In case y’all didn’t know, it’s been a hell of a year. It’s been a roller coaster! I’m not be going to...
First off- I was really excited to go to the Bear Mountain Canada Cup. Not kidding, I haven’t been that excited for a race in awhile. And I haven’t been on my mountain bike in 2 months so a reunion was long overdue. I’d never been to Victoria or the Bear Mountain Resort before so I’ve been looking forward to this for awhile. So much so that I didn’t care when we arrived to snow, rain, rain, snow! This isn’t the first time I’ve woken up on race morning to snow outside my window.
Collegiate MTB Nats anyone? This was a breeze compared to that slush-fest.
As per (also) usual, I was super nervous for the season opener that morning too. Hello nausea, why no, I don’t really need breakfast, thanks for reminding me! But I did shove some food down eventually. That’s the nice thing about having a later start time- I can nibble without rushing. And that’s what gels and caffeine are for right?
More good fortune…some people were surprised when I said I arrived Wednesday night for the Saturday race, but I’ve had enough surprises travelling to races that I didn’t want to risks by cutting it close. Luckily I did.. because it took all day Thursday to locate my bag the airline lost with all my tools to build my bike. Then just before the course closed- I was able to jump out and take a look at the course. It was pouring, mind you, but I loved it. This girl has no fear of mud.
Because you know, I really didn’t know what to expect out of this race. I had goals- sure, top 10 Elite and “podium” U23. One of those worked out, (second!) but this race was about much more than that. It was about loving the ride, loving the race and jumping back into a community of the best cyclists in the country. It’s hard to express just how happy I was to be back, so I’m just going to keep saying it. And posting pictures of me smiling, there’s lots of those.
So thank you- to everyone who helped me make it out to Victoria this past weekend. Dad, as always for taking care of the fine details and mum for keeping me sane. I’m so lucky to have both of them supporting me. Thank you to Cyclesmith Racing, Bontrager and my grassroots Oakley guys for your continued support- I’m proud to have you along for the ride. Thank you to Bicycle Nova Scotia- funding me to fly to great places like Bear Mountain Resort. Super impressed with their dedication to promoting mountain biking.
You’ll see me at the next Canada Cup at Mont Tremblant, QC. Let’s keep this ball rolling.