Archive for July, 2010
Hi, I’m Cory and I live in Squamish BC. I went for a lovely ride with Karen on Monday night.
Karen waited patiently while I whined and walked it off…
by Cory Leclerc on Jul.28, 2010
Sooo I think it’s pretty obvious from the photo above that things didn’t go so good for me tat Nationals. Actually they went pretty good…until I crashed. I have been having so much fun riding my bike recently and I think that was pretty obvious this weekend. I was riding with confidence and I was just having fun, didn’t really feel a whole lot of pressure. It was just another day goofing around on the bike
On my last practice run before qualis I hiked back up to hit the jumpy section cause I wasn’t getting good flow…I was over jumping the first jumps causing me to loose speed for the hip. So, yah, walked back up, hit the jumps perfect and as I was rounding the corner into the hip, my wheels started sliding but I just stayed committed because I was sure they were gonna hook up, they did, and then I started pedaling and then they broke loose again. I was already totally committed so I just slammed on the ground, Not exactly sure how I landed on my arm but I felt it break under me…eww.
Of course, I am absolutely devastated. I want to be riding my bike right now, not sitting on the sidelines but accidents happen and I have no regrets. Whenever an accident happens, I always think what I could have done differently to avoid it. To be honest, I wouldn’t have done anything different, If I were to go into that section today I would have done the exact same thing. We ride DH, accidents are inevitable, you can’t push it and expect to never get an injury.
Now I am back in Whistler. Made it back in time for the COC Bbq and final party which was a blast. I seriously had the best time ever coaching and I can’t wait to do more.
So the doctor is saying 6 weeks in a cast. Gonna try and prove him wrong…staying fit, eating good and using the magic bone stimulator. With that said, I only have one body so I am going to let it heal properly how it needs to heal. Feels so good to be back in the gym…my head just needs it. It is so hard to go from go, go, go…to STOP. not cool. As we speak I am sitting on my sofa because I can’t move…got worked so bad this afternoon at the gym…but I LOVE it.
I expect to see every one of you up at Crankworx…make those reservations now if you haven’t already. Best week of the summer!!
Photo: Ryan Cathrall, Rufas Designs
by Katie Holden on Jul.26, 2010
Now the european MTB enduro season have started and the first races was good. This year, I ride on 2 championships : the Enduro Series and the Maxi-avalanche Europ Cup.
The season started very well for me because I won the 2 first Enduro Series in Métabief and Allos. I won too the 2 first Maxi-avalanche Europ Cup in Vallnord and Samoëns.
But the first objective of the year is the Megavalanche in l’Alpe d’Huez. A nice event : 2000 riders, 1 week of ride and the longest downhill marathon of the world with a mass star on the snow and a finish 30km after. Regrettably, I fell on the snow and can restart only in the last ones. The victory flies away and I can finish only to the 4th place. That’s a pity, they are the uncertainties of this event. It will be for a next time…
This weekend finally, 3rd round) of the Enduro Series in Vars ! Beautiful spot, beautiful enduro tracks and one stage by night with lights, wonderful ! I led the first day but broke my chain the 2nd day, I can finish only 2nd. I lose the possibility of taking the general. But I took lots of pleasure to ride in a very nice spot !
Now, I thus concentrate on my coming in Canada for the enduro of Crankworx. I have never been to Whistler, I am sure that it is terrible!
by Remy Absalon on Jul.26, 2010
In one fellow swoop, my riding season has come to an end. Iwould love to be able to sit here and tell you that the crash was a mind blowing demonstration of hackiness only Geroge W. Bush could be proud of. But it wasn’t. It was so bad, and uneventfull that even the paramedic who assisted my removal from the mountain suggested that I make up a new story.
So here she goes. Cough… Cough
I was slaying the trails up in the Garbonzo zone, ripping it up, throwing the bike around, in general having a rukus good time. When out of the forest comes the largest bear that I have ever seen. This thing was massive! The size of a truck it was! And it was old, older than any bear in Whistler. Older than all cougars in Whistler combined!
I attemped to evade the bear with my ninja moves, but I failed and the bear quickly latched onto my right leg. What I soon realized when the bear went to clamp down on my leg, was that it was so old that it didn’t have any teeth. Despite this, it still continued to gum at my leg. We wrestled around in the dirt for a while. I got some good shots in! But finally my pencil thin legs were no match, and after repeated attempts the bear managed to break my tib fib in two locations.
Totally believable eh?
Okay the real story is that I was riding out the table on Upper Freight Train, just after the Tree Island, and when I was riding across the dirt to the “new” section my right foot slid forward off my pedal and lodged itself between the pedal and the ground. I rode through a pothole and when the ground came back up on the other side of the pothole, my lower right leg got stuck and snapped. I knew something was wrong, and it was confirmed when I looked down at my leg, because it was sideways. I rolled to a stop and lower myself to the ground and got a call into Patrol.
I would like to thank all the Patrol people on the mountain, the ambulance drivers who drove me to the Hospital and the staff at the hospital. You guys were super amazing and made a very bad experience great! Many Thanks!
And to my friends, I love you people, you were there in a flash, and have helped me out more that I will ever be able to repay you! A few at the GLC when I am better…. perhaps?
Apparently with the bionic attachments that are being put in my legs today I should be good to go in about 6 weeks… well at least walk again.
I have tossed around the idea of getting out of biking and picking up EXTREME KNITTING! I guess only time will tell. Anyone want an afghan?
by Dan Gronross on Jul.24, 2010
Best Euro adventure yet! Just got back from some bike missioning in the Swiss and French Alps. Raced the Mega (CRAZY!!! Read my story at http://canadiandhgirls.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/megavalanche/), and bike vacationed to Portes de Soleil. Bike vacations are the BEST! No commitments, no schedule, just a strict itinerary of fun. I joined Claire Buchar and the CRC crew to Morzine after the Mega with a rough plan of bike, lake, bike, lake. We killed it – saw the Tour, had epic missions through the mountains, ate some crepes, went on a wicked hike, and had some unbelievable DH laps.
I have to say, the DH’ing in the area is amazing. I don’t even know how many lifts there are to choose from, but the potential for adventure can keep you going for weeks. Take a lift, descend, take another lift, descend, another lift, all the sudden you are in Switzerland, take more lifts, descend some more. It really doesn’t get much better. I’m already planning for next year!
by Katrina Strand on Jul.22, 2010
Went up to silverstar for the day with mike and brock to take some shots. We rolled into blast off and decided just to film all of the awesome berms. The filming was cut a bit short because I pinch flatted.
by Noah Brousseau on Jul.21, 2010
BC Riders Take 13 of 15 National titles but in between the training We were granted early access up the Panorama Bike Park so Dave Hord (photog) Sky Gustin and myself were up at 6 am to get that sexy light and hopefully capture some Bangers. Check it out. did we get some ?
by Chad Hendren on Jul.20, 2010
Yay, I won, and got a sweet jersey after all these years. I am proud of my team and all the Team BC Racers. Props to all the voli’s and coaches that have worked together to mold some of the best racers in the county!
Here is a pic of Graham Beatty( front), the +40 National Champ, Jordan Gostelli the U17 Champ, and of course me, a bunch of Squamish shredders, Miranda was injured all spring and still managed 2nd in elite, too bad she wasnt around for the photo!
by Cory Leclerc on Jul.14, 2010
Yes, last weekend I was second in the national championship of bmx Cruiser in the Móstoles bmx track, near Madrid.
My progress in my first year of bmx was good. I´m happy with all my results, because I don´t train nothing in the bmx bike. Next seasson more!!!!
by Eva Castro on Jul.12, 2010