In the world of Mountain Bike Epics (5-7 day mountain bike races), the BC Bike Race is arguably the best in the world. It takes you on a 7 day whirlwind tour of the beautiful western region of Canada’s British Columbia, from Vancouver Island to Whistler. BC Bike Race is a technical course showcasing the best singletrack trails to an international field of athletes
The GC Champions (fastest overall 7 days) receive a custom etched magnum of 7 Deadly Zins by Michael David Winery. Michael David Winery sponsored BCBR in 2014 and sent one of their pro athletes to compete in the event. Damian Gonzalez finished 26th overall after a severe pre race crash.
This year, Damian Gonzalez returns for the 2015 edition of BCBR. He arrived a few weeks early and enlisted long time friend and BC local, Jonathan Tweedale as team tech support. Jonathan, of McLean & Armstrong LLP, has been assisting and pre-riding some of the BCBR stages with Damian. Pre-riding is a big part of their strategy to win. In addition, the logistics in the days leading into the race can be quite exhausting better managed by a team rather than an individual athlete.
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I’ve been looking forward to this race all year! Most of you know, last year I crashed head on into a pole at 30mph on the final lap. Not to mention on Wednesday I got hit by a car on my way home from work causing me to go through the front windshield! My plan was to solo with 3 laps to go, I sat in patiently 2nd to 3rd wheel the entire race using zero energy. With 4 laps remaining with a guy off the front I helped bring him back as we entered 3 laps remaining I wasn’t ready to make my move. At the time we were in a break of 5 racers which included some strong dudes! With 2 laps to go I knew I had to go for it! I attacked on the back side and held it solo for the win in the end to celebrate. The crowd made me feel right at home as I crossed the finish line. Best feeling EVER!
And lastly all of our sponsors, without you, this wouldn’t be possible!
Sunrise Rotary Club
Lange Twins Winery and Joe Lange
Castelli cycling apparel
Lodi Bicycle Shoppe
Rocky Mtn Chocolate Factory
AMR Medical Response team
Lodi News Sentinel
Lodi Chamber of Commerce
City of Lodi
Lodi Visitors bureau
By Damian Gonzalez
This event sells out in minutes. Hundreds of solo riders and relay teams. A 10+ mile course. An exceptionally top tier event management company, BikeMonkey. Boggs 8hr was really cool this year! Tougher rougher course than last year w shorter but steeper climbs. Didn’t know they changed the course but an xc full suspension bike was the ideal bike to have. I unfortunately brought a hardtail. I stopped after 60 miles when cramped legs were getting too bad to manage. There were some pros doing the same. The pace the relay riders set at the start was too difficult to maintain for 8 hrs. But it was fun going fast until hour 4 wishing for a full suspension bike. 60 miles was enough at that point. On my final lap I made a few stops to talk to spectators and take a few pics on the backside of the course. All in all lots of fun and I expect a course like this next year! Keep it hard @bikemonkey
Michael David Winery and it’s cycling team supporting Sea Otter Classic and it’s 25th year anniversary. Here’s to another 25!
April 13, 2014
Laguna Seca Raceway
Cat 1 35-39
Race Report by Damian Gonzalez
This year I coordinated booths for Leopard Cycles and Michael David Winery for the second year in a row. We had a great spot by the main entrance and had a public wine tasting event with Belgian waffles at our booth on Saturday. I arrived Thursday morning to set up the Michael David booth and preride the course. My race was on Sunday so I had lots of time to pass out flyers for our wine tasting event and to visit some sponsors. Crank Brothers, TRP, Schwalbe and Rudy Project just to name a few. Also went to the Ergon booth to say hi to our good friend Sonya Looney who raced well in her XC race, 15th place I think. She hooked me up with some GP1 grips, which I will owe her big time because they saved me at Boggs 8hr race! Racing for 8hrs was tough on your hands and forearms and the grips helped me maintain my strength throughout the race.
Anyways the race was 24 miles or so with fast singletrack and a couple long fire road sections on the second half of the course. The start was fast as usual and within the first couple miles the front pack was down to 8 guys. I stayed in touch with the leaders to make sure I’m in the pack by the time we reach the fire roads. The wind was too strong if you end up on the fire roads alone. I got cutoff from the leaders at one point because they managed to pass a tandem bike but when I came up behind the tandem, there was no room to come around and instead of slowing down and moving over a bit, they sped up, not fast but fast enough to where it became even more difficult to come around them. After finally passing I chased to try and close the 1/4 mile gap that was created by the tandem. I barely caught back on just meters after getting to the fire road. I then attacked to drop the guys who sat on my wheel during the chase. A couple guys caught me while stuck behind the tandem (No offense to tandem riders. God bless you!). It played out almost like a road race and by the last kilometer everyone was going 100%. Out of the 7 leaders I crossed the line in 5th, around 30 seconds behind the winner. All in all a good sign of my fitness heading into the summer.