Valley Life Livin'
Nestled in the Fraser Valley, Chilliwack, B.C. played host to the first round of the 2017 MEC
Canadian National Enduro Series, presented by Intense
. The backdrop was picturesque Vedder Mountain overhanging Cultus Lake.
This race was the first stop of the Canadian National Enduro also an Enduro World Series Qualifying race, as well as, the first stop of the North American Enduro Tour.
Sometimes it's like pulling teeth trying to get people to leave the Whistler/Squamish corridor, yet once they lay their tires onto the trails built by the Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association, it's hard to get them to leave! There were a few signs posted on the course that read; #VedderSucksTellYourFriends, a little humour directed to what I think is fast becoming the best riding zone in the lower mainland. It's got steeps, endless loam (real loam, like over your neck, down your shirt), jumps, berms and scenic climbs. Not to mention one of the most down to earth and hard working club presidents I've ever met, Ernie Kliever. He's supported by a solid team and this truly is a family.
The trails for this weekend were running in mint condition after the club put it's final touches into them the week before, one of the highlights of this weekend is having the Vedder Mountain Classic the day before, a staple event for the XCM calendar!
What's really interesting is that this course featured 2,221m of climbing over 32kms… That's a big day.Trail Club and Community
The Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association is truly unique, covering a massive swath of trails while operating in a recreation that has more layers than Shrek's onions. I have so much respect for Ernie, Meghan, Bob and the community here have created with this event weekend. The level of organization and community support is so phenomenal they even had the sunshine ordered and delivered on time. This crew mixed with the all the trail builders and volunteers (over 80 volunteers in two days), really and truly allowed for what I think was just about a perfect race weekend.
I heard a few comments floating around from riders and one of my favourites was a rider who said that he "no longer needs to drive to the Sea to Sky" (he's from the interior), the sigh of relief in his voice was piggybacked by the beer that was slid across the table from Old Yale (the local brewer).
A massive thank-you to Ernie, Emma and Cedar; Meghan, Bob, Kelly, Chelsea, Ali and Moss; Hamisch, Max, Spencer, Kerry, Mike B. and the whole crew!
If you are a member of your local club, or involved with a club and are looking for a something to model after, the FVMBA is the gold-standard of stewardship, collaboration, and dedication.
Thanks, guys!MEC Trail Donation
At every stop in the Canadian National Enduro Series we give back 10% of participant registrations to the local trail club, at select events, MEC matches our 10% providing an extra little bit to help the clubs manage the trails. We know it's only a drop in the bucket, but if this donation helps get Ali and Kerry out working their magic, we're stoked!
At this race, we donated just over $5,400 back to the local club.Racing
Race day was an absolute beast of a day, with massive climbs and fifteen-minute stages. This course also featured a blind stage, that riders were allowed to walk, but couldn't pre-ride. We're setting the bar high for the MEC Canadian National Enduro Series and are looking forward to the next stop of the Canadian Series in Crowsnest Pass, AB.
More photos from all the photographers, James Cattanach and Scott Robarts, here.
You can find individual athlete photos on Roots and Rain as well. Check it.The CourseStage 1 | Tri Power
636m distance, 1m climb, -109m descent Stage 2 | R.E.F.R » Mongo » Acces 3 » New Mexico » Electric Lettuce » Femur
3,482m distance, 17m climb, -553m descentStage 3 | Blackforest Ham
1,712m distance, 0m climb, -419m descent Stage 4 | The den » 2cents » Skidder » Terdferg » Dilema » Parmenter Rd » Endo
5.0km distance, 25m climb, -708m descent Our Trailforks profile is hereBike Check
This week we feature Spencer Wight, he's been coming out to the events for a while and we wanted to check in, as he's soon to be getting a new bike, and it will feature a ton of Raceface upgrades. Also, his bikes are never this dirty, so we really wanted to catch this moment!Apres and Partying
This is one of the few events that had a true beer garden, fenced and full of people, we actually had to double its size since last year! Thanks to Old Yale brewing
for coming out bring the stout!Race ResultsFull Results are on Roots and RainU15 Men
1 // Ethan Shandro // 29:44
2 // Neve Abraham // 30:08
3 // Johnny Helly // 32:06U21 Men
1 // Elliot Jamieson // 29:21
2 // Carter Woods // 29:25
3 // Rhys Verner // 30:00U21 Women
1 // Ainhoa // 41:26
2 // Lucy // 44:56
3 // Xiola // 52:0321–29 Men
1 // Levi // 31:36
2 // Dune Casu // 32:03
3 // Jacob Larouche // 32:1430–39 Men
1 // Bob 'Freaking' Jones! // 31:33
2 // Seb Kemp // 31:55
3 // Scott Spence // 32:0840+ Men
1 // Andrew Shandro // 31:20
2 // Rich Marshall // 33:44
3 // Mike Jones // 33:54Open Women
1 // Sarah Moore // 38:37
2 // Jo Peters // 38:51
3 // Kate Whitley // 39:33Pro Women
1 // Leonie Picton // 35:40
2 // Georgia Astle // 36:03
3 // Laura Battista // 36:08Pro Men
1 // Max Leyen // 28:30
2 // Chris Johnston // 28:50
3 // Carson Eiswald // 28:51A massive thank-you to this year's series sponsors and supporters
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