Wow, the 2016 season is already over. It felt like it was just yesterday that the first training session was happening. 8 races later and it’s done for the year! The whole team deserves a huge congratulations is for all their hard work throughout the year. Lets take a look back at how the race season went.
The season started off with a bang, with a few C4 riders making it down to the first race of the season in Port Angeles.
All throughout the 2016 season, there was not a podium where a C4 rider didn’t stand. With a solid crew of rider spread among many categories, don’t expect this to change anytime soon. They’re up there to stay.
Round 2 followed a couple weeks after, but this time, it was the Pro GRT. A lot more racers, a lot more sponsors, and a lot more fun! It was also a very hard month following the news of the Canadian Mountain Bike Legend passing away far too soon.
This was the official race on the C4 Calendar and the first race where most of the team was competing. With a whole lot of different practice and race times, the pits were always buzzing with excitement and anticipation, not only of the new bikes and gear, but of the first big race of the season.
Race The Ranch is never an easy race. Some say it’s even the hardest because of how short and physically demanding it is. This year, is special. 20 Years ago, Coach Cory raced his first BC Cup in Kamloops. Some say things have changed a lot since then, and some things have, but the race organizer in 1996 was still the race organizer in 2016. Now that’s commitment we can all appreciate! Race the Ranch was also the debute of the new Raceface Kits. Everybody was stoked on them and C4 was definitely the best looking team out there on race day!
C4 Riders are very fortunate to live so close, or even in Whistler and are able to ride and train on the mountain very often. Racing in Whistler is a whole other story. The trails are usually dry and blown out so it’s difficult to have a clean run. Fortunately this year, it was a bit tacky to start off the weekend so the race course held up really well.
Although this race didn’t count for BC Cup points, it was a bigger race than Kamloops with many more of the big guns attending. It was a true test for the riders, physically and mentally.
Kicking horse has always been a challenging race. The course is long an rough, but sometimes the ride down to the top of the race course can cause issues like flat tires and burnt rotors from the long windy fire road.
The first West Coast Canada cup was up next in Panorama. There were a few changes to the course and the rain that fell over the weekend made things all the more interesting!
A brand new course was the most anticipated thing about this years National Championship Race. This year, the track started at the top, and went all the way down with the average time being around six minutes, this was the longest course on the circuit.
Again, there was a new course to study and learn, but this one wasn’t so exciting. Riders really enjoyed the previous years of the Silverstar course, and this year seemed to be toned down quite a bit. But that means riders could just go faster!
Already, the last race of the season. It’s gone by so fast! Just like the riders… The last race was a long drive, but the course was worth it. A new section in the bottom and half of the riders hitting the steeps and the other half hitting the new top, the course was in decent shape.