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.
Well, Eric MacKenzie’s article in this weeks Whistler Question pretty much sums up our trip. A tough one to swallow but there were some absolutely amazing highlights and many things learned. A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, supporters, followers, fans, friends and family for continually supporting us through the good, the bad and the ugly!!!
Was so awesome to see everyone again and be amongst it. Pretty rad track at Hafjell. Bit of everything: jumps, tech, speed, berms and grassy turns. A good variety, I’d say.
Chris was feeling pretty good out there but a front flat in qualifying would keep him out of the finals. We were pretty devastated to come all this way for something like that to happen but he wasn’t the only one that suffered the same fate. Boo.
We came over with a young first year junior from Whistler, Jack Iles. We were excited to show him the ropes a bit, help him gain some experience and confidence at this level. He’s a talented rider and has some great potential. Jack was loving the track. He might have got a bit too excited for seeding as after getting a rerun due to a red flag, he crashed twice and seeded 17th. But come race day, he held it together for a 9th place finish. Pretty awesome considering most of the juniors in the top 10 are second year, on big teams and have quite a bit more world cup experience. Way to go Jack!
After re-breaking a few “car accident ribs” almost 2 weeks prior, I was pretty nervous to ride down the hill on the first day of practice. I set my bike up pretty soft and more forgiving and after feeling it out, I didn’t feel super fast but I was riding pretty good. I was so happy you couldn’t get the smile off my face! Definitely some lines I couldn’t commit to as it was too painful and sometimes I was gritting my teeth or holding my breath to get through sections. But I was so happy to be riding at a World Cup, just being a part of it was what I was loving. Qualifying went well, 8th surprisingly, as I had to make a pass starting in the back with plate number 32. I was eager to improve on my time come Sunday.
But the rain came. Hard. Game changer. On with the spikes and practice Sunday morning was not as bad as I thought it was going to be but I knew I wouldn’t be able to ride the way I wanted. The rock gardens and some sections were super slick and could spit you out or throw you down before you knew it. It already hurt to get pinged through the rocks in the dry. Trust me, it crossed my mind a few times to pull out. But I felt I had to fly the flag since Chris was out of the game so I toughed it out and stayed positive. The conditions got worse by race time and once I was on track, I just had to hold back and then go for it where I felt somewhat safe. I felt horrible when I crossed the finish but thats all I could do. But it was the smart thing to do as a lot of girls crashed or nearly crashed out there in those conditions. Chris and I did say from the beginning, before we left for Europe, that if at least I could make a presence at the last 2 rounds and get amongst it, that would be great
Now we are in Leogang and awaiting getting on track for the World Cup finals. Hopefully this weekend goes good for our little team!
The last round of the Dunbar Summer Series was held at Fernie, BC so it was definitely a mission of a 12 hour + drive to get there but the track and event was well worth it! Stephen of SE Racing never fails to disappoint when it comes to putting events together. So dialed. The track was so loamy and it was rad to ride something natural with dirt on it instead of excavated trails and bits of terrain that has no dirt left!
The weekend actually started off quite devastatingly with Claire having a little off in the steep loamy woods, landing on a rather large stump and breaking 2 ribs and bruising her back badly. We couldn’t believe it and we were totally gutted as we are due to head off to the last 2 world cup rounds this coming monday. Claire is currently doing whatever she can to be able to ride in Europe but she will ultimately have to see how she feels when the time comes. Not giving up yet.
In typical Claire style, she taped herself up and did her 2 mandatory pre-runs and rolled down the course on Sunday to take the overall and the carbon Intense Hard Eddie frame that was up for grabs, a huge part of the incentive for us to travel to Fernie in the first place.
Chris was loving the track all weekend and smashed it to take the win 4.9 seconds ahead of the rest of the field despite snapping his chain half way down the track. He said he felt like “his old self” again which was good to hear. He is pumped for the Hafjell World Cup. He also took the overall and a carbon Intense Hard Eddie frame.
We are both looking forward to racing in Hafjell, Norway and Leogang, Austria. The mountain bike community, our sponsors and fans have been so supportive in helping to make this trip happen. Our passion is still going against the clock but it is evolving with us sharing our knowledge and coaching younger riders. One of our young Rider Development Program youth, Jack Iles, will be joining us on this trip which makes it more fulfilling as we help him bridge the gap between being a local, regional and nationally ranked racer to that highest World Cup level. We hope to be able to expand on this in the future and bring more juniors under our wings.
Come eat amazing pizza for a good cause! Chris and Claire are taking young @Jack Iles to the last 2 world cup rounds in Hafjell Norway and Leogang Austria this September. Kovarik Racing is a privateer team and Jack is a first year junior from Whistler. We are taking him under our wing and hope to pass on some knowledge while going after some of our own goals. All 3 of us have lots of talent and a tonne of heart no matter how long we’ve been in the game. So come hang out, eat some pizza and win some prizes, including private coaching sessions with Chris and Claire! All proceeds go towards covering some of our travel expenses. Hope to see you there.