Bear Mtn BC Cup Rd.2- A step in the right direction
The skies once again opened up at Bear this year turning the fast roller coaster type track into a sloppy mess… Most riders were well prepared as similar conditions greeted us last year. 2011 was a race run to forget… I was off my bike multiple times and managed to literally run across the finish line into 8th place. I know this track well and was very confident that a clean run would pay off in 2012.
The plan was to open it up on the top part of the track in the more technical terrain, pedal hard everywhere else, and too keep the mistakes under control. The plan was almost ruined when I spun out on the wet wood dropping out of the start gate. Chest to bar, and somehow managed to save myself from crashing. The rest of the run was not much fun, the mud stopped most riders from hitting the big jumps, and turned the track including the flat pedal bits into peanut butter… I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much time in the saddle during a race run and felt like I would have needed years of training to pedal down that track for a win. Other then the start, the plan was well executed as I rode well all things considered and emptied the tank pedalling. I ended up in 5th, one step up from the first race and I was relieved to finally be back on the podium! Congrats to Kirk McDowall for the win!
After a very solid April, May, June for training, I had finally gotten my confidence back and it was off to National Champs in Quebec.
MSA National Champs- Hold it wide and hold on…
I’ll keep this brief. We raced the WC track and it was serious business. Be on your game or suffer the consequences.
top speeds> 75km/h; avrg. speeds high; bikes and bike parts destroyed; bodies literred all over the places.
I stuck to the plan, minimize training to save energy for Sunday, keep it upright as to not end my season prematurely. My seeding run went poorly as I lacked the aggression needed and wound up just inside the top 20 out of roughly 70 elite entries.
I opened it up for the finals, rode loose, pedalled hard, and nailed my lines. I was on a killer run that would have landed me inside the top 10, a personal best, and would have given me valuable UCI points to race DH World Cups. As I entered the bottom of the track, I let my guard up and went down hard in one of the last berms with the finish line in sight. I ended up 29th, just two seconds off my seeding time. Congrats to Matt Beer from Newfoundland for taking his first National Championship title- good luck Matt at the rest of the WC’s!!
Injury- Bummed out
Unfortunately I’m typing this blog with one hand. I misjudged a rhythym section at the BMX track Tuesday training for 4x World Champs just 5 weeks away. I scorpioned over the bars straight into the typically rock hard flats of a BMX track suffering a broken collarbone. I’m thankful my helmet did its job preventing a serious concussion and that I did not sustain any more serious injuries. If all goes well I should be back at it in 4 weeks time. This leaves me with a difficult decision, cross the pond at the end of August for 4x World Champs with a serious lack of track time or catch the last two rounds of the BC Cup series too battle for a strong overall standing…. I will have plenty of time on the trainer to think this one through.
Keep the rubber side down and happy trails!
Thanks to those helping me out:
Race Face Performance Products, Loaded Precision Products, Cove Bikes, cSixx chainguides, BikeRac, Lorex Tech. Active HD Camera, Elka Suspension, Five Ten