The past two weeks have been quite a whirlwind for me. I flew home from Atlanta for three days to grab my new bike, refresh and see...
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 Australia for World Championships like I’d hoped, but I’m sending mega happy leg vibes to everyone invited to represent Canada! This only makes me more motivated to improve for next year and reach my goals. For now, I’m wrapping up my summer and getting ready to head back to Atlanta. I have a flight booked for September 8th, school a few days later and then I’ll dive right back into racing collegiate. I guess in a whirlwind is how I like to live my life? A whirlwind that goes up 🙂 Because before I even get to Atlanta, I have a flight booked for Collegiate MTB Nationals in Missoula, Montana mid October. Ow, my brain. But I love to travel and I love that I get to do so much of it. I never would have seen so much and so many trails if I hadn’t joined SCAD. I’ll keep y’all updated on college stuff, but let’s take a look back at Canada Games…
I can’t tell you which race this was, between the XC, Relay and Eliminator, but all three were medal opportunities. My goal for Winnipeg 2017 was a medal, no doubt about it. I started off the XC feeling like a killer and getting the holeshot, but there’s a lot more to a race than that. I slowly fell back and only managed to hold on to 6th. Next up is the relay- we had a good start but the bronze medal slipped through our fingers leaving us with 4th. The Eliminator was my last chance, despite it being just as much, maybe more of a blue moon thing than the relay. It was roughly a 2min30sec effort, but our positions were already locked in before the first corner. Anyone who’s ever done a sprint event in mtb knows that where you land before a bottle neck is almost inevitably where you’re going to stay. Once I realized I was third I knew I was in trouble. It would be almost impossible to move up and just as easy to lose my spot if I wasn’t careful. So, I gave a big push where there was still room and jumped into second. Here, I thought, I’m safe.
And I was. I’ll cherish that silver medal for a long time.
Team coaches Jon Burgess and lola doucet. You guys put your heart and souls into making this experience one to remember for the team, thank you.
One of the best things about Games is the fact that NS comes together to support our athletes and trust me, we can feel all of the support and it’s amazing. Parents, coaches, family, friends, volunteers, thank you, thank you, thank you.
Wheel to wheel racing is the absolute best. Every once in awhile someone new comes along and it keeps the rest of us on our toes. Apparently that isn’t me anymore, lol. Great racing Jenn.
You don’t often get to do a team relay in mountain biking and Games is one of those rare opportunities. I’m really glad I got to share this with Anya Munro and Maura Whitman. Hopefully one day NS will be on the podium.
Holeshot anyone? There’s nothing like good, clean competition. It makes small victories like this feel like a million bucks, knowing we all truly do it for the love of the sport. #TrueSport
This is me 6 years ago, even before my first Canada Games. Cyclesmith has been a long time supporter of mine and this is proof! There’s a lot goes into a racer- bike shop, mentors and community and much more- I want to recognize all of it. Thank you to Bicycle Nova Scotia, Trek, Oakley, Bontrager, Canadian Sports Centre Atlantic, Saint John Jeux Canada Games Foundation.
Leading up to my first Canada Games while I was still a gymnast and after, when I knew I wanted a medal the next time around. All of the kind words and encouragement from the cycling community builds up and has led me to where I am now. I’m one of the fastest U23 Women in the country, I’ve been on the National Team, to Europe, World Cups… I’ve seen what’s possible and I want more. That 13 year old girl in the picture had no idea she could go this far but she has. I wonder what else she can do?