Sunday, May 31, 2015

GoFest Fun!

Just a few short days after returning home from an 11 day stint coaching in Santa Cruz it was back to racing!  Victoria Day long weekend would see Whistler host the GoFest Enduro, which would also kick-off the North American Enduro Tour series.  The race was comprised of 5 stages in total, sending riders all over the Whistler valley and down some favorites in the Whistler Bike Park.
Steph and I celebrating her win!
On top of having a ripping time exploring some Whistler trails I'd never even heard of, the GoFest Enduro was also a great opportunity for me to catch up with my Ride Like A Girl athlete Stephanie. Stephanie was one of 4 chosen athletes to be part of the "Ride Like A Girl" mentor-ship program and I was selected as her mentor for the season!  I'll get to impart some wisdom and experience on her, in hopes of creating another lifelong cyclist and community ambassador.  
Steph on course!
Steph killed it throughout the day and ended up taking the win in the junior ladies category!  For me however, I had a bit of a frustrating start to the day, falling victim to 4 mechanicals within the first 3 stages.  I still persevered and had a blast and ended up with a 6th place in the pro-ladies field.

Even though my day was a bit of a disappointment, it was great to help Steph through some of the fatigue and sorting through how to approach some of the technical root sections.
Me on course! Photo: Scott Robarts
The GoFest Enduro saw us riders cover about 40km and and roughly 1400m of elevation and was great practice for the Crankworx EWS.  If history repeats itself, Crankworx will be a heck of a lot more elevation and Kms so this weekend of racing was a great way to judge some of the things that'll I'll need to focus on heading into August!

Big congrats to all the racers and looking forward to more fun days out on the Whistler trails!  Check out the full results here


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Go Girls!

It's no secret that mountain biking is a bit of a boys club...but if you were to visit Whistler, BC you'd never know it!  Sure the ratio of guys to girls is still a bit swayed to the opposite sex but there are tons of women shredders in these parts and it's a trend i hope to see continue.

This year I started coaching for the Dirt Series and I think this Girl Empowering coaching program is such a great way to get more ladies out there on the trails and progressing in a safe, fun and encouraging atmosphere!  

My first go at coaching kicked off in Santa Cruz, where the Dirt Series would host two Co-ed camps followed by a ladies only camp to close the California trip.  I had a ton of fun and I just couldn't believe how quickly everyone progressed from start to finish of each weekend.  What a great feeling to know that you were part of helping someone unlock some potential they never knew they had, or helping athletes overcome fears.  

One participant, Niki Gruttadauria just happened to be a writer for Live Strong Magazine and put up this great little article highlighting the top reasons why "chicks should start mountain biking" that I think everyone, not just the ladies, should check out!