Dunbar Summer Series Overall Winners!
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.