The race itself was exciting to the end with Cory barely winning the overall on his birthday by beating his teammate Spencer on the last day. Besides being one of the wettest years on record for the BC Bike Race, Cory also had the roughest week with a couple flat tires and several crashes that caused him to continually chase the other riders and erase time deficits. Cory definitely put his Di2 through the most stress with his crashes, but his impression was that the precision and ease of use helped make the difference.
For the Shimano crew, it was exciting to be a part of this group of men who were battling it out for the top spots. Though he was second again for the fourth year in a row, Spencer did wear the leader’s jersey for several days and we’d like to think the Di2 helped him keep his mind on the race. Spencer who is always trying to find the smallest percentage of improvement gave his approval of the electronic drivetrain.
As a company, Shimano got a huge thrill when Quinn Moberg won stage six in front of his hometown crowd in Squamish aboard the Di2. It was the cherry on top of this journey since Squamish is the stage that Shimano has sponsored for years and where product debuts have occured. Even though Squamish had the trails Quinn knew the most, it may have been the energy saved from the other stages that helped him clinch the day.