Sunday • June 29, 2014
Riders awoke to a more typical Fernie morning today with blue sky and sunshine.
Although we had received some more rain overnight anything with sun exposure would definitely benefit as was seen in the first climb of the day on Roots and Hyperventilation.
That would be the last of the drier riding for the day as racers picked lines through the tricky steeps back down the other side of this first climb. The wet weather riders stood out from the pack, putting time on others who we more cautious or bruised from a fall on stage one.
Although muddy, the first decent was still fast and fun, with plenty of sections to open up and really dig into the decent.
An open road climb followed and the front pack settled into a fast rhythm which carried them to the top of another technical decent and through to the Ridgemont singletrack.
Another long climb faced the racers however this one allowed for some time to spin the legs with multiple switchbacks. Great trail design meant elevation was gained more easily than first climb. As the front end of the group pushed further away from the main field, racers enjoyed more of Ridgemont’s finest. Wet and rooted in sections meant everyone had to be on their game.
To close out the middle section of stage two riders were tasked with the rolling and tight trail called Kush, one of many local’s favorites. Once out of the forest and onto some more open double track it was time to spin the legs out and hammer down to the start of Coal Discovery Trail. The trial head was the spin around point, flowy and fast at first and then more technical and wooded, some riders used this long and last section of the stage to gain time on rivals or at least blew up trying!
Another great day of technical and challenging riding was had without much change to the leaders with Colin Kerr (Rocky Mountain) again winning the stage, Sandra Walter (Liv/Giant) wasn't far behind to take the women’s stage win.
Notable mentions should go to Carter Nieuwesteeg (Fernie Flyers) and Jesse Mong (Fernie Flyers) for a strong ride and team performance. Carter fresh out of high school and new to the sport is racing well and shaking up the standings in the under 30 men’s field.
Good luck to all riders for the third and final stage of the 2014 Fernie 3. No doubt it will be another hard fought and enjoyable stage tomorrow at Fernie Alpine Resort and Mt Fernie Provincial Park.
Meanwhile around town, the Roll and Sole Festival kept people entertained as the day unfolded with many unique events well supported by locals and visitors.
A popular highlight was the wheelie contest that saw local legends go head to head on their back wheel. Bike bunny hop and limbo challenges provided some laughs along with the skid mark contest and the kids got to have fun at the bike rally.
Today wraps up the Roll and Sole Festival for this year. It has been a great weekend and everyone is looking forward to next year.
Jack Viney – Tourism Fernie.