Round 2 of the BC Enduro Series was held in the Fraser Valley at Vedder Mountain, a new venue for 2016. Many would overlook Vedder for more popular Sea to Sky riding destinations, but recent trail work and a large local scene have made Vedder a ‘must ride’ in my books.
The race consisted of 3 stages, 2 of which were in the 10-13 minute range, some of the longest we have ever raced in the BC Series.
Stage 1 started with a steep loamy descent followed by some fast flowing turns and jumps before tightening up into a fresh cut section which could easily catch riders out, things then opened up into more established flatter trail into the finish.
Stage 2 was a ‘Secret Stage’ a new feature to the series, riders could walk it prior to racing but would only get to ride it during the race. This was an amazing stage filled with loamy turns and rollers, huge thanks to the trail builders for this one!
To finish, Stage 3 started from the top of the hill and descended all the way to the lake, encompassing all types of terrain on the way down. A fantastic way to finish the day!
After heading up the amazing climbing trail it was time to hit Stage 1. I rode fast and smooth in the steep top section and tried to limit mistakes where things got tight. I rode well and was happy to finish 6th on the stage. It was then a steep climb back up to the secret Stage 2.
Dropping in it was evident that it was going to be a blast! I tired to stay off the brakes where possible and rode nice and conservative to ensure I didn’t lose the front in any of the deep loam resulting from the earlier riders. I finished 7th, only a few seconds back from the leaders.
It was then a shuttle back to the top for the massive descent Stage 3 had to offer. I was keen to push hard to test my fitness and try and get myself as far up the order as possible as the stage time would equal almost half of the total race time. I rode great at the top and held good speed through the flatter sections and charged up the two early climbs. Things came unstuck however further down the trail as I clipped a pedal midway through a technical climb sending me awkwardly over the bars losing a lot of time. I tried to salvage what I could but ended up hitting a tree further down the course losing even more time. I was disappointed with myself after this stage, not because of the result but because I didn’t get to see how I stacked to the others on the long descent.
After all was said and done I finished 7th, it’s great to see an even deeper Pro field this year and it makes me want to work harder to get that podium spot!
Huge thanks to the BC Enduro team and FVMBA for putting on the event!