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
Since time began it seems like Specialized has always had one of the most insane bikes in the DH world. Ever since one of our snowboard coaches, Shaun Palmer rode them and did pretty well on them, we’ve wanted one. Sam Hill is fast, on Specialized he’s even faster. One thing we always wanted at COC, and I’m sure our campers wanted as well, was to have Demo 8′s available to ride in our demo fleet. For 2011 we will now have Specialized Demo 8′s and Gord Calder our Ops Manager is losing his mind due to being over stoked, his screen saver changed the second we got the “we’re in” from Specialized. We will be building the Demo 8 frames up with our usual COC World Cup caliber build with the help of our sponsors like RaceFace, Straitline, Spank, Maxxis, Chromag, Formula, X-Fusion, Elka and others.
Gord Calder worked for two years to bring the Demo 8′s into the COC fold, and as he puts it, “This is my dream bike. I figured if it’s my dream bike, I’m pretty certain I’m not the only one that dreams of ripping the Demo 8 through the Whistler Bike Park all summer”. We couldn’t be happier to have Specialized on board for 2011. Usually I would add something about how stoked we are etc, but I think Gord has pretty much covered that. It’s going to be an amazing summer, our bike fleet just keeps getting sicker, and the reasons you have for not being out here just keep getting fewer.
by Ken Achenbach on Nov.30, 2010
Take the survey at www.raceface.com/roach & let us know what you think.
by Jon Hadfield on Nov.29, 2010
A big congratulations goes out from RaceFace to Rocky Mountain Team rider Chris Sheppard. Chris recently took the elite men Canadian Cyclo-Cross (CX) title, his first national title since the Canadian junior mountain bike championships in 1991. The two-plus kilometre circuit barely gave riders a moment to rest, with multiple short steep climbs, and constant twists and turns on the flat sections. While the weather conditions were excellent, with sun for much of the day – rain earlier in the week made many of the corners slippery, and a number of riders crashed as they tried to push the pace. The Rocky Mountain CX team handles their bikes through the tough conditions with their RaceFace Next and Cadence handlebars, stems and seatposts. A big shout out to fellow Rocky Mountain team rider Evan Guthie as well, with his 5th place finish in the CX National Under-23 race. Evan has had a tough year with injuries and its great to see him bounce back with this strong showing.
by Rob Bohncke on Nov.12, 2010
Check out this sneak peek review of our Khyber Jersey from Cycle Component Network. Go and ping your friends about it.
Fantastic women’s specific jersey from RaceFace
Source: Tanya Crocker
The Khyber jersey from RaceFace has quickly become a regular in my bike clothing rotation. I am a fan of 3/4 sleeve jerseys and venting that keeps you from getting too warm on climbs but doesnʼt make you freeze on descents. The mesh paneling along the sides means Iʼm going to be able to wear this comfortably in most weather, even in the summer. The fit is not too snug, not too loose and was a good length for me (no Crocker crack on the ride up). The stash pocket is a great feature and big enough to hold a few cards and a car key without being in the way. There is a lot of flex in the material thanks to the spandex and the addition of Repreve®. Repreve is a polyester made from recycled materials such as water bottles is a positive step towards using more earth friendly materials. The CoolDry poly ensures you donʼt feel damp when the ride gets sweaty. I found it washes well and dries pretty fast when hung to dry.
by John Chow on Nov.12, 2010
So the final weekend of the Whistler Bike park has become my way of celebrating Thanksgiving. It makes sense to me to do this as I am so “thankful” for both my bikes and the bike park! the closing weekend of the 2010 season was much like the past few, wet cold and slippery! I love fall riding! This year I spent 1 of the final 3 days taking photos with CCN’s own Matt Mallory and good buddy/teammate/recent MTB hall of fame inductee Brett Tippie. We covered the mountain top to bottom and took over 500 shots! Matt has put some of these shots into a slideshow along with shots from a few other riders he worked with over the weekend. So a big thanks to Matt for doing this and to Wendy the awesome clothing designer at Raceface for keeping me dry and warm in the new Fall/Winter 2010 rain gear!
More Mountain Biking Videos
by Andrew Baker on Oct.25, 2010
Last weekend some of us here at Race Face stepped up and got dirty during a trail day for the well used Pangor Trail on the world famous North Shore Seymour Mountain. The North Shore Mountain Bike Association works tirelessly to maintain, support and protect the priceless trail network here on the shore. Race Face is proud to not only sponsor events like this but to also get out and work side by side with fellow riders. I encourage all riders to support their local bike associations and to attend events like trail days. Trails do not maintain themselves, they need our help…
by Rob Bohncke on Oct.22, 2010
Interbike was pretty much a disaster for me. I spent all my time waiting for appointments and eating Domino’s Pizza only to have them all show up at once. The only success other than fashion shots of Pentacost and MJ- were the Horse Drawn Bacon Sandwich T’s. Thanks to Wendy and Daniela for making them happen. Here is the link to Ride Monkey where the video lives.
by Derek Wills on Oct.13, 2010
Congrats to Michal Prokop for taking the gold at Crankworx in the Giant Slalom. Michal tamed the fast track and world class field, taking out Danny Hart in the final while sporting RaceFace SIXC Handlebars and other RaceFace hardware. Check out Michal at the next World Cup in New York and the Worlds in Mont St. Anne.
Another big shout out to Remy Absalon on taking the title at the Crankworx Enduro. Remy took on the amazing course and world cup class field and pulled away on his RaceFace SIXC bar and DEUS crankset. Remy told me after the race that the SIXC bar ‘is the perfect handlebar’, I really cannot disagree with Remy on that one! Good luck to all our riders as they push through the final races of the season and head toward the MTB Worlds in QC.
by Rob Bohncke on Aug.19, 2010
I would like to start this off by thanking Raceface for stepping up and supporting this event. Great to have you guys on!
Here is the first of the press releases outlining the event. More in the next few weeks…
Arduum 2010 – Bigger and Badder than all the years previous.
Mark your calenders folks for June 19th and 20th, the BC Cup to beat all BC Cup races in technical fun.
by Dan Gronross on May.20, 2010