Golden: Osprey BC Enduro Series, Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap

Jul 20, 2016
by Ted Morton  
SMITH ENDURO | Golden

This round was Smith Optics sponsored race, they support the entire series, but choose one race on the East and one on the West that gets them stoked and we couldn't agree more.

What started out as an ambitious goal--to race the never before raced T4 Ridge--truly caught some people's attention. Unfortunately, the 5 days leading up to the race were plagued with torrential downpours. The original goal of sending riders down the T4 Ridge into LSD was culled, so instead we headed into the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for a true 'DownDuro', minimal climbing, maximum competition.

*Race Directors Note
I really want to thank all the participants and the community of Golden for their patience and understanding. As an event organizer, your goal is always to maximum fun and create the best possible experience. However, as a fellow mountain biker and secretary of the club in Kamloops, I'm always conscious of the race's impact to the local trails. I understand that anytime you ride a trail, you've in one way or another left your mark on that trail. Trails are ephemeral and the inherent result from riding them is to expedite this. Ultimately, the decision we made was to cancel the original course and keep the entire race in the Kicking Horse Bike Park, where the results from the race can be better managed.

A massive thanks to Ryan and Emile at KHMR, they were so accommodating in our short notice switch over to the bike park and they extended a warm welcome to allow the event to still be a hit! David Gagnon from Higher Ground Sports was crucial in this, as his connections with the community helped ensure that we had a great course despite the weather!

Thanks to the Higher Ground crew for hosting round number three of the OSPREY BC Enduro Series (BCES) EAST, presented by Smith Optics at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden.
- Megan.


Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  The Revy Boys + Jose and Flo. Likely debating how many litres of Diesel it takes to get to Banff and back.

Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  Golden, BC - "Every mountain-top is in reach, if you just keep climibing" - Barry Finlay

Let's Get to Racing!
The race was supposed to take place ion the T4 Ridge - that was the plan at least - and as such, full-face helmets were mandatory for all racers. But we had to run a *weather alternative* route to not cause undue damage to the sensitive trails. So the actual race course was:

1) Northern Lights
T1) Excalibur
2) Rockgarden > it's a ten > chute to view> home run> it's a ten> showdown
T2) Road
3) Upper krazy pants
T3) Road
4) Superberm

Thanks to Higher Ground Sports and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for being so accommodating. Big thanks to Golden Cycling Club for their patience!


Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  It's always harder to wake up in the morning when it's raining.

Race Photos

Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  Stu Dickson - Dorito lover, PETA Supporter, ex-Tacoma Pilot and all around GC. Stu recently volunteered at the Trans BC as a marshal and course sweep. He timed himself on few stages, he won them all, blind and tired, by many seconds. I'd swipe right for that.

Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  Kicking Horse Alpine is real. One of the highest bike parks in Canada!

Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  Evan Wall, into the expansiveness of KHMR.

Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  DH Tuck for the DH Trails.

Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  Osprey Athlete - Dave Harder, jackknifing the front wheel in some sort of lunar test field.

Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  'Dude, it must be the eleveation'.

Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  Tubes and Flats - Oh how lovely alpine rocks in the bike park are.

Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  So much for looking where you're going. Shaums March would have some great commentary for this one.

Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  Bro, it comes in Camo!

Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  Finish line and still some more time for Bike Park Laps!

Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  Teegan, just waiting for any opportunity to lay in a puddle.

Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  Pan shots make me feel good.

Photographers
Mucho respect to the men behind the lens.
James Cattanach photos are here and here.

The After Party
We always like to down a few beers, throw some high-fives, and B&*-S^%T about why we didn't come first, and part of the Osprey BC Enduro Series experience is doing this with two-hundred of your best friends!

Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  Andy Bostock, never frowns when he's going down. In his natural habit. At the Rockwater Bar and Grill.

Osprey Amatuer Fastest Time
Osprey Packs is handing out a hydration pack to the fastest amateur time at every race. This Viper 9 Hydration Pack, going home to a ridiculously fast amateur.

Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  Evan Wall, adding to his collection

Results

Full Results: Click Here
To view series results check them out on Roots and Rain

U15 Men
Pos No. Name Team Time
1st 152 Mateo Massitti | 00:15:29
2nd 132 Shane Orban | 00:16:45
3rd 134 Bailey Petersen | Calgary Cycle | 00:18:01

U21
1st 151 Evan Wall | Giant Bicycles / Ridley's Cycle | 00:15:11
2nd 143 Andreas Massitti | Knolly | 00:15:40
3rd 145 Jacob Tooke | Olympia Cycle and Ski, Smith Optics | 00:15:43

21-29 Men
1st 162 Flo Steezy | 00:15:44
2nd 119 Mitchell Mason | #KaisThugLife | 00:16:13
3rd 128 Zach Singer | 00:16:19
Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  Flo Steezy, braking bikes and crushing podiums.

30-39 Men
1st 80 Pierre-Alexandre Couture | Higher Ground Mountain Sports | 00:15:50
2nd 79 Jean-Francois Labrecque | Derailed | 00:15:58
3rd 153 Brady Starr | Starrtrail Solutions | 00:15:59

40+ Men
1st 54 Shane Kroeger | Derailed Enduro Racing | 00:15:18
2nd 156 Reg Mullett | Raceface, NOBL, Calgary Cycle | 00:15:23
3rd 38 andy bostock | higher ground sports | 00:15:41

U21 Women
1st 136 Sena Odyakmaz | Outside Radbike | 00:20:45

Open Women
1st 29 Julie Marshall | Derailed Enduro Racing | 00:16:58
2nd 158 Megan Rose | 00:17:24
3rd 157 Jennifer McHugh | 00:17:26

Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  Good to see these ladies back on the podium, watch out Aspen!

Pro Men
1st 6 Stu Dickson | Devinci Cycles / NRG | 00:14:43
2nd 1 David Harder | Cube bikes, Nobl, NRG, Ospreypacks, Raceface | 00:14:45
2nd 148 Yannik Schulz | Higher Ground Mountain Sports 00:14:45
3rd Nick Quinn

Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  Notice the young gun on the podium - Yannick - He's 17 and was lucky enough to claim the pro podium at this week's race, landing him alongside Dave Harder as he tied for second

Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  Thanks to Smith for supporting this race with a whole bunch of prizes, here is a prize that went to a lucky person who had never raced before!

Thanks

Massive thanks to those that helped make this stop one to remember and who provided some awesome volunteer incentives!

• Cam at IGA Golden
• Off the Wall
• Bean Bag Coffee
• Element Therapeutic
• Cedar House
• Bacchus Books and Cafe
• Jita's Cafe
• Kicking Horse Resort
• Rockwater Grill and Bar

Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  Flo Steezy - A big thanks to Flo, the Kiwi/Boarder renting my spare bedroom, when I broke my knee a few weeks back, he selflessly offered up to help out at the races, he's always got a smile on, and always spools up a great yarn.

A massive thank-you to this year's series sponsors and supporters
• And anyone who Volunteered with us and anyone who helped with a shuttle, a beer or a spare tube!

Rossland
In two weeks we are heading to Rossland for the first round of the Canadian National Enduro Championships (CNEC). This event is hosted by cycle eye coaching - Ryan Kuhn and supported by Tourism Rossland and Red Mountain Resort. Expect:
• Free Camping at the Base of Red Resort
• Discount on lodging at Red Resort

We Need Help!
We're always looking for parents, girlfriends/boyfriends or injured riders to help out!
What you'll get:
• Jersey
• Lunch
• Post-race meal and drink
• Discount entry on any other race, for you or for a friend/kid/dog
Contact Diana: admin@bcenduro.com

Need Something?! More Information?
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• Athlete Inquires | athletes@bcenduro.com
• Volunteer Information | admin@bcenduro.com (Diana)
• All other inquiries | ted@bcenduro.com (Event Director)

SMITH ENDURO Osprey BC Enduro Series North Vancouver Course Release

#SMITHisMTB #TheExperienceIsEverything #OspreyPacks #BCEnduro #BCES #BCEnduroSeries / @bcenduroseries / www.facebook.com/bcenduroseries

Golden Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith Optics - Race Recap
  Prize toss - Watchout for the Sprockets!


MENTIONS: @bcenduroseries




17 Comments

  • 12 2
 My kind of Enduro, 328m Climb, 1378m Down
  • 3 3
 This is my kind of thinking too, therefore I sold all bike bikes and bought a stable of e-bikes, I have a Levo, an electric DH bike and an electric fat bike. I have been taking all of the KOMs in my area and will never again buy a regular "wimp" bike.
  • 2 1
 @bikerguy24: Your comment is a hell of a read
  • 1 2
 @bikerguy24: Congratulations you are no longer a Mountain Biker. Now go away!
  • 7 2
 Normally when there is a tie for second place. There is no 3rd place finished? After all, that person was the 4th fastest.
  • 3 5
 Mmmmm... I think you fail to grasp the concept of a tie.
  • 4 0
 @Golden-G: No he's right. If two people are tied for second, either one could be second or third, and then the next person is 4th. But I suppose with semi-pro or amateur racing like this, they just bump everyone up a position. At the end of the day, it's all for fun Smile
  • 1 0
 @rmalexan: I get that its for fun. Its not a big deal I just thought it was odd. A good example would be if two people tied for 2nd at an olympics. No bronze medal would be awarded. The only time 4 people end up on the podium is when there is a tie for Bronze.
  • 2 0
 Do yourself a favor and go to one of Megan's races, they're are professionally run, by great people and an awesome time ! Trans BC is still replaying in my head as I sit here in my office !
  • 2 0
 It was a lot of fun! Huge thanks to the organizers.
  • 2 0
 Loads of fun. Thanks Ted and Meghan. You guys made a good call.
  • 2 1
 Ted must have written the photo captions. He's still trying to get Stu a lady.
  • 2 1
 Yannick is 17!!! This guy has a bright future ahead of him. Keep shredding! Braaaaaaap!
  • 2 0
 Fantastic photos.
  • 1 0
 GC's all around!
  • 1 4
 Great photos. Bad captions. "...never frowns when he's going down" WTF does that mean?
  • 5 0
 Don't know where your mind is at, but, I'm referring to that he's never upset when he's riding his bike downhill. Tough Crowd...

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