Singletrack 6 – Stage 1&2

The opportunity to race Singletrack 6, a TransRockies event, arose while in Canmore at the Canadian MTB championships last week thanks to John Gibson.  After struggling to find my top XC form after a flu bug in early July I was pretty disappointed with how Nationals turned out. A 6th place with feeling so off was tough and I set the bar really high for that race. So with this opportunity to race six days of single track in areas close to me, that I’ve never ridden, was something I couldn’t say no to. 

riders: Evan Guthrie leads Justin Lindine to the top of the final climb. Guthrie would go on to win the stage with Lindine finishing second in the ST6 Open Mens Category. Photo: John Gibson

After a quick three nights at home to wash laundry, unpack and repack the car, set up the bike to “BC cross-country standards”, it was time to head over to Rossland where the first three stages take place from. It’s crazy that I live about 4-5 hours from every stage of this race and have never ridden any! Time to explore to backyard and try my hand at a stage race for the first time. I won’t count the last time I tried a 3-day race and crashed out 15 minutes into stage 2..

Day 1: It started really fast, like XCO race fast. I thought it would slow down but it didn’t. Legs took 1.5 hours to warm up and come around after a couple too many easy days leading in. Slowly rode back from 7th to 2nd in the end. Sitting ~50 sec behind Justine Lindine in the overall. Tried to go for it on the timed descent but caught a rider and couldn’t get by. Finished a close 2nd. Body is tired and we’ve only done day 1/6!

rider: Evan Guthrie/1st place Stage 2/ST6 Solo Open Men – Photo: John Gibson

Day 2: I thought it would start easier today, but like yesterday it didn’t. Cory Wallace blew the group apart on the first climb and it was survival to the end. I got away with Justine Lindine and we cruised a while until Rotem Ishay caught up to us because he was climbing like a mountain goat. We yo-yoed with him for a while until he had an unfortunate wheel issue and had to stop. The final climb was a hard one at 25 minutes long and then the final descent, and the timed descent, took us to the finish. Having a clear run in these dusty conditions helped today and I was able to snag the stage win and win timed DH for today. Justine now leads me by 7 sec on GC and I’m leading the timed descent GC.

rider: Evan Guthrie/1st place Stage 2/ST6 Solo Open Men. Photo: John Gibson

Stage 2 results:

Stage 2 timed descent:

GC after Stage 2 (overall):

Timed descent GC after stage 2:

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