It didn't take long for the first men's duo team to cross the finish line at the end of stage six of the BC Bike Race. It wasn't a huge surprise when the current yellow-jersey wearing Jamis / Santa Cruz powerhouse team of Seamus McGrath and Chris Sheppard flew around the corner and into sight. They finished the day with a win in 2:44:03, with an overall time gap of close to eight minutes over the second place Team Kona's Barry Wicks and Kris Sneddon, who came in at 2:50:50. The first two teams kept their top two places in the GC.
South Africans Brandon Stewart and Max Knox of DCM Chrome, held onto third overall. They finished in 2:52:15 for the day.
In the women's duo team category, Luna's Catharine Pendrel and Katerina Nash continued to dominate with their aggressive riding style. To take the top podium spot they posted a 3:13:39 for the day's stage. Rocky Mountain's Alison Sydor and Lea Davison maintained their tight grip on second place by posting a 3:21:28 finish for the day. Third place went to Oak Bay Bikes' Lisa Ludewig and Dawn Anderson who finished in 3:51:37.
The women's duo GC standings have stayed the same since stage one, and Luna looks likely to hold onto their jerseys for the duration.
Once again, in the women's solo category, North Vancouver's Megan Rose retained the yellow jersey for the sixth time this week after posting a stage winning time of 3:50:44.
Mixed duo team riders Georgia Gould and Ryan Trebon maintained a significant lead in their category with a quick time for the day, 3:10:08.
Just one stage remains in Whistler, but it's one that could still cause a shift in the GC for the men's duo category.
The usual contingent of riders was up by a solid 15% on day six as roughly 50 people joined in the race to follow the pack as they ripped out stage six's singletrack.
Solo men classification after stage 6
|1||Colin Kerr||17:44:55|| |
|2||Ruedi Schnyder||0:31:03|| |
|3||Tony Hogg||0:48:24|| |
|4||Kevin Calhoun||1:15:47|| |
|5||Leighton Poidevin||2:03:42|| |
Solo women classification after stage 6
|1||Megan Rose||23:46:11|| |
|2||Tori Fahey||6:10:43|| |
|3||Claire Garcia-Webb||6:45:56|| |
|4||Kati Csak||8:08:09|| |
Solo men 40+ classification after stage 6
|1||Roger Bartels||19:20:05|| |
|2||Mark Sevenoff||0:36:17|| |
|3||Ted Russo||0:42:40|| |
|4||Gary Thacker||2:29:56|| |
|5||Trevor Bushnell||2:46:36|| |
Solo women 40+ classification after stage 6
|1||Lisa McBain||28:28:18|| |
|2||Sarah Heine||7:26:36|| |
|3||Lori Halwa||9:23:09|| |
|4||Alice Caroline Voigts||11:03:53|| |
Duo men team classification after stage 6
|1||Seamus McGrath & Chris Sheppard||16:40:45|| |
|2||Barry Wicks & Kris Sneddon||0:07:40|| |
|3||Brandon Stewart & Max Knox||0:44:16|| |
|4||Chris Eatough & Jeff Schalk||0:58:19|| |
|5||Matt Shriver & Benjamin Sontag||1:24:17|| |
Duo women's team classification after stage 6
|1||Katerina Nash and Catharine Pendrel||19:38:37|| |
|2||Alison Sydor & Lea Davison||0:47:56|| |
|3||Lisa Ludwig & Dawn Anderson||3:11:57|| |
|4||Mireille Montminy & France Lacroix||6:47:27|| |
|5||Carolyn Van Vurst & Shelly Allen||8:55:52|| |
Open mixed team classification after stage 6
|1||Ryan Trebon & Georgia Gould||19:24:36|| |
|2||Jeff Neilson & Mical Dyck||1:14:45|| |
|3||Sue Butler & Bryan Alders||1:44:21|| |
|4||Sandra Walter & Steven Devantier||2:03:16|| |
|5||Steve Martins & Kate Aardal||2:32:46|| |
Veteran duo 80+ classification after stage 6
|1||Normon Thibault & Peter Stevenson||20:09:37|| |
|2||Geoff Clark & Pat Doyle||0:34:41|| |
|3||Matt Ohran & Tim Butler||0:56:10|| |
|4||Dale Plant & Joe Brown||1:18:56|| |
|5||Ian Parker & Bill Slater||2:11:59|| |
Veteran duo 100+ classification after stage 6
|1||Francois Amyot & Daniel Auclair||23:16:01|| |
|2||Jamie Emery & Robin Willard||1:43:12|| |
|3||Gilles Morneau & Isabelle Cantin||2:24:15|| |
|4||Ivor McMahen & Scott Gordon||3:17:18|| |
|5||John Janisse & Mark Janisse||4:10:38|| |