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Canada, June 28-July 4, 2008

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Stage 7 - July 4: Whistler, 47km

Kona and Taint Slo lock up overall wins

The final start line was in the village square at Whistler Creekside, nestled at the foot of Whistler Mountain. With six long days of racing behind them, competitors had to dig deep right out of the start gate on this day as almost 300m of vertical - translating into at least 15 minutes of climbing - welcomed them to the course and the final day of racing.

As the saying goes, riders had to "earn their turns", and the investment in the uphill grind paid off in the reward of Whistler's best singletrack offerings. By the time racers hit the undulating 3km of trail running alongside the Cheakamus River, grins had spread from ear to ear. The day's singletrack offered not only beautiful trails with a high fun factor, but also captivating sights and natural features. The day would be hard-fought for many riders in the pack, but the reward of crossing the finish line at Spruce Grove park would make it all worthwhile.

Top stage finishers of the day, Seamus McGrath and Chris Shepard (Team Old School), powered through the course in 3:01:06. And there weren't many surprises in the remaining categories. The fastest women were Sara Bresnick-Zocchi and Kelli Emmett (Team Taint Slo) in 4:01:24; the top mixed were Wendy Simms and Normon Thibault (Team Kona - Riding in Memory of Denis Fontaine) in 3:37:23.

The combined 80+ changed up with winners Dave Harrison and Matt Luhn (Team Grip It & Rip It) in 3:35:49; and the top 100+ were Andy Klumb and Brent Erikson (Team Bicilibre) in 4:41:34.

The final awards banquet was held high above Whistler village at the Roundhouse on Whistler mountain. A 30 minute gondola ride unveiled spectacular views of the valley as it carried racers up the mountain. After dinner, stage awards and overall category awards were handed out.

When all was said and done, Kona's Kris Sneddon and Barry Wicks took the men's GC and Taint Slo's Sara Bresnick-Zocchi and Kelli Emmett won the women's GC.

Results

Men

1 Seamus McGrath and Chris Shepard (Can)/(Can) Team Old School

Women

1 Sara Bresnick-Zocchi and Kelli Emmett (USA)/(USA) Taint Slo

Mixed

1 Wendy Simms and Normon Thibault (Can)/(Can) Kona-Riding I

Veterans Combined 80+

1 Dave Harrison and Matt Luhn (USA)/(USA) Grip It & Rip It

Veterans Combined 100+

1 Andy Klumb and Kent Eriksen (USA)/(USA) Bicilibre

Final general classification
 
Men

1 Kris Sneddon and Barry Wicks (Can)/(USA) Kona                                  25.58.24
2 Chris Eatough and Jeff Schalk (USA)/(USA) Trek VW Mountain Bike Team              20.53
3 Tim Bennett and Adrian Jackson (Aus)/(Aus) Flight Centre                          42.09
 
Women

1 Sara Bresnick-Zocchi and Kelli Emmett (USA)/(USA) Taint Slo                    32.08.16
2 Kristenn Magnusson and Lisa Ludwig (Can)/(Can) Helly Hansen Vancouver Island    3.32.07
3 Katie Lindquist and Amy Harris (USA)/(USA) Lindquist                            3.59.16
 
Mixed

1 Wendy Simms and Normon Thibault (Can)/(Can) Kona-Riding In Memory Of Denis     29.10.27
2 Matt Ohran and Sue Butler (USA)/(USA) Monaviecannondale.com Mixed               2.01.49
3 Mark Compton and Katie Compton (NZl)/(USA) Spike Shooter                        2.09.26
 
Combined Veterans 80+

1 Dave Harrison and Matt Luhn (USA)/(USA) Grip It & Rip It                       30.36.54
2 Andrew Handford and Pat Doyle (Can)/(Can) Different Bikes Deadgoat                 1.47
3 Mark Thompson and David Overstreet (USA)/(USA) Spike Shooter                      39.33
 
Combined Veterans 100+

1 Brian Johnson and Bruce Johnson (Can)/(Can) Double Shot                        36.38.39
2 Andy Klumb and Kent Eriksen (USA)/(USA) Bicilibre                               1.14.48
3 Greg Mcdougall and Graeme Fitch (Can)/(Can) Harbour Air                         6.32.19