In 2013 when Outside Magazine awarded the Yukon as the best mountain biking destination, we have been keen to return, except of course, this time we’d have our bikes. We last visited the home of the world’s toughest dog sled race in 2008; we could see the potential then, but knew the area needed more time to mature and develop. With the opening of mountain bike tour companies like Boréale Explorers and the founding of the esteemed trail building project, Singletrack to Success, both instrumental in the growth of mountain biking for the area, we knew we wouldn’t have to wait long.
It's now October and you're either squeezing in one last bike trip, or planning for next season's two-wheeled adventures. If you have the Kootenays on the brain, you're not alone. In this Ride Diary Leigh and Russ head south for the challenging trails the area is famous for and end up finding awesome in Nelson, BC!
It's been a BIG season for Sovereign Cycle team rider Jillian Thatcher! Not only did Jill finish her first ever Enduro World Series race this year in Whistler, but this weekend she WON the 2017 overall of the Canadian National Enduro Series in the open women's category! Go Jill! We are very proud of all that she has accomplished, so to celebrate a fantastic season we've asked Jillian to reflect back to Crankworks and share her opinion about racing, specifically why she thinks that everyone should give it a go at least once.
Downhill racing comes down to a few minutes of autopilot riding that seems to go by in a matter of heart beats. Rider, machine, race course, weather, preparation and luck all contribute to the final result. What most people outside of the race tape don't see is the week’s worth of preparation that goes into that single race run. With that single run in mind, here’s a day-in-the-life diary (or 7 days to be exact) for Sovereign Cycle team rider, Anthony Evans at the 2017 Crankworx Canadian Open DH on this entry of Race Diary.
For a long time Williams Lake managed to keep their secrets relatively safe, but with local legends like James Doerfling, and Mark Savard propelling the ‘Puddle’, it was only a matter of time before there would be a leak. When your secret is so good, it catches the attention of high profile events like the BC Enduro Series (BCES) two years in a row, you can easily predict that things are about to get busy, real busy.