The Kootenay Rockies Enduro Series is under way and the firs stop in Kimberley went as well as could be hoped. I took 5 of 6 stages and the win, and while my performance wasn’t perfect – I held back a bit too much on the long and rough Stage 4 with memories of a double flat last year – I’m very pleased with the effort and have a lot of confidence heading to Canmore this weekend.
My Xprezo Adhoc is a remarkable bike and easily held up to constant abuse of three days training and the race on Sunday. My Marzocchi suspension performed amazingly and I don’t think I’ve ever been as comfortable on my bike. Thanks to NOBL wheels, SQ Lab saddles, Level Nine bars and my new Crankbrothers pedals for rounding out a great race bike. Many people were admiring and commenting on the bike…it’s a real head-turner. Also a big shout out to NRG Enterprises and Radsport USA for all their support - you help make it all possible!
The Adhoc, poised at all times. Lots of people are interested in Xprezo and my goal is to get more people stoked on this handmade-in-Canada brand.
My Trees Mountain Apparel kit is some of the most comfortable I’ve ever worn. Trees is a new brand from Quebec and are sure to make big inroads as people discover their stylish and functional clothing. Big props for the custom race jerseys…looking pro = fast!
Custom Trees Mountain Apparel jerseys...thanks for the support!
This spring has been a busy one between training and coaching the Seven Summits Gravity Team (SSGR) – a jr. development program based out of Rossland, BC. I have had the pleasure of coaching 10 promising youths from the West Kootenay region and they’re about to kick off their downhill season in Whistler later this month. Can’t wait to see how they perform as they’ve made incredible progress this spring. Kudos to SSGR’s Aaron Finke and Jacob Tooke for their podium finishes at the Kimberley Enduro!
Otherwise, I’ve been building on the Supermegadeth trail and working on a new XC trail to connect the bottom of SMD to the top of Woopidydoo…once connected, it will offer a 30-k single-track ride right from town. Epic! I’ve also been shooting a bunch of photos with local photographer John Dougall and am really pleased with what we’ve got so far. Lots more to come!
One of many banger shots with photographer John Dougall.
It’s going to be a whirlwind of a summer between racing and running the Rubberhead Enduro here in Rossland August 2. I will also be attending Crankworx and plan to race the Air DH with my son 10-year-old Bodhi, who’s absolutely crushing it. I’ll leave this with a video I made of my son hitting the intimidating Joy Division jump line I built with friends on Woopidydoo in Rossland. Watch out Aaron Gwin, Bodhi’s coming for you!