The Dawson Trail might be a more fitting name for the mountain bike route through Beatton Provincial Park these days.
Ben Dawson dominated another Blizzard Bike Club race there on Sunday, a clean sweep on the year in a casual time of 39 minutes and 30 seconds, six minutes ahead of Robert Sapp, who finished in 45:55.
“It was a lot of fun, great course,” he said.
Dawson handily beat the six-rider field with somewhat of an home turf advantage, as he designed some of the trails that riders competed on Sunday, included a new section that made its debut.
“Dawit (Feyissa) and myself finished that trail a couple weeks ago, probably the first time we’ve raced on it. Starting to work (it) in and get a lot faster now,” Dawson said.
Sunday also marked the semi-conclusion of the bike season for the Blizzards, as October brings the beginning of the cyclo-cross season. Cyclo-cross is a race where riders encounter obstacles that make them dismount from their bike as a way to keep the blood pumping. That makes for a ideal circuit race for fall in the Peace.
1. Ben Dawson 2 laps in 39:30
2. Rob Sapp 45:55
3. Tyler Brunet 46:42
4. Darren Guliov 50:01
5. Pat Ferris 50:02
6. Sam Keats 50:56