Last summer I really challenged myself with my 45 days of mountain biking. This year I was struggling to come up with an idea of what to do as a new and fun challenge. Suddenly it came to me . . . last year I participated in my first ever race (the NSMBA Fiver) and I thought I’d keep the fun, competitive spirit going!
I have signed up for a number of enduro races this summer and have created quite the fun schedule of trips around BC and Alberta to participate in the sport I love and really test myself by being pushed to the limits. Will I win? Absolutely not! Will I finish? That’s the hope. Will I have fun? That’s a given!
The races are all part of the Canadian National or BC Enduro Series as of now. So far the schedule is as follows but there may be 1 or 2 more races added and I will update when I add more:
April 21st – Kamloops Beaver Classic
May 13th – Fraser Valley
May 20th – Kelowna
June 3rd – Kamloops
June 24th – Crowsnest Pass
July 8th – Canmore
July 21st – Squamish – Hot on your Heels
Of course I will be riding in between these as well. Maybe participating in some Fivers again or just getting out there for some no-competition fun. I also can’t imagine a summer would go by without a trip to Coast Gravity or Whistler as well but time will tell for those.
Naturally, Ryan will be joining me on this adventure. He is registered for the races with me and is going to be a great cheerleader . . . waiting at the finish line for hours for me to be done. So far we’ve managed to negotiate which races we should register for, figure out accommodations, and estimate any expenses that we’ll come across. There was some debate over camping vs hotel vs Air BnB and while I absolutely love camping I got a bit nervous about riding a billion hour race and not having an actual, comfy bed to return to. Luckily, Ryan could see my point and we have some rooms booked up with some lovely local folks at each stop.
An exciting addition is a new logo made by the lovely Kristina at Sketchy Trails. It is absolutely beautiful and I love that she captured my “popsicle nightmare” look of colourful gear. I have an order ready to get some custom jerseys printed to wear to the races and maybe one or two extra to give away.
The other issue that is at hand is training. Other than the mountains being covered in snow at the moment, I’ve also run into a snag of my front brake giving up the ghost (just before a descent no less) and me scrambling together money to replace it. In the meantime, I’m hoping Ryan is okay with me borrowing his hard tail. At least my legs will get an extra workout that way! Pretty soon I’m going to be kicking it into high gear and getting out on trails as close to every day as I can. I have a long way to go before being in form for racing.
I will be documenting the whole experience. I plan on having my trusty GoPro on me for every race so you can all enjoy my suffering and my triumphs. I will also be writing all about it in my blog series which will be called: (Drumroll, please!)
The View from the Back of the Pack.
I’m not saying I won’t be giving it my all. I just know how many wonderfully talented riders are going to be out on the same trails as me and I know that just finishing each race is an amazing goal for me. I fully intend to get to know some of the trail sweeps and to fall over, exhausted, at the end of each race. But through this I’m going to learn so much, meet new people, and have fun experiences to remember forever.
Wish me luck, all . . . I’m going to need it.