August 16, 2005 – Like the last stage of the grand road tours, the final Stage of the TransRockies Challenge is as much a time for reflection and celebration as it is for racing. A later start, a shorter course and a beautiful sunny day mean that riders get one more taste of great Rocky Mountain riding before they make the emotional run down Main Street to the Finish Line in front of crowds of family, friends and well-wishers in Canmore, Alberta, home of the 1988 Olympic Nordic events.
Time gaps were big enough in most categories that only a complete collapse would change the top end of the standings. Instead, the 330 riders who began the last stage could focus on drinking in more memories of the hardest week many of them would ever spend on a bike.
On the day, Andreas Hestler and Marty Lazarski of Team Rocky Mountain Business Objects confirmed their GC dominance with their sixth stage win of the week in 2:12:39. They rolled down Main Street in the shadow of the spectacular Three Sisters Mountain with enough gap to drink in the cheers of the crowds.
Looking back on the week, three-time finisher and two-time TransRockies Challenge Champion Hestler said, “I have ridden this race three time now and it is a different experience every time. This is honestly the best, most fun thing I have ever done on a bike. Endless singletrack, great people and the experience of working with a partner are so different from regular one day racing. Right now, I am not sure if I can commit to the suffering needed to come back and try for a third, but I’ll be back whether I am riding a course motorbike or just supporting other riders. This race rocks.”
Rocky Mountain Business Objects Development Team Riders Update
These young riders have put in some amazing performances over the past couple of weeks. Here are a few Highlights.
Canada Summer Games Regina Saskatchewan
The Canada Summer Games hosts the top under 23 talents in the country. The cycling athletes compete in Mountain Bike XC, Road, Criterium and Time Trial. The Games are a multi sport event that take place every 4 years and identify new young talent from across the country.
Jean Ann McKirdy won GOLD for the Cross Country MTB
Neal Kindree who has recently joined the Rocky squad won SILVER for the Cross Country MTB
Jean Ann McKirdy won BRONZE in the womens road race.
Canada Cup National Series Cross Country and Downhill.
Micayla Gatto won the Junior women’s Downhill
Martin Lazarski finished on the podium again with a 3rd Place
Freddie Bussieres posted another top 10 with a 6th Place Finish
Canada Cup National Series Downhill
Micayla Gatto raced Pro women and took 2nd Place
Alex Pro won the Under 15 Downhill with a dominating 35 sec gap.
Named to the 2005 World Championship Teams to join Marie HÃ©lÃ¨ne PrÃ©mont and Alison Sydor in representing Canada.
-Martin Lazarski XC Espoir
-Freddie Bussieres XC Espoir
-Neal Kindree XC Junior
-Micayla Gatto DH Junior
-Katrina Strand DH Senior
Crankworxs Freeride Festival Whistler BC
-Micayla Gatto won the Junior womens A Line Downhill
-Micayla Gatto won the Junior womens Garbanzo Endurance Downhill
-Alex Pro foreran the pro Invitational Slopestyle.