Back at the lake, we jump on our bikes for the final leg; a long but marked mountain bike leg to the finish. As we ride, it is evident that the organisers used this option to show off the vast number of spectacular trails that Cumberland has to offer. I had passed through Cumberland a couple months earlier with the BC Bike Race, so I had an idea of what to expect. However, I'm still surprised by the number, quality and difficulty of the trails. In other adventure races I've done, it seems the organisers use the bike leg to make up distance. In stark contrast, this was designed purely to give us the ride of a lifetime.
With big smiles, we make our way down trails such as Thirsty Beaver, which boasts a huge number of wooden features. We climb hard and scream down the single tracks, passing more teams and, in the final few kilometres, a coed team. We are unsure where we stand, so we continue flying to the finish as fast as our mind, body and soul will allow. It turns out the last pass was a good move because we’ve moved into second place as we cross the line. Ecstatic and all but broken, we are just over a minute ahead of third and behind a strong team of local champions, Frontrunners Nanaimo. Our total time is 6 hours and 15 minutes. Mind, body and soul satisfied.
I've had so much fun that I am tempted to do another lap on the bike route. However, my teammate talks some sense into me and we make our way to down Main Street to feed the machine with Rider's pizza and local brews.
MOMAR is a race that keeps on giving. The awards ceremony is hosted by Mt. Washington Alpine Resort and we are treated to a fantastic meal and an even better after-party, including live music and dancing at Fat Teddy’s.
My body is over the mountain and my mind definitely wants to go back!
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