April 16-17, 2016
This time, when Team BC comes out to train, they don’t get worked hard in the gym or on the stationary bikes. All the riders head down to a zone below Quest for some race sims and loose slippery corner sessions.
This race sim wasn’t all that different from others in past weeks, but more riders and more competition was pushing everybody to perform at their best to get ready for the upcoming races.
There are no “typical” C4 Training sessions, and right before the “race” was about to begin, Cory called everybody higher up the fireroad to a long decent into a T-intersection.
Timing these really short sections is really useful when it comes to full length tracks where exit speed on corners like these can sometimes make or break a race.
Riding a flat corner over and over again may seem a little silly for DH training when there are some of the best trails just a few hundred yards away, but doing these drills are a lot more useful than you may think.
Race sims are not only to test the speed or technical skills of the riders, but also the mental strength. Nothing compares to the emotions of a race day, but the closer that it can be replicated, the better riders can get used to the feelings of dropping in on a real race run.
The team BC riders got to go home for the evening, but the C4 riders still had work to do. It was time for session two of nutrition, but this time the riders were making their own post training snack.
Tracy walked the riders through making one of her family’s favorite meals. Who thought you could make tacos with just Veggies and some spices? “I can’t believe it tastes like real meat!” Cooking the meal took up the entire time and there wasn’t quite enough time to talk about exactly what made it so good and nutritional, so more on that will be covered next time. Thanks again Tracy!
C4 Riders were up early again for another mental toughness training session, this time going over questions from the last session and what it would achieve, breathing, and a little about goal setting. More will be covered in future sessions, but it looks like the riders already have a good understanding of what mental toughness is and how it will help them during the race season!
Coho Park has been used for timing sessions for multiple years and is always a great place to come back to. Every time there’s a training session there, a new line seems to get built and it’s up to the riders to break in and go as fast as possible on the freshly made trail.
The riders used a jump over a log into a dug out corner that was built last year to start off the short timing section, but Cory had different ideas for the bottom.
It doesn’t take long for a fresh cut line to be ridden out in the soft Squamish dirt! Three laps times twelve riders is easily enough to break in a new line.
Another successful weekend with Team BC is in the books. A few riders will be making the trip down to Port Angeles next weekend for the first round of the NW Cup! Racing has begun. Are you ready? We are.
Photos and words by Levi Harapnuik