Race Report: Canada's National Enduro Series - Camp Fortune

Jul 2, 2018 at 11:04
by Ted Morton  

Race Recap: Round #5 Camp Fortune, QC // MEC Canadian National Enduro Series presented by Intense Cycles

Canada's favourite enduro series took on Camp Fortune, QC this weekend in celebration of the Nation, we were only minuted from the countries Capital, and tackled what are likely some of the roughest trails east of the Rockies. Is this Quebec's gnarliest enduro!? Oh and Happy B-Day Canada!

The first stop of the Eastern rounds was definitely not what you'd expect. With temperatures reaching close to 45c with the humidex, some of the gnarliest rock gardens in Canada and a stellar course set by locals, it was a true showdown of who has the best bike handling skills, fitness, self-care and mechanics.

An absolute gem is the only way to describe the trails at Camp Fortune, this bustling little ski-hill was made famous in the DH days for its gnarly runs and it hasn't disappointed the most seasoned Westerner's wanting to compare and contrast it to "out-west". I truly consider Camp Fortune and the trails here world-class. They're so unique, each trail a masterpiece, from handcrafted rock berms to massive sculpted jump lines, there's something for everyone. On Thursday before the event, there were almost 300 riders that came out for a ride, nothing to do with the event, rather just another Thursday Social!

The trails and the community here at Camp Fortune are one-of-a-kind, they're breaking the mold and doing a helluva-good job!

As for the racing, Quebecois, Franck Kirscher took the big "W"; I always love seeing local dawgs absolutely crush the field, that was a solid ride for Franck. It was none other than fifteen year-p;d Milton McConville who came second overall on the day, a huge moment for the young grom, as this is his first podium of the series. Both were aptly suited to snag these titles!

TRAIL LOVE

As I said, a massive shout out to Robb, Matt, Kieran, Matt W. and all the trail bosses, what a fantastic job you've done! I Also wanted to give big props to the crew at Camp Fortune for welcoming us to their mountain and town, it's a somewhat new thing to have the series out east, and we're slowly growing the scene, albeit, one flat-tire at a time.

For this weekend we're stoked to say we'll be giving back a combined total of just under $1000.00 to the trails at Camp Fortune, that's 10% of entries from Sunday's race and another 10% from MEC that goes straight back to shovels in dirt! Less admin = more fun!





Camp Fortune, QC, a true escape from the bustling cities that surround this gem.


The FVMBA and a large portion of the volunteers that make this weekend tick!



Robb is one of the key trail bosses over at Camp Fortune, a true 819 local, he may not smile in photo's but that's because all his stoke are left on the trails for you to enjoy! P.S. If you drop a case of Pilsner in his truck, some pocket berms and sneaky lips will magically appear.



The Course





Liked the course? Donate to the Ottawa Mountain Bike Association through Trailforks!



One of the best parts of racing/riding in Eastern Canada is the dirt, since it's so humid when the temperatures rise, the dirt still stays tacky!


29er's they get caught in everything.. or, was that roll over everything!?



Carter Krasny, one of the U21 hopeful's that made the trip out east from BC, suffered a fatal wheel explosion that left him out of the race. All was good though, he borrowed my bike to finish the day party-lapping behind his buddies!



RACING





Camp Fortune has it all.


Jan was looking fierce all-day!



Jacob Tooke was sending it all day, a few get-offs meant he just missed the top spot. A big thanks to Jacob for all his help, he not only raced but helped clear the entire course afterwards, as well as crushing the pre-race admin of course marking and event setup!



Tight Trees!


This is what happens when you turn your birthday into a lifestyle!



I was going to say something about the local "French" lines, but I just couldn't take my eyes off this guys cat socks!


SMITH THRILLS AND SPILLS - Timed Descent




At every event, we pick a stage, and come up with a creative way for someone to win $100, we picked the man and woman who placed 13th on the shortest stage of the day!

Thrills and Spills were a huge part of the day, these two lucky racers now have a little bit more money for some cold beverages.



RESULTS


We had an error on stage three, when two riders in the pro category (on separate occasions), crashed into the timing controller, as such, we went ahead and dropped the third stage for the Pro Men and Pro Women.

You can find the full results here.

If you're looking for photos, we had the pleasure of having Gabe Rivett-Carnac






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!


Your winners of the Camp Fortune, QC Enduro!

The Canadian National 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 | Will Cadham admin@bcenduro.com
• All other inquiries | ted@bcenduro.com (Event Director)


MENTIONS: @SmithOptics / @raceface / @CLIF



17 Comments

  • 5 0
 Hats off to everyone who raced. What a brutally hot day for a race. Love seeing my local trails showcased too... wish I could have been there to race or volunteer... next time I guess.
  • 6 0
 Get the chairlift going for DH again please!
  • 1 0
 probably not going to happen this season, and im gutted Frown
  • 4 0
 Thanks for putting on such an awesome event Ted! Now you need to come back and sample the rest of our hill's radness. Megalodon whip off next year?
  • 2 0
 Awesome weekend. Great choice in trails. Weather was brutal but the climbs weren’t timed. Hit the lite every round for water and food and all was good.
See you Friday.
  • 1 0
 Hit the pits!
  • 1 0
 ???? sorry! Should be one in the event photo gallery!
  • 2 1
 There weren't even 50 racers?
  • 4 0
 It was unbearably hot, its surprising that even 30 ppl finished without heat exhaustion, hats off to everyone that raced Sunday.
  • 1 0
 @Leafs1: it was so hot out i couldnt even get my friends to come with me to watch. 47 on the humidex, just insane to ride in those conditions
  • 2 0
 @Albatrosse: Yeah to be honest I planned on racing but after practice Saturday I couldn't imagine myself finishing in those conditions, my body was done after practice, not to mention a few crashes lol
  • 2 0
 I managed stage 1 and had to call it due to the heat, unreal how hot it was.
  • 3 0
 @nouseforaname, Hey Duncan, Yeah, the weather was a huge factor and the long weekend, so next year we'll look for some cooler dates!
  • 1 0
 Which trail is in the video?
  • 2 0
 Bills run to Q Cup
  • 2 1
 No podium pic of 30-39??
  • 1 0
 @adrenalineracer sorry Brandon, there should be one in our photo gallery! Looks like it was uploaded late!

Cheers!

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