Dessert in the Desert!
Kamloops is that place that everyone has heard about, you've always wanted to rider here, and this weekend, we welcomed in a whole bunch of Kamloops first-timers, some old-timers and many that will be returning to seek out the sage and endless ribbons!
Round number four of the OSPREY
BC Enduro Series, presented by SMITH
is hosted by #ExploreKamloops
and Bicycle Cafe Kamloops
, with support from Spoke Bike and Ski
, Kamloops Performance Cycling Centre
and the Kamloops Bike Riders Association
Now, that was a blatant plug for a bunch of people, but it's interesting to see the long list, why is that? These are the people and businesses that make riding areas possible
Ted (Organizer of the BC Enduro Series), lives in Kamloops. I actually had a bit of a get-off a week before the race, I fractured my Patella among other things and was left hobbling about. Not the thing you want to happen one week before you showcase your trails and community to 200 people!
The amount of support I received from those in my hometown was insane! I always get to write a little bit about how amazing each community that the BCES visits are, but when you really get to be a part of it, you realize that riding is a true leveller of any playing field; age, riding style, income, beer preference, political views, none of it matters when it comes to getting down on bikes! Needless to say, I was absolutely flabbergasted with the selfless acts of support people came forward with. A quick hit-list of thanks goes to Frank Helly, Paul Berry, Larry Hindle, <---Those three guys did over 8hrs of trail marking. Big thanks to Kipp Fennell, Jayne Rossworn, Wayne Parsons, Keith Wilson, Mike Reid, Lachlan Sillitoe, Fraser Gibson, Florian Nebel (NZL), Kyle P. (Thanks for the side-by-side), Dylan Sherrard, Keri Lewis, Jeff Pont and Cadence the dog!
Welcome to Kamloops first, ever, Enduro! Over 200 people competed this past weekend, the heat was cranked to thirty-seven and the descents were turned up to fifteen minutes! I was so stoked to show off my hometown, I even called in support from the local winery, Monte Creek Ranch Winery
and the local brewery, Red Collar Brewing
, to keep the hydration levels high throughout the event.
This event had onsite camping access to the log cabin for lounging and trails straight from your tent!Let's Get to RACING
This race was the longest course of the BCES to date, the most vertical gain (pedalling only) and the most amount of KMS, with stage one being around a 15-minute average. The course was a mix of Kamloops, fast flow, steep rock chutes, loose soil, berms a brand new flow trail and an old school grass slalom just for the hell of it!Race PhotosMax Leyen and the 50 Footer on Stage 3The 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!OSPREY FASTEST AMATEUR TIME
Osprey Packs is handing out a hydration pack to the fastest amateur time at every race. This Viper 9 Hydration Pack, going home to a ridiculously fast amateur.OSPREY PRE-SEASON PRIZE PACK
Back in the spring, we had a prize pack, including a Tracy Moseley signed pack, the lucky winner was Sierra! She was stoked on the prizes!RESULTSFull Results: Click Here
To view series results check them out on Roots and RainU15 MEN
Pos No. Name Team Time
1st 181 Neve Abraham | Commencal/Fox Head, 100%, Chromag, Pemberton Bike | 00:26:17
2nd 174 Carter Woods | Dodge City Racing, DCC | 00:26:32
3rd 182 Johnathan Helly | Bicycle Cafe Kamloops | 00:26:39U21
1st 191 Kasper Koolley | 00:25:18
2nd 253 Max Scharf | Skookum Cycle Salmon Arm | 00:25:20
3rd 194 Evan Mant | Royal Racing/ S4 Suspension/ @teamraisinbran | 00:25:3221-29 MEN
1st 256 Harrison Smith | Free Radicals, NOBL Wheels, Chromag | 00:26:06
2nd 170 Curtis Bennett | 00:26:14
3rd 242 Jonathan Ladyman | 00:26:2830-39 MEN
1st 132 Eric Nykoluk | 00:25:44
2nd 133 Cesar Gairin | Orbea, 9Point8, adidas Sport eyewear | 00:25:48
3rd 102 Dave Sutton | cycology bikes/ nrg/ lions head pub | 00:26:0140+ MEN
1st 89 Andy Moore | Endless Biking | 00:26:45
2nd 94 Trevor Syrowy | 00:26:48
3rd 81 Wayne Parsons | Nobl Wheels | 00:27:08SHORT COURSE U21 MEN
1st 207 Adam Lucas | Knolly, O'Neal, Spank | 00:11:40
2nd 178 Oliver Capobianco | 00:12:03
3rd 223 Jake Swallow | 00:12:17SHORT COURSE MEN 21+
1st 224 Qwynn Dalmer | 00:12:28
2nd 248 Rich Embury | 00:13:05
3rd 225 Dennis Luk | 00:14:42 SHORT COURSE U21 WOMEN
1st 219 Jaya Guibert | 00:14:41
2nd 241 Sophie Von Dehn | 00:17:10SHORT COURSE WOMEN 21+
1st 38 Angela LeFebvre | 00:14:40
2nd 47 Emilia Cronin | Muddbunnies Riding Club | 00:15:17
3rd 222 Marie-noelle Legere | 00:19:08U21 WOMEN
1st 188 Jennifer McTavish | Ryders Eyewear, Chromag | 00:31:36
2nd 186 Kei Gray | 00:36:16
3rd 185 Xiola Aldrich | 00:43:34OPEN WOMEN
1st 54 Leonie Picton | LIV Giant, Arbutus Routes | 00:27:54
2nd 53 Christina Chappetta | Evolution whistler, sombrio, Transition Bikes | 00:28:24
3rd 63 Laura Battista | 00:28:47PRO MEN
1st 16 Yoann Barelli | Giant Factory Off Road Team | 00:23:39
2nd 255 Dustin Adams | nobl wheels, Scott Bikes | 00:24:13
3rd 2 Stu Dickson | Devinci Cycles/NRG | 00:24:14Canmore
Next race we will be starting the BC Enduro East Series in Canmore, Alberta.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/boyfriends or injured riders to help out!
What you'll get:
• Post-race meal and drink
• Discount entry on any other race, for you or for a friend/kid/dog
Contact Diana: firstname.lastname@example.orgNeed Something?! More Information?
• Athlete Inquires | email@example.com
• Volunteer Information | firstname.lastname@example.org (Diana)
• All other inquiries | email@example.com (Event Director)Photographers
Mucho respect to the men behind the lens.
James Cattanach photos are here
and hereRace Video Courtesy of Connor Mcleod and #ExploreKamloops / @connormacleodvideo #SMITHisMTB
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