35 degrees and blue skies as we made our way from Vancouver towards the interior of British Columbia. This weather wouldn't last! Seems to be a theme at this years races!
Day 1: Vernon Megan Rose, the organiser, had dubbed this day the warm up and the least technical of the week. Stage one was straight into steep shoots, rocks and loam. This was a warmup?!
Day 1 was everything I love about BC riding. Properly technical terrain from Loam to rock rolls to dust. Any Enduro that includes a 21 minute stage of uninterrupted awesomeness gets me excited.
Day 2: Pendicton Penticton was rowdy! It's hard to describe just how good the tracks in Penticton were to race blind.
Stage one, dropping into the unknown, was littered with wet wooden bridges and ladders - somehow I managed to control my twitching fingers and stay off the brakes to survive the mossy rock slabs and loamy turns. Stage 2 started with exposure and ended with gas to flat shelved rock hucking. Stage 3, the longest of the day and most spectacular was all about eyes up and spot the ridable line through the moabesque rocky alpine. Flat out. For 10.5 minutes! My Gforms got a cheese grating as I low sided on a granite slab at one point.
4 more stages of Penticton goodness brought us to the finish after 5 hours and a day out on the bike that was up there with the best.
Day 3 Rossland All aboard the school bus for a 4hour drive to the trail head then an hour climb to the snowline!
To the alpine for big descents
Another 45min climb to descend a DH- straight down in about 3mins! STEEP!
Racing in style; hot tub finish to the day!
Day 4: Rossland Part Two
The first two stages of the day were relatively smooth with some flow for a change.
Getting air when racing blind is always a good adrenaline hit!
End of stage 3. At the start of each stage we had a brief description of the trail ahead, somehow the cards had got mixed up for the day, this one was described as a 'flow trail'- given the amount of bike carnage I think I can confirm it wasn't! Multiple punctures, a broken frame, crank and pedal. Luckily my bike came away unscathed. Again Hutchinson hardskins proving a great tire choice.
Stage 4 knocked things up a level or 3! Starting on an awkward granite slab it was reminiscent of EWS Ireland. Other riders lining the track to try and workout the rideable line of which there seemed to be only 2 options. A few casualties were taken as wheels got stuck between the rocks sending riders over the bars. Once over this it was into an unrelenting 15minute stage- steep and techy with some Northshore and sections on the pedals to ensure you were thoroughly exhausted by the finish. I loved it and wanted to go up and ride it again!
Day 5: Nelson
This was my favourite day. It was wet, rooty and steep. Anymore technical and I'd have probably been off my bike but it was perfect!
Sometimes you can't believe what you've just ridden, Sarah Sturms face saying it all!
Coffee stop and a fire prior to the final stage of the day- 20mins of gnar descent with a 2min sprint up a fireroad half way through!
Day6 Nelson part two
Some more off roading in the school buses before swapping to the minibus to get as high as we could shuttle then 1hour 30min of climbing to the snowline again!
All the way to the snow for some more crazy steep techy riding
Camelbak TransBC stage essentials- coffee cup and beer tin. Nelson a great little town to finish in.
Stoked to take the overall win as well as every stage! Giving me nearly 20 minute lead over second place. Kiwi clean sweep across all 3 cats; Matt Patterson masters 40+, Jamie Nicoll open men. Check out our trophies- yes that's right, toilet roll holders!!