The Banff Bike Fest’s queen stage saw racers competing in the Tunnel Mountain Road Race. The 13-km circuit is a local’s favorite, as it’s directly above the town of Banff and includes a punchy climb and a heart-racing descent down through surprise corner, where many iconic Banff Springs Hotel images are made.

The highlight of the Tunnel Mountain Road Race is undoubtedly Surprise Corner.
The highlight of the Tunnel Mountain Road Race is undoubtedly Surprise Corner.

The Category ½ men’s race was 130 km, while the category ¾ and women’s race was 78 km. Temperatures stayed cool – with many racers sporting winter wear – but the roads stayed dry despite the threatening rain clouds that finally let loose as the racers crossed the finish line.

Tunnel Mountain Road Race Results

Tunnel Mountain Road Race-4
Tunnel Mountain Road Race, the Banff Bike Fest’s queen stage, saw racers flying around surprise corner.

As has been the theme all week, Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes dominated the women’s race, with Allison Beveridge and Shoshauna Routley finishing first and second, respectively, while Juliette Wheler (Team Sask) finished third.

On the men’s side, the Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes team weas happy simply to stick with the main field, insuring their riders stuck in the top of the GC standings. Vincent Marcotte (Musette Racin) escaped on the final descent and held on for the stage win. Banff Local Colin Croston (Rundle Mountain Cycling Club) finished second, while Cody Canning (Russ Hay’s p/b Scotiabank) finished 3rd.

Tunnel Mountain Road Race descent into surpise corner.

Mens Tunnel Mountain Road Race Results

1 25 Vincent Marcotte Musette Racing 19:52.737 (0) 3:20:47
2 42 Colin Croston Rundle Mountain Cycling Club 19:55.418 (0) +00:02
3 28 Cody Canning Accent Inns / Russ Hay’s p/b Scotiabank 19:53.714 (0) same time
4 11 Jure Rupnik Range Road Racing 19:54.483 (0) same time
5 52 Dustin Andrews Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes 19:56.925 (0) same time

Women Tunnel Mountain Road Race Results

1 154 Allison Beveridge Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes 23:55.585 (0) 2:24:03 (10)
2 165 Shoshauna Routley Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes 23:57.123 (0) +00:01 (6)
3 162 Juliette Wheler Team Sask 23:57.602 (0) same time (4)
4 149 Sara Poidevin Bicisport 23:58.550 (0) same time
5 167 Suzanne Hamilton Bicisport 23:57.656 (0) same time

Banff Bike Fest General Classification Results

Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic homes finished 1-2 in the men’s GC for the second consecutive year. Bailey McKnight defended his 2013 Banff Bike Fest title, while teammate Michael van den Ham finished second. Evan Bayer (The Lead Out Project) finished third.

Kinley Gibson won the Banff Bike Fest GC
Kinley Gibson (Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes) won the Banff Bike Fest GC

In the women’s GC, Trek Red Truck p/b Mosaic Homes swept the podium; Kinley Gibson finished first thanks to her dominate performances in the Lake Louise Road Race and Vermilion Lakes ITT, while her teammates Allison Beveridge and Leah Guloien finished second and third, respectively.

More race results, including the Men’s Category 3-5, are available on the Banff Bike Fest website.

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