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The Tinhorn Creek TransRockies Stage Seven broke cool and clear in the quiet town of Crowsnest Pass as riders prepared to take on the final epic ride into Fernie.

The ProGold Stage Six of the TransRockies Classic took riders from Elkford, BC, across the Continental Divide and up to the finish at Crowsnest Pass.

Electrical storms overnight had the start line buzzing with extra energy this morning at Nipika Mountain Resort and the Thule Stage Three of the TransRockies Classic.

Stage Two of the TransRockies Classic was a 75km journey from K2 Ranch to Nipika Mountain Resort. Leaving the Purcell Mountains behind, riders headed east into the Rockies.

The start line of any race is intense, but that of the first day of a seven day stage race brings the energy, anticipation and stoke to a whole new level. Add a thousand meter climb right off the bat, and you can feel the energy pulsing through the field like the low grade hum of a bee hive.

Sunny skies broke over Squamish for the first time in three days along the BC coast. It was shaping up to be a perfect finale to a week of incredible racing. BCBR started with a quick tune-up Prologue on Vancouver's North Shore. This lightning fast mini-stage seeded racers for the feast of single-track stage racing that would follow.

Give a poet a microphone and who knows when they'll stop talking. "We are mountain bikers. We eat pain for breakfast,” Cumberland's town crier shouted out, welcoming BCBR'ers to the start line Monday morning.

Sometimes they like to serve it up greasy in Cumberland. For West Coast mountain bikers, a little drizzle puts a little dazzle into the trail. However, for BCBR's guests from Spain, Mexico, the American Southwest and anywhere else where a drop of rain is enough to cancel a ride, they were left wondering who smeared bacon fat on the roots and rocks of the local trails.

It was business time this morning as elite men and women rolled up to the start line hoping to put Katerina Nash (Team Clif Bar) and Geoff Kabush (Team Yeti-Maxxis) on notice that this year the BCBR story will unfold in a different fashion. One the menu: the incredible two-mountain, tidal wave of fun that is Stage 1, in the beautiful Cowichan Valley.

Raindrops pattered from a grey West Coast sky, threatening to unleash a tempest of a storm. It was a meteorological foreshadow of things to come. Six hundred BC Bike Racers, representing 38 countries, descended on the North Shore July 4 for the launch of BC Bike Race, version Lucky 13.