Monday, June 27, 2011

Bear Mountain -BC Cup #2

Last weekend the 2nd BC Cup race of the year took place in Mission, BC at Bear Mt. on June 19th.  This is a super fun course and usually really fast; however the rainy weekend certainly made it tough to break the course record put up by Steve Smith many years ago.  Despite all the rain, spirits remained high and there was a great buzz trhoughout the whole weekend!
 A very muddy, but super fun course!

Me, coach Cory Leclerc, and Kelsey Begg enjoying the rain.
Practice was great and I was starting to feel "like one" with my new V10!  This race was a perfect opportunity to get a feel for the new bike, and dial in my suspension in preparation for the upcoming Canada Cup.  I had a ton o fun racing at Bear Mountain, and ended up placing 3rd.  Catherine Short took first and Gabby Malloy 2nd, to round out the top three pro-women.  I was pumped to see two good buddies, Jeff Bryson and Adriano Digiacinto (Bryson Racing clan) kill it, coming first and third respectively in pro-men.

A before and after shot

Practice day
Instead of champagne on the podium, Bear Mountain has a long standing tradition of throwing the winners into the near by pond, which is actually quite nasty... and this year was no different.  Lauren Rosser (Jr. Women's winner) put up a good fight though and ended up taking her attacker in with her; Way to represent Lauren!

Pro-Women's podium
There wasn't much time for celebrating after this one though... two days later I headed back out east to Quebec for the second Canada Cup and the World Cup!