Sunday, August 25, 2013

A little bit of calm after the storm

The dust has finally settled after a busy couple weeks of racing and it's been nice to have a bit of calm after the storm.

Crankworx is always such an amazing time of the year for racing and the buzz is in Whistler is so electric during that time.  This year I was determined to race in all three DH races, so that meant rushing home from Quebec after the world cup and getting ready for Garbonzo DH which was just two short days after returning home to Pemberton.

Garbonzo DH is one of the longest and toughest DH races, but the callenge of it is what makes it such a favorite each year.  I felt surprisingly good heading into race day but oddly enough heading in to my last practice lap I underestimated the speed I needed to make one of the last jumps and came up a bit short.  I ended up having a crash and slicing open my elbow/forearm, which landed me in the hospital for 2 hours getting several stiches and a drainage tube.
Luckily there were no other major issues so  Idecided to just race for the fun of it.  I had to be super cautious and mostly just cruise a lot of the course but made it down in one peice.  I managed a 7th place depsite the conservative pace and even made Pink Bike's Garbonzo DH Photo Epic
Pemberton s Jamie Hill starts the pro woman s category.

Next up was the Air DH the very next day - A little worse for wear after my crash the day before, I still raced becuase the Air DH is just pure flow and fun!  I raced my new Juliana Bicycles "Furtado" 650B carbon machine and it felt great to whip the little bike around!  With another race in the books it was time to prepare for the final Cranworx race...the Canadian Open. 

The Canadian Open is probably one of the gnarliest yet most fun tracks out there.  For the past couple years though, this track has been a bit of a nemesis for me.  Last year I had a huge crash the day before the race, displacing 3 ribs and tearing the cartilage in my lower rib cage...and the year before I suffered a concussion in practice on race day.  This year I was determined to make it to race day and down the track in one peice!  I figured, since I already got one crash out of the way earlier in the week I was good to go.
There were a couple extra features this year that I hit, so I was stoked about that but I did have a few mishaps in the wooded sections up top which cost me dearly in time.  I was a bit off pace but was able to clinch 8th place finish.  
The infamous "Heckler's Rock"
With some of the worlds best female riders present this was not such a bad finish espciaily consdiering the mistkaes and the injury suffered a few days before.  Most importantly I think I finally "got the monkey off my back" for this track!

Until next time...