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Kona's Wicks and Sneddon win second stage

The nearly 400 BC Bike Race participants got an early wake-up call in North Vancouver before they boarded a ferry to cross the Georgia Straight to Vancouver Island, where stage 2 would happen. Once the vessel docked in Nanaimo, racers donned their day's kit and traded their street clothes for their mountain bikes. Then, two Royal Canadian Mounted Police members on bikes led the controlled start that carried racers to their first drop in of the day. For the first 80 minutes, racers enjoyed singletrack - much of it purpose-built for mountain biking.

Seamus McGrath and Chris Sheppard (Team Jamis - Santa Cruz) were new to the trails in this area. "We didn't know what to expect but it was honestly some of the best trail that we've seen. It was relentless, fast, flowing, tight technical. A little of everything - drop offs, bridges - everything of what mountain biking is about. There were some great new sections. Whoever built it deserves a bunch of clapping!"

McGrath and Sheppard started out, keeping close to the Kona team of Kris Sneddon and Barry Wicks, but at the end of the day, Team Kona was the first to finish in 3:23:42, edging out yesterday's leaders by a mere three seconds, not enough to claim the yellow jersey, but they will hold onto second.  Chris Eatough and Jeff Schalk (Trek) rounded out the top three for the day.

In the women's duo race, Team Luna Chix riders, Catharine Pendrel and Katerina Nash, dominated with a 3:57:08 finish. The previous day's second and third spots remained the same with Alison Sydor and Lea Davidson (Rocky Mountain) in second and Lisa Ludwig and Dawn Anderson (Oak Bay Bikes) in third.

The remaining categories saw no change on this second day of racing.

Stage three will take racers over 60 to 65km in Cumberland.

Solo men classification after stage 2
1Colin Kerr5:19:39
2Andreas Hestler0:11:56
3Tony Hogg (Hoggy R&R Sport NZ)0:14:53
4Ruedi Schnyder0:20:27
5Greg Day (Different Bikes)0:29:44

Solo women classification after stage 2
1Megan Rose6:53:56
2Karen Trueman0:17:01
3Tori Fahey2:04:46
4Claire Garcia-Webb2:23:25
5Kati Csak2:44:28

Solo men 40+ classification after stage 2
1Roger Bartels5:44:05
2Mark Sevenoff0:07:57
3Ted Russo0:09:23
4Jeff Shikaze0:55:18
5Dean Howard0:59:00

Solo women 40+ classification after stage 2
1Lisa McBain8:11:31
2Lori Halwa2:20:15
3Sarah Heine2:34:12
4Caroline Voigts2:48:10

Men Duo classification after stage 2
1Seamus McGrath & Chris Sheppard4:58:56
2Barry Wicks & Kris Sneddon0:01:12
3Chris Eatough & Jeff Schalk0:11:21
4Brandon Stewart & Max Knox0:14:08
5Bart Gilliespie & Alex Grant0:31:01

Women duo classification after stage 2
1Katerina Nash & Catherine Pendrel5:47:15
2Alison Sydor & Lea Davison0:15:58
3Lisa Ludwig & Dawn Anderson1:01:25
4Mireille Montminy & France Lacroix2:09:06
5Carolyn Van Vurst & Shelly Allen2:43:06

Mixed duo classification after stage 2
1Ryan Trebon & Georgia Gould5:42:18
2Jeff Nielson & Mical Dyck0:14:43
3Sandra Walter & Steven Devantier0:41:33
4Kate Aardal & Steve Maratins0:52:48
5Sue Butler & Bryan Alders

Veteran 80+ duo classification after stage 2
1Normon Thibault & Peter Stevenson5:57:51
2Geoff Clark & Pat Doyle0:11:28
3Matt Ohran & Tim Butler0:32:12
4Ian Parker & Bill Slater0:40:05
5Dave Crewe & Shaun Tayloer0:47:05

Veteran 100+ duo classification after stage 3
1Francois Amyot & Daniel Auclair6:39:36
2Jamie Emergy & Robin Willard0:35:13
3Giles Morneau & Isabelle Cantin1:00:26
4Tom Ebbern & Gerry McCuaig1:10:00
5Ivor McMahen & Scott Gordon1:19:48

Teams of 3 classification after stage 3
1Oakville Cyclepath8:17:46
2Sports Insurance0:28:29
3Bicker bros1:41:32
4Tyred and Cranky3:09:59

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