The words progress, experience, and growth probably appear more times in my blog than any other words. So, as I considered what I wanted to share about this weekend from the Mont Ste. Anne World Cup I tried to be creative and think of something new. The truth is, however, progress, experience, and growth have … More Mont Ste. Anne Elite World Cup!
After an outstanding week at BC Bike Race, I went home to Salt Lake City for 3 days. This was just enough time to unpack and repack for the USA Elite MTB Cross Country National Championship. On Wednesday morning I travelled across the country to Snowshoe, West Virginia. I, yet again, felt excitement in my … More USA MTB National Championship
Yesterday was Day 7 (the final day) of BC Bike Race. This morning I woke up feeling a bit of “stage race hangover.” Despite the exhaustion, I feel my body preparing to battle once again. It doesn’t yet know that I’ve finished. I feel a bit sad to not have a race to line up … More BC Bike Race: Day 7 (Squamish)
Day 6 of BC Bike Race was FUN! Every time I ride my bike I feel some element of joy, but today I felt like I couldn’t keep the smile off of my face. Today was the shortest day of the race, but short definitely didn’t mean easy. The stage featured 12 miles and 3,000 … More BC Bike Race: Day 6 (North Vancouver)
Day 5 is in the books and despite the overall fatigue encasing my body, I feel a sense of sadness that this race is coming to a close. This week has been a huge highlight to my summer. I feel immersed in adventure and addicted to the challenge. Every day presents a new opportunity to … More BC Bike Race: Day 5 (Langdale)
Day 4 at BC Bike Race tested all limits: emotional, physical, and mental. The day started pristine. A select group of us were fortunate enough to get to board a floatplane and fly to the start of the next stage. As we flew across the ocean, looking at the small islands of BC, I was … More BC Bike Race: Day 4 (Sechelt)
Day 3 at BCBR brought us yet again new and incredible trails. Each location here seems to bring a new element to the race. Today the course started on a gradual and burley fireroad climb with rocks the size of softballs. It was just enough to make drafting difficult even though drafting was still essential. … More BC Bike Race: Day 3 (Powell River)
Day 2 of BCBR started at 1 am with a treacherous journey across camp to the bathroom. I think these are the moments that really add to the “rough” and “brutal” aspect of the race week. Not only are we pushing our bodies to their limits day after day but we are camping and just … More BC Bike Race: Day 2 (Cumberland)
I debated writing a blog for the first stage of BCBR, partially because I don’t know if I can commit to a blog each day of the event, and also because I’m sure my emotions and feelings will charge so much as this week continues onward. I decided to write it. I decided to write … More BC Bike Race: Stage 1 (Cowichan Valley)
BC Bike Race: The Western Hemisphere’s Largest Mountain Bike Stage Race. This race features 7 days, 32,800 feet of climbing, 300 km of single track, and 625 racers. Competing in this event is a dream come true and when the CLIF Pro Team invited me to participate in it I was flooded with emotions. The … More BC Bike Race Packing List: What do the Pros Take?