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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March 19, 2014
Fall Reflections, Future Predictions
September 15, 2016
August 19, 2014
July and the first half of August have been jam packed with racing and race organizing, thus my neglected blog posts (and length of this one!). I’ve got some exciting stuff lined up leading to the end of the season, but more on that in a bit…
July 12 was the Kimberley Enduro and I was excited to put my technical woes of the previous races behind me and have a good, clean race. The temps were HOT and formidable. I had a good race going and was top 3 on every stage including four 2nds, but unfortunately the heinously rocky and technical 3rd Stage resulted in a double flat, putting me well out of contention and continued a streak of bad luck. Not much to do than take solace in knowing I’m in contention for the top spot speed-wise and refocus for Golden.
The Golden Enduro, July 19/20, was a two-day affair involving a wide variety of trails and difficulty. Day one was in the Moonraker Trail network and involved 40+ kilometres of riding and racing. A good mix of flow and one long stage on the technical and demanding LSD trail offered a variety of terrain requiring good bike handling skills and stamina. I was 3rd after day one, one minute off 1st.
The rocky 2nd stage at Kicking Horse Resort.
The second day was at Kicking Horse resort, with riders taking the gondola to the top and racing four DH stages with climbs between. This was by far the most technical of courses and included the Pioneer DH course – a test piece on the BC Downhill series – in wet conditions. I had a great day with solid clean runs and was stoked to finish 3rd for the weekend on one of the most challenging courses I’ve raced in a while. It felt great to finally land on the podium!
After some bad luck at previous races, it was nice to land on the podium with a couple of good buddies.
Next up was the race that I organized in Rossland, BC. It is the 6th year I hosted an enduro event in my home town and I was excited for it to be a part of both the Kootenay Rockies and BC Enduro Series. It’s always a pleasure to show off our amazing trails and community.
Steep and old-school: the third stage in Rossland was on the infamous Dreadhead DH course. Photo: John Dougall
I was able to pre-run the course to ensure all was in order and fortunately there were no trees down or timer issues and managed fast, clean runs. At the end of the day I landed in 2nd spot, only one second off the top step! Given there is a second delay for the timers for the first rider through, I felt good knowing I had the fastest time despite being in 2nd.
One second off 1st...rearin up for the finals in Revelstoke! Photo: John Dougall
The Rossland race was on all accounts a resounding success, with many racers commenting it was their favourite course of the series. Red Resort was an excellent host and the weekend’s micro beer tasting, live music and food made for a festive weekend. We’ve got some exciting plans for 2015!
No rest for the wicked…we were off to Whistler to race the gnarly Enduro World Series in Whistler. However, fate intervened when my truck broke down in Chilliwack, leaving us stranded for two days and a lost opportunity to pre-ride the course. There was no way I was going to race what was considered the gnarliest and most demanding course on the entire EWS tour without practice, and was forced to pull out…much to my disappointment. However, there was a silver lining in that I had ample time to connect with sponsors, enjoy the festivities (including an awesome ride/appreciation party put on my Smith Optics!) , and coach my 9-year-old son Bodhi to a 3rd place finish at the first ever Kidsworx DH race! The kid’s quick, but to be competitive against 43 other little rippers and land on the podium was something special.
Bodhi stoked on a 3rd place finish at the first ever Kidsworx DH.
Next up: I’m working on the new community bike park revitalization over the next two weeks and am excited to spearhead the development of a new pump track and dirt jumps. Rossland hosts the annual Seven Summits Poker Ride September-Long Weekend, followed by the Huck n’ Berries Jump Jam (a bronze level Freeride World Tour event) on Sept. 6. – Both of which I help organize and volunteer. Then it’s the final BC Enduro race in Revelstoke Sept. 13/14…and of course resuming our fall coaching sessions with the ripper teens in the Kootenays!