Day 1 BC-Bike Race Gravel Explorer – RACE REPORT
Presented by Maxxis
Location – Naramata, Campbell Mountain
Distance – 44 km
Vertical – 844 m
Results of the FIRST STAGE
Day 1 – Presented by Maxxis – Bad weather stopped at 9am just around the time it was departure time, the very first BCBR Gravel Explorer started !! Day one (1) certainly delivered on its promise to be more than a little different from the standard gravel event and in conclusion, the goal of the BCBR was met, as the cheers and chatter noted. runners. Other events also turned heads and became classics; Paris Roubaix has always gone its own way, Strade Bianche has also deepened the adventure cyclist’s psyche – other events that did what they thought was right and changed perceptions of the industry.
It’s the Okanagan, BC’s wine country, where fall temperatures make it the perfect time of year for biking or running! The Tour of Lombardy is often called the ‘falling leaves’ race, here at the Gravel Explorer another ode to fall unfolds, not yet a classic, but with all the signs of today in the spirit, a classic in the making.
With wet roads and hot temperatures, intrepid adventurers, early adopters roamed the sleepy streets of Naramata town and began their first ascent. Gulch Road is a taste of Europe right here in Canada, between orchards and vineyards, a suitable place to start this five (5) day gravel adventure. Through the streets and out of Naramata, towards Campbell Mountain, the riders split into small groups. An early lead was established by Alexander Fraser-Maraun (Red Truck Racing), Lucas Strain (CNCPT Team) and Declan Kelly (Red Truck Racing) over pursuers Cory Wallace (Kona Endurance Team) and Karsten Madsen (Clif Bar, Oakley, Enve, Ryzon). In the third group, Sammi Runnels (CNCPT team) pedaled intensely, focusing on winning with a loaded Amity Rockwell (Easton Racing) not far behind.
With jaw-dropping views on display, riders may have been oblivious to the sights unfolding as they made their way from road to singletrack and the body of that day’s adventure. The true classic nature of the BCBR Gravel Explorer is revealed in all of its glorious ripples. The tall grass swayed as the riders ascended and descended on perfect land, superbly fast and furious. The sun has risen and the beauty of the Okanagan has been revealed to all who have had time to look up from the intense concentration of boating on the course presented in front of them. With a final climb to the top of Campbell Mountain, the rider’s sweat was argued, resulting in a long, sustained single-track descent that eventually returned to the causeway and a nice long stretch of scenic KVR ( reclaimed railway category, Kettle Valley Railway) to provide a clean track to the finish line.
A race that goes perfectly is always the goal of any organizer. Today’s event was marred by a little ribbon misfortune that ended up deflecting the leading group of men, once surrounded and circled around Alexander Fraser-Maraun (Red Truck Racing), Lucas Strain (CNCPT Team) and Declan Kelly (Red Truck Team) read them, were now in pursuit. The day went to Cory Wallace (Kona Endurance Team) with nearly five (5) minutes ahead of second place Alexander Fraser-Maraun (Red Truck Racing), closely followed by Lucas Strain (CNCPT Team) and Karsten Madsen (Clif Bar, Oakley, Enve, Ryzon) in fourth position.
On the women’s side, Sammi Runnels (CNCPT Team) maintained a steady pace to beat Amity Rockwell (Easton Racing) by just over 4 minutes and May Constable completed the podium for 3rd place.
There are four (4) days of racing to come as the first BCBR Gravel Explorer reveals more amazing routes and stories of “wherever a gravel bike can go”.
Photo credit: Chris Stenberg / Andrew Ross
- The very first BCBR gravel explorer
- Winner of the first female stage – Sammi Runnels (CNCPT team)
- Winner of the first men’s stage – Cory Wallace (Kona Endurance Team)
- Breathtaking views of the Okanagan, the wine region of British Columbia
- Anywhere a gravel bike can go
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