|Sheldon, Etienne and B working on bike set up|
|So muddy and still so happy|
|B coming into the slick rock section, me following him|
|Riding down some slippery rocks and roots|
I ended up getting very few practice runs in and went to bed Saturday night wondering if I was even going to be able to race Sunday. A crash in practice on the infamous "slick rock" had landed me thumbs first on a wooden bridge and I couldn't zip up my jacket let alone hold onto my bars. Thanks to some good essential oils, the max dose of anti inflammatories and a lot of determination I somehow managed to make it down the course in my race run on Sunday. My hands blew off my bars a couple of times so it wasn't a clean run but in the end I was just happy I was able to race! As a bonus I came in second place, and as a double bonus Bryden also came in second! A pretty sweet way to end a challenging weekend.
|The Team! Sheldon, myself and Mr. B|
|The extended team :)|
|Pro Women's Podium|
|Pro Men's Podium|
|A couple of second placers!|
After that it was recovery time. I took some time off the bike to let my thumbs heal and luckily had a month before my next race… which was last weekend: Canada Cup #2 in Panorama BC. The exact opposite of Tremblant in terms of weather - dry, dusty, and hot. Aaaaaahhh I love the sun. It was a fast and loose course that got more and more fun and more and more blown out as the weekend progressed. This was our first race with our new team mechanic Nathan and he had his work cut out for him! Not only did he take care of my bike, Bryden's bike and Sheldon's bike, he also helped out several other racers in his "down time", smiling all the while. Lucky us to have such an amazing set up - thanks to OGC for making that happen!!
|Nathan working hard to keep us rolling|
|Course walk - with an amazing view|
|One of the two super steep sections|
|Steep and loose...|
My race run was decent. I had some close calls but kept it together in the top half of the course and then, right at the start of the uphill pedal, I snagged a tree with my handle bar and got knocked off my bike. I guess I'm not as good at that uphill stuff. ;) I pinned it to the bottom and managed to come away with a win and even take home the leader's jersey! My 951 Evo is having a great season so far, and I also have to say I'm loving my new Troy Lee Design's kit! Super lightweight and comfortable - good job on that TLD!
|Race run shot|
Now for another hot dusty weekend - National Championships this weekend in Sun Peaks!