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

 

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