BC Bike Race Day 6: Squamish.

For the 10th year the BC Bike Race has come to Squamish and sent an international field of riders on an adventure into the woods in search of trails made famous by the world of mountain bikers.

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Jul 13, 2016

Day Five of the BC Bike Race, presented by hometown bike company Rocky Mountain Bikes, may have been short in distance but turn for turn it was packed full of the most fun technical riding of the week. Today was the day to flip the switch open on your suspension and get in the game because hesitating was not an option.

Tides often turn for racers on Day 4 of the BC Bike Race as the arc of days dip to the finish and the trails begin to find a greater downhill trajectory. It’s the tired racers and the gravity motivated ones who begin to find the terrain more rewarding with bigger descents popping up on the daily course profiles.

It was probably the constant swing of the morning weather and the day with the longest mileage of the race that induced the most anxiety for riders on Day Three of the BC Bike Race, presented by Ryders Eyewear.

Cool breezes and overcast skies greeted the BCBR riding caravan as they awoke on the shores of the Georgia Strait in Powell River. This small isolated village on the Sunshine Coast has turned with the tides and embraced mountain biking as the timber industry has slowly receded.

The BC Bike Race has officially begun it’s tenth anniversary edition with 600 riders from 36 countries completing a cool and rainy Stage One in the forests surrounding Cumberland, BC.

The FMB Diamond Event at Swatch Prime Line was a full success. After scorching weather conditons and blasting sun on Friday during qualification, the weather kept everyone on their toes the following days.

A record of crowd of more than 25,000 ardent mountain bike fans came to watch some of the best racing of the season, as well as pay tribute to the late Stevie Smith in what was a fitting send off for the World Cup Champion. The demanding near 5 minute long track, the longest on the circuit, had both bikes and riders taking a beating in the dry, rocky and dusty conditions.

Team Dolomiti Superbike today became the fourth team to claim a stage win at the 2016 Absa Cape Epic after boldly gambling on an early break. By 45km and the day's second water point Greece's Periklis Ilias and Portuguese teammate Tiago Ferreira, in their debut race, had a 40 second lead. In spite of riding ahead of a chasing pack for most of the 72km course they managed to stretch that lead to one minute and 20 seconds by the finish at Boschendal Wine Estate, claiming Stage 6 in a time of...

Nicola Rohrbach and Matthias Pfrommer of Team Centurion Vaude by Meerendal 2 today claimed their second stage win at the 2016 Absa Cape Epic in a sprint finish under the oak trees of Boschendal Wine Estate, Stellenbosch. The "back up" Centurion Vaude outfit only came together about a week before the event, but they've pieced together an impressive race to now sit second in the overall standings. Rohrbach and Pfrommer finished the 93km Stage 5 in 4:07.04,4.  

The Tuscan round of the national 'Superenduro powered by SRAM' Series confirms the prestige of the event and the high-profile of the competition, thanks to the participation of the best national and international riders. Superenduro is back as the best time to share with everyone the passion for mountain biking in the incredible setting of Maremma.

Samuele Porro and Damiano Ferraro punched the air as they approached the finish line of Thursday's fourth stage of the Absa Cape Epic. Just before the line, the pair who are riding for Trek-Selle San Marco, got off their bikes and carried them over the line in triumph, celebrating their first stage win of their debut Cape Epic. The Italian stallions, the dark horses of this year's race, are now third overall behind The Bulls and Centurion Vaude by Meerendal 2. The Bulls, however, have taken...

It was a bleak day on Stage 3 of the Absa Cape Epic for two top teams. Swede Jennie Stenerhag, second overall in the winner's category with South African Robyn de Groot (Team Ascendis Health), collapsed over the finish line after a tough and very hot 104km ride. She was immediately taken to the race hospital by stretcher to be checked out.

Stage 2 of the 2016 Absa Cape Epic, the 100th stage in the history of the event, was held in another hot, windless day in Tulbagh. The racing in both the Men's and Women's categories was fiery too. The leading men's Team Bulls pair of Karl Platt and Urs Huber were determined to scorch a path through the Witzenberg Valley and for most of the day everything went according to plan. But on a technical descent just 10km from the finish Huber punctured, allowing the unheralded newbies Nicola...

The Team Bulls pair of Karl Platt and Urs Huber, along with Cape Epic first-timers Periklis Ilias and Tiago Ferreira (Dolomiti Superbike), went out hard from the start, with the small bunch of four leading practically from start to finish on the 108km Tulbagh to Tulbagh Stage 1. The tactic paid off for Platt and Huber, with the pair claiming victory in a time of 4:32.12,5. Dolomiti Superbike finished third on the day, after a wrong turn towards the end allowed Topeak Ergon Racing's Alban...

Four-time Absa Cape Epic winner Karl Platt of Germany and Swiss partner Urs Huber (Bulls) laid down a marker for the week ahead by blitzing the course to win Sunday's prologue. And in the Women's category South African Robyn de Groot and her Swedish teammate Jennie Stenerhag (Ascendis Health) gave notice that they will be a force in this year's race when they beat favourites Ariane Kleinhans and Annika Langvad (Spur-Specialized).  

The man who wrote the book on Slopestyle penned himself a new first, Saturday, as the inaugural winner of the Kelly McGarry Memorial Trophy at Crankworx Rotorua. Brandon SEMENUK's effortless performance bested even Nicholi ROGATKIN's groundbreaking 1080, dubbed "The Twister", on an afternoon no one in the bike community will soon forget.