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Event Report: 2019 Canmore Enduro

Jul 17, 2019
by Jacob Johnson  


Well the weather outside looked frightful but Sunday was so delightful!

With a lack lustre forecast, buckets of rain earlier in the week, flooded streets, and heavy cloud cover, conditions for the 2019 Canmore Enduro looked like they'd be less than ideal. Come race day the sun was out, the trails had shed off the vast majority of the precipitation, and the fun knob was cranked to eleven.

These events are as intricate as putting on a wedding with a couple hundred guests... Only instead of focussing on two people leaving happy, two people and some incredible volunteers were making sure that everyone involved had a smile on their face by the end of the weekend.

Riders were treated to tech and flow on some of the best trails in Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park. Storms earlier in the week were now just memories, but some intermittent greasy bits of trail and a few thunder claps would keep riders honest and remind them of just how gruesome things could have been. When it counted most, the sun shone brightly, there were amazing good vibes in the park, and nothing else really matters. All's well that ends well!

Prologue - 2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Water World! Some grim days leading up to go time.

Prologue - 2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Rain rain go away come again another day.

Prologue - 2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Hints of brighter days ahead.

Practice Day - 2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Off through the new day's mist I run. Out from the new day's mist I have come.

Practice Day - 2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Saturday practice. The moment stages were posted riders were on course.

Practice Day - 2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Mountains. Yup, we got those.

Practice Day - 2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Practice trains in some slick conditions

Practice Day - 2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Some very welcome Saturday sunshine.

Practice Day - 2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Old school, new school... The old man gets schooled on cornering by the boy.

Practice Day - 2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Sending it for the camera in practice.

Practice Day - 2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
While Saturday was all about the send, Sunday would be about ground hugging speed.

Practice Day - 2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
All smiles. Bring on the main event.

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Sunday Sunday Sunday! Let 'er buck!

2019 Canmore BC Enduro - Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Just another one of those Canadian Rockies mornings.

2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Race Day! Raindrops on roses... Stage 1 looked like a scene from the Sound of Music

2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
These are a few of my favourite things...

2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
No white dresses or blue satin sashes here. Bikes are way more fun!

2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Stage 2. More than a few riders got caught out on these tight slick corners.

2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Eye on the prize... or a $50 bill laying in the trail?

2019 Canmore BC Enduro - Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Stage 3. Thunder was rumbling in the sky but there was smooth sailing on the trails below.

2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Nothing but smiles on the upper half of Stage 4.

2019 Canmore BC Enduro - Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Anchoring up for the tight slimy corners lower down on Stage 4

2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Laura from Alberta 66 MTB dropping into the stadium to finish off Stage 5.

2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Nobody wanted to stop and smell the flowers on Stage 6. Weird eh?!?!

2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Party trains down to the finish line after a gruelling Stage 6

2019 Canmore BC Enduro Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
There's never a bad time to throw in a little style.

2019 Canmore BC Enduro - Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
This event wouldn't happen if not for people crazy enough to put it on. Marcus Henry of Steedz Enduro is one of those amazing nutbars crazy enough to pour his heart and soul into making the Canmore Enduro a reality!

Jay Balabas of the Bicycle Cafe Canmore is another totally awesome wacko to thank for dedicating his time and energy to making this incredible event come together!

2019 Canmore BC Enduro - Steedz Enduro Bicycle Cafe Canmore mysticmountainadventures.com
Mountains of fun had by all! Until next time... Stay classy Canmore!



27 Comments

  • + 3
 Sweet shots! Even one of my darling wife looking considerably more badass than I ever could.
  • + 3
 Much appreciated sir! You both looked awesome out there!!!
  • + 2
 Great photos!
I am a bit of a lurker on the "Old School" thread and followed your link here.
Hoping that the weather turns for the better in the interior and here!
  • + 3
 Tis the best thread on the interwebz eh! Grateful for the kind words!!!
  • + 2
 @mtnmanjake: Hey! Nice to see your photos make it to the main home page! Congrats!
  • + 3
 Amazing pictures - you really captured the beauty, fun and energy of the race!
  • + 2
 Massive thanks @Lmiz Smile
  • + 3
 Wooow, these are fantastic photos! Even one of me, thanks! Smile
  • + 2
 Thanks so very much Alexa Smile Twas wonderful to be out there capturing everyone ripping in the mountains!
  • + 4
 Great write up Jake!
  • + 2
 Much appreciated man! Was a ton of fun to be part of it all!
  • + 3
 Awesome stuff and some Metallica lyrics for good measure!!
  • + 3
 Ha!!! Glad someone knows their METAL! Thanks so much Smile
  • + 3
 Are the results in there somewhere? I looked a few times
  • + 2
 My bad I just saw them somewhere else
  • + 1
 yuppers... all linked on the official race reportSmile
  • + 3
 As always, awesome shots.
  • + 2
 Thank you so much! Hope you’re having an amazing season!!!
  • + 2
 Hey Jake awesome picture. Was just wondering if you got some from me racing the short course with plate nr. 110 Thanks
  • + 1
 Thanks Bruno! With the tiny plates they’re really challenging to see especially if I was shooting from the side or from behind. If you know what you were wearing, bike, colours etc. DM me and I can take a look.
  • + 3
 Nice one J!
  • + 2
 Thanks tons Magnamus Maximus!
  • + 1
 Such great shots as always brother and stoked to see you on the front page!!!!! Tell the old balls I said what up!!!
  • + 1
 Thanks Joe! Stoked to always see you pop up on the insta feed! You’re a good one!
  • + 2
 TELL NO ONE!!! People find out I am cool then I have to be cool all the time and that's not cool!! lol
  • + 1
 These are some great shots!
  • + 1
 A million thanks!!!

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