This past weekend were the Alberta Provincial XC and Marathon Champs in Hinton Alberta. Having won these two races last yr I was back to defend my titles against some solid competition with Olympic xc skier Gordon Jewett, recent winner of the Alberta Road Provincials on hand to up the tempo. The XC race was on Saturday and I took the early lead on my 29’r King Kahuna but Gordon kept it close for the first 3 laps, before I managed to pull away for a 1:30 victory.
For the Marathon on Sunday I pulled out my 29’r Hei Hei as the dual suspension helps smooth out the riding on the longer races and keep the body fresher for the last couple hrs of the race. It worked again on the weekend as I went out hard on the first of five laps and opened up a 2 minute gap which I would slowly extend to just over 4 minutes by the end of the 62 km race.
The racing was fast on the weekend with solid competition and some very tough trails which were full of long hard climbs and rough technical descents. Luckily I had the right bikes for the job!
Next up is offseason.
Over and Out!