Just like that, the first ever Bombshell Solstice Enduro has come and gone! The weekend was filled with lots of smiles, good trails, and a bunch of ladies that shred! Some rainfall throughout the week kept the trails in excellent condition and the stoke level was high all day.
The race was held on the trails of Kalamalka Provincial Park in small-town Vernon BC. The course consisted of 5 stages, each with their own challenge. 134 racers from as far as Prince George, Calgary, and the Sunshine Coast descended on Vernon to enjoy a day riding with friends and shredding the steep, technical loam and rock.
This was a women-only event, with a super positive atmosphere. I was reminded of the fun and stoke of Wade's Excellent Adventure
back in 2010. I asked Niki Peletz (7th in Elite) what she liked most about the day: "The race atmosphere, (was) similar to the Revy women's enduro last year: everyone is very encouraging, its more about the food stations and camaraderie than the timed descents".
Christina Acton, who raced the Open category talked about her favourite stage: "Definitely the last stage, stage 5. It had a little bit of everything in that stage, (there was) loose, loose stuff (and) then it got really fast in the middle and rocky at the bottom, and it was really awesome to just end on the beach".
Christina's favourite part of the day: "There were some really awesome volunteers out there, the margarita station was excellent! It was nice to see the locals, some of them couldn’t even ride those trails (but) they came out anyway to support the race and that was awesome... We’re getting off the shuttle bus and someone says ‘lets go get it ladies!’ and everyone’s cheering".
With all the fun, there was still serious racing to be done. When the dust settled, Lindsey Corrigan took the win in Elite, with Jill Nahm topping Open, and Jaelinn Farmer taking gold in U21. The Open category was surprisingly large, with 119 finishers.
A big shout out to the volunteers who came out and braved mosquitos to make the event so much fun. Also many thanks to the North Okanagan Cycling society for keeping those trails in mint condition, they do a ton of work in Kal Park and throughout Vernon. And of course, Deana Francks and Melanie Edwards, the organizers who pulled the whole thing together!
The following amazing sponsors kept the wheels turning on this event:Liv-Giant
Sun Country Cycle
Olympia Cycle and Ski
Alexander's Beach Pub
Kalavida Surf Shop
Rail Trail Cafe
Okanagan Springs Brewery
Buy Low Foods
I.Q, Film & Vinyl Specilaists Ltd
South End Spine & Sports
Jackson Parker / Niall Pinder