Race Recap: MEC Canadian National Enduro Championship presented by Intense Cycles
This weekend we hosted the first ever true championship, a one-day event to determine who is the fastest enduro rider in Canada. No one was faster than Emily Slaco and Remi Gauvin!
Panorama Resort brought the ruckus with more than 3700m of descending! This race was a true mix of terrain that tested riders at every turn, sidehill and steep section. Every stage was unique; riders raced down fresh-cut loam trails, before embarking from the alpine down an 8km high-speed single-track, then off to stage three which was the gnarliest section of the course, utilizing terrain that is often left out in DH races due to its steep and continuous nature. They were then brought outside of the ski area to a new trail built by a local racer Jose, this long sidehill track challenged riders mental strength. This is the toughest mountain bike course at Panorama Mountain Resort.
A 7-stage race is no easy day on the bike, and it's not very easy on your bike either! The crew at the MEC Mechanic Tent serviced more than 200 bikes throughout Saturday and Sunday!
Needless to say, this event will become a highlight of the summer and if you've never ridden at Panorama Resort, you need to make it out here this summer. They have some of the longest descents, best dirt and an absolutely stoked trail crew, that is solidifying them as a world-class riding destination.
This year we are switching our race recaps up a bit, we'll be posting a brief recap after the event, so stay tuned midweek for our new video series chronicling the local communities that we visit, in partnership with Mountain Biking BC.TRAIL LOVE
This event was unique in that we were at a resort, typically people think that bike parks are all smooth, green, flow-trails. Well, the Panorama Trail Crew truly believe in keeping the adventurous spirit of the Columbia Valley alive. Their crew works hard to build hand-cut lines that take you away from the monotony of the current bike-park scene. Have you ever ridden a hand-built loam trail in a resort? Yeah, Panorama has that!
What's even more unique, is that for this event we linked trails at the resort with one just outside, where a team of locals worked tirelessly over the last 8 weeks to put the finishing touches on a few very important bridges. Shout out to Simon, Darcy and Jose for their dedication and expertise. Also a massive thanks to Owen, Jason, Jeremy and the whole trial team at Panorama! Special mention to the Admin team at Pano, they're hardcore/dedicated riders, so cheers to Amy, Clarissa, Jason, Pat, Andrew, Maryse etc, for bringing together an event that helped bring the most amount of riders to Panorama since 2013!
For this weekend, we donated $1950 to the trails at Panorama, our gracious partners at MEC kicked in another $1950 to the trail club in Invermere, the Columbia Valley Cycling Society, and finally, we kept the stoke alive with another $1200 towards the lower NWJ trail!
A special thanks to Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association!
Invermere Panorama Tourism | Panorama Resort | Red Collar Brewing | Mountain Biking BC | Jose Letelier | Kicking Horse Coffee | RSTBC
Liked the course? Wanna ride it? Check out the Panorama Mountain Resort and Invermere websies.
SMITH THRILLS AND SPILLS - Timed Descent
At every event, we pick a stage, and come up with a creative way for someone to win $100, for this race, we gave the award to the SLOWEST male and female on Stage 2!
These events are more than just racing, it's about having an adventure with your crew and in some cases, winning some sweet, sweet, prizing!
We had an error on stage three, when two riders in the pro category (on separate occasions), crashed into the timing controller, as such, we went ahead and dropped the third stage for the Pro Men and Pro Women.You can find the full results here.
If you're looking for photos, we had the pleasure of having James Cattanach on the mirrors, you can view their photos here on Pinkbike
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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! Need something? More information?
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