Thursday, July 2, 2009

Bend's Sheppard, teammate McGrath still in front at BC Bike Race

UPDATE, June 2, 11:30 p.m. Portland's Sue Butler (Monavie-Cannondale) reported by e-mail that she and teammate Bryan Alders had a flat off the gun on stage 2 and got stuck at the back of the race on tight singletrack.

"A rough day and very frustrating," she wrote.

Butler and Alders have placed second the past two days, moving up to third overall about thirty minutes behind. Bend's Ryan Trebon (Kona) and teammate Georgia Gould (Luna) are in first place overall in the mixed category.

"Ryan and Georgia are riding the pants off of us," Butler wrote. "We will keep working on it and see where we end up on Saturday. It has been a ton of fun. The trails are AMAZING! It's a great vacation."

Tim Butler, who rides locally for River City Bicycles, is sitting in 3rd in the open 80+ category with his partner, Matt Ohran, team manger of the Monavie-Cannondale pro operation.

Bend resident Chris Sheppard (Santa Cruz/Shimano/WTB/Fox) and teammate Seamus McGrath (Jamis Factory Team) remain in the lead of Canada's BC Bike Race after four stages of the seven-leg journey from Vancouver to Whistler.

Sheppard and McGrath won the first and third stages, while former OBRA standout Barry Wicks and his KONA temmate Kris Sneddon, the defending champions, won stages two and four and sit less than a minute behind the leaders.

Oregonians Ryan Trebon (Kona) and Sue Butler (Monavie-Cannondale) are competing with teammates in the mixed category, but word and results from the forests of BC have been hard to come by. has been covering the race.