A mass start this morning welcomed all riders, though some found the adventure of Day 1 too much and opted out from continuing (apparently this happens every year). The peloton was escorted out of the town of Fernie by an antique fire truck for the first 1.5km along the highway to the power line road, the site of our first of many climbs of the day. I seeded myself toward the back of the peloton, but I was feeling fine and moved well through the congestion of riders up the first climb. By the time of the first descent, the field had thinned considerably, however some water ditches took several casualties, including two of the lead group (one rider had his helmet disintegrated on one side – he spent the rest of the day in hospital). A very long, switch-back-laden climb followed that had most of the group pushing up the steeper, root-covered sections. Descents of the day were long, tough and very technical. My hydraulic seat post was a real savior for me (highly recommended). The sight of that first crash however, stuck with me, so I was “conservative” on the downhills. We finally came up around one of local ski resorts and proceeded down one of the designated downhill runs (that were busy with many of the local riders). All-in-all, it was an enjoyable day. My pace was consistent, so I finished feeling strong, keen for Day 3. The course was another 30km with 1,700m of climbing. With the additional 300 metres of climbing over Day 1, I was considerably slower, averaging 7.8km with a ride time of 4:01 and total time of 4:40, but I took some nice photos along the way! The medical staff had a busy day apparently: besides the crash mentioned, there was a broken leg, and a broken collar bone.