David had the race on my calendar all year. Friends from the Kootenay's and Canmore region have told him that if you really want to test your endurance this is the race. It has the feel of an ultramarathon. Moments of bliss, followed by moments of doubt.
1. Don't forget to come to the Team Whistler Toonie tonight in Whistler which starts at Whistler Brewery in Function Junction. While there, seek out Tony and learn more about racing on Stan's No Tubes.
2. The Canada Cup XCO finals are here in two weeks on August 14th. Please spread the word to fellow riders as Team Whistler wants a cross country event to be successful here in the corridor - hoping more will come in the future and provide further opportunity to all our riders. There will be a full elite field to watch and for whom to cheer but if you are thinking about it take the plunghe and race the age categories!
3. If you can't make the boy's or girl's CAnadian Cycling camps on the 13th or 15th, consider the BC Camp:
See you on the trails!
After winning the 50+ category on day one and two, Tony Routley is pleased to share the following from the TransRockies Mountain Bike Race.
Day two of the TransRockies Challenge began in similar fashion to the first. Rolling out of bed in the morning riders were once again treated to blue skies and crisp, clean mountain air. A 9 AM start was the order of the day and, once again, the TR3 and TR7 contingent along with the one day TransFondo riders were lead down Victoria Ave by the historic Fernie fire engine. A 44.5 km loop with 1700m of elevation gain would see the riders start and finish in the same location. The 30 km climb from town to the start of the Porky Blue Trail would throw a mixture of gravel road, doubletrack and singletrack at the riders before descending back into town to the finish.
TR7 Solo Recap:
Judging by the level of competition, the addition of the solo category this year has proven to a be solid, and entertaining, decision. Even with the long climb from town, Oliver Zurburegg, Calle Friberg and Cory Wallace reached the summit in a mere 1 hour and 40 minutes. They would maintain that order at the finish line, and provide some excitement, with a strong push by all three riders for the Open Men's stage win. Zurburegg would cross the line in 2:15:11 followed by Friberg at 2:15:12 and Wallace at 2:15:15.
At the end of the day the same three ladies stood atop the Women's Open podium. However, tonight, the order would be different with Czech rider Petra Klamkova improving on a 3rd Place Stage One finish to take top honors, in 2:45:25, over Jean Ann Berkenpas and Mical Dyck. 40+ Men's Stage One victor, Leighton Poidevin would claim a second win in 2:11:23 with Beat Zumstein taking his first 50+ Men's TransRockies stage win in a time of 2:47:44.
TR7 Team Recap:
The Sram XX1 team of Michael Tobin and Mike Kloser continued to dominate the Men's 100+ category with a staggering 35 minute win today. However, team Louis Garneau Quebec riders Sebestian Cadieux Duval and Marc-Andre Daigle posted the best time of the day in 2:24:23, 40 seconds ahead of Tobin and Kloser, for the Men's Open victory. Geoff Clark and Juancito Garcia Casatti rounded out the men's side of the TR7 Team with a two and half minute stage win in 2:54:01 in the 80+. The Open Mixed division has been completely owned by Daniela Storch and Lutz Baumgaertel of Germany. Stage two would see them win by 25 minutes in 2:54:00. Jodie Willet and Cathryn Zeglinksi would also claim a 2nd Open Women stage win in a time of 3:05:09.
With one stage remaining on the TR3 side, the competition is heating up. Melanie McQuaid has ticked off two straight stage wins over Sandra Walter but maintains a slim overall lead of just one minute and 20 seconds after a 2:38:37 effort today. The Men's Open division is seeing similar competition with Mike Vine of Team Planet Foods/Honey Stinger moving up from a third place victory yesterday and taking the win in 2:20:14. Matt Hadley maintains his overall lead in the General Classification by a slim 1:34 over Michiel Van Aelbroeck. Multiple flats on Stage One left Ian Auld charging hard in the 40+ Men's division. Stage two would see him make up seven of the 20 minutes he lost yesterday while clocking a time of 2:31:17. Tony Routley had his hands full in the 50+ Men's with Tom Ebbern. Only one second separated them today with times of 2:48:56 and 2:48:57, respectively.
Stage three of the TransRockies Challenge will see the event shift from downtown Fernie for a loop from Fernie Alpine Resort. The route will travel 30.5km with 1600 metres of elevation gain and include such trails as Verboten, Project Nine, Hedonism, Megasaurus and Rumplestumpskin.
General Classification results can be found HERE.
Watch for Team Whistler Riders, Tony Routley (TR3) and Mike Robinson (TR7 - Solo) this week as well as team affiliate, Cathy Zeglinsky (TR7 - team).Saturday marks the beginning of the 12th edition of North America's original mountain bike stage race, the TransRockies Challenge. Almost 400 mountain bikers from 22 countries will hit the trails of the Canadian Rockies in an effort to 'find out what's inside...outside'. Riders from Canada, the United States, Australia, Ecuador, South Africa, Portugal and beyond will experience what real, epic, mountain biking is all about.
The 2013 TransRockies Challenge is the final running of this storied mountain bike stage race. Of course, the event would be nothing without the 4000 + riders that have joined us over the years. Check out these stats:
- Simon Parker will be riding in his 10th TR
- Bob Wong and Stephen Strachan rode our first year, 2002, and are back for 2013
- Pat Doyle and Laurie and Richard Woodbury are back for race number 9
- 295 of our 2013 riders are first-timers
- 64 of our 2013 riders have done TR an average of 3 times
The 2013 field is stacked with elite riders making for a very competitive field. We welcome back many past TR7 champions including Trish Grajczyk, Milan Spolc (back for his 6th TR from the Czech Republic), Team Planetfoods/Honeystinger rider Jon Firth, Kate Scallion, and Jean Ann Berkenpas. These riders will be mixing it up with the likes of 2013 B.C. Bike Race champion Kris Sneddon, Swedish pro Calle Friberg, former Xterra World Champion Michael Tobin and past World Mountain Bike champion Mike Kloser.
The final year of the TransRockies Challenge will boast an almost completely redesigned course. Stages 1,2 and 3 in Fernie, B.C. have been tweaked to maximize the use of available singletrack and take the riders to the high alpine and scenic vistas. Stages 4 and 5 will see a return to the Crowsnest Pass and the town of Blairmore. Blairmore was a popular stop in previous years and is quickly becoming known as an up-and-coming mountain bike mecca. Due to flooding in Kananaskis Country, stages 6 and 7 have also been modified. Stage 6 will travel through K-County with a traditional Rafter Six Ranch finish. Stage 7 will complete the event with a ride in from Deadman's Flats to the Canmore Nordic Centre and a Main Street Canmore Finish.