Smith Enduro: Osprey BC Enduro Series, North Vancouver - Race Recap

May 10, 2016
by Canadian Enduro  
My Mom is the BEST!
Thanks to Mother's all over the world for letting us play this past Sunday, without them, we would never get to ride our bikes, play in the dirt or send gaps to flat! The OSPREY BC Enduro Series (BCES), presented by Smith Optics, kicked off our first race of the series in North Vancouver, BC, on what started out as a gloomy Sunday, turned into a beautiful sunny, Sunday, so thanks, Mother Earth, for turning on the lights, we really appreciate it!

This race was the SMITH ENDURO, Round #1 of the OSPREY BC Enduro Series, a 10 race enduro adventure travelling across BC and Alberta. We'll be exploring the best trails and partnering up with the local communities to give you a true, locals-only experience. North Vancouver was no different, to say North Van is the epicentre of the Mountain Bike Industry in Canada is pretty fair and the support was overwhelming. Next stop, Fraser Valley

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  Jeremy Helly, from Kamloops, BC, starting off his first season of Enduro Racing, in a BIG way. Lot's of young shredders out there, but few have the lungs of this U15, shredder!

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  Sunny Skies, courtesy of Mother Earth

Thanks to the North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA)
On Thursday night, I snuck out to the NSMBA Fiver race, and it was a truly unique experience; it's rare to meet so many people in one place who not only shred, but are all bike crazy, the race featured more shredders than an episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and it was put on solely by volunteers, with the aim of uniting the community for a quick escape from the weekly grind. Not to mention you are able to see all of your childhood idols out riding with silly smiles, from Pinkbike founder Radek Burkat to the Godfather of Freeride, Wade Simmons, to XC legend Andreas Hestler and even Trailforks' Programmer, Trevor May (he must know every trail in BC, virtually and physically). The point I'm trying to make is we all love bikes and the North Shore is one of those hubs that you need to experience.

The OSPREY BC Enduro Series is excited to give more than $2000 back to the NSMBA as a donation towards trail work, and if you haven't ridden the shore in a while, you should listen to Wade Simmons, he's the Godfather for a reason.
*We give a donation to each local trail destination at every stop of the race series, if you'd like to help contribute, you can become a member of the club here.

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  That brown wiggly, worm of singletrack, in classic North Shore style. Tech and Noir.

Let's get to exploring...
The shore is an odd place, pickup your speed and float, and it's instant boss status. Miss that double, blow a corner, or day-dream, and it will rattle the fillings out of your teeth! If you're looking to relive your experience, or find your missing teeth, check out the route below.

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  Why so serious!? Pretty sure he was hoping for number 13.

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With almost 300 riders, we decided we'd save their legs and give a quick shuttle from our staging location to the trail head, courtesy of Endless Biking. It was a well-needed pick-me-up.

Let's Get to RACING



#The Experience Is Everything

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  How do you tell a Mom for the North Shore apart from somewhere else? No knee pads on trails that had some people rocking full-face helmets and quads that will crush your ego. Super Mom, Cathy Zeglinski.

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  Dylan Wolsky, making quick work of some of the little jumps on Espresso.

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  Stephen Melnechuk, in the pain cave; dropper post up, pushing all his buttons, on one of the flat-out sprints, during stage 3.

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BC's own NOBL Wheels, was out this weekend showcasing their custom carbon wheelsets, with zero engagement hubs. They'll be demo'ing their products at our races, so make sure you swing by and chat with Dustin Adam, he's more than capable on the bike, and he loves funny tattoos and truffle shuffles.

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  Mckay Vezina snagging a second in Pro Men, he's finding the speed aboard his Giant.

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  Jennifer McTavish, taking the U21 Women podium. We had more than 35 women out this weekend, the best part is, they're probably faster than you!

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  Breathe! Stage 3 was taking the pro's around six minutes to complete, with more corners than the Nurburgring, it had your whole body working to make shapes. Carter Krasny, U21, boss status.

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  The "climb" up MTN HWY, is the perfect grade, easy on the legs, and always finishes with a descent.

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  Thomas Jillings, scanning for his line down Stage two.

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  You can't frown, when you're going down! Especially aboard a Knolly Warden.

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  Leif, looking calm, cool and collected on a classic North Shore woodwork, this place has more woodwork than my grandfather's woodshop

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  The gratuitous North Shore pan shot. Thanks to James Cattanach and Scott Robarts for snapping the pics this weekend!

Find more pictures here.

The After Party
We always like to down a few beers, throw some high-fives, and B&*-S^%T about why we didn't come first, and part of the Osprey BC Enduro Series experience is doing this with two-hundred of your best friends!

This year we're stepping our game up and encouraging brands and other interested parties to come on out! You can email ted@bcenduro.com to get stoked!

Big thanks to those that came out this weekend:
Osprey Packs
Smith Optics
Nobl Wheels
Commencal
Knolly
Red Racer Beer
House of Chain
Race Face Performance Products

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  Can you tell it was Mother's day? Beer in one hand, kid hangin' on. Those girls will be jumping doubles and beating their dad's in about, oh, three years.

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  The owner of Commencal, Max Commencal, hopped a quick flight over from Europe to check out the race, he's stoked to be bringing Commencal to Canada. They've even partnered up with Katrina Strand and her JR Team, who will be racing in the majority of the BC Enduro Series Events, watch out for those shredders on their Meta's!

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  Smith Optics was onsite, and we gave out two prize packs, one for the best crash (Which went to a young fella, in the hospital getting a few stitches to his head, he was grateful for the new FOREFRONT HELMET) and the other went to a first-time female racer.

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  Knolly Rider, Sierra Sullivan, is stoked on her new SMITH Sunnies!

OSPREY FEATS OF STRENGTH
New this year, Osprey will be offering up some amazing prizes during our After Party, to those who have well, special skills! This week's race was a burn-out competition!

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  Burn-out competition, inspired by Yoann Barelli's #TutoTuesdays

OSPREY FASTEST AMATEUR TIME

Osprey Packs is handing out a hydration pack to the fastest amateur time at every race. This Viper 9 pack is going home with Evan Mant - U21- With a time of 22:01

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  Event Director Ted Morton, congratulating Evan Mant on his brand new Osprey Hydration Pack!

BC Enduro Series Bike Check
One of the best parts about being at the events is checking out all of the goods! So, I figured that we should show you what the riders are well, riding. So at each race, we'll feature one of our racer's bikes.

This week it's Conrad Murdoch and his Santa Cruz Bronson:

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  "I'm running the new Santa Cruz Bronson cc with Race Face Next SL cranks and sixC bars, grips, and saddle. Suspension set up is basic with two tokens in my fork. For this race, I used Maxxis high rollers with a DH casing. Smith optics kept me safe out there with the ForeFront Helmet, Squad goggles, and Arena glasses. Thanks to my mom for letting me get out and race today!"

RESULTS
Full Results: Click Here

U15 MEN
Pos No. Name Team Time
1st 67 Ethan Shandro | Trek/Shimano/TLD | 00:22:38
2nd 75 Ian Milley | Whistler Village Sports | 00:23:37
3rd 87 Elliot JamiesoN | Fox Racing Shox / Maxxis / KORE | 00:23:51

U21
1st 114 Evan Mant Royal Racing | 00:22:01
2nd 14 Max leyen Vedder Mountain Bike co. | 00:22:11
3rd 119 Felix Abraham | Commencal bikes, Fox Head Canada, Chromag, 100% | 00:22:20

21-29 MEN
1st 150 Bryan Gregory | Kinetik Cycles 00:22:03
2nd 130 Harrison Smith | NOBL, Free Radicals, Chromag, Postmark Brewing 00:22:17
3rd 158 David Bowden | Club Mud Ballarat, Australia 00:22:33

30-39 MEN
1st 229 Cesar Gairin | 00:22:23
2nd 179 Stephen Thomas Colborne | 00:22:38
3rd 211 Anthony Boussetta Endless Biking | 00:22:58

40+ MEN
1st 275 Arama Jillings | 00:23:21
2nd= 285 Brad Chupa | 00:23:36
2nd= 266 Wayne Parsons | Xprezo, Nobl Wheels, District Cycles | 00:23:36
4th 289 Trevor Syrowy | 00:23:48

SHORT COURSE U21 MEN
1st 302 Wei Tien Ho | 00:16:46
2nd 74 Eric Milley | Whistler Village Sports | 00:18:00
3rd 300 Marcus Goguen | 00:18:2

SHORT COURSE MEN 21+

1st 291 Stephan Weinwurm | 00:19:24
2nd 293 Thiago Sousa | 00:20:19
3rd 292 Ryan Grutze | UBC Bike Club | 00:20:21

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  Winning!

SHORT COURSE U21 WOMEN
1st 310 Jaya Guibert | 00:24:53

SHORT COURSE WOMEN 21+
1st 307 Nina Arnold | Team Arbutus / Arbutus Routes (Whistler) | 00:18:43
2nd 55 Karen O'Connell |MFR/Juliana/Pacific Bike and Ski | 00:20:26
3rd 50 Jessica Shoubridge | Knolly | 00:21:52

U21 WOMEN
1st 128 Jennifer McTavish | Ryders Eyewear, Chromag | 00:29:06
2nd 124 Stephanie Denroche | Norco/ Race Face | 00:31:14
3rd 127 Keeley WentzeL | 00:31:35

OPEN WOMEN
1st 54 Leonie Picton | LIV Giant | 00:25:08
2nd 33 Megan Rose | Yeti | 00:25:26
3rd 53 Christina Chappetta | Evolution whistler, sombrio | 00:25:47

PRO MEN
1st 4 Chris Johnston | The Nomads | 00:20:24
2nd 22 Mckay Vezina | Giant Co-Factory Off Road Team | 00:20:28 +00:00:04
3rd 2 Yoann Barelli | Giant Factory Off Road Team | 00:20:31

Find the full results here.

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  Yoann and McKay congratulate Chris on the big 'W'!

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!

WE NEED HELP!
We're always looking for parents, girlfriends or injured riders to help out!
What you'll get:
• Jersey
• Lunch
• Post-race meal and drink
• Discount entry on any other race, for you or for a friend/kid/dog
Contact Diana: admin@bcenduro.com


Need Something?! More Information?
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• Athlete Inquires | athletes@bcenduro.com
• Volunteer Information | admin@bcenduro.com (Diana)
• All other inquiries | ted@bcenduro.com (Event Director)

SMITH ENDURO Osprey BC Enduro Series North Vancouver Course Release

#SMITHisMTB #TheExperienceIsEverything #OspreyPacks #BCEnduro #BCES #BCEnduroSeries / @bcenduroseries / www.facebook.com/bcenduroseries


15 Comments

  • 12 0
 "We're always looking for parents, girlfriends or injured riders to help out!"
With so many women showing up these days, perhaps it might be better to say "significant others". It is less presumptuous that way!

Also, I'm not racing this year- so you bet I'll volunteer!
  • 4 0
 You're totally right! I should change that to say boyfriends too!!! Next article!
  • 1 0
 @oronaut, @bcenduroseries - Nice catch!
  • 9 0
 Here are some photos that I snapped during the race on 7th and Espresso. I was out testing some new gear and racers are great models. They are free and there is always another one coming down the hill!
Let me know if you would like an original photo!

www.pinkbike.com/u/shchekich/album/2016-BC-Enduro-Series---North-Vancouver
  • 2 0
 Nice work! Love how haggard some people look, myself included. Your flash caught me off guard. Big Grin
  • 6 0
 Anyone else have pictures from the race? Definetely saw more flashes in the trees that i can find!
  • 3 0
 Hi Gang. I finally got the rest of my photos of the event edited and uploaded, there are 299 photos! Look for yourself in there and feel free to share as long as you give the photographer (moi) some credit. Link: www.pinkbike.com/u/srobarts/album/2016-Osprey-BC-Enduro-Series---North-Vancouver
  • 5 0
 Such a great event and an unreal day on the bike, thanks for organizing!
  • 3 0
 Can't wait for next weekend!
  • 2 0
 Looking some more pictures anybody else take any? Is there any other online albums people have found?
  • 2 0
 Super fun event, props to the organizers!
  • 1 0
 Great event! Had lots of fun and very well run? Thank you to all the volunteers!
  • 1 0
 Sorry meant to say " Had lots of fun and very well run!" Still bagged from the event.

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