The Rossland Rubberhead Enduro, now part of both the Kootenay Rockies and BC Enduro Series, has been a project of mine for the past 5 years and I’m ex...
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Tour de Oregon
July 9, 2014
The end of June brought a whirlwind trip around Oregon with my family to race two enduro events and hit a selection of bike/skate parks. Despite the exceptionally hot and dry weather, we had a great time and enjoyed some fine trials, albeit a far cry from the technical riding we enjoy in British Columbia.
The end of the drive train...nothing like a run to the finish!
The Ashland Mountain Challenge is a pedally affair with a considerable amount of DH road racing - kind of a bummer as you're screaming by some sweet DH trails. This turned into the theme of the trip - pedal hard! I was feeling exceptionally strong and was confident I was in the running when disaster struck. My hub and rear axle came loose unknowingly, causing my chain to come off 3 times on the third and longest stage. Nothing like passing racers only to have them retake you as you're putting your chain on, twice! On the fourth and final stage my chain came off on a steep chute, wrapped around the inside of my rear hub and locked up. After literally sprinting to the finish, I realized I had broken many spokes, ruined my cog set and rear derailleur. 4th on the day was a disappointment.
As a side note, the guys at Life Cycle shop in Eugene were awesome and got me running again in time for the following weekend. If you're in the area, this is THE shop to go to. Thanks Steve...
The Oregon Enduro series is well run, and the beer at the finish line was a fine touch!
The Oregon Enduro in Bend was even hotter and more pedally, with the fourth stage more resembling a cross-country race than an enduro. I gave it a "college" try and am finding new confidence in my fitness. After a crash and a major technical in the previous two races, I decided to pace myself and have a clean race. I accomplished my goal and felt well about my performance but knew I left too much on the course. A 6th place finish was disappointing but given the 3.5-hour race in 30+-degree weather on an unfamiliar course, I chalked it up as a learning experience.
An artsy shot my daughter took of me at a small skate park in Eugene, my old stomping ground.
Next up, Kimberley Enduro July 12, followed by the Golden Enduro the next weekend. I'm feeling fit and the Rocky Altitude is running like a top. Time to pin it!