The video is from Russell Anderson, and the Race Report comes courtesy Tanya Berg. Sounds like the OBB riders were out in full force.
It was a beautiful day when we woke up at 7am in Campbell River, perfect day for a 30km race… or 20 as I later discovered. The masses met up in Snowden at 10:30 for registration and warm-up, we were happy to see most of Victoria making an appearance. On our warm up lap we had a nice, gentle, open logging road hill climb to single track; it was an ideal start for such a large group, and thankfully the only logging road of the day. Once in the single track it was FAST: long flowing single track with gentle rolling corners, with only a few wet roots to watch out for. The first 3 to 4km was like this, which meant the race would be about endurance – yikes!
Anyways, after a 20 minute warm-up we headed to the start line. Once the race started it was fast, really fast at least till we found the hills about 5km in, these were steep, but short. However, once we were away from the hills, it was about 2km of false flat, thankfully it was all single track with no major obstacles, so if you were lucky enough to find a good rhythm, then it went by quite quickly. The last km of the loop was slow and technical, lots of big roots, awkward rocks and really rolly – it was fun, seriously. Once the first lap was over endurance and fitness kicked in – at least for everyone else anyways. It was a hard race because the pace was high and there were a lot of false flats, real back killer actually – many mentioned their “back pain” post race.
After two laps my arm and back were about to fall off, so I sat back and watched the real athletes finish. Katie Rabien from OBB was already in, it was her first race back this season, so she raced beginner and finished third. The next OBB racer to cross the line was Russell Anderson who finished second in expert men, absolutely destroying the course with his new helmet cam on, video to come. Mical Dyck was the first lady to cross the line in the expert women’s category, obviously her bike trainer workouts up north have paid off, way to go Mical. Close behind Mical was Dawn Anderson from Oak Bay Bikes, who had to race Karen Trueman (also from OBB) to the line – OBB ladies should have a strong season as they both are looking very fit and it is only March. The next hour was a blur as volunteers cleaned up and all the athletes treated themselves to hot dogs and pop; all in all, a good day of racing on a really nice course.