Despite a ridiculous amount of snow in the Kootenays, we've been making the most of training and riding the lower elevation trails this spring. The first races of the season were late March at Beacon Hill in Spokane, Washington, as part of the Double Down Hoedown DH races. Having built up my new Transition TR500 with NOBL wheels, it was my first day on the bike for the first DH race of the season - a bit of a learning curve to say the least as it was my first DH race in several years after focusing solely on enduro.
The new DH steed in all its black and blue glory.
The first race on Saturday was really a DH jump speed contest, with little technical to the track. I certainly would have been faster and more comfortable on my Transition Patrol! I ended up a .10 of a second off the podium and a little disappointed, but stoked to be on the big bike again regardless. Sunday was a more technical track that better suits me, with some massive features and rock gardens. I was happy to walk away with the victory despite a "moment" on the big Girthmore drop. All in all a great way to start the season! Bonus was that a handful of my racers from the Seven Summits Gravity Team (SSGR) also made it to the race and all landed on the podium, so the stoke was high.
Shooting again with John Dougall this year, bangers galore!
This past weekend was the first of several pre-season race camps for my junior SSGR team. With 12 motivated and determined young racers (and another 12 in our junior development program), the weekend couldn't have gone better with a solid day of foundational skills, lots of laps and a race scenario to finish off the weekend. I can't wait to attend the BC Cup DH races and select enduro races with these keen young rippers. As much as they're learning, it also motivates me and gets me excited to go fast on bikes!
The SSGR race team visualizing their runs pre spring training race. These kids are focused!
Next weekend will be our second camp, and we'll start x2 weekly evening training sessions as well. With the first BC Cup race not until late June in Whistler, we have ample time to get prepared and kick off the season with confidence.
As always, I want to shout out to my valued sponsors: Transition Bikes, Smith Optics, NOBL wheels, Trees Mountain Apparel, 7 Protection, EVOC and, new this year, Deity Components! Without your support my coaching and racing wouldn't be possible.