I have spent the last week or so up in the madness of Crankworx. The biggest cycling festival in North America draws thousands of people out to watch some of the gnarliest mountain biking in the world.
While I was up at Crankworx I had the opportunity to ride the new Top of the World trail that drops in off the Peak Chair. What an amazing ride. The views, terrain and riding are all spectacular!!! not a beginner trail but if you can bring some skillz with you then have at her.
The Montreal Ride To Conquer Cancer is now complete. As the fourth and final event for Canada this was also the 8th RTCC that I have offered tech support at. After 8 tours, this is also the first event that was 100% rain free. With 30+ degree temperatures and clear skies the riders had different problems than usual. Keeping hydrated and cool was crucial in making it across the finish line. The riders were strong and all 2000 of them came together to raise $7 Million for the Montreal Jewish Hospital.
On the Ride to Conquer Cancer wrench support tally this was number 7. The Alberta Ride to Conquer Cancer had an extra variable this year and it was weather. While the ride started and ended in relative dryness, the creamy center was as wet as it could possibly be. With camp floor unable to handle the foot-traffic and extreme precipitation the camp was slightly refugee-camp like. That said, the cause, the drive and the thought of loved ones drove people forward. If nothing else, the camp conditions were a good excuse to get an early start to day 2. There were a few more casualties along the way and the buses were slightly more full than usual but the majority of riders still pedaled on and ended their ride on two wheels.
The ride is not supposed to be easy and by no means is it. This year the struggle was a little harder but all the more worthwhile. These 2000 riders that collectively raised $8 Million towards the Alberta Cancer Foundation. This event and all its participants truly are making a difference in finding a cure for cancer.
Spring Series Racing in Vancouver is a great program that offers racers the opportunity to get some pre-season competition into their calendars and is also a very entertaining weekend morning. This weekend was the Devo Spring Classic Stage Race and following the Crit and TT I went out to catch some of the action at the Road Race. The final event saw the LG Evolution team take off early bringing along some strength from Victoria’s Russ Hay’s team. Team H&R Block had two riders in the field making a push for the finish.
Overall a very entertaining Sunday morning. there are a few additional photos up on flickr.
Ever since the Whitecaps entered the MLS there has been a certain buzz around the sport never before experienced in Vancouver. The support, enthusiasm and comradery that Vancouver has towards our hometown team is finally nearing where it always should have been. Plus, being on the winning end seems to help the whole situation. Regardless, an evening spent under the retractable roof of BC Place is a great way to enjoy a Saturday evening. After 90min of play and a draw of null, never has so little been so much; a great game!
All I hope is that I will be back soon!
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Today in Mahon park in North Vancouver BC was the BC Provincial Cyclocross Championships. The Elite Men had a great race. It started off with a race at the Front until H&R Block’s Aaron Schooler dropped the competition and rode away with the win. I don’t have the full results for the event but they should be up soon on Atomic Racing’s website.
Here are some shots from the day.
more photos can be found at flickr.com/dustansept
Bike to work week has come and gone. it was cold, wet and tiring but it is a pretty good excuse to get out on a bike and commute. In addition to riding, I was able to help out at a few stations offering tech support. Through this I snapped a few photos at the Vancouver, 10th and Ontario afternoon station.
After a 2 year retirement from a very short stint at cross racing, I pulled out a cross bike and entered a race this weekend. The Wedgewood New Brighton Cyclocross race in Vancouver was the venue and my lungs the victim. I had a blast, cross is a great sport. It is neat to see the mountain bikers and roadies come together and compete in one event with two very different skillsets.
I came into this from the mountain bike side of things and with that comes a lack of training and an innadiquate cardiovascular system. That said, I still did pretty well and had a lot of fun. Plus, I had one goal for the race and it was achieved. My goal was to bunny-hop the barriers! Not only did I achieve that goal I found a photo on flickr that shows me doing it. You will have to believe me though – there is a barrier there.
After the race I stuck around for another round of competition and snapped a few shots of the race. Enjoy!
Another year at Interbike has come and gone. This year was not nearly as photo-centric as the last couple as the Moab Trip was not able to happen afterwards. That said, I didn’t even bring my camera kit, instead it was just the body and a couple of lenses. During the show, I did manage to get out to watch Cross-Vegas and that would have been a great opportunity to grab some shots. Hind-sight is always 20-20. Either way, here are a few photos from the drive to Nevada, Cross-Vegas, and a little bit of show.
The perfect “Health Food” platter
Another year down. Great show but so glad it is over!
This weekend was another wedding. Friends seem to be tying a lot of knots these days. This wedding took place in West Vancouver. The ceremony was in the Eagle Harbour area while the reception was up in the British Properties. Gorgeous locations for a fabulous wedding. Best of Luck Jenny and Lane!