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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Race the Ranch, Kamloops B.C.

So it’s official; the BC Cup series has finally begun and what better way to start off the 2010 season than with a few dusty berms! Being the first BC cup of the season it was great to get to catch up with some familiar faces from last year, and meet a few new ones in the process. I was also pretty stoked to get to test out my new D3 helmut and Women’s GP Pants from Troy Lee Designs.

There was some buzz surrounding this year’s course due to some rerouting and course additions, so as practice began on Saturday it was great to get out and do a couple cruisy laps before the line up got too big. This year’s course was definitely an improvement over last and it seemed that it would hold up better through the course of the weekend. A couple of my favorite new additions were the road gap at the top of the course, and the step down gap as you approached the finish.
(photo by M. Mallory, CycleComponentNetwork.com)

Saturday afternoon gave way to some crazy weather which made things pretty interesting as you were contending with hail and super strong winds; there were a few occasions where the wind would actually blow you off trail over some of the more exposed jumps.

On race day the sun came out, and the course was in pretty good shape as the day began; however by the time the Elite and Jr. categories got underway there were a few more ruts and loose corners to contend with. I had planned to cruise through the top and then really hammer on the pedals through the middle and bottom sections. I had a pretty good start, but unfortunately as I hit one of the more exposed jumps I was blown off course and had a pretty big crash. I dusted myself off, got back on the bike and pedaled my butt of to try and make up for some lost time. I guess that’s racing for you. I came out with a 2:33 which was about 15 seconds off pace from the leading women's time; I have no doubt that without the crash I would have clinched a top three finish.

In the end though, it was good to just get another race under my belt, cheer on Taylor one of my fellow CCN teammates, and have a few beers with friends by the camp fire. My next race is not until the May long weekend, and with the Whistler Bike park set to open May 15th I'll be looking to spend as much time as possible riding and working out all the early season kinks.
(photo by M. Mallory, CycleComponentNetwork.com)


Cheers!