Race Recap: Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series, Presented by Smith

May 29, 2016
by Ted Morton  
Cariboo Time

In this day and age, the keyboard warrior is well worried about threat; their negativity and constant barrage of complaints can sometimes seem daunting. What's worse, is although they often hide behind their keyboard, we all know of that one or two people in our communities who spread their cancerous thoughts throughout.

Luckily there exists a place in BC, where you still meet at the shop, 6:00pm for a ride, no one heckles your kit, they don't care if you're late and will always welcome you with a cold one; even if you don't drink or are gluten free, they'll still toss you one, it's their kind of way of saying, "Hey, welcome aboard".

Welcome to Williams Lake, home of what could be the most interesting bike shop in BC, the most flowy trails in the province and a mountain-bike community that embraces anyone with two wheels and a heart beat. Elitists, egos, and self-righteousness are checked once you cross the town border. You're now on Cariboo time.

Last weekend, the crew from Red Shred's Bike and Board Shed, graciously hosted round number three of the Osprey BC Enduro Series, presented by Smith with support from the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium and the Puddle Bike Club.

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  Williams Lake is a special place, it's been primarily a resource town, but that's changing, Williams Lake is the only destination in the BC Enduro Series, that the Mayor sent in a letter of support! How cool is that!

Red Shreds and the Puddle Bike Club

Mark Savard is the owner of Red Shred's Bike and Board Shed, selfless is the best word to describe Mark, people always say it, but it's true. He literally wants everyone to just have fun, if that means organizing shuttles out of his own pocket, or encouraging people to chug beers and eat cold hot dogs, he's game.

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  If you want to know how to make mountain biking happen in your community. Give Mark a call, he'll likely tell you to be positive, have a good time and help people
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Mark has been running his bike shop since before I was born, in 1987 he went legit and got a brick and mortar store, he never looked back. Red Shred's is likely the only bike shop in BC that everyone knows, unanimously loved, and only visit once or twice a beer (whoops, I mean year, yeah, 'year). If you need anything in Williams lake, from accommodation, a truck part for you 1975 Dodge, rock climbing tips, or dental work, or just life advice, Mark and his crew will not only give you the house phone of the person to help you, they'll stop everything they are doing to give you a hand.

Another champion that helped make this race possible was Bryon Black of the Puddle Bike Club, he worked tirelessly days before the event to help course mark, crush beers and give us true Cariboo Hospitality. Bryon also visited the podium on both days, all while holding down a family and taking a few a days off from work!

One thing is for certain, come to the Cariboo and Williams Lake, you'll be greeted with a smile, tossed a cold beer and given the ear of a real-life, human being.

Thanks to everyone in Williams Lake for showing us what the Shangri-La of Mountain Biking looks like.

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  Classic Cariboo Style, Rasta Colours and a Party. Missing from the photo is Megan Chustkoff, she was integral in helping with volunteers and everything Mexican, from the Taco Fiesta to the Margarita Station.

Let's Get to RACING

This race we went back to our routes, hosting a two-day event. Day one was NOT FOR POINTS, it was about having fun in the woods and riding some fast, loose trails!

DAY 1


DAY 2

This was the real race, people originally were scared about losing a finger on the ridiculously tight trees, but once they found the flow, only laughter slowed them down!


Race Video Courtesy of @Bazosh

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Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
   Day 1, started 30 Minutes outside of town, no cell reception, just bikes!

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  When a trail has a name like Soo Long, with the description being "To Fraser River", just shut-up and enjoy the ride!

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  The top of the stage punished riders with some real grunts, but the reward was given, this sign, made by the lovely Bryon Black, was a welcome sight.

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  Carter Krasny, his dad is one of the most positive people I've ever met and he's been shredding with The Nomads, Chris and Dylan, it's starting to show!

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  Load em' up! Riders were given a 40-minute shuttle back up to Stage two

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  The first time we've ever had a dog entered into one of our races. This is Sky, she placed 4th in Open Women, she likely would've been on the podium, but when she crossed the finish line, she saw a marmot. Scott (her human) is a local shredder too!

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  Another week, another Helly on the Podium. The Helly boys have been slaying the U15 Podium. On day one, both brothers were on the podium, the older brother Jeremy (pictured here) did his best to try and better his younger brother, but Johnny was fastest on this day. Johnny's time would have put him in 4th in Pro Men. He's only 13...

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  I see flowwww!!! Stage 1, AK-89

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  Jeremy Stowards, one of the rowdiest/fastest locals, deploying the air scoop and letting the #longhairdon'tcare attitude flourish, on his way to a podium spot both days. On the gas through Stage three, Shuttlebunny

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  Jordan Hodder, giving the hardtail a work-out.

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  Harrison is more genuine than a pair of Levi's. No foot dabs necessary when you're this clean.

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  Chris Johnston is a remarkable person because he's never stopped chasing his dreams. He's also an absolute brother, who wants nothing more than to ride his bike. He was the last person out a Desous riding on Saturday Night, because he just couldn't get enough. He chose to forgo the extra practice and just 'ride his bike'. Here he detonates a corner on Stage five, Free-One.

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  When your nickname is Shreddi...

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  Cariboo transfer stages are almost as a good as the race stages.

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  Taylor was having way too much fun in the tight, twists of Stage three

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  With over 30 Women registered, it was a close race, Sierra having way too much fun on the off-camber stage four!

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  Leroy, breathing deep as he dodges yet another tree. There was quite a bit of pedalling on all the stages. I bet Leroy is dreaming about his dirt-bikes.

Photographers

Mucho respect to the men behind the lens:

James Cattanach photos are here and here
Kent Bernadet photos are 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!

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  Thanks to the Laughing Loon, for letting us take over your establishment on a fine Sunday evening!

OSPREY FEATS OF STRENGTH

This week's feat of strength. Grab a partner, they hold the cup and pour from behind, you chug! You can't #ridethecariboo without chugging at least one beer!

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  Megan C. helping a friend, while Stu Dickson clearly is asking for more throttle!

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OSPREY FASTEST AMATEUR 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.

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
  Kipp Fennell, taking the fastest amateur time this weekend, and being the first amateur over 30 this year! Aging like a fine wine!

BC Enduro Series Bike Check

One of the best parts about being at the events is checking out all of the goods! So, I figured that we should show you what the riders are well, riding. So at each race, we'll feature one of our racer's bikes.

This week it's James Rennie of Red Dog Racing!

Williams Lake - Osprey BC Enduro Series Presented by Smith - Round Three 2016
Bike is a 2016 Kona Process 153DL, size large. Featuring the awesome Nobl 33mm rims laced to Nobl hubs, the rear hub is a game changer! Suspension is Rock Shox Pike 160mm 70psi, 1 token, 4 compression, 9 rebound. Rear is Fox RC4 coil with 450 spring. 750mm bars, Maxxis Highroller 2 front, and rear, brakes run the correct way round. I run 22psi in the Front and 26psi in the rear. Chamois only on race days! Editor's note (That's James on the podium backdrop behind him, he was the winner of the 2015 BC Enduro Series

RESULTS

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To view series results check them out on Roots and Rain

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U15 MEN
Pos No. Name Team Time
1st Carter Woods | 00:21:06
2nd Elliot Jamieson | Fox Racing Shox / Maxxis / KORE | 00:21:12
3rd Neve Abraham | Commercial bikes/Fox Head/100%/CHromag/ Pemby Bike | 00:21:16

U21
1st Patrick Ladyman | 00:20:44
2nd Conrad Murdoch Santa Cruz, Race Face, Smith Optics | 00:20:52
2nd Carter Krasny Santa Cruz | 00:20:52

21-29 MEN
1st Curtis Bennett | 00:20:18
1st Bryan Gregory | Kinetik Cycles | 00:20:18
3rd Joel McLay | 00:20:39

30-39 MEN
1st Kipp Fennell | 00:20:14
2nd Anthony Boussetta | Endless Biking | 00:20:27
3rd Michael Watt | 00:20:41

40+ MEN
1st Bryon Black | Red Shreds | 00:20:31
2nd Rich Marshal | 00:21:22
3rd Andy Moore | Endless Biking | 00:21:39

U21 WOMEN
1st Jennifer McTavish | Ryders Eyewear, Chromag | 00:25:06
2nd Keeley Wentzel | 00:26:35
3rd Emily Williams | 00:30:53

OPEN WOMEN
1st Emily Slaco | Pemberton Bike Co. Lapierre Bikes, OneUp | 00:22:27
2nd Leonie Picton | LIV Giant, Arbutus Routes | 00:22:41
3rd Christina Charpetta | 00:22:47

PRO MEN
1st Stu Dickson | Devinci/NRG | 00:19:06
2nd Paul Rohner | Barking Spider Mountainbike | 00:19:10
3rd Cory Brunelle | red shreds | 00:19:12

Kamloops
This weekend we're heading to Williams Lake, for some very very fast trails
•$20 Camping at the lodge
•Wine Tasting on Saturday Night with a food truck!
•Beer from Red Collar Brewing
•Coffee from Reservoir Coffee Co.

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!

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

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• Volunteer Information | admin@bcenduro.com (Diana)
• All other inquiries | ted@bcenduro.com (Event Director)

SMITH ENDURO Osprey BC Enduro Series North Vancouver Course Release

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10 Comments

  • + 6
 Williams lake looks like it has a very positive and healthy bike scene. On my bucket list of places in BC to shredd.
  • + 0
 Yep, I'd like to head up there at some point as well.
  • + 2
 @jayacheess: highly recommended. Such a good time!
  • + 4
 Such a great article ! What a fun race, what a great weekend ! Williams Lake definitely my favourite place now !!
  • + 1
 Yep, awesome little write up!
  • + 3
 You mentioned "free beer" enough times in the article that these guys are going to need to buy a liquor store.
  • + 2
 Awesome coverage, the video edit was really good. Nice way to showcase the trails, makes me regret not riding there when I lived in PG.
  • + 3
 Guys at the barking spider bike shop are cool dudes!
  • + 1
 Great write up Ted! Perfectly sums up the local scene and the action from the weekend. Can't wait to do it again!
  • + 1
 Im so bummed that i missed this race!!!

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