Off-Season Recap – Pinkbike

We’re already well into training again for 2017 and this past fall was one of the best off-seasons to date. With the season going late, school not starting until November and friends travelling out to Peachland from the east coast, it was a fall to remember. Full recap in a Rider Perspective piece on Pinkbike: http://www.pinkbike.com/news/rider-perspective-off-season-camp-guthrie-2016.html

 

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Camp Guthrie – Fall edition

This fall a couple of my teammates and friends from the east coast started a conversation about doing a week of training together somewhere. Victoria, Moab, and others came to the table but I suggested the Okanagan and my place for a free place. I didn’t have to try too hard to convince but hoped once they got here that seeing the Okanagan would bring them back.

Everyone is always biased to where they live and train. It’s no exception for me, I love the Okanagan and believe it’s one of the most underrated places in the world to be as an athlete. It provides four incredible seasons and many, many outdoor activities to choose from. A big part of my yearly training is the cross over to different sports. I’m a believer in not only being a good cyclist but a great multi-sport athlete.

 

Haley Smith, Andrew Lesperance and Catherine Fleury came to my place for one of mountain bike adventuring. We met plenty of other riders throughout the week, like Cathrine Pendrel, Sandra Walter, Anthony Evans, Ryan Newsome, and Keith Wilson. Riding with others who also love mountain biking is one of my favourite parts of the cycling world. Sharing a day with others and retelling the days adventures later on it always a riot.

I’ve never a full week of hard mountain biking before and it crushed me. Luckily we were all motivated, smiling and enjoying each day so we could push through. I did my best to ride different trails and networks each day to showcase the area.

I made sure to have other plans for the week to balance it all out. Wine tasting one, quad and dirt bike rides to uncles trapper cabin, pumpkin shooting, dinner out in downtown Kelowna, Bean Scene in Kelowna for proper espresso, the Bliss Bakery for our much desired tasty treats, and seeing some wineries for their amazing properties and views.

One day we’ll make #campguthrie a little more official and consistent! Thanks for coming out friends, it was an incredible week.

 

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Quad and motorbikes were used some afternoons

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Mega group in the Three Blind Mice network of Penticton. Riders: Keith Wilson, Catharine Pendrel, Sandra Walter, Ryan Newsmen, Haley Smith, Andrew Lesperance, and Catherine Fleury.

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The trails that it all started on for me; Smith Creek in Westbank.

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Showing Doctor Fleury one of my favourite places in the world: Rose Valley trails.

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This view point in Rose Valley will never get old.

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Riding the Kettle Valley Railway with the crew and guest Anthony Evans (wheelie man)

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Views on the Myra Canyon Trestles on breathtaking.

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It’s the people around that make the journey.

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Reason 235,746 why I ride bikes.

Life at home in-between the races

After getting home from the Cairns World Cup I caught a head cold and spent the first 1.5/2 weeks at home sick. It was unfortunate timing, as all colds are, but it was nice at home and every minute was enjoyed. The two weeks flew by as usual and now I’m in Albstadt, Germany preparing for the second round of the World Cup series this Sunday.

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Norco demo day for the new Optic trail bike

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Sunday Dinner with the gramma, mother, and father are always cherished.

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Peachland, you’re too beautiful. 

Although I wasn’t able to ride as much as I would hoped at home I still picked off riding my favourite routes, saw my favourite people, and did some of my favourite things. I love riding my bike but I also love many other things. Racing my bike around the world is a gift I can’t put into words, though being home is always special. The Red Devils Cycling Academy also started up their 2016 practices. Joining the all the young rippers is always inspiring and takes me right back to those early days.

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Riding with the Red Devils crew and Coach Axel Merckx.

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Road riding in the Okanagan is world-class, as it the mountain biking. 

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The Kettle Valley Railway always gives jaw-dropping views.

The first official application process and deadline for the athletic fund I’ve created with the Central Okanagan Foundation also happened in the past month. Its been an exciting process and one I’m really looking forward to building upon. My goal is to support student-athletes of the central Okanagan in the their post-secondary and athletic pursuits. The chosen applicant for 2016 will be released in the coming month.

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My new Norco Factory Team spec’d Enduro race bike; the Norco Range.

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Home trails always give that extra smile.

After finishing school in early April I said to myself “no summer courses so you can focus on racing”. Then after three weeks of debating I signed up for a summer course.. I’m far too close to finishing school and this keeps my goal of finishing my Business Marketing program at Okanagan College in 2016 on track.

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Had more than a few mulligans on the course, but more in the ball-loosing form. 

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Along with starting up school I was picking up some home projects with some continued wood work for furnishing my place with reclaimed wood. One mans scrap wood is another mans pile of gold. Over the course of the past year I’ve build TV stands, wine racks, clothing racks and open face shelves for my little cabin. Another project was restoring and making my dads old motorbike street legal again, which has been off to a slow start but signal lights were installed and the old seat is getting reupholstered for my return home in June.

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Before the fire bans were put into effect there was a big gathering of the Guthrie family, family friends and friends for a big cook out over the fire – all enjoyed with some adult beverages. In the days leading up to this last departure the amazing and classic Okanagan weather was creating paradise. A few beach days were enjoyed along with a couple days on the boat.

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Celebrated little bro Tom’s birthday a whole 6 weeks early as an excuse to have an extra chocolate cake. 

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Giving Back


SPORTS – From the Kelowna Capital News (http://www.kelownacapnews.com/sports/378293971.html)

Guthrie funds young athletes

Cross country mountain biker Evan Guthrie has set up a scholarship fund for high school athletes - Keith Valentine

Cross country mountain biker Evan Guthrie has set up a scholarship fund for high school athletes

— Image Credit: Keith Valentine

Evan Guthrie decided it was time to give back.

The national-class mountain bike racer from Peachland has introduced the Evan Guthrie Fund, designed to assist young athletes in further pursuing opportunities in their chosen sport.

With the support of the Central Okanagan Foundation, the Evan Guthrie Fund will be presented this year to a graduating student at Mt. Boucherie Secondary School.

In the future, Guthrie plans to include all high schools in the Central Okanagan.

In Grade 10, Guthrie received a bursary in the name of Summerland freestyle skier Kristie Richards, the main inspiration for the creation of the new scholarship fund.

“It’s the first money I was ever given towards my sport and I’ll never forget that,” said Guthrie. “Then the Kelsey Serwa Bursary came along and I thought I can do something helpful, too. I feel I can give back more, to help graduating athletes who might not otherwise continue their sport for financial reasons.”

Guthrie said the fund is available to individuals competing in any sport, not just those offered in high schools.

In addition, applicants don’t necessarily have to excel in their classes.

“It’s not weighted heavily in academics, people don’t have to be straight-A students, but it will be for someone who is deserving and works hard,” said Guthrie. “I wasn’t really good in school and not everyone is.

“I want people to have the same opportunities I had. It’s tough when you hear people have to leave their sport when they don’t really want to.”

The application deadline for this year’s fund for one Mt. Boucherie student is Friday, May 13.

To apply, contact the career centre at MBSS.

To contact Evan Guthrie by email, visit his website: evanguthrie.com

 

Victoria Canada Cup Recap

The 2016 racing season has officially begun. This past weekend the first Canada Cup took place at Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria, BC. In the two weeks leading in I was staying at my brothers in town and doing some training rides with the National Team.

It was a special race for me because my parents, brother, and friends were out to watch. Many fellow racers and their families were also out, my Norco family was there as well and it meant that I had a ton of support on this day – something I cherish. Not often do that many of my friends and family make it out to a bike race and even though this is a “home” province race it still takes 7-8 hours to Victoria from Kelowna area.

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Steven, Lucy, Tomas – bro, myself, Kim – mother, Owen – one of best friends, and Erika. Father missing from Picture!

The Norco Factory Team with Evan McneelyAndrew L’esperanceHaley SmithPeter Disera, Jonathan Duncan, Kevin Havilland, and Pete Stace-Smith were out.

Haley rode impressively through the field to a 4th place in her first official year as an elite. Evan and Andrew took two podium spots in 4th and 5th, while Peter and I followed up with an 8th and 10th.

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My bros

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s been 5.5 months since my last race and I had only been “full-time” training on the bike for two weeks leading into this race, which was noticeable in the end results. I finished in 10th; my worst Canada Cup result in 5 years. The field was arguably more stacked than usual but it was still a poor performance, though many positives were taken. Things can definitely only go up and that’s all the motivation I need as of now.

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Photo: Jay Wallace – Island Images 

Racing is something we do a lot and always have the opportunity to do, so leading into the camp and having Canada’s best riders all on the island and doing workouts together is something I take more from. I’m fortunate to call these riders my friends and I’m always looking forward to riding and hanging out with them all. I have unique stories and experiences with each of these riders.

Someone like Catharine Pendrel who I met riding in 2006 when we were sponsored by the same bike shop; Derek Zandstra who took me under his wing a bit in 2008 at the World Championships and rode me as a 17 yr old; Emily Batty who also hung out with me and I think pushed one of my first cups of espresso on me in Italy at the 2008 World Champs; Raphael Gagne who hung out and rode with my as a junior and was also my teammate in the team relay – along with Catharine and Geoff – World Champs in Australia where we won a silver medal.

That’s just the beginning, each of the riders these past couple weeks brought something to the training, they’ve brought a lot to the racing over the years and I’m looking forward to hanging out with all these fellow Canadian racers in the years to come!

This year it was the first fundraiser gala for Cycling Canada MTB as the “Road to Rio” gala took place the evening after the race at Bear Mountain. Many supporters and racers showed up to celebrate mountain biking and support the National Team’s quest for Olympic glory. It was an honour to sit at the table with Cycling BC – who have been instrumental in my cycling development – along with my family. Thank-you Cycling BC for bring my family and I.

Big thank you to Bear Mountain Resort  and everyone involved for bringing a Canada Cup to the west coast. It’s a start to a bright future for mountain biking in Canada with Victoria to home to Cycling Canada’s National Mountain Bike Team.

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Photo: Jay Wallace – Island Images 

Evan Guthrie

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Fisherman’s Wharf

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Big baby bro and I 

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Post-bike race fun in the boardgames cafe. 3 hrs of Risk has be buying the game now. Photo: Catherine Fleury

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First time seeing a seal..what a weird mammal/animal/creature thing

 

 

Kelowna Sport Hero Awards Night

It was an honour to have the opportunity to give the keynote speech at a community awards night for volunteer and athletic achievement on Wednesday in Kelowna. I have once received a ‘sport hero’ award and it was amazing to celebrate everyones achievements this year.

I was given a great opportunity to speak about how my community has contributed to my journey through sport and how meaningful the support is as an athlete. Volunteers allow us athlete to pursue our passion and I hope they all know how much that means to us.

KelownaNow put an article together that highlighted the night and my speech. It can be found here: https://www.kelownanow.com/watercooler/sports/news/Sports/16/02/11/Evan%20Guthrie%20Confirms%20That%20Athletes%20Cant%20Realize%20Dreams%20Without%20Community%20Heroes/

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Community Sport Hero Awards night

On February 10th we’ll be celebrating extraordinary athletic and community member accomplishments at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna. I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity in giving the keynote talk.

Tickets can be found here for free with all the information: http://pacificsportokanagan.com/index.php?p=3_3

 

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Interior CX Finals “School of Hard Knox”

It’s crazy how fast the fall season comes and goes. Every year I write down a list of things I want to do, explore or adventure to, and this season was fairly full, although I didn’t tick off everything I hoped for.

Fitting in at least one cyclo-cross race had to be done. It wasn’t more fitting than to do Chainline Cycle’s “School of Hard Knox” race. The guys put on a great event and are pushing for all cycling events in the valley. Well done, gentleman. Of course thank you from all the racers for the effort and allowing us to have a good time.

It was a tough day, not going to sugarcoat it. Fun day with a four and half hour hike on Saturday, early morning riding in the negatives before the races and then the “School of Hard Knox” at Knox mountain began.

Peter Watson from Balance Point Racing was going fast and unfortunately got a flat tire. It did allow me to relax a little and catch my breath. Going hard in that cold of weather after six weeks without anything hard, was damn hard! The kids races were great to watch and I couldn’t believe how many young rippers were out there.

Great way to end the competitive 2014 racing season with a win. Local events are always some of my favourite to attend and unfortunately I don’t get to participate in as many anymore, especially these fall cx races with my school schedule. Finishing that day off with a “cool down” over to Tree Brewing for a pint was just perfect.