Ok, July was jammed packed with a wide variety of different events. Not all racing either. Finished off June with 3 days of amazing racing at the Fernie 3. It was a hard fought battle against some fast women on some of the most amazing and fun trails, but I managed to finish 2nd to World Cup racer Sandra Walters.
San Juan Huts. Approximately 250 miles of riding, with some amazing singletrack options like Little Molas Pass out of Durango lead by local Shannon Gibson, and the Whole Enchilada into Moab. Hitting lightning and hail and rain at 12000 ft on day one, to 113 degrees and dry lightning at on day five, it was am amazing hut to hut trip. The Cannondale Scalpel was a great workhorse, turning her super lightweight racing machine into a bikepacking machine with Apidura bike bags and Stan’s Crest wheels. I do have to say, the Apidura bags were absolutely amazing on this trip. They handled the single track like a rock star, standing up really well to most amazing abuse a bag could take! I would highly recommend these…..designed and tested by a hardcore chick that has ridden many long adventures including the Continental Divide!
|Photo Eiry Bartlett|
|Photo Eiry Bartlett|
Definitely not fully recovered from that adventure I grabbed my Trigger 29er, I am totally in love with this bike! and headed over to Whistler for the Crankworx World Enduro Series race. I consider myself a pretty good technical rider, able to hold my own on most trails, but this was a little easily the hardest course that I've ever tried to race. I was literally shaking in my shorts on a couple of the technical sections……only to have Anne Caroline Chausson, 14 time multi discipline world champion, come by during practice and school all the dudes standing there…..yup, that's what I was up against. Needless to say, I had a tough go this event and crashed hard on stage 2, dislocating my shoulder and ending my day. I am sooooooo happy I was wearing my Lazer Phoenix full face (full face mandatory course) because it definitely saved my teeth!
|Pre-ride Stage 4|
3 weeks off the bike to let the shoulder heal….guess I really do need some recovery time…..and finally update my blog :( And getting ready for CrossVegas on the trainer for now !