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Video & Race Report: Canadian Enduro Series - Panorama, BC

Sep 1, 2021
by Canadian Enduro  



Race Recap: Round #1 2021 Norco Canadian Enduro Series presented by Smith at Panorama Mountain Resort.

Enduro Racing is alive and well! Panorama Resort is a staple on the Norco Canadian Enduro Series calendar and was actually the last venue we hosted a race at before COVID began. It's been just over two years since riders were here and the resort treated everyone like royalty including a brand new trail!

In what was originally planned to be a massive weekend for riders, with over 2100m of climbing, however, Interior Health came in in the eleventh hour with new restrictions. Our event team pivoted quickly which meant the original event was split into four separate races. With an AM and PM race on both Saturday and Sunday, the race was shortened to 3 stages. Two stages within the bike park and one stage on the opposite side of the valley, where none other than 'Jose the Legend' has spent countless hours building 'Jose Corners' to treat the rider to some real technical difficulty.

There was no easing into this weekend. Riders climbed up through the bike park to the start of Stage 1, Moosepowder to Sanchez. The 2.9km stage had riders concentrating 100% from the get go - not your typical bike park trail as it has steep offcamber sections, berms, roots and finishes on a fast and flowy blue trail.

After a short climb to the top of Stage 2, riders faced very different style of trail. Rubber Chicken is a very natural, raw trail. Riders had to be on their game ensuring they hit braking points and carried speed through some of the awkward turns. Although only on the other side of the valley, the trail features very different terrain with moon-like dust. Plenty of riders fell victim to this change in grip and trail style.

Next up, a quick Mile 1 chairlift ride took riders to the start of Stage 3. Denalis(aka Slabasuarus) was a riders dream. Thanks to Tucker, Luke and everyone who helped make this trail a reality! Although this stage was within the bike park, the brand new trail featured loam like you have never seen before and a rock slab that had some riders living on the danger line. The perfect way to finish a race the weekend.

This weekend proved just why the mountain bike community is so epic! A huge thank you to all the racers, volunteers, parents, medics, media crew, Panorama Resort crew and everyone else that was so patient and understanding while we worked through the challenges. You are all epic!



Stay tuned this week as we relive this epic enduro weekend on Facebook and Instagram.




A special thanks to:

Maryse Dazé | Panorama Mountain Village | RSTBC | Kicking Horse Coffee | Jason Simpson | Jose Letlier | Grant Silverthorne | The Baggot Family | Invermere Panorama Tourism | Panorama Trail Crew |

For those who didn't know, at every stop of the Canadian National Enduro Series, we donate 10% of racer registrations back to the hosting area. This cash goes straight back into the dirt and helps ensure the trails live on long after the races.

Every rider at the races was treated to a special gift from Norco Bicycles to say Thank-You for supporting racing in Canada!

Panorama goodness.


Masks on ladies and gentlemen.



Stage 1




Lets get this party started! Riders had to climb up through the bike park on their way to stage 1.


The chute on stage 1 saw its fair share of carnage over the course of the weekend.


Florencia Espineira charging through Stage 1. Flo was in a tight battle all day long for the Pro Women's win.


It was all just a blur. How good is it to be back racing!


The track was running mint!


Max Leyen looked strong right from the get go.


Michelle Walker tackling Stage 1 with ease. She volunteered and raced!



Kids these days. Always time for some style.

Meya Museau tackled Stage 1 with confidence.


Stage 2



The views from the top of Stage 2 aren't bad.


Conditions on Stage 2 were a stark contrast to the rest of the day.



Rhys Blair coming in hot. 3rd Place, Stage 2 U15.


The views... HOW GOOD!


Yep Stage 2 was dusty!


Peter Wojnar. You've all seen his videos, but have you seen him shred?


Stage 3



A huge thank you also has to go out to Luke Partridge and Tucker Braund for their incredible work on Slabasuarus. Cheers for an epic trail guys!

Tucker not only builds a mean trail but shreds on a bike to!

Stage 3, lets gooo!

The rock is real!

Cody Marshal of SMRT Tent has been racing for only three years. He finally captured an elusive top-ten result, looking forward to seeing him on the top spot this year!

Pinkbikes very own Tom Bradshaw had an impressive weekend taking 3rd in Pro Men.

Loammmmm.

Emily Williams navigating the loam and exposed roots on Stage 3.

Results



Full Results can be found here.


Who was going to take top spot?

U21 Women, saw Sophia all the way from Powell River take the top spot, promising futures in the EWS for all.

Pro Women - Laura Battista, Florencia Espineira, Jennifer Makgill

Pro Men - Max Leyen, Daniel Shaw, Tom Bradshaw

If you're looking for photo's, we had the pleasure of having James Cattanach, Lindsay Donovan, Steve Shannon, Alex Jackson and videographer Aedan Skinner onsite. You can view their photos here, or use Roots and Rain to purchase even more epic shots from this weekends media crew.

VOLUNTEERING
If you're keen to volunteer for future, register your interest here.

Massive thanks to all our volunteers, you are the backbone of the racing community!

See you all in Sun Peaks for Round 2 in a few weeks time.


The 2021 Norco Canadian National Enduro Series Presented by SMITH is supported by:


A massive thank-you to this year's series sponsors and supporters and anyone who volunteered with us and anyone who helped with a hi-five, a beer or a spare tube!

Need something? More information?

• Visit our Website
• Athlete Inquires & Volunteer Information | Brooke Hanson admin@bcenduro.com (Event Manager)
• All other inquiries | Matt Hollbrook matt@canadianenduro.com (Owner / Event Director)


MENTIONS: @norcobicycles / @SmithOptics



9 Comments

  • 5 0
 Kudos to the 'On your feet' thinking of the organizers to keep the event alive in the 11th hour; I sincerely appreciated it!
  • 3 0
 The fact you guys could put it together and get approval on such a short timeline is a logistical triumph. Put that one on your resumes for years to come. Ha!
  • 4 0
 Great event everyone, was a lot of fun!
  • 4 0
 Yeah Powell River! Way to go Sophia....
  • 1 0
 Really tough year to successfully pull off organizing an enduro race. You guys did a great job of 'adapting' to the new environment and looks like it was a fantastic event! Looking forward to 2022!
  • 2 0
 Thanks for the awesome weekend of racing and pulling it together at the last minute !
  • 2 0
 Thanks for an amazing weekend and making it happen! Organizers crushed it
  • 1 0
 PR Girl getting it done!!
  • 1 0
 Looking forward to Panorama next weekend.

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