As the new year is progressing I am finding that a lot of changes have been going on in the past three months or so. Here I was, the end of winter was coming fast, doing more training than I have ever done before. The snow that was once hiding the trails was melting away, and letting everyone know that Spring was on it’s way. The dirt fresh and wet just waiting to be ridden, and I was ready to ride it. But it felt like something had hit me hard, a sickness. During the whole month of February I had been feeling incredibly weak, I had lost 20lbs, I had the worst pains in my stomach. I had thought that it was nothing and that it would eventually pass. I was in for a shock. At the end of the month I decided enough was enough, the symptoms had not gone away and they were getting worse. I had gone into the local clinic for a doctors appointment to get checked out. The doctor thought that it was most likely diabetes. At the time I didn’t know what it meant, or what this meant for me. After a couple days in the hospital, I was nursed back to health. I now live with Type 1 Diabetes.
For those of you who don’t know much about Type 1 Diabetes, it can happen to anyone, it mostly occurs in teens and kids. Type 1 is when your pancreas stops producing insulin for no apparent reason, it just stops and there’s nothing you can do about it. Insulin is what your body uses to control your blood sugars, too high of a blood sugar and your body starts to eat itself (this is what was happening to me). To low of a blood sugar and you pass out and could possibly slip into a coma.
But enough about that! The fact is that I have learnt to manage it fairly well and I am back to riding. Now this whole thing kinda put a big dent in my training. There were times when I couldn’t ride my bike or do some training. I feel like I have just recently gotten back up to my normal pace just before the first round of the Northwest Cup. I got the go ahead to ride about three weeks before the race and I wanted to ride like crazy. My friend Andrew Taylor and I made a little bit of an edit, some footage of before I was diagnosed with diabetes and some of the footage after. Check it out!
With the race season all ready underway, I plan on doing was much riding as I can in between all of the races and plan on training more, as well. Last weekend was the first round of the Northwest Cup. It was a rowdy weekend. Since I hadn’t gotten on the bike or trained as much as I wanted to this winter I didn’t know what to expect. After being sick all that time and then coming into the first race not knowing what the pace is going to be was hard to determine if I would do as well as I wanted to. I had decided to set the goal of a top 10 in Jr expert. Practice days were some of the best practice runs I’ve had, the course was looking fast and wet. The next three days brought on so much rain that by race day the track was getting out of control. It was like riding a muddy slide all the way down the track. With all the conditions and fast racers that were there I managed to slip into a 10th place. I was happy with a 10th but now its time to really get down to it, and start going faster and faster. The plan is to do better and better at each race. By the looks of things, it looks like its going to be a great race season, and I’m hoping to make the most of it!
by Takoda.Crawford on Apr.15, 2013
Hey guys, so this summer has been super busy this year for me. I’ve been doing a lot of travelling for races down in the states for the North West cup. The last 3 rounds of the NW cup were through out July and beginning of August. The first round of July was at Mt. Hood, Oregon. My race run wasn’t the best at this round, ended up in 4th place, not the best result I’ve gotten. But I was happy to be leaving that event with no crashes.
The next round was at the same location, Mt. Hood. This round turned out much different than the last one. Mid race run I crashed pretty hard. My bike took most of the impact and bent my bars quite a bit. So I couldn’t finish the race. With my bent bars and only a week until my next race I was a little worried. But Raceface got them to be the day after I ordered them, with plenty of time to spare, so big thanks to Raceface.
Last round of the NW cup, which was at Stevens Pass, Washington State. Was a decent race for me. The course had a lot of pedalling in it, didn’t suit me all to well. But I knew I had to do well here due to my last two races. My race run went well. Got 3rd place, unfortunately it wasn’t enough to secure 3rd overall. Just missed it by 5 points. But I was glad to finish the series with a decent place.
My last race of the year was the Mount. Washington B.C cup. It was a super sick weekend at the local mountain. Conditions were super dry and everything was super loose. On one of the roughest tracks of the B.C cup, I got a 5th place in Jr. Sport. Had two little mishaps, where I went off the trail and had to stop. But other than that it was a great weekend. Happy that the race season is over for me, had a great year and stoked to get training for next year. And just a really big thanks to Raceface for supporting me this year. It was super awesome!!
by Takoda.Crawford on Aug.27, 2012
Rampage is GNARLY!!
I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get to Rampage. My first impression was how did they find this place??? It is seriously in the middle of nowhere. Didn’t even have cell service. ha. (continue reading…)
by Katie Holden on Oct.10, 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
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
Recently snapped a couple pics of my bikes.
Banshee Legend MKII w/ Atlas FR goodies, Evolve post, and Sniper grips.
Banshee Rune w/ the super light and backcountry burly SIXC bar and crankset, Atlas AM stem, Dues post, and Sniper grips.
Both these bikes destroy their respective genres! I’ve become accustomed to referring to the Rune as my “magic bike” since it performs so well in so many situations. One day we’ll be happily accumulating long miles of backcountry exploring together while the next day we’ll throw down some downhill shuttles and stunts. Here’s a quick video from the Island Cup #1 in Cumberland where I pedaled the access road a couple times and poached the race course before shooting photos in the afternoon.
The Legend is obviously a pure downhill machine, but it still manages to feel nimble and active on the technical moves and jumps. Here’s a quick edit that Aaron LaRocque and I put together as part of a series of videos he did for Banshee bikes. You can check the rest of them here.
Of course the family album wouldn’t be complete without a couple snaps of my one-week old baby boy. Stoked on the new job title of “Dad”.
by Strahan Loken on Jul.10, 2010
So after a fairly successful hockey season and an early exit from playoffs I started switching over to bike mode and training for the upcoming season. Our new bikes from Banshee came in soon after and did they ever look nice! My dad and I quickly scrambled and threw together the 4 legends and my spitfire that myself and my teammates were going to race on down at the Sea Otter Classic in the DH and Super D classes respectively. Once they were built and looking sharp we loaded them up into the truck and started on our gruelling 25 hour drive from Calgary to Monterey. We chose to drive this year to save on airline bike costs and also to be able to take all the tools, parts and other spare items that we would need. After a fairly uneventful drive down we pulled into Laguna Seca and went about setting up our joined pit with Banshee, Team Geronimo and ourselves.
by Alexander MacMillan on Apr.29, 2010
What an amazing winter we have been having in the Sea to Sky ! the Olympics were the greatest ever and the Snow in Whistler just keeps on coming. Winter is starting to slow down for me and time to start thinking bikes and shredding Dirt instead of Pow. Here is a little photo recap of my winter cross training.
by Chad Hendren on Mar.29, 2010
I am a bit of a sucker for good weather, It doesn’t have to be hot but I just hate being cold and wearing thermals and big jackets all the time. ha. Such a little whinnnner California is totally my style, loving the hoodies! It’s great being down here. Been flexing it up in the gym and getting some riding in. I think I am going to go shred some DH this afternoon…
I have a women’s ride day coming up on April 3rd in conjunction with Specialized and Scotts Valley Cycle Sport. Everyone is welcome! It is limited to 20 women and FREE. If you are in the Santa Cruz area give SVCS a call (831.440.9070) or stop in to sign up. There will be 10 Specialized women’s demo bikes available and a couple more men’s bikes will be available if needed. It should be a rad day…I am pumped to get some women out on bikes, teach some basic skills and give everyone the opportunity to make some new friends! Once you start riding, you can’t stop
by Katie Holden on Mar.08, 2010