Photos by Jean McAllister and John Gibson
After three days in Golden, B.C., it was time for the 2018 Singletrack 6 to get “Stoked.” The six-day stage race broke camp and headed over Rogers Pass toward Revelstoke.
The town of a thousand nicknames, and almost as many alpine trails, The Stoke’s MacPherson network launched racers into the second half of Singletrack 6. It also welcomed the second wave of three-day racers into the fold for the Singletrack 3 Monashees portion of the race.
Along with a new contingent of racers, most of the new Pendrel Racing team showed up to support Elyse Nieuwold in her Sintletrack 6 campaign. Canadian Olympic medallist Catharine Pendrel, her husband and co-founderof the team Keith Wilson, and Pendrel Racing’s Revelstoke local Emily Unterberger were all on hand to cheer Nieuwold on to a second place finish on Stage 4.
Ahead of Nieuwold on Stage 4 was, once again, Jena Greaser. Claiming her third stage win in four days, Greaser continued to make her mark on 2018’s edition of the Singletrack 6. With just two days of racing remaining, she now holds a ten minute advantage over Nieuwold in second and Mical Dyck in third. Making her first appearance on the podium was RMCC’s Brittany Webster, who finished third in Revelstoke.
On the Men’s side, Justin Lindine was back on the top step of the podium but, after leading for the first two days, a rough day at Kicking Horse on Stage 3 means Lindine still sits second in the overall several minutes behind race leader Evan Guthrie.
Behind Lindine was Carter Nieuwesteeg. The Fernie rider has been improving every day at the Singletrack 6 and, with his second place in Revelstoke, moves up to fourth in the overall just behind Boulder, Colo.’s Chris Baddick.
In the timed descent race-within-a-race, Mical Dyck landed a second downhill victory. Her win in Revelstoke brings Dyck closer to Greaser’s overall lead in the downhill race.
Along with his race lead, Guthrie landed a third DH victory on Tuesday. Hot on his heels, though, is Chris Johnston. Santa Cruz’s multi-talented enduro racer was just two seconds behind Guthrie down Revelstoke and, with an impressive ride at Kicking Horse, is only 6 seconds back in the overall downhill standings.
One day isn’t enough to explore all the trails Revelstoke has to offer, but the restless Singletrack 6 is already on the move. Stage five rolls out of Vernon, B.C. into Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. A challenging course will have racers feeling the full head of the Okanagan sun, with a extended climb rewarded with an equally long Vernon descent.