As much as we all like to complain about the weather here these days (non-stop rain!), I’m pretty sure I can’t remember a time when it wasn’t disgusting in Whistler for the month of June. I just finished a weekend of Dirt Series camps in what can be best described as monsoon weather on both days. The nice thing about the camps is that people come stoked to ride their bikes at all costs – I’m impressed that all of the people I got to work with were pumped on shredding despite the absolute heinous weather we were in all day each day.
Before my coaching weekend, we had Phat Wednesday #1 last week. I’ve decided that the hours before the actual race are what makes these little races so rad – all of our friends are out doing hot laps on stuff we wouldn’t typically spend much time on. That day was especially rad – Gunner finally got his pass and was learning the ropes on his new Aurum, Casey Brown was out in full force after we haven’t seen her in weeks, Claire was riding, Strand was out…I was loving it. Even had a cameo from some Calgary shredders on holiday.
I took a mega-digger drifting too hot into a flatter berm on BLine right before my race run so I’m still rocking a swellbow of impressive proportion (with elbow pads on!), but I still managed to put down a chainless race run that was super fun from the top of Bline to the valley. I refused, in the end to “paddle” with my feet across the road, which in hindsight I think might have been a mistake. The amazing Claire Buchar got me by .86 and Lula Darquier was behind us (not bad for her second year of beer league!). This is the first race I can remember that was top three fastest overall chainless (usually it’s just first or second – not everyone). I love these races.