83 kilometres in four hours

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

Make it a trio for Chris Eatough.

The Trek-Volkswagen mountain bike racer and his teammate Jeff Schalk won the third stage in the inaugural seven-day B.C. Bike Race yesterday. They went 83 kilometres from Port Alberni to Cumberland in four hours and 10 seconds.

"Our bikes have been perfect, our bodies have been holding up," said Eatough, an American mountain bike endurance specialist. "We realize there's a long way to go, but so far the race has gone perfectly for us."

North Vancouver's Cynthia Young and Michelle Newton continue to lead the women's division after winning yesterday's stage in 5:25:17.

Racers get a chance to relax twice during today's 60 km stage. It includes an 80-minute B.C. Ferries' crossing from Vancouver Island's Little River to Powell River on the Sunshine Coast and a 50-minute ferry ride from Saltery Bay to Earls Cove.

Stage four finishes at the Sechelt Indian Band's reserve.

More information can be found at bcbikerace.com.


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