Riding the Bear

This week I was lucky enough to be apart of a National Team camp at Bear Mountain, Victoria. It is always a great honour and super motivating to be a part of these as our nations top MTBers are rounded up to learn, train, and race together! 

As this camp was paired with the first CanadaCup XCO race, it was mostly comprised of sessions on the race course and off the bike working on our teammateship skills. The Bear Mountain course is a great course! It is full of rugged terrain and rocky technical descents and climbs! Thank you Cycling Canada and all the staff for an amazing camp! As I said, it is always a pleasure to be apart and give/take what is given from all the incredible athletes and coaches!

This year we got a super special surprise by having it sunny and BONE DRY! WHAT?!?! Victoria bone dry?!?! YEAH! It’s actually kinda scary as it gets super loose and fast!

First off, congrats to all the racers this past weekend! It was cool to see Bear Mountain to also include a Short Track and Enduro race on the same weekend as well!

My race started off well for me as i made the first group and we were putting along around the first lap. On the last climb of the lap, I lost contact with the main group and then started to fade a bit from the initial effort. Later in the race, nearing the end I began to pick it back up and gained a bunch of spots, catching the rider who eventually finished 5th, Reece Tucknott, and tried to get a gap on him which eventually led to my pulling the cord to let my parachutes out part way on the last lap… 

Either way it was a great race and tough! Happy to finish 6th in the end but hungry for more! Thank you to the whole Norco Crew and Jon Duncan and Kevin Haviland for making the trip out to support us in the best manner as always!

Good thing theres 3 more weeks in a row of racing… Off to Cali in the next couple of days!


See you then!

All photos from Kevin R. Light!