The 2017 Canadian National Enduro Championship overall was handed to Max Leyen #LeyenIntoIt at the final round of the 2017 MEC Canadian National Enduro Championship presented by Intense Cycles. Remi Gauvin took the win on the day, but it was Chilliwack's Max Leyen who will sit as overall Canadian Enduro Champion.
The course at Sun Peaks Resort, is a natural fit for testing riders physical prowess and technical ability. Our private weekend (closed to the public for this event) has long been favoured by serious DH riders, it is high-speed, extremely technical and mixes endurance, strength, and explosiveness throughout its six-stage enduro adventure!
2017 Canadian National Enduro Champions, sporting their lovely Kazoom Custom Cycling Apparel jerseys, watch out for these guys at a trail-network near you!
A massive shout-out to Cara and Gavin from the events team at Sun Peaks Resort, along with the entire resort operations, for allowing us exclusive use of the resort during this weekend.
Also, I wanted to give a big thanks to Keri Lewis, #JoseTheLegend, Sue Helly, Jeff Pont, Peter Wojnar, Sam Egan, and James Cattanach for making the 2017 season outstanding. These are the people that stand behind the series and make it what it is. They are the workhorse's behind the series and I really appreciate their hard work and dedication.
A massive thank's to MEC and Intense Cycles Inc. for backing the series this year, innovative partnerships and a desire to 'do-good' in communities is the backbone of the series and their support has been phenomenal. Big-ups to Smith Eyewear and Helmets for being the official provider for the series, Clif Bar for providing the fuel for the season, We Are One Composites for showcasing Canadian talent and keeping my wheels straight, and Kazoom Custom Cycling Apparel for letting our podium rockstars look fly.
Lastly, huge congratulations to our Blueprint Canadian Enduro Development Team—outstanding results, thanks, no-doubt to coach Joel Harwood and his dedication to keeping you guys fit, determined and focused.
Racing should never be serious.
Riders climbed approximately 1,300m before descending upon six stages.
Max Leyen is the 2017 MEC Canadian National Enduro Champion
MEC Trail Donations
To date the BC Enduro Series has given back more than $70,000 to host trail communities, this year we teamed up with MEC to spread the love, with a total of $31,000 being raised jointly this year alone. Now I know it doesn't seem like a lot spread out across 10 or so destinations, but we're working towards creating a more appropriate form of giving back to the trails and communities and we are so thankful to be invited to ride on these largely volunteer-built trail areas. Props to MEC for matching our donation amount in a bunch of our stops this year!
Nicole from MEC presents a cheque of over $1,200 to Jase (left) of the Sun Peaks Area Recreational Trail Association, the other 10% of racer registration went to the Sun Peaks Resort Trail Crew, represented by Cara on the right.
With this race being such a technical course, we had mandatory full-face helmets in effect, as well as a mandatory practice on Saturday. It was great to see the big smiles and wide eyes come race-day. Props to James Jeffries the trail-boss at Sun Peaks.
With the average time coming in around 40 minutes of racing across six stages, it was a huge surprise when Remi Gauvin broke the 35-minute mark, with a 34:51. With the overall series championship going to Max Leyen, Brendon Edgar and Matt Monod were left to duke it out for 3rd overall.
Honorable mention to Jeff Pont, who captured the highly competitive 30–39 Men category and had a walk-away for the overall title. Jeff has shown his integrity, tact, and kindness, and proven, time and time again, that riding is fun. No matter your age, fitness or motivations, riding is riding, and the more you do it and commit to it, the faster you'll become.
Lastly, in the U21 and U15 Category, we see Evan Wall and Johnny Helly respectively taking their category titles—watch out for these young dudes as they prepare to launch an assault on the pro-category in 2018. Of note also is that this was the first race in which we saw the U21 Women's category grow to have a full and highly competitive podium with Ainhoa, Sena, and talk of the town Lucy (#BackflipSchick) Schick. Lucy earned her nickname as she won a set of We Are One Composites, carbon wheelset, at the season ender party, by doing a backflip inside the bar!
Who let the groms out...
Johnny Helly, going deep and steezy on the Insanity One drop.
Remi, a beast on a bike. He detonated a rear wheel during practice, that poor rock.
Racing is, well—racing. These trails were in prime condition, and needless to say, fun was had, berms were ridden and undoubtedly, gaps were sent.
Talk about commitment, who needs fingers on their brakes anyways...
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For more information on the trail networks involved and all the recreational opportunities that the Tournament Capital has to offer, visit Tourism Kamloops here or check out Kamloops' trail networks on Trailforks here. The Tournament Capital Games races are not BC Enduro Series events but they are being run by the same team and grassroots vibe, and we look forward to seeing some new faces out in Kamloops this fall!