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