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."The event almost ended before it began. During course marking we constantly had to ask ourselves, is this too much!?"
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 PacksKazoomSteam DonkeyAlpine Stars
/ @AlpinestarsMTB Race Face
/ @raceface PinkbikeBond TrainingSmith 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!
Good times at the BC Enduro Series last weekend, I wish I'd recorded more of those to tell our journey! Posted by Quentin Emeriau on Tuesday, September 8, 2015
| Reco Peak - State of Mine
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!
We donated over $3500 back to the trails here at Retallack, I'm sure Jakub has already raked every single rut.
A ton of prizes this race, over $2000 in door prizes. Including a Chromag Frame donated by NRG Enterprises
Orest accepting his commemorative beer from Red Collar Brewing
. Volunteer of the year is an understatement.Pro Men Podium:
1) Yoann Barelli
2) Evan Guthrie
3) Brodie Evans
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