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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Back in the N-Dub

It was a hectic and short week following Sea Otter...Fly home, work a few days, try to get some time in on the DH bike, set-up new suspension and then hit the road for North West Cup #1!
En route
The North West Cup MTB series is one of the most fun and chilled racing atmospheres...and it never disappoints from a racing perspective.

This race was all about getting back in touch with my DH bike and testing out my new Marzocchi suspension.  This past winter, most of my training was on the trail bike, and I didn't really get to log much time on the big bike...needless to say things felt a bit off through the weekend, but it sure was fun ripping down the muddy, fast track!
My steed pimped out with new Marzocchi suspension
The new Marzocchi 380 fork and the Moto shock felt amazing!  I'll need to make a few tweaks but all in all I was extremely happy with how everything performed.  The bike was snappy out of the corners and tracked great through all the ruts and high-speed bumps.
The shuttle system...different but it works!
It was great to see such a massive Canadian contingency out for the weekend and I think we all made a pretty good showing!  For the Pro-Women it was Miranda, Vaea, Danice and myself followed by the other Jaime from the USA.  For the pro-men it was Kevin Aiello followed by Canadians Remi and Kyle, then Luke Strobel and Kirck Mcdowall.  Check out the full results here
Coming into the finish
I moved one step up the ladder from Sea Otter, so that was definitely a plus and I was happy that despite feeling off all weekend, I was able to put together a decent run with just one slight ride-off the track after getting cross-rutted.
Ladies podium...Canadian girls killin' it
Some things to work on for sure before heading to Europe for the worlds cups, but I am feeling positive and confident and can't wait for more racing!  

Next up is the first Sea-to-Sky Enduro held in Squamish BC this coming weekend!  Looks like I may be partaking in the Enduro World Series in Scotland at the end of May, so this will be a good warm-up!

Until next time...