For 2014, we wanted to support some up and coming athletes by acting as coaches, mentors and friends. We wanted to offer help through building their athlete profiles, relationships within the industry, taking some pressure off their parents and, obviously, helping them out with some rad gear to ride in and on!
So we’ve started a little RD(Rider Development) Team and this way we can also help out some of our sponsors by getting some shredders on their radar and out showing off their brands.
Seth is the perfect little candidate. He has been working with us through our Rider Development Coaching Program for the past 2 years and he has a bright future in the sport whichever avenue of it he decides to take. His job is to have fun, keep progressing and work towards his own personal goals. We are proud to have Seth under our wing and rockin’ his own Kovarik Racing jersey at some events throughout the season. Look out for some more Seth action this year!
Squamish, BC Canada.
Down to earth little dude.
He already has a few sponsors of his own but big thanks to some of our own great sponsors for hookin’ Seth up: Intense Cycles, Five Ten shoes, Fox suspension, Chromag components, e13 chainguides, Smith Optics, Giro helmets, Reel Cameras, Evolution Whistler.
This past weekend Chris and I head a couple of hours inland from Brisbane to Toowoomba QLD, hometown of overall amazing cyclist and now Enduro specialist Jared Graves, to give this Enduro racing thing a go. Jared didn’t race, apparently he was off doing some road gig, but there were plenty of legitimately fast XC, DH and Enduro experienced racers out with an overall turn out of 140 plus participants. Not bad for a club race.
I’ll start off by saying that it was hot. Understatement. More like trying not to melt. The weather man said that it was around 38 degrees C but apparently it was more like 45 and some people were reading 51 degrees on their little bike computers but those were just being baked in the sun, much like us. Regardless, it was the hottest conditions I have ever been in, let alone ridden a 5 stage Enduro in.
I had tried a little 3 stage local Whistler Enduro race last summer but I was told it wasn’t a true Enduro, more like a DH on little bikes. Even though it did have sprints and pedal sections, the uphills were very minimal. I’m still kind of confused as to what an Enduro is, I guess they vary. Because this one in Toowoomba was not very technical at all and very pedally, almost constant, and despite a few downhills, quite flat overall because the tracks had so many switchbacks across the fall line. But I only have Whistler to compare to so…Either way, it was fun and challenging!
I thought that there would be more girls at an event like this and apparently there usually are, but there were only 2 girls in A grade on Sunday. A shame because I wanted to see how I stacked up as I’m feeling pretty fit right now. So it was myself and XC racer Kylie Maduna. We are both relatively new to Enduro racing with totally different backgrounds. It was going to be cool to see how we went against each other. In the end, it was Kylie who came out on top but I definitely held my own, beat out by 9 seconds overall. Decently close racing in the scheme of things. Good on you Kylie!
Chris. Well he’s just a bit of a genetic freak. He had plenty of real competition and managed to come out on top! Not by much, 6 seconds, but his ability to produce power and feel pain is pretty impressive. And annoying. Ha! Only cuz I have to work so hard at it!
Overall a pretty cool experience, new crowd, chill atmosphere. Liked it and think we’ll be back for more.
The last segment of the movie, Segments, is Chris’s. Check it out and go Karve some turns!
The opening piece of Segments is online and was shot in the Whistler Bike Park. It’s not easy to make the Whistler Bike Park look new and exciting, everything has been shot, but Chris shows us some pretty creative and interesting lines!
Segments will be revealed over the coming weeks in its entirety. Each week the Summer of Summit boys will be releasing another piece of the film showcasing new riders, new zones and another little piece of their 2013 season.
It truly has been. After a bit of healing and rest from the season and after the closing of the bike park, out came the Tracer 275! It has been epic weather and conditions for trail bikes here in the Sea to Sky Corridor. And everyone’s reaping the fun.
Back in July, we head down to Mammoth to hook up with the Intense family, friends and fans for a weekend full of fun and shredding.