Singletrack 6 final recap

 

rider: Evan Guthrie wins ST6 Open Men

Photo gallery from John Gibson and Jean McAllister from the race: HERE

What an incredible week given to us by TransRockies at Singletrack 6. All photos on here by John Gibson and Jean McAllister.  Here is a final recap I wrote on PInkbike: Click this link

 

rider: Evan Guthrie and Justin Lindine

rider: Tomi Misser hugs Evan Guthrie

rider: Evan Guthrie and Brittany Webster

rider: Evan Guthrie won the ST6 Open Mens category

rider: Evan Guthrie won the ST6 Open Mens category

Singletrack 6 mid-race report

rider: Evan Guthrie

 

Pinkbike Article HERE

Singletrack 6 Preview

 

riders: Evan Guthrie leads Justin Lindine who took 1st Place on Stage 1.

 

Link to Pinkbike article HERE

National XC Champs

Saturday was one of the bigger races on the schedule this year; National Cross-Country Mountain Bike Championships are important in Canada and every rider comes with their A-Game. I had one of the best feeling races this year and spent all day chasing in 4th place before fading to 5th on the final lap. Some could say it’s disappointing but I finished absolutely smashed and was happy with the ride. Not often do I come home, lay on the ground, curl up in a ball and eventually throw up. That was me for the few hours after, totally spent.  

I couldn’t believe the support from fans and volunteers out there. They helped push me and kept that smiling game face on. Canmore has hosted the best Nationals I’ve been to in years – thank you everyone. 

On Sunday the BC crew had multiple teams in the relay event and came away with the win. 

This week is the final prep before starting Singletrack 6 in Golden on July 28th. 

Race results: https://zone4.ca/race/2018-07-21/d6113784/canadian-xco-championships/results/

Timed DH Results: https://zone4.ca/race/2018-07-21/8b83e954/canadian-xco-championships/results/

Thursday before the race there was a “ride with the pros” event for the kids Thanks to all the other elite riders who came out for this kids event Look how many kids were out!

Saturday as XC race day and finally had some of the best legs this year! Photo John Gibson

Photo by John Gibson

Finish line foot-plant is my signature for Canmore. Photo: Aidan Brown

Podium time in the evening after racing wrapped up. 

 

BC Provincial Marathon Champs

The morning started off with some cloud and fog around the lake but soon after the sun came out. It was a perfect day for racing with low temperatures and blue skies. We were treated to the opening of some old classic trails in the Stake Lake area outside of Kamloops. We had two 25km loops to total 50km as our BC Marathon Provincials course. 

We also had our future young rippers out in their race. Love seeing when there are kids races at events. I wish I would have had the chance to be on a start line like this growing up. 

Race Results HERE


Shared the podium with friends Carter (left in 2nd) and Craig (right in 3rd)High gives with race organizer Bjorn as I head into the finish

The teenage crop in the BC interior is strong right now!

Honoured to have taken, for the first time in my life, a marathon provincial title and a cross-country provincial title back in June. I’ve only been able to take part in one other provincial championship race in the last 7 years. Thanks for the organizers, the volunteers and everyone involved in making that happen. 

Whistler Canada Cup #6 Recap

It was back to Whistler for round #6 of the Canada Cup Series. This was my first Canada Cup 12 years ago in 2006 and I was won the U17 men’s category. I’ve dreamed of winning the Whistler round as an elite and finally that came true. It also marked the first win of the season for my program and all the supporters. 

The race course had some changes this year and it made the lap quite exciting. As usual, this course has more elevation than the majority of XC races at ~250 meters of climbing per lap. That means lots of descending though, which is right up my alley! Everything went well with good legs, pacing, headspace, and equipment; this allowed me to ride smart and at my own pace, which resulted in over a three minute lead by the end. I came up on Sandra Walter just before we were about to finish and said “Hey, do you want to finish together?” and she said “yes!”. Finishing with the leader of the other elite category is always rare and we took full advantage of crossing the line together. 

Congrats to all the strong riders by everyone out there. It’s a good day to just finish that race. Photos below are all from: Scott Robarts

My girlfriend Brittany jumped into the race for her first Canada Cup in quite some time and snagged 3rd in Elite women! 

Celebrating with elite women’s winner, Sandra Walter

Cooling down with young gun Cody Scott

2018 Elite men Provincial Champion

Elite men podium

Elite women women

Canada Cup | BC Champs XCO. June 23, 2018. Photo By: Scott Robarts

Results 

Canadian Enduro National Champs

This past weekend was the first-ever Canadian National Enduro Championships, which were held in Panorama, BC and run by the Canadian Enduro Series. I love these events and how they bring everyone together for a best day ever. This discipline has really grown the past few years and it was a huge step forward to have a National Championship event. 

This was my fourth enduro race of the season and it went very well. I rode efficient and didn’t risk any self-made mechanicals or crashes. This consistency landed me with one stage win and a third overall. Remi Gauvin won and my buddy Mckay Vezina was second. Both riders are Enduro World Series athletes on pro Enduro teams, so I was pleased to be next up behind them. 

The first time I visited Panorama it was 2004 as a 13 year old, during my first full season of racing BC Cup cross-country races in. Fourteen years later I came back and had my first Senior aged podium (above 23 years old) at a National Championship – that was a long one to finally tick off. It only seems fitting that I finished third on the weekend, as back in ’04 I also finished third. 

There was a lot of smiling racers at the end of the day. It was  massive feat for anyone to finish the 52 km with 3,700 M of descending and 2,300 M of ascending. 

Full event recap HERE

Pre-practice day riding the Lillian Lake trails with this lady. 

Practice day with a stop just below the alpine on this 8 km descent.

Need I say more? Friends, bikes, mountains, and good weather!

Race day pedal up into the alpine for stage 2. 

Top of stage 2 with our crew for the day before dropping in. 

L to R: Myself, Remi, and Mckay 

Photo: James Cattanach

Photo: James Cattanach

Canadian Enduro Series round 2

 


Recap on Pinkbike: https://www.pinkbike.com/news/mec-canadian-enduro-series-gets-boldly-unscripted-in-kamloops.html

Canada Cups 2&3

This marked the 9th year I raced in Mont Tremblant and 6th year racing Baie-St-Paul since 2008. These two races have been staple locations in the Canada Cup national series since long before my racing started. I was chatting with my fellow BC coach Adam Walker on Saturday morning while the early races were happening and he said it was 20 years ago to the weekend that he raced as a junior in Tremblant.  Turned out it 10 years to the weekend that I first raced Tremblant as a junior and punched a ticket to my first World Championships. 

Going back to the previous weekend in Baie-St-Paul (BSP) we showed up for round two of the Canada Cup series. On my way to the race I stopped in with my sponsor On the Edge Canada (distributor for Pivot Cycles in Canada) to visit with everyone and see a new special bike. On the day I arrived it was also the release for Pivot’s new Trail429 bike and OTE had it in the office. 

Pivot anyone?

For the majority of my trips to BSP there is a special farmhouse that is dear my old  teammates and I. This year it was back to the farmhouse. With such a lean in the house that you can roll a ball from one side to the other, it makes for a cozy feeling. Weather was holding nice and the course was rugged and hard as ever. BSP always hosts a top-notch event and keeps an old school feel to the course. 

Morning bike prep in proper attire. Photo by Fred Webster

On top of the cross-country main event, there was short track race on the Saturday evening. The juniors and elites were combined for this and it gave a good chance for those juniors to prove how fast they really are. Our race was exciting with a “big” climb for a short track, where fireworks went off every lap it was everything I had just to stay in the group. There was a little chaotic scenario and almost crash about 17 minutes into the ~25 minute race. I came to a stop on the hill and works to get back on the next lap and lit my final matches there. Rode solo in for 10th. Not stellar but hoped it would open the legs for Sunday’s race. Holden Jones and Carter Woods of BC went 1-2 and they’re juniors! Stellar riding. 

Front of the race at the start. Photo by Fred Webster

Back of the pack after the start. Photo by Fred Webster

Photo by Fred Webster

Sunday came around I spent the morning in the pits as my girlfriend Brittany raced early before she was on coaching duty in the afternoon. After all the years of racing and people supporting me in the pits, it was nice to help support there. 

She also won

I stopped in to drop to my bottles later in the day during the Junior race before mine and just happened to be there when one of the Alberta juniors had a chain come off and wrap around it self. I was luckily able to untangle it and get him back on the bike. Quite the exciting pre-race warm up for me! Photo by Fred Webster

The pace was furious from a 1/4 lap in when eventual winner Felix Burke threw in some spicy attacks. After following his first few I once again burned my few matches and paid the price. Something felt off but I had a pretty solid sustainable effort to fall back on. I floated around for the next four laps in 2nd place and was caught buy three riders in the final lap and they climbed a lot stronger than I was able to ride. Tough day but hit the podium still in 5th. Felix took over the Canada Cup overall series and I trailed in second. 

Photo by Fred Webster

We spent that evening enjoying some delicious food and watching some of the Rundle Mountain Cycling Club riders race a lawnmower around the yard. Tuesday was a trip through Old Quebec City for lunch and coffee before moving north of Montreal to Mont-Tremblant.

This is a spot that also produces a great event every year. For 2018 they created a weekend festival called CrossRoads. It combines all cycling events amount every discipline. A good step forward for this event. Throughout the week we rode the course and trained in the beautiful area of Mont-Tremblant. 

I spent Thursday pre-riding with the Cycling BC Provincial Team around the course.

This weekend the cross-country was Saturday and the downhill Canada Cup was Sunday. I spent the morning in the pits again with my longtime racing pal – Evan Mcneely. Both of girlfriends were racing at the same time we were able to have coffee and catch up there.

Morning spins are always a highlight when you get to ride with friends. L to R: Andrew Watson, Jenn Jackson, and Peter Glassford. 

Morning pit duty with my long time racing pal Evan Mcneely. 

Later in the day I was again watching the junior race about 5 minutes before I was about to warm up and I saw Logan Sadesky of the Rundle Mountain Cycling Club running through the lap with a snapped chain. I sprinted up to the pits and got ready to fix it with his coach Brittany Webster. It was a snapped link so we had to break that link out and put in a new quick link. Mike Charuk was nearby and helped as well. I’m wasn’t as quick as I hoped fixing this but we got Logan out again. This was probably the highlight of my day being there to help someone else out. I’ve had so many great mechanics and coaches over the years fix some major bike issues for me and it was an honour to be there for someone else. 

It was then to warm up before our late 4 PM start. Once again Felix Burke took off and left us to fight behind. US cyclo-cross star Stephen Hyde was out and rode solidly in the 2nd while a few of traded positions between 3-5 until the final lap. I rested a lot this week, as last week I felt a deep fatigue in the body, but that didn’t seem to help much for this weekend other than a higher heart rate. I didn’t fade quite as hard this week but still not sharp. No excuses again for this weekend. I need to go home and do some homework now. I finished 5th again on the podium but not how I hoped to feel or how I hoped to race. Historically my seasons have always started slowly and gotten better throughout the year, so I’m confident that the page will turn.  Next up: Canadian Enduro Series race in Kamloops this coming weekend. 

 


I was fortunate to have this one around for the trip. Brittany provided some top-notch race support the last two weekends. 

Sea Otter Classic

The day after Moab Rocks finished on April 17th I travelled back up to Salt Lake City with Geoff and flew over to Oakland, California. Picked up the mini-van rental and pointed south to Monterey for the Sea Otter Classic. 

Sea Otter’s DH course was stage 1 for the Enduro

As a kid into cycling, like any other, I read all about Sea Otter growing up and it was a pipe dream of my father and I to attend the event together one day. We still haven’t been together but I plan to do it one day. This year marked my 6th visit in a row after a getting a late cycling “career” start to the event.

The slalom course was the fourth and final stage for the enduro. 

Every year slowly progressed better and better, until my little childhood dream of standing of on a podium at Sea Otter with some legends of the cycling world finally happened. On top of that I stood beside one of my best buds – Mckay Vezina. It was a special day. 

Post-race reviewing with the guys

Back to the beginning of the week after travelling post-Moab Rocks I had one “rest day” before pre-riding the endure course on the Wednesday and getting all the registration packages for my little over zealously planned three days of racing at Sea Otter – Enduro, short track cross-country, and olympic-distance cross-country. The fields were quite as deep this year as last but the front end of the fields were stacked with heavy hitters. 

Podium L to R: Mckay, Josh, Jared, Kurtis, and myself.

Day 1 for the enduro you may know guys like Jared Graves (multi time, multi discipline world champ), Kurtis Keene, Josh Carlson and Mckay Vezina. All top EWS racers and the fella’s I got to pre-ride with on Wednesday. We joked, we rode, we made fun of each other and we also all stood on the podium together the following day with Jared winning, Kurtis second, Josh third, myself fourth, and Mckay fifth. Mission accomplished on day 1 – to get that elusive Sea Otter podium after finishing 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, and 12th in previous years’ events. 

Photos below by Chris Vezina

Day 2 of racing was the short track. It’s a fast and furious short course that really comes down to having that fresh, top-end followed with a bit of luck from the start to get in the lead group. After being the lead group three of the last four years I figured out it’s quite a lot easier to fight upfront than it is to fight for ~15th.

Luck was not on my side as I got boxed in from two riders right at the start and the rider in front of me was slower to get into his and my very quick hesitation to slow down my momentum meant I was swarmed from both sides and back outside the top-20. Not long after the start there are  bunch of turns through an uphill sand pit and I watched the front group ride away while coming to stop back in the pack. Tried fighting to move up the gap was too much for my abilities on the day. Next year. 

Day 2 of racing was the hardest of the weekend; the cross-country race that took us around 8 short laps inside the famous Laguna Seca raceway that had nothing technical about it, just open climbs, steep climbs, a few turns and a  brutally fast pace. Much like the short track it’s important to have a good first lap to make that front group.

I was smarter than day and was into the 10-15th ish range by the end of the first lap and was pretty tapped out while sticking onto the back of this group while we went into these sand pits again and of course I came to a stop again and watched the group ride away. I was missing that little bit of zip needed to jump back onto the group but it also seemed like playing in a sand pit might need to be added into training for next years event! I just never could make it back up and as the front group split into many little groups I was caught by a group behind me and spent the majority of the race there and when it came to the final lap that group of 5 had more than I did on the final climb and they danced away.

I was trying to dance but couldn’t quite make those salsa moves turn into anything. 20th place there and nothing to write home about but after three days of racing I couldn’t have left anything more out there. 

It was great to see most of my sponsors, catch up with friends, and meet new people. Sea Otter is a unique event and one that I’ve already had great memories come from. The racing isn’t the usual courses we’re used to but fast riders on the line always make a hard race. 

It’s worth mentioning that I used the same bike for all three races: Pivot Mach 429SL with FOX’s new 34 120mm step cast fork, RaceFace Next SL cockpit, cranks, wheels, and Schwalbe tires (Nobby Nic’s for Enduro, Thunder Burt rear and Racing Ralph front for short track and cross-country). 

 

 

Photo: Kenny Wehn

Photo: Kenny Wehn