine Photo Jean McAllister John Gibson of Gibson Pictures

location Golden B.C. Canada Photo Jean McAllister John Gibson of Gibson Pictures

From there, it was on to the Mount 7 DH trail for the timed descent, a fast and steep bomb down to the main Mountain Shadows network. Trails like Cliff Side and Rock About provided for one of the more technical timed descents of the whole week. Riders then made their way back into Golden with a finish in Spirit Square on the banks of the Kicking Horse River.

Christophe Zimmermann amp Tobias 2nd Place Stage 5 ST6 Team 80 Men Photo Jean McAllister John Gibson of Gibson Pictures

Kate Aardal 2nd place Stage 5 ST6 Open Women Photo Jean McAllister John Gibson of Gibson Pictures

location Golden B.C. Canada Photo Jean McAllister John Gibson of Gibson Pictures

Shane Kroeger 2nd Place ST6 40 Men Stage 5 Photo Jean McAllister John Gibson of Gibson Pictures

Justin Mark 1st Place ST6 40 Solo Men Photo Jean McAllister John Gibson of Gibson Pictures

location Golden B.C. Canada Photo Jean McAllister John Gibson of Gibson Pictures

location Golden B.C. Canada Photo Jean McAllister John Gibson of Gibson Pictures

Results:

-Timed Descent-

Open Women
Julie Marshall - Golden, CAN - 0:04:29.8
Carmen Labbe - Montreal, CAN - 0:04:47.7
Wendy Simms - Nanaimo, CAN - 0:04:52.0
Sonya Looney - Kelowna, CAN - 0:04:55.2
Ali Wilson - Kimberley, CAN - 0:05:17.5

Open Men
Shane Kroegen - Golden, CAN - 0:03:46.9
Chris Benson - West Hawk Lane, CAN - 0:03:53.4
Peter Watson - Kelowna, CAN - 0:03:56.2
Michael Boehm - Whistler, CAN - 0:04:05.7
Patrick Chartrand - Ste-Marguerite-Du-Lac-Masson, CAN - 0:04:08.1

-Stage 5-

Open Women
Sonya Looney - Kelowna, CAN - 2:03:45.4 - GC: 11:36:32.1 (1)
Kate Aardal - Calgary, CAN - 2:05:03.6 - GC: 11:47:47.5 (2)
Jodie Willst - Coorparoo, AUS - 2:05:38.5 - GC: 12:10:43.1 (4)
Kathryn McInerney - Kelowna, BC - 2:06:45.8 - GC: 12:11:23.9 (5)
Marlee Dixon - Breckenridge, USA - 2:06:46.9 - GC: 12:08:53.0 (3)

Open Men
Manuel Weissenbacher - Grosgrain, AUT - 1:45:21.7 - GC: 10:07:57.6 (2)
Mathieu Belanger-Barrette - Quebec, CAN - 1:46:13.9 - GC: 10:02:03.0 (1)
Marc-Andre Daigle - 1:47:38.6 - GC: 10:17:03.5 (4)
Peter Watson - Kelowna, CAN - 1:48:03.0 - GC: 10:20:46.5 (5)
Patrick Chartrand - Ste-Marguerite-Du-Lac-Masson, CAN - 1:49:18.3 - GC: 10:23:02.6 (7)

Golden mountain biking trails


MENTIONS: @Singletrack6ridethewest / @nverdeick99

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8 Comments

  • + 7
 I have a kona operator do you think I would do well in this race ? Im also a male.
  • + 6
 Guaranteed to win, I'd say!
  • + 4
 Better upgrade to the Supreme Operator just to be sure you clinch the victory...
  • + 3
 im certain you can but only if you own some lycra.
  • + 4
 Golden BC is such a pretty place. Kicking Horse river valley is amazing.
  • + 2
 Yes Golden is rad, but shhhhh don't tell anyone!!!

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