The seventh edition of the TransRockies kicked off in true mountain fashion with temperamental weather and spectacular scenery as riders wound their way from host start community Panorama Mountain Village down to the historic K2 ranch on the shores of Lake Windermere. Wind, rain sleet and snow, in addition to spots of blue sky, introduced riders early in the week to classic TransRockies conditions. A dispatch from Checkpoint #1 noted the mid-day drop in temperature brought with it the ability to see one's breath.
In the men's race, multi-time winner Andreas Hestler and partner Chris Sheppard, along with two other Rocky Mountain teams consisting of Kris Sneddon and Max Plaxton, and Stefan Widmer and Marty Lazarski were up against the powerhouse Italian team of Marzio Deho and Johnny Cattaneo. Deho is ranked as one of the top three World Cup marathon racers.
60 Cory Smith (Can) / Nathen Weselake (Can) Team Justice 2.37.27 Off the lead
86 Cory Lanovaz (Can) / Jason Copan (Can) Redneck Posse 3.06.16 Off the lead
Next Stage: Invermere to Nipika Resort, 74km
Go Team! Go!