Riders complete the longest day of TransRockies

Czechmasters attack but Rocky Mountain triumphs for fourth stage win

With the competitors from the TR3 leaving camp for home this morning, it was down to business for the TransRockies teams who had a huge 107km day ahead of them on the middle day of this year's seven-day epic. This stage, which started under low cloud at Nipika Mountain Resort, was going to be a long haul through some high and remote Rocky Mountain backcountry to the wilderness campground at Whiteswan Lake.

The new stage 5 routing omitted a major climb and instead took the field through roughly 30km of reclaimed singletrack to the base of the day's major climb, Lodgepole Pass. By the time the riders reached the base of the climb, the morning cloud had turned into pounding rain and the visibility dropped down to mere metres as riders slogged through the ruts at the top of the climb. While they might not have enjoyed the pass, they probably came out of it in better shape than the TransRockies race partner whose brand new pickup truck lost both bumpers in the deep mud.

A change of tempo from the singletrack to more open riding meant that new teams surged to the front of the pack. First-placed Masters Men (80+), the Czechmasters' Milan Spolic and Martin Horak, made an early bid for glory with an attack after the first feed zone that dropped the second-placed overall Team Amarante, but not the overall leaders, Rocky Mountain Factory Team, who responded in kind and left the Czechmasters behind on the way to their fourth straight stage victory.

The Czechmasters finished a superb second overall on the day and first in their class to extend their already impressive lead over second-placed 80+ Men Thane Wright and Dax Massey, who race for Breck Epic and who always seem to find the beer at the end of every stage. They are going to be a force at the closing party on Saturday night.

An equally impressive showing was put in by the Open Mixed leaders Team Terrascape/Trek Toronto' Mical Dyck and Jeff Neilson, who surged to a fourth-place overall finish and a 20-plus minute gap over the super-strong Belgian Duo of Team Detrog-Granville's Xavier Vermeeren and Mieke Deroo and a nearly insurmountable gap in the overall classification.

The big movers on the day were Ryan Correy and Brian Bain of Team Bow Cycles, who jumped onto the podium for the first time after taking back nearly half an hour on the third-placed Team visitPA.com. The boys from Pennsylvania still hold their overall third place standing, but with two long stages in the next two days, Bow Cycles will have a chance to overcome the remaining gap before the finish in Fernie.

By the time most riders crossed the finish line, the sun had come out again over the finish line at Whiteswan Lake giving them a chance to warm up and dry their shoes and gear on the numerous improvised clothes drying lines that staff strung up between the trees dotting the wilderness meadow. With feta and spinach stuffed chicken breast on the dinner menu and hot showers flowing from the 40-foot trailer which accompanies the event, recovery from the two rainy days could begin in preparation for tomorrow's ride over two major passes into Elkford and civilization once more.

Stage 5 Preview: Whiteswan Lake - Elkford, 87.5km

After three days deep in the Rocky Mountain wilderness with no internet or cellphone coverage, Day 5 will see the TransRockies field ride from the shores of Whiteswan Lake over two major passes into the outdoor sport destination of Elkford. Much of the route will travel through the remote Bull River Drainage area before a leg-breaking final climb to 2,100 metres on the Crossing Creek route.

Though the course points straight down at this point, it's no cakewalk to the finish. The top section of the 800m vertical descent into Elkford is notoriously named the Rock Garden and consists of a largely unbroken steep field of boulders that require momentum, commitment and real mountain bike skills to negotiate without crashing or walking.

Even with gourmet feasts every night, the normal routine in Elkford is for hundreds of riders to attack the grocery store in search of the basics of cravings like beer, pizza and chips.

Results

Open men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stefan Widmer & Marty Lazarski (Rocky Mtn Factory Team)4:44:58 
2João Marinho & José Silva (Team Amarante Bike Zone - Onbike)0:24:01 
3Ryan Correy & Brian Bain (Bow Cycle / Specialized)0:27:02 
4Ray Adams & Ryan Leech (visitPA.com)0:50:42 
5Pascal De Meulanear & Ives Verbruggen (Born2bike Team)0:51:07 
6Pierre Boivin & David Gauvreau (Couloir Racing)1:03:50 
7Tom Smets & Tom Luyten (Green Force - T2)1:07:03 
8Johan Erlandsson & Per Andreas Norseng (Rye)1:07:04 
9Dean Etienne & Jeremy Trask (Gears and Beers)1:07:06 
10Andrew Fairhurst & Jeff Smith (Team Crowsnest Pass)1:17:35 
11Javier Lopez & Luciano Sanchez (Caribbean Motors Kia Puerto Rico)1:21:57 
12Ryan Leibel & Shane MacNaughton (Biking Skillz or Stapleford Billz)1:28:45 
13Netzer Quan & Carlos Sanchez (elretodelquetzal.com)1:30:12 
14Westley Richards & Roger Violette (Tonik Cycling)1:35:38 
15Stuart Dewar & Robert Cameron (Chemical Crew)1:38:23 
16Ross Farrell & Trevor Innes (Tasmania)1:42:55 
17Nicholas Ringwood & Philip Richmond (Team Hayland)1:51:28 
18Rob Russell & Matt Russell (DOA)1:53:37 
19Ian Owen & Jim Gaffney (Oneplanet Adventure)1:58:18 
20Per Oskar Jr. Ternsten & Jan Erik Søvig (midlife madness)2:04:19 
21Peter Reijmer & Raymond Brummelhuis (Kooyman Techniek 2)2:07:12 
22Jan Hnizdo & Wayne Brunyee (RSA 1)2:15:26 
23Luis Manuel Gonzalez & Rene Lopez (Dominican Republic)2:19:03 
24Matthew Wilkie & Kevan Wilkie (Team Elkford)2:19:08 
25David Jones & Kurt Shanski (The Fishermen)2:23:40 
26Chris Smith & David Warren (Wrecsam Tri)2:23:48 
27Richard Batteram & Reinoud Wolter (Rocky Riders)2:24:48 
28Paul Cockshott & Bart Hallmark (The Pom & Limey)2:25:49 
29Maximilian Schmeding & Ulf Neumann (Berlin Turtles)2:26:47 
30Patrick Stewart & Shaun Stewart (The Pigs Back)2:29:42 
31Almereau Prollius & Juan Claassen (Battlestars)2:34:37 
32Mark Crook & Daniel Flynn (Tally Ho)2:40:07 
33Schalk Greyling & Johannes Koen (Maplotters)2:56:23 
34Andrew Williams & Garret Sowchuk (Incyclophobiacs)3:00:55 
35Michael Spoerri & Tobias Jakob (Zahnknirscher & Zahnknisterer)3:10:21 
36Ken Hurd & Sheldon Smart (Bikeridr)3:11:09 
37Kris Binder & Stephan (Challenge 09)3:12:28 
38Merryck Griffiths & Darren Ebbs (Almaden Press)3:36:34 
39Aldo Lopez-Negrete & Arek Sawzdargo (Stinking Monkeys)3:39:47 
40Shaun Ellis & Mike Radakovic (Vino Fino)3:44:36 
41Kamil Gurses & Xavier Bonnard (Anglo-French Alliance)3:46:55 
42James Moyle & Matthew Kitchin (Matt and Moyle)3:51:52 
43Frans Cronje & Oestergaard (FJ No Fear)3:54:37 
44Bruce Cockburn & Wayne MacFarlane (Achilles Heels)4:05:43 
45Rob Sedgwick & Antony Britten (Team INstall)4:14:55 
Open women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Magi Scallion & Kate Scallion (Team Nipika)6:38:34 
2Erika Krumpelman & Shannon Holden (Velo Bella/ Vanderkitten)0:20:19 
3Giselle Weybrecht & Angelique Van Oort (TEC2)4:21:26 
DNSMaria Garcia & Betania Roberto (Sempre Amigas)  
80+ Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Milan Spolc & Martin Horak (Czechmasters)4:48:01 
2Jon Gould & Pieter Van Rooyen (Elkford Bicycle Repair)0:21:54 
3Thane Wright & Dax Massey (Breck Epic)0:36:21 
4Sergio Vairetto & Ettore Bollati (Dream Team)0:50:01 
5Helder Carvalho & Joao Mendes (Team Arruda)1:26:30 
6Mark Butschler & Keith Nicoll (Tinhorn Creek Crush Club)1:27:03 
7Daniel Cyr & Conrad Audet (Dalbix)1:32:17 
8Erno Dongen & Jeroen Kerkhof (EDO Rham team)1:39:05 
9Andy Davies & Gary Bridgeman (Dads Army on Tour 2009)1:41:58 
10Scott Allan & Phil Roadley (Prairie Storm)1:50:28 
11Brendan Morgan & Arthur Sombrowski (Park Place Pedal Pushers)2:00:18 
12Gary Bruce Turner & Hallgeir Bakken (Old Guys Rule)2:01:41 
13Eric Nesbitt & Michael Kontos (Very Proudly Kenyan)2:12:57 
14Mark Smith & Philippe Leroy (Team BVI)2:18:41 
15Pat Gilmar & Franck Gimard (Fernie Blackstone)2:34:50 
16Erik Van Oort & Richard Mills (TEC)2:47:31 
17Stephen Bourne & Wayne Aussem (Team Warthog)2:53:22 
18Tom McKee & Darcy Verhun (River Valley Cycle)2:55:37 
19Mark Groome & Rob Williams (Head Cases)3:01:34 
20Tony Timberlake & Ian Grist (Cyclelife Dunstable UK)3:08:42 
21Santiago Ramirez & Juan Carlos lopez (Trope Shago)3:23:18 
22Christian Arsenault & Mario Poirier (Le Pedalier)3:45:11 
23Mark Millichip & Richard Lloyd (Team Darkside-Fubar)3:47:16 
24Allan Knabe & Dennis Knabe (Are we nearly there Yet?)3:50:01 
25Sean Bell & Jeremy Tomalin-Reeves (Un For Deux)4:00:36 
26Wesley Arthur & Dan Janzen (No Return)4:01:34 
27Chris Johnston & Trevor Nakka (Tranced)4:22:30 
28Gary Stirrup & Ian Kaye (North Wales Monkeys)4:55:57 
29James Cullen & Kevin Howlett (Team AFG Ireland)6:11:59 
30Bryan Anderson & Nels Guloien (SUGOI)7:11:59 
30Marcus Brummelhuis & Gerardus Glaudemans (Kooyman Techniek Team 1)  
30Carlos Andre Santos & Jose Alexandre Vilela (Aroeira Brasil)  
Open mixed
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeff Neilson & Mical Dyck (Terrascape/Trek Toronto)5:09:02 
2Xavier Vermeeren & Mieke Deroo (Team Detrog-Granville Men)0:23:13 
3Kristof Schoonbaert & Sofie De Wulf (Detroggranville 3)0:28:59 
4Dean Irvine & Alena Irvine (Steed Cycles)0:52:28 
5Rolf Reimann & Ingrid Hohermuth (Swisslys)1:28:31 
6Thomas Schneeberger & Andrea Kyburz (TooBee)2:01:14 
7David Randall & Victoria Randall (Bavarian Brits)2:02:30 
8Charlotte Ireland & Tim Collinson (Grizzlers)2:20:38 
9Chris Jeske & Chantal Requier (Done Tri-ing)2:51:16 
10Simon Hirota & Christina Hirota (Two Wide Fields)3:22:51 
11Giuseppe Salerno & Milena Bettocchi (Ruote Quadre Tandem)4:03:06 
12Greg Auger & Laura Grant (Raise the Hammer)4:19:43 
13Viktor Sundberg & Sylvia Kammerer (Sweden - Italy)5:50:48 
Mixed 80+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pat Doyle & Trish Grajczyk (Deadgoat Racing)5:37:59 
2Margo Downey & Craig Gillett (Harland Hammers)1:11:59 
3Freddy Compernolle & Lieve Durnez (Team de Trog-Granville Mixed 1)1:20:12 
4Tanya Martin & Ray Vermette (Team Loupgarou)2:13:03 
5Derek Higgins & Charmaine Lingard (Team Charek)2:47:15 
6Nick Meek & Martha Tullberg (Chalet la Foret)3:04:54 
7Marion Hemmerling & Hansjoerg Bosler (Bavarian Bears)3:06:19 
8Rick Metzger & Alison Metzger (Like Father, Like Daughter)3:36:12 
9Janet Jones & Bruce Jones (Two Jones)3:58:41 
100+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Hans-Tore Støen & Gisle Langslet (Team Cox)5:52:05 
2Kurt Anderau & Judith Locher (Poco Loco)0:13:51 
3David Sudbury & Robin Willard (Derailleur Noir)0:14:46 
4Garth Patterson & Gary Goplen (Bike Doctor)0:14:48 
5George King & Jerome Salvador (Team Comanche)1:52:27 
6Jane Hilt & Richard VanGytenbeek (Aktermacti)1:56:14 
7John Engelberts & Ben Engelberts (Booster Juice)2:20:49 
8Bryan Sveinson & Ross Maylor (Qball & Lefty)2:26:13 
9Andy Hodgson & Steve Salt (World Famous Team Salty Balls)2:47:49 
10Don Martin & Gerald Martin (Brothers in Arms)3:02:40 
11Carey Lowery & Zeke Lilly (Specialized Kudzu Mafia)5:07:55 
Open men general classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stefan Widmer & Marty Lazarski (Rocky Mtn Factory Team)14:53:11 
2João Marinho & José Silva (Team Amarante Bike Zone - Onbike)0:56:41 
3Ray Adams & Ryan Leech (visitPA.com)2:22:53 
4Ryan Correy & Brian Bain (Bow Cycle / Specialized)2:57:12 
5Pascal De Meulanear & Ives Verbruggen (Born2bike Team)3:54:40 
6Pierre Boivin & David Gauvreau (Couloir Racing)4:04:33 
7Tom Smets & Tom Luyten (Green Force - T2)4:10:05 
8Johan Erlandsson & Per Andreas Norseng (Rye)4:18:52 
9Dean Etienne & Jeremy Trask (Gears and Beers)4:24:13 
10Andrew Fairhurst & Jeff Smith (Team Crowsnest Pass)5:13:21 
11Netzer Quan & Carlos Sanchez (elretodelquetzal.com)5:16:54 
12Javier Lopez & Luciano Sanchez (Caribbean Motors Kia Puerto Rico)5:39:44 
13Stuart Dewar & Robert Cameron (Chemical Crew)6:06:59 
14Ryan Leibel & Shane MacNaughton (Biking Skillz or Stapleford Billz)6:08:18 
15Nicholas Ringwood & Philip Richmond (Team Hayland)6:38:04 
16Westley Richards & Roger Violette (Tonik Cycling)6:49:52 
17Ross Farrell & Trevor Innes (Tasmania)6:56:56 
18Paul Cockshott & Bart Hallmark (The Pom & Limey)7:01:00 
19Per Oskar Jr. Ternsten & Jan Erik Søvig (midlife madness)7:19:57 
20Rob Russell & Matt Russell (DOA)7:29:07 
21David Jones & Kurt Shanski (The Fishermen)7:55:13 
22Ian Owen & Jim Gaffney (Oneplanet Adventure)7:56:44 
23Chris Smith & David Warren (Wrecsam Tri)8:08:33 
24Matthew Wilkie & Kevan Wilkie (Team Elkford)8:32:25 
25Jan Hnizdo & Wayne Brunyee (RSA 1)8:48:21 
26Luis Manuel Gonzalez & Rene Lopez (Dominican Republic)8:54:35 
27Richard Batteram & Reinoud Wolter (Rocky Riders)9:02:54 
28Patrick Stewart & Shaun Stewart (The Pigs Back)9:08:11 
29Maximilian Schmeding & Ulf Neumann (Berlin Turtles)9:16:25 
30Schalk Greyling & Johannes Koen (Maplotters)10:17:50 
31Mark Crook & Daniel Flynn (Tally Ho)10:43:51 
32Ken Hurd & Sheldon Smart (Bikeridr)10:46:04 
33Michael Spoerri & Tobias Jakob (Zahnknirscher & Zahnknisterer)10:54:06 
34Peter Reijmer & Raymond Brummelhuis (Kooyman Techniek 2)11:03:20 
35Aldo Lopez-Negrete & Arek Sawzdargo (Stinking Monkeys)11:19:30 
36James Moyle & Matthew Kitchin (Matt and Moyle)11:52:31 
37Shaun Ellis & Mike Radakovic (Vino Fino)12:54:39 
38Merryck Griffiths & Darren Ebbs (Almaden Press)13:00:09 
39Kris Binder & Stephan (Challenge 09)13:20:57 
40Andrew Williams & Garret Sowchuk (Incyclophobiacs)13:46:58 
41Bruce Cockburn & Wayne MacFarlane (Achilles Heels)14:14:16 
42Kamil Gurses & Xavier Bonnard (Anglo-French Alliance)14:18:38 
43Almereau Prollius & Juan Claassen (Battlestars)15:27:41 
44Frans Cronje & Oestergaard (FJ No Fear)15:46:37 
45Rob Sedgwick & Antony Britten (Team INstall)16:44:08 
Open women general classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Magi Scallion & Kate Scallion (Team Nipika)22:00:03 
2Erika Krumpelman & Shannon Holden (Velo Bella/ Vanderkitten)1:36:26 
3Giselle Weybrecht & Angelique Van Oort (TEC2)16:18:46 
80+ Men general classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Milan Spolc & Martin Horak (Czechmasters)16:14:43 
2Thane Wright & Dax Massey (Breck Epic)0:48:15 
3Jon Gould & Pieter Van Rooyen (Elkford Bicycle Repair)1:23:08 
4Sergio Vairetto & Ettore Bollati (Dream Team)1:45:58 
5Mark Butschler & Keith Nicoll (Tinhorn Creek Crush Club)4:41:30 
6Andy Davies & Gary Bridgeman (Dads Army on Tour 2009)4:51:57 
7Daniel Cyr & Conrad Audet (Dalbix)4:56:58 
8Erno Dongen & Jeroen Kerkhof (EDO Rham team)5:57:46 
9Brendan Morgan & Arthur Sombrowski (Park Place Pedal Pushers)6:00:46 
10Scott Allan & Phil Roadley (Prairie Storm)6:25:44 
11Helder Carvalho & Joao Mendes (Team Arruda)6:31:40 
12Gary Bruce Turner & Hallgeir Bakken (Old Guys Rule)6:48:46 
13Pat Gilmar & Franck Gimard (Fernie Blackstone)7:36:49 
14Mark Smith & Philippe Leroy (Team BVI)7:54:23 
15Stephen Bourne & Wayne Aussem (Team Warthog)7:56:19 
16Bryan Anderson & Nels Guloien (SUGOI)8:28:50 
17Tom McKee & Darcy Verhun (River Valley Cycle)8:50:18 
18Erik Van Oort & Richard Mills (TEC)9:14:02 
19Santiago Ramirez & Juan Carlos lopez (Trope Shago)9:31:01 
20Mark Groome & Rob Williams (Head Cases)10:44:08 
21Mark Millichip & Richard Lloyd (Team Darkside-Fubar)11:30:31 
22Allan Knabe & Dennis Knabe (Are we nearly there Yet?)11:48:32 
23Wesley Arthur & Dan Janzen (No Return)11:57:41 
24Christian Arsenault & Mario Poirier (Le Pedalier)11:58:29 
25Sean Bell & Jeremy Tomalin-Reeves (Un For Deux)12:28:23 
26Eric Nesbitt & Michael Kontos (Very Proudly Kenyan)12:36:04 
27Tony Timberlake & Ian Grist (Cyclelife Dunstable UK)12:57:56 
28Chris Johnston & Trevor Nakka (Tranced)14:56:31 
29Marcus Brummelhuis & Gerardus Glaudemans (Kooyman Techniek Team 1)16:21:17 
30Gary Stirrup & Ian Kaye (North Wales Monkeys)17:04:02 
31Carlos Andre Santos & Jose Alexandre Vilela (Aroeira Brasil)18:49:37 
32James Cullen & Kevin Howlett (Team AFG Ireland)19:57:17 
Open Mixed general classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeff Neilson & Mical Dyck (Terrascape/Trek Toronto)17:06:07 
2Xavier Vermeeren & Mieke Deroo (Team Detrog-Granville Men)1:19:27 
3Dean Irvine & Alena Irvine (Steed Cycles)2:13:11 
4Kristof Schoonbaert & Sofie De Wulf (Detroggranville 3)2:20:22 
5Rolf Reimann & Ingrid Hohermuth (Swisslys)4:26:01 
6David Randall & Victoria Randall (Bavarian Brits)7:18:34 
7Thomas Schneeberger & Andrea Kyburz (TooBee)8:08:34 
8Charlotte Ireland & Tim Collinson (Grizzlers)9:48:06 
9Chris Jeske & Chantal Requier (Done Tri-ing)10:29:22 
10Simon Hirota & Christina Hirota (Two Wide Fields)10:59:46 
11Viktor Sundberg & Sylvia Kammerer (Sweden - Italy)12:20:08 
12Giuseppe Salerno & Milena Bettocchi (Ruote Quadre Tandem)12:52:57 
13Greg Auger & Laura Grant (Raise the Hammer)13:12:24 
Mixed 80+ general classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pat Doyle & Trish Grajczyk (Deadgoat Racing)18:46:19 
2Margo Downey & Craig Gillett (Harland Hammers)4:06:29 
3Freddy Compernolle & Lieve Durnez (Team de Trog-Granville Mixed 1)4:41:51 
4Tanya Martin & Ray Vermette (Team Loupgarou)7:14:25 
5Derek Higgins & Charmaine Lingard (Team Charek)10:30:42 
6Rick Metzger & Alison Metzger (Like Father, Like Daughter)10:48:55 
7Marion Hemmerling & Hansjoerg Bosler (Bavarian Bears)10:53:37 
8Nick Meek & Martha Tullberg (Chalet la Foret)11:04:14 
9Janet Jones & Bruce Jones (Two Jones)12:54:33 
100+ general classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Hans-Tore Støen & Gisle Langslet (Team Cox)20:34:39 
2David Sudbury & Robin Willard (Derailleur Noir)0:21:53 
3Garth Patterson & Gary Goplen (Bike Doctor)0:37:07 
4Kurt Anderau & Judith Locher (Poco Loco)0:44:16 
5Jane Hilt & Richard VanGytenbeek (Aktermacti)4:41:31 
6George King & Jerome Salvador (Team Comanche)5:44:08 
7Carey Lowery & Zeke Lilly (Specialized Kudzu Mafia)6:09:38 
8Andy Hodgson & Steve Salt (World Famous Team Salty Balls)6:43:11 
9Bryan Sveinson & Ross Maylor (Qball & Lefty)8:29:09 
10John Engelberts & Ben Engelberts (Booster Juice)9:07:33 
11Don Martin & Gerald Martin (Brothers in Arms)10:40:17 

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