Race Recap: Risk and Reward - Retallack Enduro

Sep 11, 2015
by Ted Morton  
 
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BC Enduro KR Enduro Finale - Retallack BC

If Whistler is the Disney Land of mountain biking, Retallack Lodge is surely the Red Light District of Amsterdam. Imagine all of your guiltiest vices; endless singletrack, steep roots, manicured berms, groomed jumps, 6 kegs of Bad Tattoo Beer, technical alpine descents and the most expansive views of true Canadian wilderness. This is Retallack.

Retallack isn't a bike park, it isn't a trail network and it most definitely isn't a place for a Sunday ride. This is a place to experience real MOUNTAIN biking. When you play in the mountains you only hope that the reward is worth the risk. Welcome to the Retallack Enduro.

The BC Enduro Series worked extensively with Mike Kinrade and the Retallack crew to create the most unique race of the season. Think of a start-line at 2500m, a trail with a section called Spastic Colon, Rain, Mud, Lightning, Snow, long Hike-a-bikes, Bottomless Beer and a bit of controversy and you can just start to think of what you missed out on.

Results are here.

BC Enduro KR Enduro Finale - Retallack BC

"The event almost ended before it began. During course marking we constantly had to ask ourselves, is this too much!?"

Retallack (Peak Course Marking for BCES)

Posted by BC Enduro Series on Thursday, September 3, 2015


We had riders sending messages asking for stages to be removed, refusing to ride and asking us to consider people's well-being. It was something as organizers we toiled with. Do we send people on an adventure of a life-time or should we be conservative. My soul is happy and my hand is sore from high-fives. We chose adventure.

We only had two rules: No strava, No GPSing.

A massive thank-you to this year's series sponsors:
Osprey Packs
Kazoom
Steam Donkey
Alpine Stars / @AlpinestarsMTB
Race Face / @raceface
Pinkbike
Bond Training
Smith Optics / @SmithOptics
Bean Around The World
Fouriers
Action Sports Clinic
Anyone who Volunteered with us and anyone who helped with a shuttle, a beer or a spare tube!

And of course those that support the Retallack Lodge Enduro Event: NRG Enterprises in Nelson, Bad Tattoo Brewery in Penticton, Sacred Rides in Nelson (they kept of lot of riders in the race during the weekend with mid course repairs), Devin that was MC'ing all weekend, and of course Mike Kinrade and all the trail builders and staff at Retallack Lodge.

The Course - This race was a blind race. Scary.

Stage 1 - Riders were allowed to hike the trail prior to racing it. This left a few riders with stains in their pants and a lot of messages left on mom's voicemail. But in the end, all of the riders ate some concrete and hardened up. This was one of the gnarliest sections of trail. Evan Wall JR U19 Champion's instagram post: "Made it to Retallack last night and got to walk some bits of stage one, by far some of the gnarliest sections of trail I've seen in the @bc_enduro_series races, and I couldn't be more stoked!"

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  Evan Guthrie, XC World Cup racer, loving the extra suspension on his Norco Range as he gets spicy on Stage 1!

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  Quentin Emeriau styling down the wet and slippery roots of stage one. This stage was loose, it was an absolute treat to see riders and their survival smiles at the end of the stage. The crux to the stage was a very, very slippery wooden bridge, right at the end of the stage. Next year, we'll be adding some grip on that feature.

Good times at the BC Enduro Series last weekend, I wish I'd recorded more of those to tell our journey! Smile

Posted by Quentin Emeriau on Tuesday, September 8, 2015



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  Tara going full-enduro on the bridge. Never go full enduro. Never.

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  Adam Craig and I had an interesting conversation about blind racing. He's a big fan and definitely knows how to hold the throttle wide-open. He'll be at the Single Speed Cyclocross World Champs defending his beer...I mean title.

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  That's a well earned smile, should have seen her crushing the last chute!

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  The Canmore/Banff Crew, why are they smiling, while pushing their bikes? 6000ft Descent. Not to mention that they are all regulars on the podium and were finishing at the lodge, where they were staying. Benefits of staying at the lodge, sharing some laughs with the trail crew, a hot-tub, seared tuna, lamb shanks, single malt scotch.

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  Marty is a ski-guide and quite the bike pilot. If he's stoked, you know that there must have been some partying on bikes!

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  Don't drop that Thun, Thun, Thun, Thun!


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  Day 1 results and a stacked field of more then 30 women. We're pumped to see more women out to the races, these ladies are absolute gems and from my experience in the shuttle truck, their trail conversation is way more enlightened than the men. I'm pretty sure they could solve World Peace. Meanwhile, the guys are still trying to figure out 29"+.

Stage 3 | Reco Peak - State of Mine

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  Mike Kinrade is a real life mountain man, a visionary and one of mountain biking's most influential proponents. Orest, the guy with the rake. He was crowned Volunteer of the year. This is why. Both his sons race in the series, he volunteers every race and never shy's away from a little adventure. Look out for him on his Chromag hard-tail, if you can catch him. Thanks Orest!

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  Alonso Flores, making his way to Retallack, all the way from the Chilean Patagonia. I gave him the last minute call to let him know he got an entry. He made the drive from Kimberley and was ecstatic when he found out he would be the forerunner!

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  Not a bad place for a walk with your bike!

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  Just a couple of Endurbro's hanging out. Spencer and Yoann both had quite the case on Stage 2. I'm sure someone will post it in the comments. It's worth a check.

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  Jack Menzies, toughest youngin' on the circuit!

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  13 year old Neve Abraham, he's half your size and double your speed. Here he is dropping in to Stage 4 on Guitar Solo and had nothing but smiles all weekend. There was a close, tough competition between the 15 & Under category this summer.

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Leroy from Sacred Rides was on hand to keep everyone's dropper posts, well, dropping. Apparently not a lot of companies test their stuff in Canada, if you want to know what the best dropper is, give Leroy a call, he's seen them all!

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  Let the party start!

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  We offered up $100 to anyone who could beat Mike Kinrade's time on Stage 4. Yoann Barelli was the only one up to the challenge and he just squeaked past Mike by one second. Not to mention, Mike was on a DH bike and barely pedalled on the roads! A true gentleman, Yoann gave the money back to Mike, to put into the trails. Most likely for the repairs needed on the berms that Yoann likely destroyed. Thanks Yoann!

We donated over $3500 back to the trails here at Retallack, I'm sure Jakub has already raked every single rut.

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A ton of prizes this race, over $2000 in door prizes. Including a Chromag Frame donated by NRG Enterprises.

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  Pro-Men BC Overall Champs. James Rennie and Spencer Wight

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Orest accepting his commemorative beer from Red Collar Brewing. Volunteer of the year is an understatement.

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Pro Men Podium:
1) Yoann Barelli
2) Evan Guthrie
3) Brodie Evans

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  Pro Trail Dog Third Place - 'Cadence'. Yes, she drinks beer. But if you go too slow on the climbs, she's bound to nip your calves.

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  Dad, how high can you bunny hop!?

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  Mike Kinrade, semi-finals, party-bike bunnyhop contest. Thanks to Devin Knopf for bringing the party!

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  Our lawyers told me not to comment.

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Karma works in a funny way. We hid a beer in the woods, if you found it. You won a Chromag Frame - thanks to NRG Enterprises in Nelson. Go figure, the guy who nearly gave himself spina bifada wins!

Retallack Video Coming Soon!

Also, we will be putting out the 2016 calendar at some point in October, stay tuned!

Thanks to Scott Robarts and John Dougall for the pictures for the weekend. The rest of the collection (over 200 images) can be found HERE.

Scott is doing a fundraiser for WAG (Whistler Animal Shelter) where 50% of all photo purchases will be donated to WAG. Click HERE to purchase pics.

Thanks to Caillum Smith at Preserved Light Photography for the video that is still to come.

The guys from Germany (Sportograf) also made their way out and have thousands of pics for purchase where you can search by your race number HERE

#BCES #BCEnduroSeries / @bcenduroseries
www.facebook.com/bcenduroseries

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50 Comments

  • + 23
 I have been to every BC Enduro event and I've loved every one of them. Megan and ted have an absolutely dialed system that never disappoints but, they really outdid themselves this time! Even though some of the riding was way out of my comfort zone, the trails at Retallack are unbelievable. They are perfect for riding blind everything linked together the way you would expect and the berms never let you down. I've been racing on and off since 1989 and this was absolutely the best race of my life. Nice work guys!
  • + 8
 I loved it. I hated it. Probably means it was a good race. ha! Just simply the most epic event I've been apart of.
  • + 2
 so envious seeing events like this. In Australia we don't have enduro events that even come close to this kind of epic.
  • + 8
 after hiking for 2hrs in snow into the alpine, it made me think all other races were after work club rides
  • + 23
 Tara needs a better fitting helmet.
  • + 8
 The last year or so I've been really putting an emphasis on purely enjoying mountain biking for what it is. You, a bike, and a trail on the mountain. I did a big roadtrip through the northwest earlier this year, aND I'll be doing a trip to Queenstown and Rotorua this December. And now with every gallery or article I see coming from Retallack, the more I'm thinking long this should be the next big thing. It looks unreal. The trails look fun and it looks like a sweet place to spend some time with people who truly love biking.
  • + 12
 Yoann's bottom-out as requested: instagram.com/p/7W21zpMOc_
  • + 1
 Yoann shrugs it off like it's nothing
  • + 10
 Blind riding at race pace in gnarly conditions on a gnarly trail? COUNT ME IN!!!!
  • + 6
 Kudos to Megan for organizing this once in a lifetime experience & Mike Kinrade for building such awesome trails for us to shred. Much thanks also to Leroy for the great mech assistance that a lot of us needed after stage 1.
  • + 4
 It has been stated already that I am selling photos as fundraiser for WAG - the Whistler Animal Shelter (www.whistlerwag.com), but for the first photo in this recap, 100% of all sales will go the WAG. It can be purchased here: scottrobarts.photoshelter.com/#!/portfolio/G0000Ssh8sMpsuqg
  • + 6
 The original photo featured at the top is POD worthy - go up-vote and comment as such!! >> www.pinkbike.com/photo/12658869/#top
  • + 3
 Apparently not high enough haha but thanks for another awesome season. As high as my expectations were for Retallack I still couldn't have been more impressed but the quality of riding and easy vibe we were privilaged to expeince. Mike and all the staff rose to the occasion and blew us all away. To all the volunteers from this season. Thank you!
  • + 8
 race of the year?
  • + 4
 Too bad that the trail shown in the fourth pic is now nearly unridable. 200 riders in wet conditions basically destroyed it. ????
  • + 2
 Retallack is sending crews out next week to repair.
  • + 3
 I rode it Monday. Nothing left to repair. I'm getting a group of locals together for a reroute. I love what Retallack is doing but the decision should have been made to miss that section. Built and ridden by locals. It might fall under the umbrella of the tenure but...
  • + 7
 The problem is that the locals I've talked to have been given a hard time for riding the trails at the lodge. The trails off of the Queen Bess Rd and elsewhere were built/reclaimed by locals and were gobbled up in Retallack's tenure agreement. You build yours, we build ours and we share. You don't have exclusive rights and neither do we. Same reason the local sledders leave Retallack alone in the winter.
  • + 3
 Spastic Colon is not a sustainable trail. Steep and unarmoured. Last weekend Spastic Colon got an Enduro Enema. Time for a reroute.
  • + 0
 Great pics of happy muddy people!
  • + 1
 @tiredsoul I feel your pain man. People need to realize that the new New Denver trails under Retallack tenure were built and maintained by locals, for locals, long before Retallack/Rilor claimed them as there own and started profiting from them. It breaks my heart to hear that Spastic Colon is wrecked. The only reason I ever ride Idaho is because of Spastic and Finisher (I find the rest of the trails kind of boring.) These are pure freeride, fall line trails that were never meant to see traffic of that magnitude. Sending 200 riders (many of whom have probably never ridden anything that steep and fall line in their lives) to skid down that trail even in dry conditions is questionable to me, let alone in the wet, with trail bikes and skid lids. Don't get me wrong I also think that Retallack is doing tremendous things for our sport and in general am a fan, but to me this lack of respect is unacceptable.
  • + 7
 Hey there,
@tiredsoul & @zshipowick let's have a one on one chat about this. PM me and we can set it up rather than PB posts. We can do the "you build yours and we build ours" but I'd like to keep the relationship going. Thought the area would have been stoked on the greater $$$ amounts of labour and permits that we have put into the your trails.

Talk soon. PS we will still be working on the trail next week.
  • + 2
 "...labour and permits..." ? Definitely interested in a face to face.
  • + 3
 @tiredsoul and @zshipowick rode "your" trails Saturday in the race and Monday after... didn't notice a huge difference. I did notice a huge amount of money donated back into your trails from our entry fees though. Thanks for sharing "your" trails with all of us!
  • + 4
 "I'm pretty sure they could solve World Peace. Meanwhile, the guys are still trying to figure out 29"+."

Big Grin Big Grin
  • + 3
 Leeeeeeeroooy! He keeps us rollin' ....and it's the Sacred Ride not Rides.
  • + 4
 That looks like a ton of fun Smile snow is just icing on the cake
  • + 2
 Bravo Megan, BC Enduro Series, Retallack and all the volunteers. It was truly a special weekend that we all loved. Ready to rumble for next season!
  • + 2
 I'd love to see some mention of the hardtail riders. A small snippet in the vid but there was a group of hardcore riders out there shreddin' old school
  • + 2
 So much fun! Would be a whole different experience in the dry too, seeing the fest jumps in person was also epic! Such a great weekend!
  • + 2
 @bcenduroseries who supplied the overall series winner wooden awards? very nice!
  • + 2
 Trapper Snowboards, I believe.
  • + 3
 Yep I cut the awards on our CNC router here at the Trapper shop.
  • + 2
 looking forward to seeing what happens in 2016 with this series , planning to hit up several of the races
  • + 2
 We were spoiled for sure. The trails were amazing. Whistler feels very rough and blown out by comparison...
  • + 1
 More pics, including plenty of carnage, at www.pinkbike.com/u/smoke/album/Retallack-Enduro-2015
  • + 1
 That's a great photo album smoke. I love the day 1 hecklefest crashes. Good memories there, "Go on!....Send it!... It's a Race!"
  • + 2
 No GPS, no strava. trails are on public land, i'll find them eventually
  • + 4
 they're easy to find, just don't douche it up with strava
  • + 3
 PM me. I'd be happy to show you around.
  • + 2
 awesome. My hands are frozen just looking at the pics :o
  • + 1
 I can hear the squeals of brakes echoing through that first photo. I bet it was a crazy good time.
  • + 2
 now that's an enduro i WANT to race!
  • + 2
 Wow looks like a rad weekend , good ride Brodie, some fast company there
  • + 2
 Emily Sable in the Haus!
  • + 2
 That looks amazing
  • + 1
 nice aluminum CNC work, Mach3?
  • + 2
 Man I want to ride there

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