The little town of Rossland was buzzing with bikers throughout the entire long weekend. Vehicles were rolling into town loaded with bikes from Thursday onwards all getting their pre-rides in and scoping out the course before race day on Sunday. It was for sure a course that you wanted to check out before ripping down blindly. Riders made the most of Saturday to do this while then finishing off the day with the Red Mountain Beer Fest where 5 local breweries came together for some fine beer tasting, followed by race briefing.
The Rubberhead Rossland Enduro bought together the BC Enduro Series and the Kootenay Rockies (KR) Enduro Series for the first time this summer. It bought riders in from all over BC, Alberta and beyond.
Temps were soaring all week but managed to back off slightly come Sunday, but it was still a long, tough day in the saddle. Revolution Cycles
were set up that start line for any last minute tweaks before things got kicked off and throughout the day.
Riders started out at Larch Ridge for Stage 1 on Monticola that was pure flow, berms, and rollers that sent riders giddy with excitement and got the legs fired up ready for a big day ahead. You had to know how to corner well, pump your body through the rollers and keep things as smooth as possible to do well at this stage.
Riders then made their way back to Red Mountain Resort and made their way up to Stage 2 of Redhead. This stage took riders with a pedalling start into a high speed section that you had to stay switched on for to make sure you didn't drift off the trail. The lower part led riders into some tight, more technical corners that you had to power out of to get back up to speed if you were on the brakes too much.
The big climb for the day was now taking them up to the very top of Red on nothing by sweet singletrack, climbing past the bursting huckleberry bushes for whoever wanted to stop for a quick hit of handfuls of berries.
Many riders were eagerly awaiting stage 3 while others where quietly afraid. This was Dreadhead DH known for the many DH races held down there. It was steep, dry, and loose right off the start gate and didn't change until you reached the finish line. You held on as best you could with the hand pump, the fish tailing in the powder dust, making tight technical corners, a few drops and some high speed straight aways hoping you made it to the bottom in one piece. The DH riders in the pack for sure shined on this stage!
The last climb of the day took riders over to a newer trail called Paydirt for Stage 4. This trail started super fast, with some rollers, perfect berms, a pump track section, a mid stage sprint, then into the main feature of the trail towards the bottom called 'blue eyes
'. It was the talk of the day. There were 2 options here, option 1 was to hit 'blue eyes' or option 2 was take the easy line around it. Blue Eyes is a gap drop into a step up into a smaller drop into a table top into a big burm all made out of wood. The key to this feature was coming in slow. If you hit it fast you would blow the first drop that wouldn't end pretty. The spectators and crowd watching pumped everyone up and made it even more exciting when you made it through!
Comment after comment from many riders at the finish line stating 'this was the best course of the series so far'
. It had absolutely everything for every style of rider. We finished on the outside patio deck of Red Mountain Resort where beer, bbq, and the band were enjoyed for the afternoon.Who made podium?Pro/Elite
Crazy tight competition and times here. Local rider Mike Hopkins decided to but the plate on his bike for this race and took the win, with David Harder (leader of the KR series
) hot on his heals only 5 seconds back, then Vancouver rider Jamie Biluk 6 seconds back from that and that's after crashing towards the bottom of the last stage, slitting his hand open, jumping back on and finishing only 11 seconds back from the win. A trip to hospital got him 2 layers of stiches and fractured finger tip!
1 Mike Hopkins 0:17:56 Norco/Revolution Cycle
2 David Harder 0:18:01 Raceface, Opsrey, Chromag
3 Jamie Biluk 0:18:07 Bondtraining/SuspensionwerxOpen Women
Saw Megan Rose (the owner and Series Organizer
) get to finally be able to do one of her own races and take the win, followed by Pemberton rider Emily Slaco only 22 seconds back, then Tara Walmsley who is currently leading the KR Series.
1 Megan Rose 0:21:27 Norco
2 Emily Slaco 0:21:49 Tyax Adventures, Norco
3 Tara Walmsley 0:22:55 Raceface/Ibis/OspreyOpen Men
1 Ed Thomsett 0:18:58
2 Chris Field 0:19:07
3 Roland Spaarwater 0:19:42 KTM Bikes ChileMaster 40+ Men
1 Rich Marshall 0:19:31 Derailed
2 Ryan Kuhn 0:19:32 Cycleye
3 Chris george 0:19:47 Junior U19 Men
1 Evan Wall 0:19:04
2 Andreas Massitti 0:20:37
3 Dylan Vik 0:21:13
THANKS to Johnny
for all the fantastic photo's from the race. Most of them couldn't be used in this post as they were portrait shots, but you can view them all HERE
. Thanks to Vince
who was also out there taking pics and who's photo's I mostly used for this race re-cap. More of his pics can be seen HERE
Thanks again to all the volunteers and locals for your support and making the weekend such a success!Thanks to all our sponsors for their ongoing support
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