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 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
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.
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.
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.