Photography // Joe Roberts & Cody Shimizu
Big mountains, epic trails, unbelievable views, and an unbeatable vibe. Welcome to Crowsnest Pass for round #2
of the 2022 Norco Canadian Enduro Series Presented By Leatt. Now Crowsnest Pass may not be somewhere you have heard too much about, it’s a relatively small community just across the Alberta border. And although small, it has an insane history including one of Canada’s biggest and deadliest landslides - The Frank Slide - as well as being a center for “rum-running” back in the early 1900’s. Crazy!
The local mountain bike community, led by the United Riders of Crowsnest, has well and truly put themselves on the must-ride map. The trails here feature everything from some bike park-style flow to back-country trails that feel a million miles from anywhere. If you have yet to ride here, add it to your next road trip. You will not be disappointed!
With predicted rain and thunderstorms for the weekend, everyone was well prepared for what could have been a long weekend! But, in true mountain weather fashion, we got the complete opposite - a weekend of near-perfect sunshine! Saturday featured Stages 1 and 2 at the Pass Powderkeg trail network. After a relatively gentle climb to the top of the ski hill, Stage 1 would immediately sort the prepared from the unprepared. 2017 Pro Men's winner Matt Monod, started the weekend with a bang taking Stage 1, with Tori Wood putting herself firmly in the lead for the Pro Women.
Stage 2 was just as physical but in a very different sense. A more technical top section, a hectic mid-stage sprint, and a flow trail to finish. If you weren’t absolutely hanging off your bars at the bottom, you didn’t push hard enough on this one. After day 1, it was Harry Snow and Tori Wood leading the Pro Men’s and Women’s category, with Elly Hoskin and Jacob Bonikowsky leading the U21 Women and Men.
On the menu for Day 2 were Stages 3, 4, 5, and 6. Riders headed out bright and early to begin the pedal over to Stage 3 and a Crowsnest must-ride, Big Bear. The view from the top of this trail is guaranteed to make you instafamous! At the bottom of the stage, reports were coming in of it sounding more and more like a graveyard of taco’d wheels and flat tires. This stage tested even the best riders and proved to be a defining point in the weekends racing for many categories. A quick, but very essential stop at the feed station for lollies and pickle juice, before heading up to Stage 4 - School of Rock. A quick second pass at the feed station and a sprint down the short Stage 5 before riders made the pedal 10km back to the Pass Powderkeg trails for Stage 6.
Tori wood took a clean sweep of all stages for the Pro Women claiming her first Canadian Enduro Series Pro win, while Harry Snow kept things safe to bring home the win for the Men. Elly Hoskin won all but one stage to take the U21 women's win by over a minute. Both Tori and Elly, racing for the Corsa Cycles Enduro team, are ones to watch for this season! With a strong Day 2, Erik Ashton took top honours for the U21 Men. A huge congratulations goes out to all of the racers, it was an incredible weekend and we were stoked to see you all out there.
A huge thank you has to go out to the United Riders of Crowsnest and to Pass Powderkeg. Without them, this race would not have happened.
How good is this start location!
Saturday roll-out. Time to get into it.
Lets get this party started!
Stage 1 was a physical start to the weekend. Lots of pumping and pedaling.
Holiding speed around the turns was crucial on Stage 1.
Stage 2 had riders traversing the incredibly green ski runs. These sections were a photographer's dream
Cody MacArthur got faster and faster with every stage eventually finishing up 6th in Pro Men.
The man, the myth, the legend - Darcy Neniska.
A well earned beverage to end Day 1.
Day 2 started with the Crowsnest classic - Big Bear.
Ainsley Haggart hitting the rock rolls like they were nothing.
Matt Breen finding the limits of his suspension.
Nothing like a good majestic climb through the mountains.
Matt Monod keeping it low, ending the weekend 2nd in Pro.
Tori Wood hammered hard all day long to take her first Canadian Enduro Series Pro Women's win.
This one puddle on the course saw a lot of photo action!
The final stage of the day. Time to leave it all out there!
Cecilia Campuzano ended out the weekend 2nd Pro Women.
Pro Women's Podium left to right - Cecilia Campuzano, Tori Wood, Julie Gamache
Pro Men's Podium left to right - Matt Monod, Harry Snow, Matt Breen
These events do not happen without our dedicated volunteers! They are quite literally the backbone of the event. A huge thank you goes out to all of the volunteers that have already signed up to help out. If you're interested in volunteering at some of our events, please reach out and let us know how we can make your summer exceptional!
We're always looking for the following:
• Course Sweep
• Food Station
• Course Marshals
• Registration Table - Early start, early finish, interacting with the riders
• First-Aid - Must be comfortable with hiking/biking to your spot and be a minimum of WFR. We do offer paid positions.
• Finish Line Support - Hang out at the finish line
What we offer:
• Free entry to any race this year! If redeeming for your kids/spouse you'll receive 75% off.
• Free lunch, snacks, and drink.
• Free event goodie bag with some epic items from event sponsors.
If this sounds like you, register here as a volunteer
A huge thank you has to go out to the following people: Norco, Leatt, We Are One, Concord Pacific, F2C Nutrition, Elevation Bike Shop, Pass Powderkeg, United Riders Of Crowsnest, Pass Beer Co and all of the legendary individuals that have helped pull this event together. THANK YOU!
Need More Information?
• Visit our Website
• Athlete Inquires & Volunteer Information | Claudine Gilbert firstname.lastname@example.org (Event Manager)
• All other inquiries | Matt Hollbrook email@example.com (Owner / Event Director)