Ferry to Vancouver Island for the start of the 1st stage
cooked after 6 hours in the saddle.
mandatory walk bridge.
Jim with 3 time Xterra word champion.
Jim with Manny Prado.....defending LaRuta champ
Epic is about the most underrated word I would use to define the BC Race. Started Sat with a short prologue, which is meant to get you used to the trail conditions and make sure the bike builds worked. To be honest I thought the trails would be nice and buff with big swooping berms and modest rock and root sections......you know, like the bike rags all show. Instead we were treated to non-stop roots that protruded out of endless boulder fields. In 15 minutes of riding we went off more log drops then in the past combined five years of biking. Sunday was the first stage of the race and the trails were every bit as gnarly, except we got to throw in 6,000 feet of climbing and 20 minute descents that numbed the hands and arms. 4 miles into day two the power tap hub ceased tight and the rest of the day was in the bike shop having a new wheel built up. Tomorrow we start all over.