Day four was the longest stage of the week. I was looking forward to this day. Earls Cove to Sechelt. We woke up in Powell River, had breakfast, and headed to a ferry terminal for the trip to Earls Cove. Some guys rode on water taxis, some got to take seaplanes, but I was on the ferry.
On this first descent the guy I was following took a big spill on a slippery wooden bridge and I was on the front of the group. I quickly got out of sight and was trying to catch the group ahead that I could see every now and then. Through a creek crossing and out the other side, my rear tire was spraying stans everywhere. Great. Not 30 minutes into the longest stage and I have a flat. I quickly stopped and put air in. Riders were flying by. I ride maybe another kilometer and it needs more air. I put in a plug this time and some more air. Now Im way down and people are passing that Ive never seen before. I ride some more, and its flat again. I put in a second plug and finish off my air. This is a big problem as the day has just started and im out of CO2. I start picking off as many rider as possible, but its really hard because this is "the ultimate singletrack experience" and that means I have to work by every person. At one point I am off walking because everyone else is, and I can see walkers lined up one after another as far as I can see.
Through the first feed zone and its getting soft again. I pass Yuki Saito of Ergon fixing a flat, but he doesnt have any air either. I push on. Its almost flat when I come upon one of the motorcycles helping another rider with a flat. I stop and borrow his pump. I dont know why I didnt just put in a tube, should have done that first thing instead of messing with it all day. But its been holding, so I air it up and get going again. Every time I stop, dozens of riders go back past me. I ride for awhile longer until a gravel road section and it completely blows up. I stop and put in a tube, but have no air. Eventually the motorcycle patrol guy comes along again and I air it up and get going. I must be into the 100's by now. Its been a slow day. Riders in this area arent really racing, as much as just enjoying the ride through BC.
Results are Here.
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