Video & Race Report: Max Leyen & Jennifer McHugh Win North American EWS Continental in Revelstoke, BC

Jun 18, 2019
by Ted Morton  


Summer is here in Revelstoke, BC! This weekend was a scorcher and the riders battled through hot heat, drinking more than 800 litres of water for 250 people! If you've never heard of Revelstoke or ridden here, you're seriously missing out. The recurring theme of the race was "How do I move here!?" and many racers were labelling this "The Perfect Race". We truly had a mix of almost type of trail, soil and fall-line. The trails in Revelstoke are one thing to come for, but Revelstoke's true strength is its community.

As for results, it was a very close race across all categories, with the top spots going to Max (#LeyenIntoIt) Leyen from Chilliwack, BC and Jennifer McHugh from Fernie, BC. In the junior categories, Evan Wall and Isabella Naughton took home the W.

This race was a two-day event with day one taking place at Revelstoke Mountain Resort and day two split between Frisby and Boulder Mountain. Racers faced some seriously technical trails many of the riders commented that these were the hardest stages they've ever competed in. Including a corner on day one, that had many pro level riders walking around it!

2400m of elevation gain and more than 50kms made this weekend one for the record books. Congratulations to all the racers who raced this weekend!

Revelstoke is a very special place, you'll never want to leave and you'll be glad to have found #TheRealStoke. If you're looking for more information check out See Revelstoke on Instagram!

TRAIL LOVE
This event was quite special for us, we partnered up with the Revelstoke Cycling Association and asked that every racer become a member of the Revelstoke Cycling Association. Altogether we were able to raise approximately $10,400 through racer memberships!

I can't thank the RCA enough they work tirelessly to have such a diverse amount of riding, impeccable social events and some of the best dig nights around!

If you're coming to Revelstoke please make sure you buy a trail club membership, you can purchase them here

Thank You: Tourism Revelstoke | Taco Club | Valley Retreat| Skookum Revelstoke | Revelstoke Cycling Association | Mt Begbie Brewing | Revelstoke Equipment Rentals | Jake and Jay | Meghan Tabor | Henning Schipper |






Revelstoke Cycling Association Representatives Meghan Tabor president and trail builder shredder racer Katlyn Davies accepting a cheque for 10400 from the Canadian National Enduro Series.
Meghan Tabor is the president of the RCA and Katlyn Davies is one of the local trail crew. Make sure if you ever stop in Revy you buy them a pint!


Descending into the Columbia Valley from Boulder Mountain



Sometimes you have to stop and appreciate the views, even when you're charging through a massive day.
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The Course










Local shredder Evan Wall crushed it this weekend, winning the U21 Mens and finishing 4th overall on the day!


In the U21 Women, Isabella Naughton snagged the win.



Awkward corner? Doesn't stop Max Leyen from LeyenIntoIt on his way to taking the top spot in the Pro Men with a lead of 15 seconds.



RACING





Long, sweaty climbs were the theme of the weekend. Luckily the views helped distract racers from the sweltering heat.


This is fun, right?!?!



Trailside creeks helped cool off the riders. Pretty much a mandatory stop every lap!



800 litres...that's how much water was gone through between the aid station, emergency water stop and finish area.


Fuelling up for another big climb!



Weather appropriate attire. Katlyn Davies is a trail builder in town. He kept it real all weekend with cut-off jean shorts and a polite smile!

Everyone had a strategy for 'the corner.' It was debatable which was faster. Some chose walk, others chose to ride, there was a 20% success rate for both.
Would you believe us if we told you he rode it out?

Which would you choose?
It was all about commitment. Believe in yourself.
Revelstoke Dam is quite impressive. It's best viewed while riding down Frisby, Boulder or Martha.

Rhys Verner is one of the politest pros we have in the series, a true professional at every step. It's always a treat to chat with him, so if you get the chance, spin a yarn with Rhys. Who knows maybe this multi-discipline rider will give you some of his secrets! Rhys finished third on the day!
Kasper Wooley on his way to fourth in Pro Men

Racers had such a mix of trails to challenge their skills 'Boondocker' is in the deep dark depths of Boulder and was the steepest trail of the day.

SMITH THRILLS AND SPILLS - Timed Descent




At every event, we pick a stage that is full of wild thrills and tremendous spills. This year our buddy Mike Coulter is on course armed with $75.00 cash to make someone's day a little better, so follow along on Instagram for the video from this stage, and be sure if you see Mike Coulter to spin a yarn and tell him about your Thrills and Spills.

Riley and Erin are the luck recipients of the SMITH Spills and Thrills!


Stage 6 - Loggin' Leftovers was home of the Spills and Thrills descent. The last stage was a blue trail that riders had to pump and flow to end the show!


Fully pinned!



The finish line was literally into the vendor expo area. Riders were relieved to have tacos and beer!

#TheRealStoke





The Revelstoke Farmers Market was in full swing on Saturday.


Fuelling up for another big climb!



When you see these arches, you just sit-down and keep your eyes on that $100 prize!


The Saturday Farmer's Market downtown was the perfect place find local souvenirs or fresh organic food for the race.
Saturday night Tantrum Ride Co hosted a premiere of Anthill Films' new movie, Return to Earth. The sold out show donated all proceeds to the Revelstoke Cycling Association.
This is Revelstoke


Livin' the Dream!




These events are more than just racing; it's about having an adventure with your crew and in some cases, winning some sweet, sweet, prizing!


SMRT Tent is the smart choice when it comes to staying cool on race day.


I would have to say that our enduro series is pretty much the unofficial BC Craft brewery series. We sample the goods from all across the province!



Taco Club and Mt. Begbie Brewing? This is a perfect pairing!


RESULTS


Our apologies to the EXPERT WOMEN - our photo of the podium for this category did not turn-out! We announced the wrong rider at results unfortunately. We tried to corral the ladies after, but most had left. As such there is no Expert women podium shot.

The Expert Women Podium is: Lindsey Corrigan, Elinor Brown and Veronika Voracek

If you're looking for results, you can find them here. EWS Continental results will be posted to their pages at a later time.

Be sure to check out all the photos from the event here - Big thanks to Steve Shannon, Lindsay Donovan, Sam Egan and of course, the ever so dreamy videographer Peter Wojnar!
More photos will be also be available for download on Roots and Rain

Pro Men Podium
Pro Men - Max Leyen, Rhys Verner, Carson Eiswald

Pro Women Podium
Pro Women - Jennifer McHugh, Clare Hamilton, Katie Spittlehouse

Expert Men Podium
Expert Men - Steve Storey, Vincent Pierrot, Jennifer McHugh, Clare Hamilton, Katie Spittlehouse

Open Women Podium
Open Women - Celeste Pomerantz, Mikayla Martin, Lucie Kaucky

40 Men Podium
40+ Men - Shane Jensen, Frith Murray, Guillaume Racine

30-39 Men Podium
30-39 - Ryan Cowie, Ali Chapple, Michael Smith

21-29 Men Podium
21-29 Men - Nathan Rands, Linden Ladouceur, Nicola Lachowski

U21 Men Podium
U21 Men - Evan Wall, Jacob Tooke, Milton McConville

12-15 Men s Long Course Podium
U15 Men - Elijah Barron, Cole Stinson, Jacob Baggott

U21 Women Podium
U21 Women - Isabella Naughton, Julia Long, Emmy Lan


VOLUNTEERING
If you're keen to volunteer, register here as a volunteer

Thanks to all our volunteers, you are the backbone of the racing community!


Our volunteers are the best! Alex Silverthorne was out with an injury, but that didn't stop him or his dad from volun-partying. Its exactly the same thing as volunteering.


Even though it was fathers day we still had massive 30-39 and 40+ categories. However it appears that if you want a podium not having kids is the key to success.



Thanks to all the fathers out there! The Baggott family has two young boys that spend their time travelling around in their custom sprinter! How cool is that - thanks Dad!



The Norco Canadian Enduro Series is supported by:



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!

Need something? More information?

• Visit our Website
• Athlete Inquires & Volunteer Information | admin@bcenduro.com
All other inquiries | ted@bcenduro.com (Event Director)



U21 First and Second
You seem busy!? But we'd like you stay and party! Jacob Tooke and Evan Wall, they always keep the good times rolling no matter how shreddy the trails get!



MENTIONS: @canadianenduro @SmithOptics / @raceface / @CLIF



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5 Comments

  • + 2
 Cool to see some common sense, letting riders pedal to each stage sans helmet so they can pick the helmet that will most benefit them going downhill.
  • + 3
 Dad on the podium here Smile
  • + 1
 Awesome looking event. Sad I missed it.
  • + 1
 Hell Ya Jen! Effing wicked.
  • + 1
 Well done Nate Rands!!!

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