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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Back to Back Podiums!

As it turns out, I still had some lingering symptoms from my crash at Mont Saint-Anne several weeks ago and so I decided to take a couple weeks off to get healed.  Needless to say I was chomping at the bit, as they say, to get back out there!

First race back was Canada Cup #2 at Panorama resort.  Thanks to Troy Lee Designs, I had a new replacement helmet to keep my brain safe again..."safety first".

The course at Panorama is always good times...dusty, loose and fast...well in most sections.  There is this one annoying awkward up-hill section that I just couldn't dial in, but despite that I was able to put in some good lap times during practice.

My race run went pretty well (only a few mistakes up top) and I was pinned through the whole bottom section of the course!  As I came around to the home stretch it seemed super hard to pedal - believe me the last straight away is a pretty long uneventful pedal.  As I crossed the finish line I realized I had a flat tire...but at least I was still able to come away with a 5th place and somehow still managed to knock 5 seconds off my practice times.
The next weekend was the Western Open at Kicking Horse Mountain in Golden, BC.  Golden is always a favorite on my list of places to ride...it's quite steep, rocky and dusty...just like Pemberton riding!

Two years ago I won this race, and was hoping to do it again this year.  There was an amazing women's field this year so I definitely had my work cut out for me!

Practice went really well and there were no major crashes!  I was pretty calm on race day, and felt confident.  things started off great, and I was hitting al my lines.  I even managed to hold it together down one of the steep shoots where my foot blew off my pedal - love those sketchy moments where you somehow pull it together.
Finish line jump
I had an exciting run, and despite clipping a tree coming out of the last wooded section I was pretty pumped on my run.  I hammered on the pedals the whole way down the 30-45 second sprint to the end, but I really didn't think it was going to be enough for a top three finish.  When I came across the finish line I was super surprised to see I was in 2nd place behind Canadian legend Claire Buchar!  I was able to hold on to 2nd as the remaining riders came through.  Didn't take the win, but was pretty pumped on 2nd!
Ladies Podium
It was a pretty exciting race for the men too!  Adriano Digiacinto and Chris Kovarik were pretty much tied...they had to determine down the the 1,000th of a second to see who the winner was, and we all had to wait until awards to find out!
Adriano taking the win for the Men
A couple back to back podiums to put on the list...not a bad way to come back from an injury!

Now it's time to get ready for my Law exam...and Crankworx!

Until next time...happy trails.