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Singletrack 6 Stages 4-5 Report, Results, Photos

by pedalmag.com

July 31, 2015 (Kelowna, BC) – Stage 4 at Myra Canyon in Kelowna, B.C. was tipped to be one of the most action-packed stages and it definitely didn’t disappoint, throwing everything it had at the riders. From heat to long grinding climbs followed by hair-raising descents riders got bang for their buck out there today.

The jury is still out on which has been the biggest baddest Timed Descent so far but the scales are leaning favorably towards today’s Vapour Trail that claimed a few victims in the way of war wounds and bikes experiencing a few bumps and bruises along the way.

Game Face On [P] TransRockies
It was said at the finish line today that yesterday’s highly rated “Big Ed” was school for the riders, preparing them for today’s Vapour Trail with it’s yelp inducing drop-offs, fast flowing switch-backs and dry technical loose rocky bits requiring the senses to be heightened every second of the descent.

Cory Wallace once again had the throttle open as he sent the other riders a simple message, that he has plenty left in the tank and will keep twisting the grip all the way until the final stage.

Wallace led from start to finish but did not have an easy ride in the dry heat of the day on a tricky stage being chased by some inspired mountain bikers. Swedish rider Severin Nowak (Kelowna Cycle) showed up today and hung on like a bull dog the entire stage, to ensure he took the second spot on the podium and moved up the ladder to 3rd in the GC. Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette (Opus/OGC) out of Quebec took 3rd place on the stage with a solid ride.

Riding the Edge - Myra Canyon [P] TransRockies
Despite finishing in 4th place today,a rather relaxed looking Tristan Uhl (Competitivecyclist.com) moved up to 2nd in the GC forcing riders to wonder if he is busy with a game of pin the tail on the donkey, keeping the other top contenders guessing about his intentions during the final two stages.

Wallace leads the GC by just over 13 minutes ahead of Uhl. With time running out for Uhl as the penultimate stage begins, we can only wait with bated breath as we know its not a case of “if” but “when” will the move be made or will we see Wallace manage to snap the elastic?

Kate Aardal (Ridley’s Cycle) kept going like a runaway steam train further stretching her lead making her win a formality as she looks to be clinical and close out the final two stages.

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going [P] TransRockies
While Aardal makes space on her medal display hook, there is an intense battle going on for the second and third step of the podium in the GC, with just 6 minutes and 75km separating the next 3 women riders over the next two days.

Carmen Labbe (Kicking Horse Coffee) in 2nd place, Nicole Muzechka (Deadgoat Racing) in 3rd place and Isabel Van De Voorde are going toe-to-toe tomorrow as we expect some fierce racing as every inch counts at this stage of the race.

For Full Results Click HERE

Congrats to the winners of Stage 4:

Team Category
– Open Men – Dax Massey & Nathan Miller
– Open Women – Mindy Mulliken & Karen Tremaine
– Open Mixed – Gretchen Reeves & Cannon Shockley
– 80+ Men – Kurtis Averill & Shane Keyser
– 80+ Mixed – Alana Heise & Jeff Nielson
– 100+ Open – Geoff Clark & Tom Ebbern

Solo
– Open Men – Cory Wallace
– Open Women – Kate Aardal
– 40+ Women – Lyra Parker
– 40+ Men – Bernhard Meister
– 50+ Men – Derek Milne

Timed Descent
– Men – Olivier Bruwiere
– Women – Wendy Simms

Stage 5: Campbell Mountain, Penticton

The Smith Optics Stage 5 on Campbell Mountain in Penticton got underway today on a spectacular morning on the shores of Lake Okanagan.
Heading Skyward [P] Singletrack 6
The sharp-end of the field got busy immediately stepping on the gas up the climb up to the top of the mountain as they knew they had a race on their hands.
After a number of route complications on the course resulting in timing discrepancies, it was decided by the Commissar to neutralize the stage and maintain all rider’s standings from Stage 4 heading into tomorrow’s final leg, Stage 6.
Totally Beachin' [P] Singletrack 6
Riders still managed to experience the full worth of Campbell Mountain today enjoying the punchy climbs, chalky dry single track and bombing final descent into town past the impressive vineyards in Canada’s wine country.
Despite the outcome of today we still have a major battle on our hands among the GC heading into the final stage with seemingly bullet-proof Cory Wallace (Kona) chased by the cool and calm Texan, Tristan Uhl (competitivecyclist.com) for the top step of the podium.
Dipping into the Timed Descent [P] Singletrack 6
Remember that battle unfolding in the women’s GC to fill up the podium? Well it’s still on and the ladies are raring to go as we wrap up 2015 ST6 tomorrow.
Stay tuned to see how the GC’s unfold on the final stage starting at 7AM as riders hunt that finish line searching for their piece of glory.

For Full Results Click HERE

Congrats to the winners of Stage 5:

Team Category
– Open Men – Patrick Chartrand & Marc-André Daigle
– Open Women – Mindy Mulliken & Karen Tremaine
– Open Mixed – Christian Gauvin & Laurence Harvey
– 80+ Men – Gareth Jones & Andrew Royle
– 80+ Mixed – Alana Heise & Jeff Nielson
– 100+ Open – Geoff Clark & Tom Ebbern

Solo
– Open Men – Cory Wallace
– Open Women – Kate Aardal
– 40+ Women – Lyra Parker
– 40+ Men – Simon Dove
– 50+ Men – Derek Milne





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