Nice report from our colleagues from the Rocky Mountain Urge bp Rally Team. Seat and enjoy:
After the tragic and emotionally intense weekend in Crested Butte we have all headed to Whistler heavy hearted. We moved on with keeping in mind that each second counts and that we will make the most of this trip in Whistler.
Being in Whistler is so special ! This place is a mountain bikers paradise and the Crankworx atmosphere is making it even better. No doubt that we were all super excited to ride and after the two days of practice in the bikepark we have done many, many laps maybe a bit too much.. But how could you stop riding here ! This time the team was joined by Jordan and XC rider Andréane.
After two days of practice in the bikepark, we had two more days to discover the other 4 non bike park stages. Soft dirt, roots and steep sections, true Whistler style and we loved it !
In between rain and sun, no weather would prevent us from riding and enjoying it.
This year format was completely different from last year. The stages were mostly accessed by lifts and the pedaling transfer were about one hour and a half. But don’t be fooled ! It was not an easy task ! Every stages were both technically and physically very demanding.
On Sunday morning we all jumped off the stage settled on the Skier Olympic plaza heading to the only transfer of the day. The sun was out after a night of rain and we had no idea of what to expect. We only knew that the stage 2 and 5 were the keys of the days.
Andréane is a XC rider but she’s such a good rider ! It was her first EWS and almost first enduro.. And guess what ?! She just killed it on stage 1 coming in 4th ! Sadly, after a massive crash on her head on stage 2 she couldn’t go on. She had fun and for sure we will get to see her again soon pinned on an enduro race.
Florian rode hard all day with some good stage results. He got 3rd on stage 1 before landing in 11th overall. His hopes were to step on the podium so this place was not satisfying for the perfectionist man he is. You know him it won’t be long before we get to see our Flying Flo making his way up in the ranking. He is still 2nd of the EWS and will defend this position.
How happy we are to see our Alex back in the game without any mechanicals ? He struggled to find his pace back with a 19th position at the end of the day. But it sounds like the bad luck as let him go and we can expect a strong end of the season.
Peter Ostroski and the local Jordan Hodder had both amazing results there! 33rd and 36th in a strong pro field.
In the woman field my weekend could not get any better. Last year, I was watching the race from the sides because of a broken elbow and I’ve waited this race all the season. A podium in Whistler was a dream but I just rode like I could and enjoyed each seconds of this race. A third place here means a lot to me but sharing it with all the girls and the rest of the team was the best thing. After Alex, Flo and Jesse I finally also won a stage ! On this stage, I could heard the Rocky Mountain family all out to cheer on us and especially my team mate and friend Jesse !
He is the man of the weekend. With his ankle still injured and his crutches, he hiked up some of the stages to cheer and support us all day.
That was an incredible trip in between Crested Butte and Whistler and it made us realize that whether it is in hard times or pure moment of joy, the enduro community is strong and shared much more than a love for the sport.