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Race Re-cap: Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead (Rossland, BC)

Aug 4, 2015
by Ted Morton  
This weekend was the first combined race of the season, bringing together the Osprey Kootenay Rockies and Osprey BC Enduro series for a packed race of 196 registrants! The event was hosted at Red Mountain and supported by Revolution Cycles in Rossland, both parties helped out tremendously, keeping participants hydrated with beer samplings from Rossland Beer Company, and new drivetrains for their tired bikes. At the end of the day, there were a lot of dirty, sweaty people walking around in their Kazoom Custom Jersey's.

Special mention to Manuel Czerny from Krichheim, Germany, he finished 19th in the race, only difference, is that he has been riding his mountain bike across BC, in search of singletrack. Coming into this race he has about 2000+kms in his legs. His prep before the race was nothing more than a new cassette on his trusty Norco Fluid!

A massive thanks to the course designer and logistical wizard Ryan Kuhn of Cycle Eye Mountain Bike Coaching, he put together an amazingly diverse course that wound its way around some of Rossland's premier trails. Think big climbs, stellar views and fast descents. Thanks RYAN!

Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead Rossland BC

For this event, we also played a little game. 12 Cans of beer were hidden around the course, if you found one, your mission was to drink the beer as fast as you can and #BCES or #BCenduro. Check out Colin Gilbert in action!

Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead Rossland BC

Mr. Harder, a true wizard on a bike and total gentlemen, I think he's just happy that he didn't get the elusive #69.


Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead Rossland BC
Starting on Saturday night, we kicked this event off a little different from our usual gypsy camp. We had DJ Soulman crushing it with some tunes while racers checked in on the patio of Red Mountain and enjoyed some cold beer sampling from Rossland Beer Company. Fittingly one of their best beers is the Paydirt Pale Ale, it's name comes from the trail that racers charged down in stage 5.

Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead Rossland BC

Stage one was a fast and flowy trail down Monticola, this trail is a hoot and an excellent warm-up!


Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead Rossland BC

Stage two brought riders near the start of stage one, but shot them down a trails called B.S., a trail that is best ridden at speed, with as many friends as possible, it has many deliberate line choices, with a few sneaky doubles thrown in for good measure! Thanks Ryan!

Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead Rossland BC

Nick Quinn sends it, unfortunately, he had to end his weekend early due to a mechanical.


Stage three was pure old school; an uphill start, with more than a few bridge crossings, this stage opened your eyes before you headed into the transfer stage and climbed to the summit of Red Mountain

Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead Rossland BC

Dustin Adams living the saying, "Jump for show, corner for dough!"


Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead Rossland BC

You can't frown when you're riding down! Transfer stages made easy!


Stage four was a wild one. Loose, steep and fast down the old DH race Course.

Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead Rossland BC

James Rennie is an engineer, who designs waterparks during the day, and an absolute sender during the weekend! Here he is going full moto!


Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead Rossland BC

Matt Monod, doing it for the kids, and on a hard tail!


Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead Rossland BC

Mateo is under five feet tall, doesn't hold a driver's license and can't drink a beer. But he will out corner, pedal and jump anyone who can hold a beer.


Stage five, home of the infamous 'Blue Eyes Drop'. This stage was a crowd favourite, a very diverse trail with a mix of features, corners, tables and pedalling!

Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead Rossland BC

Tsering, trying to stay cool!


Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead Rossland BC

Henning Schipper, "when in doubt, throttle it out!"


Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead Rossland BC

Julienne, cornering her KTM SX450, I mean, KTM Mountain Bike!


Racer's finished Stage 5, right at the base of Red Mountain, close to beer, a bike wash, and over $1500 in door prizes!

Our 'Race Crew' (Volunteers) held down the fort big time this weekend, some vollies were out in the sun for almost 5-6 hours. We seriously couldn't do it without the support of this crew. We had lots of positive feedback about the marshals, first-aid and helpers, so a massive thank-you to all of the volunteers!

Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead Rossland BC

RESULTS

PRO MEN
Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead Rossland BC
1 Stu Dickson 0:20:21 Devinci Cycles/NRG Enterprises/Flowt
2 David Harder 0:20:23
2 Dustin Adams 0:20:23
3 James Rennie 0:20:29

OPEN WOMEN
Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead Rossland BC
1 Leonie Picton 0:23:57 Arbutus Routes
2 Kylie Morin 0:25:11
3 Amy Pryse-phillips 0:25:22 Endless Biking

OPEN MEN
Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead Rossland BC
1 Craig Wilson 0:21:20 Cock and Rod Bar and Grill
2 Josh Solman 0:21:33 Revolution Wrenchers
3 Quentin Emeriau 0:21:41

MASTER MEN
Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead Rossland BC
1 Frith Murray 0:21:48
2 Leon May 0:21:56
3 Ryan Kuhn 0:21:59

JR U19
1 Evan Wall 0:21:11
2 Carter Krasny 0:23:10
3 Noah Van Der Watt 0:23:32 Knolly

JR U15
1 Ruben Guibert 0:21:34
2 Keegan Fry 0:21:42
3 Felix Abraham 0:21:46

SHORT COURSE MEN
1 Josh Swain 0:17:13
2 Damen Moore 0:20:17

SHORT COURSE WOMEN
1 Kate Nesbitt 0:18:46
2 Jaya Guibert 0:19:35
3 Lindsay Harrison 0:21:10

SHORT COURSE U19
1 Jeremy Helly 0:16:39 Mom and Dad Racing
2 Blaise Swain 0:18:16
3 Jaelinn Farmer 0:21:19 Freedom Bike Shop

Osprey BC Enduro Series - Rubberhead Rossland BC

Contemplating life's decisions, another beer, or another bike ride!


On a parting note, the BC Enduro Series was happy to raise $1250 for the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society. Our next stop is at RETALLACK, where Mike and the boys will be rolling out the carpet to those who were lucky enough to get an entry! That will be the final stop of the year for the BC Enduro Series.

Video's of the event:



Big thanks to Jose (The Legend) Letelier and Tom (Tombo) Bradshaw for their help!

BC Enduro Series - Sunshine Coast Enduro


MENTIONS: @bcenduroseries / @ryann




10 Comments

  • 4 0
 Thanks Ted and Megan! Great event as always. I completely died after that climb up to the top of Red. Stages 4 and 5 were all about holding on and surviving. Stage 1 was one of the best trails I have ever ridden. No pedaling, all pumping!
  • 3 0
 Fact: My best stage time of the day was on stage 2... The one I dropped into right after chugging that beer.
Lesson: Drink beer to go fast.

Disclaimer: That might not work all of the time, but it is the fun way.

Thanks to everyone that made it an awesome weekend, Ted, Ryan, The Lions Campground, etc.
  • 4 0
 Looks like a whole bunch of fun. If there is one thing Ryan Kuhn knows, it's how to make biking seem like a good time.
  • 2 0
 And grow a creepy stash!
  • 3 0
 "Contemplating life's decisions, another beer, or another bike ride" lol that really is the age old question isn't it
  • 4 0
 both!
  • 2 0
 Hold my beer, and watch this!
  • 1 0
 Awesome event guys. Loved the dreadhead DH course even if I did eat sh$t on it a few times.
  • 1 0
 As usual, a great weekend put on by Ted and Megan. First time riding Rossland. Will definitely return.
  • 2 0
 Brilliant weekend of fast, loose and dusty shredding!

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