Session Update #5

January 30th, Squamish BC

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“These guys do what others won’t do.”-Cory Each weekend beginning with a climb to a training zone.

C4 Riders pedal up to Lee’s Trail Crossroad to work on a section of trail that we have been riding for the past one and a half years. But with a bit of a twist.

Clearing away a fallen tree on the new section of trail.

Clearing away a fallen tree on the new section of trail. Many hands make light work!

With it only being the 5th session, discussions about bringing out the timing gear were already floating around. “We’ve got such a skilled crew this year that we can start getting times down earlier than previous years.”-Cory

"I love this! Making something out of nothing."

“I love this! Making something out of nothing.”-Cory A downhill straight away into ┬áCones and a flat corner with a snowbank in case you come in too hot. Where’s the best line?

Overcook the turn? No problem, there’s plenty of snow left to catch you.

Coming out onto the road after the downhill sprint.

Coming out onto the road after the downhill sprint. Counting pedal strokes and making note of gearing.

There was a discussion about lines in the middle of the turn. Weather to go over a big rock or to go just on the outside of it. Everybody thought they knew what looked fastest, but it turned out that hitting the rock was the best line. We learned that riding is the best way to determine if a line works well or not. “On a DH bike with 650B wheels, I don’t feel that rock at all.”-Blake

Building the confidence to hit the tricky gap on Lee's trail. A lot of riders conquered their fears and nailed the tight landing in the trees!

Working on line choice to maintain enough speed to make the backside of the hip after a slippery corner.

After working on the road crossing, the riders moved down to Lee’s trail to apply the skills learned on the road to a real trail.

C4 takes to the air! Many riders conquered their previous fears and landed on the back side of a tight gap into Lee's Trail.

C4 takes to the air! Many riders conquered their previous fears and landed on the back side of a tight gap into Lee’s Trail.

With only inches between the tips of handlebars and the trees, this gap could not be miscalculated. It’s either commit 100%, or roll over it.

The afternoon is finished with a ride/hike up to Half Nelson and shredding back to the trucks.

The afternoon is finished with a ride/hike up to Half Nelson and shredding back to the trucks.

The riders will be back next week to run some race sims on the full course with the Freelap timing gear.

 

Photos and words by Levi Harapnuik

 

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