Posts tagged 2012
The 2012 British Columbia Cyclocross Championships took place at Mahon Park in North Vancouver. The sloped course is tight, fast and has a wicked bog at the bottom. The racers were pushed to the limit and many broke. Those that could handle the varying weather and a challenging course took home the hardware for 2012. This particular race I focused on video rather than photos and spliced together a short recap of the Masters and Elite races for your viewing pleasure. Just imagine that you are on a 2:37 elevator ride and I know you will appreciate the music that accompanies the video…
Following Interbike with a number of colleagues I head over to Moab Utah for a stint of riding in the iconic terrain. This is a very brief look into the first day of riding on the Sovereign Trail and Long Canyon. Here is a quick slideshow to get you inspired.
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 second Ride to Conquer Cancer of 2012 is now complete. This past weekend more than 3000 riders hit the road aboard their self-powered bikes in a massive fundraising effort benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation. The participants of the BC ride raised an astounding $11.2 Million dollars this year alone!
I have personally been present at all 4 of the BC Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer events. through these events I have seen rain, hail, sun, cloud, fog and nearly any other weather pattern that you can think of. We have been lucky to avoid snow as of so far though. 2012 was the worst one yet. While there have been stints of rain in the past this year it was a torrential downpour. There were times when it let off but it was overall, VERY wet.
Despite the miserable conditions the riders persevered and worked their way through the course counting down the kms to the finish line in Seattle Washington. Through two days of following the ride in a tech support capacity our crew managed to muster up the following numbers.
900 Bikes Repaired
450 Tubes Replaced
50 Tires Replaced
75 Broken Spokes
20 Sets of Brake Pads Replaced
10 Broken Chains
8 Wheels Replaced
1 Broken Frame
A Ton of other things that I have already forgot.
And without further adieu, here are a gaggle of photos from the weekend.
Hats off day is an annual event in North Burnaby where Hastings street is shut down for a parade and street party. The street fills with vendors, bouncy castles, games, musicians and a car show followed by thousands of people out to enjoy the festivities. This year, the weather was seemingly cooperative before the clouds rolled in and the sky shook with thunder. I was lucky and made it home just as the storm hit.
Despite the weather this was a great day for the event and thousands of people came out to enjoy what Burnaby has to offer.
2012 is the year of the dragon and Vancouver rang in the year of power, superiority and rule with a parade in Chinatown. The event lasted a full two hours and was quite the spectacle to observe. Through elaborate costumes, pyrotechnics, music and more thousands flocked to the streets to watch or participate in the parade. Despite the wet and cold conditions the streets were packed and everyone had a smile from ear to ear.
For this, I used the 70-200mm and 300mm lens’. The thought behind this was to capture the individual people rather than the whole event.
If you didn’t make it out this year, mark it on the calendar for next! If you did, share a link to your photos, story or video below. I would love to see it!
Last week was the first time the 2012 Norco Bikes were shown outside headquarters. Select dealers from around the world were in attendance getting a chance to see, learn and ride the latest from the lineup. With some sun, rain, and everything between it was a whole lot of work but still a lot of fun. Situated in North Vancouver we next head up to Whistler’s Crankworx Festival for the Media Launch.