Canadian National Champs

From Panorama, riders headed back to Sun Peaks for the Canadian National Champs race. The talk was on the new track that would be more technical than previous years at Sun Peaks. It didn’t disappoint.

 

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This year, the race course started to the left of the chairlift right from the top. Half of it was already established trail and the other half was brand new so it was always changing. As practice went by, the lines started to get established and the conditions were getting dryer and more slippery.

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From the course preview which was over 7 minutes, the course looked to be quite long but the riders weren’t sure if that was because the person doing the course preview was just slow or if the course was actually that long. It turns out, it was the longest track on the circuit with the average time being over six minutes.

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It wasn’t just six minutes of an average DH track, it was an exceptionally rough track. Not overly technical, but really hard on the hands and feet. Most people didn’t even do full runs until their race run or seeding run to save strength for the race.

Sunday came around and the course went from nice and tacky to slightly dusty and slippery with most of the corners being blown out. Coming from Panorama this was an easy transition as riders wouldn’t know exactly what to expect on their race run.

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C4 Results

Adam Woodhouse: 1st (Sr. Men)

Stephanie Denroche 1st (Jr. Ex Women)

Daniel Frosse 2nd (Jr. Sport)

Blake Bunting 5th (Jr. Ex)

Adrian Lee 7th (Jr. Sport)

Jacob Stefiuk 9th (Jr. Ex)

Caleb Harapnuik 12th (Jr. Ex)

Alex Auger 21st (Jr. Ex)

Levi Harapnuik 31st (Pro Men)

 

BC/Canada Cup Round 3: Panorama

With a one weekend break, it was off to Panorama for Round 3 of the BC and Canada Cup, so turnouts were expected to be big. The course had some new sections on it and did not disappoint! Everybody was stoked on the changes, except for that there were still the two uphill sections.

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Day 1: Practice/Seeding

Practice started out wet with showers going off and on during the day. The infamous “Dollar Sign” stayed mostly dry throughout the day and so did a lot of the root sections in the thicker trees.

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Thanks to a small TV and a GoPro, C4 can all discuss lines and go through the track without getting wet!

Come seeding time it was getting a bit wetter, but the course was still holding up nicely. In the later afternoon and during the night, the rain started to come down harder and even the dirt under the thick trees was getting soaked

Day 2: Race Day

Sunday was dry, but the rain from the previous day was still reeking havoc and there were some big holes starting to form in the rock garden half way down the course. No time to change lines, riders just had to plow through them!

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C4 Results:

Adam Woodhouse 1st (Sr. Men)

Daniel Froese 4th (Jr. Sport Men)

Jacob Stefiuk 5th (Jr. Expert)

Joseph Witwicki 6th (U17 Men)

Caleb Harapnuik 9th (Jr. Expert)

Adrian Lee 12th (Jr. Sport Men)

Blake Bunting 18th (Jr. Expert)

Levi Harapnuik 30th (Pro Men)

BC Cup Round 2: Kicking Horse

Riders were only home for three days before making the drive out to Kicking Horse for Round 2 of the BC Cup. Kicking Horse has always been a good course, it’s one of the gnarliest ones on the circuit. Last year, it poured rain on Saturday and Sunday and with temperatures close to 0 degrees at the top, riders weren’t all that keen on getting a lot of practice in. This year was a lot better though.

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Nothing but blue skies and smiles today!

Day 1 Practice/Seeding

Due to the mountain being so big, The course starts about 2/3rds down the mountain and you can either ride the fireroad, or a collection of trails to get to it. This could be good or bad, depending on how you thought of it. The ride to the top of the race course could be used to warm up so the first lap of the day could be at a good speed, but mechanicals could happen before riders even got to the course.

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The course started out with some rock faces that were out in the open in between tree sections getting longer and steeper as it went. About half way down was where it got a bit less steep, but a lot rougher! Near the bottom were some sprint/pump sections which seem to change every year to try to make it less of a pedal across the mountainside. With it being the longest course on the circuit, riders had to balance the amount of practice they needed with the amount of grip strength required to make it through seeding and race run.

Ducking into the trees into a section where multiple lines were to be seen. But only one or two were race worthy.

Ducking into the trees into a section where multiple lines were to be seen. But only one or two were race worthy.

Most of the mechanicals this weekend were flat tires. It didn’t matter if you had tubes or were tubeless, punctures still happened. Thankfully it was a relatively cheap race on bike parts for most!

Scrubbing a short stepdown in the final woods section.

Keeping low on  a short stepdown in the final woods section.

After seeding wrapped up, the riders studied a GoPro run instead of doing a track walk to get clear on lines. Though it is an individual sport, we still are a team, and there were no “secret” lines held back.

Blake taking everybody through a run on the iPad. Thank goodness for technology!

Blake taking everybody through a run on the iPad. Thanks for technology for saving our legs!

Day 2: Race Day

Pre-Race check on the bike. 3 heads are better than 1!

Pre-Race check on the bike. 3 heads are better than 1!

The clouds threatened to rain the closer it got to race time, but for most of the riders, they had a dry course!

Sunny skies were in the background for morning practice! But clouds moved in right before race runs started.

Sunny skies were in the background for morning practice! But clouds moved in right before race runs started.

Another race done, and all riders accounted for without injury. That’s considered a success at this race considering how long and rough it is!

Adam seems to be on a winning streak, dominating Sr. Men by 6 seconds!

Adam seems to be on a winning streak, dominating Sr. Men by 6 seconds…. With a crash!!

Blake taking the win, and Jacob coming in 5th with a crash!

Blake taking the win, and Jacob coming in 5th!

The Jr. Men don't get Champagne, they get ginger ale.

The Jr. Men don’t get Champagne, they get ginger ale. Even more sticky!

C4 Results: 

Adam Woodhouse 1st (Sr. Men)

Blake Bunting 1st (Jr. Expert Men)

Jacob Stefiuk 5th (Jr. Expert Men)

Adrian Lee 6th (Jr. Sport Men)

Caleb Harapnuik 8th (Jr. Expert Men)

Levi Harapnuik 25th (Pro Men)

BC Champs Whistler

Conditions at this race compared to 12 months ago were quite different. The rain during the week and cool temperatures really made riding a lot more bearable than riding in 36 degree heat.

 

Day 1: Practice and Seeding

The course was slightly different this year, with the top section going on Upper Whistler DH and cutting across a new cut grass section out in the open under the chairlift to Lower Whistler DH. After that, it was the same as last year but continuing on with a sprint to lower Canadian open to finish right above the village.

Lift lines were long all weekend, even when you have plate priority. Typical Whistler!

Lift lines were long all weekend, even when you have plate priority. Typical Whistler!

Conditions were a little bit slippery on Saturday, but as the day went on and the sun peeked out, it started to dry out. Everybody seemed to be enjoying the course and the tricky rock face on Upper Whistler DH wasn’t as big of an concern anymore.

Sprint into the finish line

Sprint into the finish line

 

The course was in great condition for seeding and riders finally got a chance to see how they stacked up against the competition.

Day 2: Race Day

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Eyes on the prize

Eyes on the prize

Everybody was impressed at how the race went this year, with last years race needing a lot of improvement. Thank you to all the marshals, volunteers and race organizers to all the awesome work and improvements for 2016!

Blake Bunting taking another BC Champs title

Blake Bunting taking another Jr. Men BC Champs title.

Adam Woodhouse takes first place in Sr. Men

Adam Woodhouse takes first place in Sr. Men.

Stephanie Denroche with the BC Champs Jersey

Stephanie Denroche with the BC Champs Jersey in Jr. Women.

C4 Results

Stephanie Denroche 1st (Jr. Women)

Blake Bunting 1st (Jr. Expert Men)

Adam Woodhouse 1st (Sr. Men)

Joseph Witwicki 5th (U17 Men)

Caleb Harapnuik 6th (Jr. Expert Men)

Jacob Stefiuk 12th (Jr. Expert Men)

Levi Harapnuik 18th (Pro Men)

Michele Bianchi DNF (Mechanical)

BC Cup Round 1 Kamloops RTR

Finally, after months of waiting, riding, and training, the first BC Cup is here. Race The Ranch, while not the most technically difficult, is often called one of the hardest of the year because of how short and how physical the course is. With the top times being under two minutes, any mistake, big or small could cost you being off the podium.

This was also a special race because it was Cory’s 20th anniversary of racing BC Cups. 20 years ago, he raced his first BC Cup in this very same place, with the same race organizer still doing his job to this day. Cory decided it would be a good opportunity to race!

Day 1: Practice/Seeding

Usually, this parking lot is dry and dusty. This year, rain kept the dust down and made the course run way faster than years before.

Usually, this parking lot is dry and dusty. This year, rain kept the dust down and made the course run way faster than years before.

The weather played out well for most of the riders this weekend. The course wasn’t developing the huge dusty holes that it did in the past during practice because the overnight showers kept the dirt holding together nicely.

As a gift to himself, Cory built up a new race bike and used input from the other riders to set it up as best as he could in the short day of practice before the race.

As a gift to himself, Cory built up a new race bike and used input from the other riders to set it up as best as he could in the short day of practice before the race.

Although it was a super short course, riders had to be careful not to do too many practice runs because of the nature of the course. A few of the riders opted to use trail bike because of the flat sections that required lots of pumping and power to the pedals. With not many lines, there wasn’t much talk about where to go, it was pretty much the same for everybody. Ride as fast and pedal as hard as you can.

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Flying high over the triple. In years past, this step up gave some riders trouble because it was hard to make the landing, but with the course in such good condition, riders were hitting it with ease.

The weather played out nicely for practice day with only slight sprinkling in the afternoon, but otherwise really good riding conditions! Not too hot like everybody is used to in Kamloops around this time.

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With near perfect dirt condition, the corners were amazing and riders were able to carry much more speed than previous years.

Seeding runs for the Jr. Ex and Pros kicked off in the late afternoon and riders were surprised with their times compared to previous years. All the training in the off season is showing!

Day 2: Practice and Race

Final preparations being made to the bikes before practice starts.

Final preparations being made to the bikes before practice starts. It was slightly chilly in the pits, but once on course things started to warm up for the riders.

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There were always people stopped to watch this jump on the course to see exactly where the best place was to land to get the most speed for the following pedal/pumping section.

The weather took a turn during the Sr. Men race and it started to rain hard for about half an hour. Riders who came down told stories of extremely slippery conditions and recommendations of different a tire setup. Luckily the rain didn’t last too long and the Jr. Ex and pros came down with the dirt being tacky instead of slippery clay.

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Alex Auger took the win in Jr. Sport and Daniel Froese took 3rd!

Cory also came down in the rain, and even with a crash dislocating his finger, he took the win. The C4 Riders weren't about to let that go unnoticed...

Cory also came down in the rain, and even with a crash dislocating his finger, he took the win by over 5 seconds! C4 Riders weren’t about to let that go unnoticed…

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Soaked in champagne, and smiles all around, it was a good day to race for our coach.

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Stephanie Denroche in second, just .37 off the win

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Two C4 Riders on the Jr. Ex podium! Blake Bunting in 3rd and Michele Bianchi in 5th.

Jack Almond making a return and taking 5th in Pro Men!

Jack Almond making a return and taking 5th in Pro Men!

C4 Results: 

Cory Leclerc 1st Masters 40-49 Men 

Alex Auger 1st Jr. Sport Men

Stephanie Denroche 2nd Jr. Women

Blake Bunting 3rd Jr. Expert Men

Daniel Froese 3rd Jr Sport men

Adam Woodhouse 4th Sr. Men

Michele Bianchi 5th Jr. Expert Men

Jack Almond 5th Pro Men

Levi Harapnuik 6th Pro Men

Caleb Harapnuik 9th Jr. Expert Men

Jacob Stefiuk 10th Jr. Expert Men

Adrian Lee 10th Jr. Sport Men

Willam Zwiers 14th Jr. Expert Men

Joe Witwicki 20th U17 Sport Men

 

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NW Cup, Round 2/Pro GRT Round 1: Port Angeles

It seemed like just a couple of weeks ago we were all catching a ferry and making the beautiful drive out to Port Angeles. Probably because it was only two weeks ago… With over 540 people attending this race, it wasn’t just the average Northwest Cup, it was Round One of the Pro GRT. Riders from all over the United States flew/drove into Port Angeles for the biggest race of the season. For many, it was also the first race of the season.

Day 1: Practice

A small log drop into a 90 degree corner. Perfect.

A small log drop into a 90 degree corner. Perfect.

Not all the C4 Riders were able to make it out for Friday practice due to school or work, but the ones who did were quickly up to speed on the course. The first priority in the morning was to hit all the gaps/huck-to-flats that were breaking the flow. After that was achieved, finding where to push to knock those precious seconds off the clock was next on the list. Four hours of practice was more than enough time to get the amount of runs that the riders wanted, and with the lines for the shuttle being still relatively short, it was quite easy to be able to get in 6-8 runs with breaks for food and water.

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National pride really shined as a lot of riders were seen with the #LongLiveChainsaw on signs, bikes, race plates, and even the back of their jerseys. There was a moment of silence in the middle of the Pro race runs remembering Steve Smith. A truly special moment for an incredible life that was taken far too soon. We ride for you Stevie!

Day 2: Practice and Qualifying

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Day 2 of practice started early for Cat 2 and Cat 1 19-29 riders. The course was starting to get a little blown out already with it not raining since the last NW Cup. Thankfully, the awesome organizers and volunteers go through the courses, sweeping the loose rocks off of the main lines and fixing the damage that they can to ensure the best course possible for race day.

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After practice in the morning, the Cat 1 0-18 and Pros got a go at the course and things were even more blown out than the previous day. Only two hours of practice was given to prepare for qualifying/seeding.

This is what the second last corner looked like right before qualifying. It was the cause of many crashes because it developed so quickly.

This is what the second last corner looked like right before qualifying. It was the cause of many crashes because it developed so quickly.

About an hour before qualifying, it started to rain so most of the riders didn’t get to practice on the course when it was wet. Knowing that a lot of the other people were from Southern California was a relief though. They had no clue what to do when things to slippery. C4 does.

Day 3, Race Day

After a slippery qualifying, it was a relief to see that no more rain had fallen and the course was actually quite perfect. Cat 2 and 1 19-29 practice started at 7:30, so it was an early morning for a few of the C4 Crew. Cat 1 0-18 and Pro practice started at 1:30 and they were able to get two to three practice runs in before racing began. The rain threatened to return, but nothing fell and the remainder of the riders were pumped to be riding a track in near perfect conditions.

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Categories were huge and the times were tight in this race with the top 8 being within one second of each other in the Pro category. Congratulations to all of the C4 Riders who raced, we all learned about our bikes, our equipment, and ourselves at this one!

C4 Race Results:

Adam Woodhouse 1st/50 (First ever race win) Cat 1 19-29

Stephanie Denroche 2nd/13 Cat 1 Women Open

Adrian Lee 7th/36 Cat 2 15-18

Blake Bunting 7th/53 Cat 1 0-18

Caleb Harapnuik 15th/53 Cat 1 0-18

Michele Bianchi 17th/ 53Cat 1 0-18

Jacob Stefiuk 19th/53 Cat 1 0-18

Alex Auger 44rd/53 Cat 1 0-18

Levi Harapnuik 46th/60 Pro Men

Session Update #15

Squamish, BC

May 7th, 2016

For a little while, riders have been asking for steeper and more gnarly zones to do training on. A 4×4 was needed to get up high enough into the mountains above Squamish to get to what the riders were asking for.

Because of the warmer temperatures and it being a day before the first BC Enduro race, riders took it easy this weekend and a lot of time was spent exploring and looking for places for future training.

Because of the warmer temperatures and it being a day before the first BC Enduro race, riders took it easy this weekend and a lot of time was spent exploring and looking for places for future training. “If you go down here, you’re getting hurt.”

After some hiking/biking around, the riders had a good sense of what could be accomplished with this zone and were eager to get on the bikes to start riding sections in preparation for the Pro GRT the next week.

It was a warm one, but nothing compared to last years BC Champs race in Whistler.

It was a warm one, but nothing like last years BC Champs race in Whistler. 36 degrees will make you sweat even on the chairlift.

The riders set up on top of a steep dusty shoot which everybody was excited to ride. It was being compared to the steeps of Fernie, but shorter of course. The good thing about loose dust is, when you crash, it usually doesn’t hurt!

Everybody was roosting  and having a good time today.

Everybody was roosting and having a good time today.

There were many lines into the steep chute so everybody was watching eachother as they searched for the fastest and smoothest line.

Choices, choices...

Choices, choices…

After training had wrapped up, the riders headed back to HQ for another nutrition session with Tracy Higgs. This time, they were taught how to make Kale salad with dressing and avocado/date chocolate pudding! While eating, the riders learned about recovery and what to eat and when to eat after training or racing. A lot of eyes were opened and everybody learned a lot! The riders all left with various assortments of Vega One recovery, electrolyte, protein, and energy powders to try out.

Everything tastes a lot better after being in the woods for four hours!

Everything tastes a lot better after being in the woods for four hours!

 

Words and pictures by Levi Harapnuik

NW Cup, Round 1: Port Angeles

The first race of the season is already here and gone! Training has flown by and the riders are ready for a summer full of riding and racing. Only five C4 riders were attending this race, but everybody will be out in full swing for the Pro GRT in a few weeks at the same location!

Port Angeles is an early season race favorite, with conditions similar to what the riders have been training on in Squamish and the North Shore.

Day 1: Practice

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Mostly all of the track was in the trees, which was a good shield against the light rain that fell in the evenings.

The race weekend started on Friday with all Cat 1 Practice in the morning. Three and a half hours was more than enough to get a good feel for the track and test out the lines. The course wasn’t that technical or steep compared to many BC Cups, but the riders still enjoyed riding in near perfect conditions on Friday. Once practice finished at 1:30, it was time to make some adjustments to the bikes, and go for a track walk to discuss and look at developing lines.

Sliding down the course on a track walk after Friday practice in the rain. Nobody had ridden it in the wet yet, so the riders were anxious to see what it would be like the next day.

Sliding down the course on a track walk after Friday practice in the rain. Nobody had ridden it in the wet yet, so the riders were anxious to see what it would be like the next day.

Light rain started to fall after practice on Friday and the clay made the track very slippery and everybody was wondering what the weather would hold for the rest of the weekend.

Day 2: Practice and Seeding

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With the on and off drizzle all night, the track was a little slippery in the morning during the Cat 1 19-29 Practice, but by the afternoon practice for Cat 1 0-18 and Pros, the course was almost as it was during day 1. With the course getting busier and the practice times being two hours, riders had to finalize everything before seeding runs in the evening.

Scrubbing the last jump before the finish line.

Scrubbing the last jump before the finish line.

There was a straight nside line on this corner, but it was much faster to pump the berm to gain some speed before the final jump.

There was a straight nside line on this corner, but it was much faster to pump the berm to gain some speed before the final jump.

The rain began to fall again right as seeding runs were happening, causing two out of four riders to crash in their seeding runs, meaning they would drop in earlier on the next day. With everybody walking away without any injury, it was time for some more much work on the bikes in preparation for race day.

Day 3, Race Day

Race day started at 8:00 AM with Cat 1 19-29 practice as well as all Cat 2 and 3 Practice with racing immediately after. The course was still a bit wet from the rain the previous day, but it didn’t hinder times all too much. Adam Woodhouse put together a good run in the Cat 1 19-29 Category and ended up 2nd, only .96 off of first place. What a great way to start the season!

Blake Bunting, Caleb and Levi Harapnuik, and Jacob Stefiuk started practice at 1:30, so the course was drying out considerably and was not all that different from practice the previous day, once again. Two quick practice runs and it was time to get to the top to start warming up for race runs!

Jake had an unfortunate mechanical on his last practice run and had to ride chainless due to the short amount of time he had before having to be at the top of the hill, but that didn’t stop him from giving it his all…

The Cat 1 0-18 riders started racing, followed by the Pros, and the sun decided to grace everybody with its presents and it was a great day for racing!

C4 Rider results:

Adam Woodhouse, 2nd Cat 1 19-29

Blake Bunting, 3rd Cat 1 0-18

Jacob Stefiuk, 11th Cat 1 0-18

Caleb Harapnuik, 12th Cat 1 0-18

Levi Harapnuik, 22nd Pro Men

A very good start to the season for all the riders who participated in this race! Everybody will be training harder than ever for the next one and already can’t wait to hear those start beeps…

Adam Woodhouse in 2nd.

Adam Woodhouse in 2nd.

Blake Bunting in 3rd.

Blake Bunting in 3rd.

 

Session Update #13 and 14

Squamish, BC

April 16-17, 2016

Day 1:

This time, when Team BC comes out to train,  they don’t get worked hard in the gym or on the stationary bikes. All the riders head down to a zone below Quest for some race sims and loose slippery corner sessions.

Starting the morning off right with a ride/hike to the top of the trail.

Starting the morning off right with a ride/hike to the top of the trail.

Walking the track is always the first thing that gets done, just like at a real race.

Walking the track is always the first thing that gets done, just like at a real race.

This race sim wasn’t all that different from others in past weeks, but more riders and more competition was pushing everybody to perform at their best to get ready for the upcoming races.

Lining up for five practice runs before the official race begins.

Setting up for five practice runs before the official timing begins.

There are no “typical” C4 Training sessions, and right before the “race” was about to begin, Cory called everybody higher up the fireroad to a long decent into a T-intersection.

Setting up a little timing section to work on holding speed on flat turns.

“The mud and water has more traction than the rocks. Push off in the mud.”

Timing these really short sections is really useful when it comes to full length tracks where exit speed on corners like these can sometimes make or break a race.

"This is why we do things that suck, so that when we get to the racecourse, we don't suck."

“This is why we do things that suck, so that when we get to the racecourse, we don’t suck.”

Riding a flat corner over and over again may seem a little silly for DH training when there are some of the best trails just a few hundred yards away, but doing these drills are a lot more useful than you may think.

After the short detour, it was back to the race sim, with two more practice runs, and a final "race" run.

After the short detour, it was back to the race sim, with two more practice runs, and a final “race” run.

Race sims are not only to test the speed or technical skills of the riders, but also the mental strength. Nothing compares to the emotions of a race day, but the closer that it can be replicated, the better riders can get used to the feelings of dropping in on a real race run.

A bunch of teenagers with knives. Thankfully all that was cut were vegetables.

A bunch of teenagers with knives. Thankfully all that was cut were vegetables.

The team BC riders got to go home for the evening, but the C4 riders still had work to do. It was time for session two of nutrition, but this time the riders were making their own post training snack.

A knife, a food processor, and some patience were some of the ingredients for some tasty vegetarian tacos that everybody could enjoy!

A knife, a food processor, and some patience were some of the ingredients for some tasty vegetarian tacos that everybody could enjoy!

Tracy walked the riders through making one of her family’s favorite meals. Who thought you could make tacos with just Veggies and some spices? “I can’t believe it tastes like real meat!” Cooking the meal took up the entire time and there wasn’t quite enough time to talk about exactly what made it so good and nutritional, so more on that will be covered next time. Thanks again Tracy!

Day 2:

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C4 Riders were up early again for another mental toughness training session, this time going over questions from the last session and what it would achieve, breathing,  and a little about goal setting. More will be covered in future sessions, but it looks like the riders already have a good understanding of what mental toughness is and how it will help them during the race season!

After mental training, it was time for on bike training in one of C4's favorite zones.

After mental training, it was time for on bike training with Team BC in one of C4’s favorite zones.

Coho Park has been used for timing sessions for multiple years and is always a great place to come back to. Every time there’s a training session there, a new line seems to get built and it’s up to the riders to break in and go as fast as possible on the freshly made trail.

There are many lines and trails in just a small area, which makes this a really good zone to do training in.

There are many lines and trails in just a small area, which makes this a really good zone to do training in.

The riders used a jump over a log into a dug out corner that was built last year to start off the short timing section, but Cory had different ideas for the bottom.

This corner was the start of the new rocky tight section that lead into the short sprint towards the finishing tower.

This corner was the start of the new rocky tight section that lead into the short sprint towards the finishing tower.

It doesn’t take long for a fresh cut line to be ridden out in the soft Squamish dirt! Three laps times twelve riders is easily enough to break in a new line.

Gotta start getting used to the warmer weather. Summer is right around the corner!

Riders take a quick lunch break before timing begins.

Another successful weekend with Team BC is in the books. A few riders will be making the trip down to Port Angeles next weekend for the first round of the NW Cup! Racing has begun. Are you ready? We are.

Session Update #12

Squamish, BC

April 9, 2016

This week was a bit different, with training starting at C4 Rider training HQ for some mental toughness training lead by Dr. Dwayne Harapnuik. The riders were exposed to a bit of what mental toughness is and a little bit on how to develop it though routines, scripts, and riding logs. There will be more sessions in the future to improve mental toughness but this was a very good start to what will really help improve the riders performance not only on race day, but throughout daily life.

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“How often do you say you’d work on mental training in the off season?”

The most surprising thing to everybody about mental training is the ratio of what mental training should be to physical training. If you go to the gym 7 hours a week, how many hours must you commit to mental training? C4 knows the answer. Do you?

"I think I liked it better when it was raining." It was a warm dusty day at the Lowdown trail where timing took place. A lot slipperier than you'd think!

“I think I liked it better when it was raining.” It was a warm dusty day at the Lowdown trail where timing took place. A lot slipperier than you’d think!

The topic of tire pressure came up. The concept of running a lower tire pressure, while risking damaging your rims or burping the tire, would help keep you on the line and avoid the sharp rocks or roots that you don’t want to hit. Also different widths, manufacturers, and tread of tires would affect how much grip or rolling resistance that tire would give you. Racing starts in a few weeks, so riders must figure out what setup works best for them!

Part 2 of "classroom" training, nutrition!

Part 2 of “classroom” training, nutrition! “The next time you go to drink a coke, just imagine eating 17 watered down packets of sugar .”

After a few hours of timing on the trails, it was time to head back to HQ for a nutrition workshop lead by Tracy Higgs of Foodease Meals. The riders were given an introduction into the world of sports nutrition which included a breakdown of the different kinds fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. The riders were also presented a visual aid of how much sugar there is in certain manufactured foods, the glycemic index and how to use it, and a good healthy snack to recharge the riders after their on-bike training. This is only the beginning! Riders will be taught how to cook certain foods, learn about recovery and hydration, caloric intake, and much much more in future nutrition sessions.

It has arrived!

It has arrived!

The awaited shipment of Sram components has arrived and what perfect timing! Boxes of cassettes, brakes, suspension, rebuild kits, and all the parts riders will need to keep their bikes in top shape for the season are neatly organized and ready to be used! Stay tuned for the 2016 Raceface Gear!

Words by Levi Harapnuik,

Photos by Levi Harapnuik and Cory Leclerc.