The final race of the Canada Cup series brought Norco Factory Team out to Whistler, BC. The day I flew into Vancouver the sky was clear and with my head glued to the window I took in the mountains views with amazement. Always get a window seat! All I wanted to do at that moment is be on my bike exploring these mountains. But first, there was a little work to do.
Our goals as a team were to crowd the podium and make sure Evan McNeely got a top 5 finish to get him the overall series win. We got it going right off the gun on the course just outside Whistler villiage proper. I led the field though the first section of single track and held it for most of the first lap. Guthrie then threw down his descending skills and got a gap. A flat later got the best of him but he fought like a champ and rode from 10th to 3rd by the end of the race. Up front McNeely was battling the legend Kabush where finally the old man got the best of him; experience! I rode 3rd most of the race after a bit of recovery from the start effort and was happy to see Guthrie crashing it after the flat to take over that position. In the end, second, third and forth for Norco Factory Team. What a way to finish off the Canada Cup series and stamp our authority on the Canadian XC race scene.
The next two days in Whistler were amazing. Mountain biking on Blackcomb was super fun and I found the limit to where XC race bikes work on trails. I now appreciate “big” bikes like the Norco Range and their capabilities on this terrain. The next day, Jay Hoots, also legend, showed us around the bike park and before I knew it I was clearing twenty foot gaps, and dropping in off a shipping container! Our last run of the day was to Top of the World the ride down from the top was all time, why-we-ride-bikes sort of stuff!
All together it was an AMAZING (sorry for using this word so much) trip. I will be back in a four months to start training in Victoria and I can’t wait to be back in BC and exploring the mountains.
The Revolver FS was key on this bumpy, rocky, and rooty course. I rode Kenda Small Block Eights with a thicker casing, KSCT, to make sure a flat tire didn’t spoil the party. Photo Credit: Chris Vezina I rode with Oakley Prizm Trail lens in my Jawbreakers; Prizm lens technology has basically made all my other lenses obsolete, cover your eyes with Prizm Photo Credit: Chris VezinaThe Podium was complete with novelty checks and sparkling wine, awesome time with these bros.
Top of the world on the Norco Range Carbon with some tricked out bits. The ride down was perfection on a bike, so much fun! My favorite section was a bit of high speed single track with natural bumps that you could double one to the next, it was an awesome feeling.