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By Jon Zacks

An anonymous donor has injected some intrigue into the Blizzard Bike Club’s weekly Baldonnel time-trials.

The unidentified individual has pledged a $2,500 bike prize to any rider that can beat the course record, set by Olav Stana 23 years ago. In 1987, Stana (the reigning National time trial champion at the time) rode the 16 km circuit in a time of 21:06, and did so on an ordinary 7-speed bike.

Peace Region riders will have modern advantages as they try to beat Stana’s mark, but still have their work cut out for them. On Thursday June 10, Stephen Ferris posted the fastest time of the season so far, clocking in at 22:17 – still a full minute slower than the record time.

The only catch – riders from outside of the Peace Region (and Cat-1 riders) are welcome to take their shot at the record, they must use a conventional road bike – just like Stana used in 1987.

And of course, anyone hoping to cash in on the prize has to break the record in a regularly scheduled BBC Thursday night time-trial.

“It’ll run for as long as somebody takes to break the record” says BBC spokesperson Pat Ferris, who encourages any interested riders to join the Blizzards for the weekly races.

For more information, visit Ferris Fast Cycles, or call 250-785-3711.

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