2016 Race Season Recap

Wow, the 2016 season is already over. It felt like it was just yesterday that the first training session was happening. 8 races later and it’s done for the year! The whole team deserves a huge congratulations is for all their hard work throughout the year. Lets take a look back at how the race season went.

Port Angeles, NW Cup Rd 1:

The season started off with a bang, with a few C4 riders making it down to the first race of the season in Port Angeles.

Big step up to start the season off.

Big step up to start the season off.

 

C4, Never off the podium at any race.

C4, Never off the podium at any race.

 

All throughout the 2016 season, there was not a podium where a C4 rider didn’t stand. With a solid crew of rider spread among many categories, don’t expect this to change anytime soon. They’re up there to stay.

Port Angeles, NW Cup Rd 2/Pro GRT Rd 1

Round 2 followed a couple weeks after, but this time, it was the Pro GRT. A lot more racers, a lot more sponsors, and a lot more fun! It was also a very hard month following the news of the Canadian Mountain Bike Legend passing away far too soon.

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The first win is always a good feeling.

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This was the official race on the C4 Calendar and the first race where most of the team was competing. With a whole lot of different practice and race times, the pits were always buzzing with excitement and anticipation, not only of the new bikes and gear, but of the first big race of the season.

Kamloops Race the Ranch BC Cup Rd 1

Race The Ranch is never an easy race. Some say it’s even the hardest because of how short and physically demanding it is. This year, is special. 20 Years ago, Coach Cory raced his first BC Cup in Kamloops. Some say things have changed a lot since then, and some things have, but the race organizer in 1996 was still the race organizer in 2016. Now that’s commitment we can all appreciate! Race the Ranch was also the debute of the new Raceface Kits. Everybody was stoked on them and C4 was definitely the best looking team out there on race day!

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It looks like we’ll need some more bike stands.

Kamloops has always had a  big freeride influence, and a stepup triple in the middle of the course was a good way of reminding the riders that.

Kamloops has always had a big freeride influence, and a stepup triple in the middle of the course was a good way of reminding the riders that.

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With Cory riding and competing in the race (winning by 5 seconds with a crash), as well as being in the pits to help out the other riders, they thought he earned a nice cold shower.

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BC Champs: Whistler

C4 Riders are very fortunate to live so close, or even in Whistler and are able to ride and train on the mountain very often. Racing in Whistler is a whole other story. The trails are usually dry and blown out so it’s difficult to have a clean run. Fortunately this year, it was a bit tacky to start off the weekend so the race course held up really well.

Whistler on the weekend. Lift lines were longer than ever.

Whistler on the weekend. Lift lines were long as soon as the lift started up in the morning. 

Adam secured his second win on the season, showing that he will be a force to be reckoned with for the rest of the season.

Adam secured his second win on the season, showing that he will be a force to be reckoned with for the rest of the season.

Blake is your 2016 Jr. BC Cup Champion!

Blake is your 2016 Jr. BC Cup Champion!

Stephanie was also able to put down a scorcher for the Provincials Jersey for the Jr. Women!

Stephanie was also able to put down a scorcher for the Provincials Jersey for the Jr. Women!

Although this race didn’t count for BC Cup points, it was a bigger race than Kamloops with many more of the big guns attending. It was a true test for the riders, physically and mentally.

BC Cup Round 2: Kicking Horse

Kicking horse has always been a challenging race. The course is long an rough, but sometimes the ride down to the top of the race course can cause issues like flat tires and burnt rotors from the long windy fire road.

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Once Riders got to the track, it was all rocks, roots and blown out corners. The way race courses should be!

C4 has been using Gopros in the team meetings to help eachother with line choice and to give a good idea if others are up to speed.

New in 2016, C4 has been using Gopros in the team meetings to help eachother with line choice and to give a good idea if others are up to speed.

Adam Is looking unstoppable!

Adam Is looking unstoppable!

Blake and Jake share the podium.

Blake and Jake share the podium.

 

BC/Canada Cup Round. 3: Panorama

The first West Coast Canada cup was up next in Panorama. There were a few changes to the course and the rain that fell over the weekend made things all the more interesting!

Conditions were perfect before the rain showed up.

Conditions were perfect before the rain showed up.

A quick pep talk the night before to toughen everybody up for the next day.

A quick pep talk the night before to toughen everybody up for the next day.

Three wins in a row!

Three wins in a row!

Canada's fastest Jr. Ladies!

Canada’s fastest Jr. Ladies!

Jake on the last step of the podium in a Canada Cup with some fast riders!

Jake on the last step of the podium in a Canada Cup with some fast riders!

Canadian National Champs: Sun Peaks

A brand new course was the most anticipated thing about this years National Championship Race. This year, the track started at the top, and went all the way down with the average time being around six minutes, this was the longest course on the circuit.

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The high line was a bit difficult to get to, but was much faster.

Stephanie is Jr. National Champ!

Stephanie is Jr. National Champ!

Adam proving once again that he'll need a pro license in 2017.

Adam proving once again that he’ll need a pro license in 2017.

Daniel on the podium after a long, painful race run.

Daniel on the podium after a long, painful race run.

BC Cup Round 4: Silverstar

Again, there was a new course to study and learn, but this one wasn’t so exciting. Riders really enjoyed the previous years of the Silverstar course, and this year seemed to be toned down quite a bit. But that means riders could just go faster!

The dusty windy parking lot. Not much sleep was to be had if riders camped because of the wicked wind.

The dusty windy parking lot. Not much sleep was to be had if riders camped because of the wicked wind.

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BC Cup Round 5: Fernie

Already, the last race of the season. It’s gone by so fast! Just like the riders… The last race was a long drive, but the course was worth it. A new section in the bottom and half of the riders hitting the steeps and the other half hitting the new top, the course was in decent shape.

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Photo by Danielle Baker

Photo By Danielle Baker

Photo By Danielle Baker

 

BC Cup Round 5 Fernie

August has been a busy month with Silverstar, Crankworx and now the BC Cup Finals in Fernie. The team has come a long way since the first race in April, and the final race has come a lot sooner than everybody had expected.

We heard through social media that there may be two different courses in Fernie this year, with the original one that went through the infamous steeps being only for Pros and Jr. Ex. It would be decided on Friday night weather or not everybody would be skipping the steeps, or just the Sport categories.

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Saturday came around and a big sign on the top said that the Pros and Jr. Ex would go down the steeps while all other categories would ride the new section. This was disappointing news to those who knew they could ride the steeps but weren’t allowed to. That’s just how racing goes sometimes, so some riders had to learn a new course while others had to navigate the steeps!

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Even on Friday afternoon, the course was getting so beat up it was barely recognizable from the morning, and Saturday was even worse. It did sprinkle a bit on Friday night, but that did absolutely nothing to help the course other than to keep a little bit of dust down so following could be a bit easier. Saturday was mostly the same with more lines beginning to develop to go around all the big holes.

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Sunday morning came around and riders were all stoked to get on the mountain to get some practice before the last race of the season. With not many racers at the final round, start times were a bit closer to the end of practice than usual, and with the course starting half way down the mountain, some riders didn’t have a lot of time to get their bikes tuned up, but everybody made their start time and was stoked on the fast blown out course!

 

Photo By Danielle Baker

Photo By Danielle Baker

Photo By Danielle Baker

Photo By Danielle Baker

C4 Results:

Adam Woodhouse 1st (Sr. Men)

Blake Bunting 2nd (Jr. Ex)

Jacob Stefiuk 3rd (Jr. Ex)

Adrian Lee 11th (Jr. Sport)

Levi Harapnuik 15th (Pro Men)

 

Photos by Dwayne Harapnuik and Danielle Baker

Words by Levi Harapnuik

BC Cup Round 4 Silverstar

After a weekend break, riders headed out to Silverstar for Round 4 of the BC Cup. Not all of them though. Blake Bunting and Jacob Stefiuk, were in Mont Saint Anne racing their first World Cup!

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Silverstar has always been a favorite, but this year, the organizers decided to put riders down a new top half of the track. Everybody was interested to see what the changes would be like. Instead of starting to the left of the chairlift as we got off, the course started on the right side and started with a sprint to a short tree section, then out onto more sprinting and more wide open corners and some steeper tree sections.

As usual, the team gathers for the GoPro review session on Friday night.

As usual, the team gathers for the GoPro review session on Friday night.

There were mixed feelings on the new course but it didn’t matter because everybody had to lay down their fastest times when Sunday rolled around.

As Saturday progressed, the course was getting more and more blown out, as expected with a brand new track. Ruts and lines were beginning to develop but there still wasn’t really a lot of choice on the new section because it wasn’t that technical. Even the lower part of the course didn’t have much line choice, it was all about who could ride it the fastest.

Conditions were perfect on Sunday with cloudy weather and no wind or rain.

Conditions were perfect on Sunday with cloudy weather and no wind or rain.

Sunday rolled around and conditions were the same as Saturday with super dry and dusty conditions. Riders all warmed up in the parking lot before dropping in for their practice runs. As the day progressed, the course didn’t get beat up too much more and riders were able to put down good runs without worrying about the course changing too much.

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C4 Results:

Adam Woodhouse 1st (Sr. Men)

Stephanie Denroche 2st (Jr. Women)

Caleb Harapnuik 4th (Jr. Ex)

Adrian Lee 7th (Jr. Sport)

Willem Zweirs 12th (Jr. Ex)

Levi Harapnuik 19th (Pro men)

 

Photos and words by Levi Harapnuik

Canadian National Champs

From Panorama, riders headed back to Sun Peaks for the Canadian National Champs race. The talk was on the new track that would be more technical than previous years at Sun Peaks. It didn’t disappoint.

 

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This year, the race course started to the left of the chairlift right from the top. Half of it was already established trail and the other half was brand new so it was always changing. As practice went by, the lines started to get established and the conditions were getting dryer and more slippery.

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From the course preview which was over 7 minutes, the course looked to be quite long but the riders weren’t sure if that was because the person doing the course preview was just slow or if the course was actually that long. It turns out, it was the longest track on the circuit with the average time being over six minutes.

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It wasn’t just six minutes of an average DH track, it was an exceptionally rough track. Not overly technical, but really hard on the hands and feet. Most people didn’t even do full runs until their race run or seeding run to save strength for the race.

Sunday came around and the course went from nice and tacky to slightly dusty and slippery with most of the corners being blown out. Coming from Panorama this was an easy transition as riders wouldn’t know exactly what to expect on their race run.

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C4 Results

Adam Woodhouse: 1st (Sr. Men)

Stephanie Denroche 1st (Jr. Ex Women)

Daniel Frosse 2nd (Jr. Sport)

Blake Bunting 5th (Jr. Ex)

Adrian Lee 7th (Jr. Sport)

Jacob Stefiuk 9th (Jr. Ex)

Caleb Harapnuik 12th (Jr. Ex)

Alex Auger 21st (Jr. Ex)

Levi Harapnuik 31st (Pro Men)

 

Words by Levi Harapnuik

BC/Canada Cup Round 3: Panorama

With a one weekend break, it was off to Panorama for Round 3 of the BC and Canada Cup, so turnouts were expected to be big. The course had some new sections on it and did not disappoint! Everybody was stoked on the changes, except for that there were still the two uphill sections.

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Day 1: Practice/Seeding

Practice started out wet with showers going off and on during the day. The infamous “Dollar Sign” stayed mostly dry throughout the day and so did a lot of the root sections in the thicker trees.

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Thanks to a small TV and a GoPro, C4 can all discuss lines and go through the track without getting wet!

Come seeding time it was getting a bit wetter, but the course was still holding up nicely. In the later afternoon and during the night, the rain started to come down harder and even the dirt under the thick trees was getting soaked

Day 2: Race Day

Sunday was dry, but the rain from the previous day was still reeking havoc and there were some big holes starting to form in the rock garden half way down the course. No time to change lines, riders just had to plow through them!

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C4 Results:

Adam Woodhouse 1st (Sr. Men)

Daniel Froese 4th (Jr. Sport Men)

Jacob Stefiuk 5th (Jr. Expert)

Joseph Witwicki 6th (U17 Men)

Caleb Harapnuik 9th (Jr. Expert)

Adrian Lee 12th (Jr. Sport Men)

Blake Bunting 18th (Jr. Expert)

Levi Harapnuik 30th (Pro Men)

 

Photos and words by Levi Harapnuik

BC Cup Round 2: Kicking Horse

Riders were only home for three days before making the drive out to Kicking Horse for Round 2 of the BC Cup. Kicking Horse has always been a good course, it’s one of the gnarliest ones on the circuit. Last year, it poured rain on Saturday and Sunday and with temperatures close to 0 degrees at the top, riders weren’t all that keen on getting a lot of practice in. This year was a lot better though.

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Nothing but blue skies and smiles today!

Day 1 Practice/Seeding

Due to the mountain being so big, The course starts about 2/3rds down the mountain and you can either ride the fireroad, or a collection of trails to get to it. This could be good or bad, depending on how you thought of it. The ride to the top of the race course could be used to warm up so the first lap of the day could be at a good speed, but mechanicals could happen before riders even got to the course.

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The course started out with some rock faces that were out in the open in between tree sections getting longer and steeper as it went. About half way down was where it got a bit less steep, but a lot rougher! Near the bottom were some sprint/pump sections which seem to change every year to try to make it less of a pedal across the mountainside. With it being the longest course on the circuit, riders had to balance the amount of practice they needed with the amount of grip strength required to make it through seeding and race run.

Ducking into the trees into a section where multiple lines were to be seen. But only one or two were race worthy.

Ducking into the trees into a section where multiple lines were to be seen. But only one or two were race worthy.

Most of the mechanicals this weekend were flat tires. It didn’t matter if you had tubes or were tubeless, punctures still happened. Thankfully it was a relatively cheap race on bike parts for most!

Scrubbing a short stepdown in the final woods section.

Keeping low on  a short stepdown in the final woods section.

After seeding wrapped up, the riders studied a GoPro run instead of doing a track walk to get clear on lines. Though it is an individual sport, we still are a team, and there were no “secret” lines held back.

Blake taking everybody through a run on the iPad. Thank goodness for technology!

Blake taking everybody through a run on the iPad. Thanks for technology for saving our legs!

Day 2: Race Day

Pre-Race check on the bike. 3 heads are better than 1!

Pre-Race check on the bike. 3 heads are better than 1!

The clouds threatened to rain the closer it got to race time, but for most of the riders, they had a dry course!

Sunny skies were in the background for morning practice! But clouds moved in right before race runs started.

Sunny skies were in the background for morning practice! But clouds moved in right before race runs started.

Another race done, and all riders accounted for without injury. That’s considered a success at this race considering how long and rough it is!

Adam seems to be on a winning streak, dominating Sr. Men by 6 seconds!

Adam seems to be on a winning streak, dominating Sr. Men by 6 seconds…. With a crash!!

Blake taking the win, and Jacob coming in 5th with a crash!

Blake taking the win, and Jacob coming in 5th!

The Jr. Men don't get Champagne, they get ginger ale.

The Jr. Men don’t get Champagne, they get ginger ale. Even more sticky!

C4 Results: 

Adam Woodhouse 1st (Sr. Men)

Blake Bunting 1st (Jr. Expert Men)

Jacob Stefiuk 5th (Jr. Expert Men)

Adrian Lee 6th (Jr. Sport Men)

Caleb Harapnuik 8th (Jr. Expert Men)

Levi Harapnuik 25th (Pro Men)

 

Photos by Dwayne Harapnuik

Words by Levi Harapnuik

BC Champs Whistler

Conditions at this race compared to 12 months ago were quite different. The rain during the week and cool temperatures really made riding a lot more bearable than riding in 36 degree heat.

 

Day 1: Practice and Seeding

The course was slightly different this year, with the top section going on Upper Whistler DH and cutting across a new cut grass section out in the open under the chairlift to Lower Whistler DH. After that, it was the same as last year but continuing on with a sprint to lower Canadian open to finish right above the village.

Lift lines were long all weekend, even when you have plate priority. Typical Whistler!

Lift lines were long all weekend, even when you have plate priority. Typical Whistler!

Conditions were a little bit slippery on Saturday, but as the day went on and the sun peeked out, it started to dry out. Everybody seemed to be enjoying the course and the tricky rock face on Upper Whistler DH wasn’t as big of an concern anymore.

Sprint into the finish line

Sprint into the finish line

 

The course was in great condition for seeding and riders finally got a chance to see how they stacked up against the competition.

Day 2: Race Day

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Eyes on the prize

Eyes on the prize

Everybody was impressed at how the race went this year, with last years race needing a lot of improvement. Thank you to all the marshals, volunteers and race organizers to all the awesome work and improvements for 2016!

Blake Bunting taking another BC Champs title

Blake Bunting taking another Jr. Men BC Champs title.

Adam Woodhouse takes first place in Sr. Men

Adam Woodhouse takes first place in Sr. Men.

Stephanie Denroche with the BC Champs Jersey

Stephanie Denroche with the BC Champs Jersey in Jr. Women.

C4 Results

Stephanie Denroche 1st (Jr. Women)

Blake Bunting 1st (Jr. Expert Men)

Adam Woodhouse 1st (Sr. Men)

Joseph Witwicki 5th (U17 Men)

Caleb Harapnuik 6th (Jr. Expert Men)

Jacob Stefiuk 12th (Jr. Expert Men)

Levi Harapnuik 18th (Pro Men)

Michele Bianchi DNF (Mechanical)

 

Photos by Dwayne Harapnuik

Words by Levi Harapnuik

BC Cup Round 1 Kamloops RTR

Finally, after months of waiting, riding, and training, the first BC Cup is here. Race The Ranch, while not the most technically difficult, is often called one of the hardest of the year because of how short and how physical the course is. With the top times being under two minutes, any mistake, big or small could cost you being off the podium.

This was also a special race because it was Cory’s 20th anniversary of racing BC Cups. 20 years ago, he raced his first BC Cup in this very same place, with the same race organizer still doing his job to this day. Cory decided it would be a good opportunity to race!

Day 1: Practice/Seeding

Usually, this parking lot is dry and dusty. This year, rain kept the dust down and made the course run way faster than years before.

Usually, this parking lot is dry and dusty. This year, rain kept the dust down and made the course run way faster than years before.

The weather played out well for most of the riders this weekend. The course wasn’t developing the huge dusty holes that it did in the past during practice because the overnight showers kept the dirt holding together nicely.

As a gift to himself, Cory built up a new race bike and used input from the other riders to set it up as best as he could in the short day of practice before the race.

As a gift to himself, Cory built up a new race bike and used input from the other riders to set it up as best as he could in the short day of practice before the race.

Although it was a super short course, riders had to be careful not to do too many practice runs because of the nature of the course. A few of the riders opted to use trail bike because of the flat sections that required lots of pumping and power to the pedals. With not many lines, there wasn’t much talk about where to go, it was pretty much the same for everybody. Ride as fast and pedal as hard as you can.

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Flying high over the triple. In years past, this step up gave some riders trouble because it was hard to make the landing, but with the course in such good condition, riders were hitting it with ease.

The weather played out nicely for practice day with only slight sprinkling in the afternoon, but otherwise really good riding conditions! Not too hot like everybody is used to in Kamloops around this time.

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With near perfect dirt condition, the corners were amazing and riders were able to carry much more speed than previous years.

Seeding runs for the Jr. Ex and Pros kicked off in the late afternoon and riders were surprised with their times compared to previous years. All the training in the off season is showing!

Day 2: Practice and Race

Final preparations being made to the bikes before practice starts.

Final preparations being made to the bikes before practice starts. It was slightly chilly in the pits, but once on course things started to warm up for the riders.

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There were always people stopped to watch this jump on the course to see exactly where the best place was to land to get the most speed for the following pedal/pumping section.

The weather took a turn during the Sr. Men race and it started to rain hard for about half an hour. Riders who came down told stories of extremely slippery conditions and recommendations of different a tire setup. Luckily the rain didn’t last too long and the Jr. Ex and pros came down with the dirt being tacky instead of slippery clay.

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Alex Auger took the win in Jr. Sport and Daniel Froese took 3rd!

Cory also came down in the rain, and even with a crash dislocating his finger, he took the win. The C4 Riders weren't about to let that go unnoticed...

Cory also came down in the rain, and even with a crash dislocating his finger, he took the win by over 5 seconds! C4 Riders weren’t about to let that go unnoticed…

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Soaked in champagne, and smiles all around, it was a good day to race for our coach.

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Stephanie Denroche in second, just .37 off the win

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Two C4 Riders on the Jr. Ex podium! Blake Bunting in 3rd and Michele Bianchi in 5th.

Jack Almond making a return and taking 5th in Pro Men!

Jack Almond making a return and taking 5th in Pro Men!

C4 Results: 

Cory Leclerc 1st Masters 40-49 Men 

Alex Auger 1st Jr. Sport Men

Stephanie Denroche 2nd Jr. Women

Blake Bunting 3rd Jr. Expert Men

Daniel Froese 3rd Jr Sport men

Adam Woodhouse 4th Sr. Men

Michele Bianchi 5th Jr. Expert Men

Jack Almond 5th Pro Men

Levi Harapnuik 6th Pro Men

Caleb Harapnuik 9th Jr. Expert Men

Jacob Stefiuk 10th Jr. Expert Men

Adrian Lee 10th Jr. Sport Men

Willam Zwiers 14th Jr. Expert Men

Joe Witwicki 20th U17 Sport Men

 

Photos by Dwayne Harapnuik

Words by Levi Harapnuik

NW Cup, Round 2/Pro GRT Round 1: Port Angeles

It seemed like just a couple of weeks ago we were all catching a ferry and making the beautiful drive out to Port Angeles. Probably because it was only two weeks ago… With over 540 people attending this race, it wasn’t just the average Northwest Cup, it was Round One of the Pro GRT. Riders from all over the United States flew/drove into Port Angeles for the biggest race of the season. For many, it was also the first race of the season.

Day 1: Practice

A small log drop into a 90 degree corner. Perfect.

A small log drop into a 90 degree corner. Perfect.

Not all the C4 Riders were able to make it out for Friday practice due to school or work, but the ones who did were quickly up to speed on the course. The first priority in the morning was to hit all the gaps/huck-to-flats that were breaking the flow. After that was achieved, finding where to push to knock those precious seconds off the clock was next on the list. Four hours of practice was more than enough time to get the amount of runs that the riders wanted, and with the lines for the shuttle being still relatively short, it was quite easy to be able to get in 6-8 runs with breaks for food and water.

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National pride really shined as a lot of riders were seen with the #LongLiveChainsaw on signs, bikes, race plates, and even the back of their jerseys. There was a moment of silence in the middle of the Pro race runs remembering Steve Smith. A truly special moment for an incredible life that was taken far too soon. We ride for you Stevie!

Day 2: Practice and Qualifying

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Day 2 of practice started early for Cat 2 and Cat 1 19-29 riders. The course was starting to get a little blown out already with it not raining since the last NW Cup. Thankfully, the awesome organizers and volunteers go through the courses, sweeping the loose rocks off of the main lines and fixing the damage that they can to ensure the best course possible for race day.

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After practice in the morning, the Cat 1 0-18 and Pros got a go at the course and things were even more blown out than the previous day. Only two hours of practice was given to prepare for qualifying/seeding.

This is what the second last corner looked like right before qualifying. It was the cause of many crashes because it developed so quickly.

This is what the second last corner looked like right before qualifying. It was the cause of many crashes because it developed so quickly.

About an hour before qualifying, it started to rain so most of the riders didn’t get to practice on the course when it was wet. Knowing that a lot of the other people were from Southern California was a relief though. They had no clue what to do when things to slippery. C4 does.

Day 3, Race Day

After a slippery qualifying, it was a relief to see that no more rain had fallen and the course was actually quite perfect. Cat 2 and 1 19-29 practice started at 7:30, so it was an early morning for a few of the C4 Crew. Cat 1 0-18 and Pro practice started at 1:30 and they were able to get two to three practice runs in before racing began. The rain threatened to return, but nothing fell and the remainder of the riders were pumped to be riding a track in near perfect conditions.

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Categories were huge and the times were tight in this race with the top 8 being within one second of each other in the Pro category. Congratulations to all of the C4 Riders who raced, we all learned about our bikes, our equipment, and ourselves at this one!

C4 Race Results:

Adam Woodhouse 1st/50 (First ever race win) Cat 1 19-29

Stephanie Denroche 2nd/13 Cat 1 Women Open

Adrian Lee 7th/36 Cat 2 15-18

Blake Bunting 7th/53 Cat 1 0-18

Caleb Harapnuik 15th/53 Cat 1 0-18

Michele Bianchi 17th/ 53Cat 1 0-18

Jacob Stefiuk 19th/53 Cat 1 0-18

Alex Auger 44rd/53 Cat 1 0-18

Levi Harapnuik 46th/60 Pro Men

 

Photos by Dwayne Harapnuik

Photos and words by Levi Harapnuik

Session Update #15

Squamish, BC

May 7th, 2016

For a little while, riders have been asking for steeper and more gnarly zones to do training on. A 4×4 was needed to get up high enough into the mountains above Squamish to get to what the riders were asking for.

Because of the warmer temperatures and it being a day before the first BC Enduro race, riders took it easy this weekend and a lot of time was spent exploring and looking for places for future training.

Because of the warmer temperatures and it being a day before the first BC Enduro race, riders took it easy this weekend and a lot of time was spent exploring and looking for places for future training. “If you go down here, you’re getting hurt.”

After some hiking/biking around, the riders had a good sense of what could be accomplished with this zone and were eager to get on the bikes to start riding sections in preparation for the Pro GRT the next week.

It was a warm one, but nothing compared to last years BC Champs race in Whistler.

It was a warm one, but nothing like last years BC Champs race in Whistler. 36 degrees will make you sweat even on the chairlift.

The riders set up on top of a steep dusty shoot which everybody was excited to ride. It was being compared to the steeps of Fernie, but shorter of course. The good thing about loose dust is, when you crash, it usually doesn’t hurt!

Everybody was roosting and having a good time today.

Everybody was roosting and having a good time today.

There were many lines into the steep chute so everybody was watching eachother as they searched for the fastest and smoothest line.

Choices, choices...

Choices, choices…

After training had wrapped up, the riders headed back to HQ for another nutrition session with Tracy Higgs. This time, they were taught how to make Kale salad with dressing and avocado/date chocolate pudding! While eating, the riders learned about recovery and what to eat and when to eat after training or racing. A lot of eyes were opened and everybody learned a lot! The riders all left with various assortments of Vega One recovery, electrolyte, protein, and energy powders to try out.

Everything tastes a lot better after being in the woods for four hours!

Everything tastes a lot better after being in the woods for four hours!

 

Photos and words by Levi Harapnuik