Results & Video: Round #1 of the Canadian National Enduro Series in the Fraser Valley

May 15, 2018
by Ted Morton  

Race Recap: Round #1 Fraser Valley // MEC Canadian National Enduro Series presented by Intense Cycles

There are very few days on the bike that truly are perfect, it's rare to have great weather, with moist, loamy, tacky dirt. Not to mention a race weekend, as any event organizer can tell you that race weekends typically have the worst luck. Well, when you partner with what could be the best Trail Association in BC, the Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association, mother nature listens, and she shares the stoke! This day will go down in the record books for many people, as they climbed just over 2,000m of elevation, pedalling 30+ kms, to see who would be able to fend off the local hotshot Max Leyen.

Max is the 2017 MEC Canadian National Enduro Champion, and he showed everyone this weekend what Leyen Into It, is truly about, setting a blistering pace, and starting the season off right! In the Women's field, we saw Georgia Astle make somewhat of a return to Enduro racing aboard her Intense Cycles, as she dominated the Women's field and looked ever so confident doing so.

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 weekend was a doubleheader, FVMBA Vedder Classic XC on Saturday and MEC Canadian National Enduro Series presented by Intense on Sunday, with over 550 event participants between the two events, the Vedder Mountain Bike Festival is quickly becoming the best season opener in British Columbia. The Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association put in more than 800 hours of labour in the three weeks leading up to the event, as they wanted to showcase what the best trails in BC look like. The bursting beer gardens, full vendor expo area, tired legs and steep smiles, were confirmation that yup, indeed, Vedder Mountain is world-class, thanks to the efforts of the local trail association.

For those who didn't know, at every stop of the Canadian National Enduro Series, we donate 10% of racer registrations, for this race, racers contributed $2566 towards the clubs trail maintenance, and it gets even better, our partner MEC graciously supports our events by matching that donation up to $2000, resulting in a whopping, $4566 of cash going straight back into the dirt!

A special thanks to Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association!

Cultus Lake Park | Chilliwack Tourism | Old Yale Brewing | Vedder Mountain Bike Co. | Ernie Kliever | Mountain Biking BC | Meghan Jackson | Ali Chappel





Canadian National Enduro Series - Fraser Valley. May 13 2018. Photo By Scott Robarts
Vedder Mountain is located in the heart of the Fraser Valley, Chilliwack, BC.


The FVMBA and a large portion of the volunteers that make this weekend tick!



From left to right: Diana (MEC), Gary (the grandfather of the FVMBA), Ernie (past president of the FVMBA) and Kerry (builder of the infamous Kerry'd Away climbing trail), this is what community collaboration looks like, and, well, a couple beers.



The Course





Liked the course? Donate to the Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association through Trailforks!



Ainhoa ended off the day with 2nd place in U-21 women
Ainhoa is one of the fastest U21 Women enduro racers in the country, and she's putting in the work that will more than likely land her on the world stage in a few short years!


Tryin' to make his best #LeyenIntoIt impersonation



Canadian National Enduro Series - Fraser Valley. May 13 2018. Photo By Scott Robarts
Jack Menzies is on our Canadian Enduro Development Team, coached by Joel Harwood, and he is looking pinned in our custom Kazoom jersey's



RACING





If Spencer is sweating, you know it's a long day! I wonder how long that Enduro Banana lasted!


Jaw wide open, knees bowed out, looks like someone is about to get bucked off!



Jeremy Helly making short work of one of the most talked about features on Blackforest HAM, he's also been crushing the XC Highschool league!



Georgia is quick, and we're excited to see her return to the enduro series aboard her Intense Cycles! Watchout ladies!


Stu Dickson, one of Canada's fastest and most promising enduro prospects has signed with Yeti for 2018, we're looking forward to seeing this real life lumberjack aboard some podiums!



This is what it's all about, Hawaiian t-shirt, fully pinned and loving it!


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 selected a time, the person with the closest in both men and women, walked away with cold hard cash!


We love keeping the groms stoked, our youngest women's competitor, taking home a brand new Smith Session helmet as an award for competing in her first, ever, mountain bike race!


Wonder what she'll buy with her $100?!



When you see these arches, you just sit-down and keep your eyes on that $100 prize!



Livin' the Dream!




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!


Ben Arnott, took home the We Are One Rims, for swapping a tire in 1:11, be sure to check it out on social media, I'm sure someone will post the link!


This is Sarah, Sarah, had likely the worst bike in the entire race, 26" wheels, a 1" dropper from 2008, she's racing every event on this bike. The crew at Race Face, pimped her ride out, with brand new NEXT Carbon Cranks, Next Carbon Bars and a fresh sprocket and BB to boot!



Mike Boughner (Left), loves to share the stoke, he's a big-time volunteer with the FVMBA, he's always trying to fix things, so here he is giving away some Whistler Performance Lubricants to a young competitor who will likely be polishing his bike for the next 4-8weeks.


The legendary #LeyenIntoIt

RESULTS


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, Scott Robarts and Jackson Parker onsite, you can view their photos here on Pinkbike , or use Roots and Rain to purchase even more photos.

Pro Men - Max Leyen, Matt Beer, Carson Eiswald

Pro Women - Gerogia Astle, Laura Battista, Jennifer McHugh

Open Women - Kirsty Stormer, Angeline McKirdy, Megan O'Brien

40+ Men - Shane Jensen, Jeffrey Beeston, Jamie Lemay

30-39 - Steve Storey, Bob Jobes, Mitchell Thacker

21-29 Men - Spencer Skerget, Jacob Larouche, Matt Bolton

U21 Men - Kasper Wooley, Evan Wall (CNES Development Team, Carter Krasny (CNES Development Team)

U15 Men - Jakob Jewett, Johnny Helly (CNES Development Team), Haydyn Wynter

U21 Women - Julia Long (CNES Development Team), Ainhoa Ijukro (CNES Development Team), Lucy Schick (CNES Development Team)


VOLUNTEERING

If you're keen to volunteer, register here as a volunteer

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

Until next time, be like Postie Pat and ride your little bike as fast as you can!


The Canadian National Enduro Series 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 shuttle, a beer or a spare tube!

Need something? More information?

• Visit our Website
• Athlete Inquires & Volunteer Information | Will Cadham admin@bcenduro.com
• All other inquiries | ted@bcenduro.com (Event Director)


MENTIONS: @SmithOptics / @raceface / @CLIF


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11 Comments

  • + 11
 Hi Everyone. I was one of the photographers on course, you can find all of my photos here at the link below. Feel free to download and share. Cheers! Scott

www.pinkbike.com/u/srobarts/album/Canadian-National-Enduro-Series---Fraser-Valley-2018
  • + 2
 Scott. You the man....thanks again!
  • + 13
 had a bad stage? just crash into the timing system and get it cancelled Big Grin
  • + 2
 That was done by vote, and the majority voted for it. I think the lesson learnt will be on sensor placement. PS. Quit whining, this race was awesome.
  • + 3
 Yes it was voted on by the category, majority said just drop the stage! Exactly what duggles said, quit whining the race was sick!!
  • + 3
 That wasn't Emmy's first race...........maybe her first Enduro........or first National race.
  • + 1
 I'm 98% sure I saw a PB article on the race with a comment with a link to professional photos. Photos were marked and you couldn't screen shot them. Can't find it anymore. They cost at least $20 though.
  • + 2
 Seeing Gary's laughing face made my day, and made me miss my time with the @FVMBA.
  • + 1
 Remember really "tucking it out" sensing a few photographers on course....anyone hear anything on photos yet?
  • + 1
 They only have ONE rock!?!?!?? Lol

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