Dominic Unterberger

32 show up for second XC bike race

Brendan MacIntosh, Melanie Bernier take top spot at second Wednesday night XC race of season.

Wednesday night racing presented by Arrow Helicopters continued with the second race of the season on May 23.

So far this season we are two for two when it comes to blustery and threatening weather but unlike the first race of the season the rain thankfully held off.

The second race saw 32 riders take part with lots of new faces, which was great to see. We hope all the new faces will have become old faces by season’s end so keep coming out!

The race course was very much an up and down affair, with tough climbs up Buff Enuff and the powerline access road followed by fun descents down Berm Donor and Dusty Beaver.

The race started with a much loved 400m Lemans start that was won in a sprint by Dominic Unterberger over Kellen Viznaugh. Although they didn’t finish on the podium, look out for these two teenagers in the future as despite their tender age they are nipping at the heels of the fastest racers.

Brendan MacIntosh resumed where he left off last season when he won three races and was the first across the finish line. He was challenged closely by Golden local Martin Lafontaine who finished second. Ian Crosthwaite and Bart Jarmula paced each other all race to finish third and fourth, 90-seconds behind the leaders. Travis Hunt matched his fifth place finish from the first race once again riding (and running) strong on his singlespeed.

Melanie Bernier once again comfortably led the women’s field, finishing ahead of Sarah Newton and Atsuko Knight.

Thanks again to all the sponsors including Helios Rehab, Valhalla Pure, Patagonia, and Skookum that sent many riders home with great draw prizes. Expect an announcement shortly outlining some of the grand prizes we will be giving away at the end of the season. The more races you take part in the better your chances of winning will be. The series continues in two weeks with a brand new course and an enduro format to challenge the lead riders a bit more. Specifics will be on the website early this week.

 

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