The Western Open has become a bit of an institution, it’s not the easiest race to get to but it’s one of the most loved tracks on the BC Cup circuit and worth the hours of travel from Vancouver, Calgary, or Florida. Jean-Charles and Kevin Neidorf won the Intense for Life video contest and made the trek from Florida to compete against the best in the BC Cup series.
Tippie gets some quality time in with the Monster girls at the Western Open.
Set up with their accommodations, lift tickets, two Intense M9’s to race, race entries, the Kovarik Racing Clinic, mechanical support from Loudenterprise, an Evoc bike bag, and Dunbar Team jerseys the guys were set for a weekend on BC terrain. After a few laps at Kicking Horse on Friday they were ready to check out Mt. Seven; nothing like jumping right in for these two XC racers.
Jean-Charles and Kevin, the Intense for Life contest winners, at the top of Mt. Seven.
Nic Rogers drops in at Mt. Seven.
Saturday night after practice the event hosted the Huck Off/Huck to Flat/Long Jump competition. Dean Tennant took the win with the longest jump of 47 feet, with Filip Glazer coming in second and Cody Macarthur in third with some sweet new panties.
Dean Tennant hucking to win.
Panty wearing huckers.
While the rugged BC terrain of Kicking Horse Mountain and surrounding Golden may have been a bit overwhelming to start, Jean-Charles and Kevin loved the pedally, technical BC Cup course of the Western Open; dust, bomb holes, rocky steeps and all!
Jean-Charles on his way to 2nd place in the 30+ Citizen Men category.
Jamie Battle on his way to third place in the sandbagger. . . ahem. . . Masters 30-39 Men's category.
Danice and Vaea ride down from the top of Kicking Horse to the race start.
Claire sprints near the end of the race for a first place finish.
Aaron Dobie charging!
Chris Kovarik on his way to a first place finish in Elite Men.
Race weekend saw the Intense girls; Claire Buchar, Danice Uyesugi, and Vaea Verbeeck, rule the podium in the Elite Women’s category, while the Elite Men had a rematch between Adriano Digiacinto and Chris Kovarik. It was Groundhog Day for the two racers when the final results had to be reviewed yet again. Last year the results were split down to the hundredth of a second with Adriano taking the win. This year Chris took the win with a slim margin. The podium was a dayglow pyramid, with Nick Grimm in third place, flanked by matching Dunbar jerseys, Aaron Dobie and Cameron Porteous in fourth and fifth places.
The Intense girls celebrate their exclusive podium!
The Western Open's Elite Men's Podium.
Racers are already looking forward to the new race on the block this summer, The Fernie BC Cup, another SE Racing production in the Dunbar Cycle Summer Series. If Silver Star and the Western Open have taught us anything, it will be a fantastic event! Check it out September 1 weekend!
Top 10 men going for the Dunbar Cycles Summer Series WIN are; in 1st Chris Kovarik 6.46 / Adriano Digiacinto 6.52 / Bryden Rigets 7.01 / Cameron Porteous 7.02 / Dean Tennant 7.05 / Nick Grimm 7.06 / Jack Iles 7.07 / Aaron Dobie 7.09 / Sheldon Smith 7.11 / & Robert Venables with a 7.12. And the top five ladies are; in 1st Claire Buchar 8.06 / Vaea Verbeeck 8.22 / Keara Clark 9.37 / Berny Jacques 9.38 / Veronika Voracek 9.46!
The winners will receive a Carbon Frame from Intense Cycles, you need to race all three to win!
Video: Connor Macleod
Photos and Words: Danielle Baker
Promotor: SE Racing
Location: Kicking Horse