With the sun high in the sky and the mercury hitting the 90°F mark, today’s stage was a brutal pressure cooker that left many racers searching for reserves that simply did not exist. In addition to the scorching temperatures and high humidity, mechanical issues were commonplace as well with even the current men’s GC leader, Jeremiah Bishop of Cannondale, snapping a chain halfway through the race. Regardless of the heat or technical issues, the pace set by the leaders was blistering, with many racers were reaching aid stations and marshal locations well ahead of schedule.

While the riders in the men’s open category fought a close battle throughout the day as they attacked each other on the numerous climbs, it was Kris Sneddon (Kona) who was able to capitalize on the tough conditions and clinch the stage victory, riding across the line a minute and a half ahead of second place Bishop, who managed to hang onto the GC lead that he had established on yesterday’s prologue stage.

Competition in the women’s open field was equally as fierce, with Selene Yeager (Team CF), Vicki Barclay (Freeze-Thaw/NoTubes), Karen Potter (MTBRacenews), Amanda Carey (Kenda/Felt), and Sue Haywood (Shenandoah Bikes/Kenda/I9/Turner) jockeying for position throughout the first half of the race. At the line, it was Carey in first, barely a minute ahead of a hard-charging Yeager, who was forced to stop mid-stage to remove a stick from her rear wheel.

You can find the official race report, results, GC results, and more photos here.
Also, video footage of today’s stage can be found on Cyclingdirt.org here.

More images and video footage courtesy of both myself and Abe Landes can be found here.

The weather is expected to heat up even more tomorrow as the racers tackle roads, fireroads, and trails through Bald Eagle, Poe Valley, and Coburn. Stay tuned for another update.

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