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Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Race Season is Finally Here!

My race season finally got underway last weekend, with the first BC Cup of the year, "Race the Ranch".  The first race of the year is always like a big family get together, where you get to reunite with all your racing buds...so it's always an epic event!  There were a few familiar faces, and some new ones as well...sadly one of my racing buds from last year decided to go on a trip to Europe instead of racing this summer; Jen you will certainly be missed this season.

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Gettin loose!
This year with all the off season training I'd been focusing on, I was super excited to get out on the race course and put all the gym time and drills to the test.  Practice went well, and on race day I felt pumped and ready to kick some butt...and that I did!  This race course is short, but really heavy on the pedals; by the end of my race run I was glad to have logged a bunch of time on my new XC bike in the last couple of months as I had lots of extra gas left in the tank to really hammer on the pedals in the last straight away.

Despite a couple slip ups, I came out on top in the Pro-Women's category and destroyed my time from last year by over 30 seconds!  All that hard work through the off-season definitely paid off, and I'm pumped to keep the momentum going.
Photo by Stephen Exley
Coming into the home stretch
As always, there was a super great vibe going on at the Ranch through the weekend, and it was great to see the crew from Cycles Lambert out wrenching in their new race support digs as well...Lookin good boys;)

I am now excitedly awaiting the arrival of my new Santa Cruz Carbon V10, as I'm sure I'll be shaving even more seconds off my race times with the addition of my new "super bike"!

My next race is quickly approaching, and this one is a big one, as it will go towards my national ranking and help me on the road to gaining enough UCI points to race in a World Cup Event!  On May 19th I'll embark on my journey across the country for the first Canada Cup race of the year being held at Mt. Tremblant, QC.