2015 FVMBA Trail Blazer #1
Red Mountain Mission, BC
“Tech C” cross country race with Timed Enduro segments
The Fraser Valley is the best place in the world for mountain biking. Living in Chilliwack I rarely get the chance to justify driving 45 mins to ride my bike, but I really need to change that. The trails in Mission are awesome. This past weekend I competed in the FVMBA Trail Blazer race at Red Mountain in Mission. It was the first race of 3 in the local series, with stops at Vedder on June 14th and Sumas July 5th. I remember racing Red as a young 15 year old kid and things have changed since then, so I was pumped to be back racing on Red.
The Red race was a great format cause it really suited an all rounder and everyone could have fun on the course no matter what discipline you fancy. It was a very techy cross-country race with 2-timed Enduro segments within the race. I really wanted to have a good race here cause its my home turf and you want to ride well at home. Going into the race I knew tire selection was very important. You wanted something that does everything really well. Ideally you want a 500g big volume tire with lots of big knobs that rolls extremely fast and has crazy side wall protection. Unfortunately this does not exist, so you have to make some scarifies. I chose to run a Specialized Butcher control 2.3 on the front and a Maxxis Ardent 2.25 with exo casing on the rear. I ran them on a set of Nobl 28mm wide, 32 spoke rims with around 25psi in both front and rear. Not the ideal xc set up, or an ideal enduro but I thought it was an excellent all round set up and one that I could ride anywhere anytime and light it up with.
Racing is hard, I haven’t dug that deep in a long time. Right now we have a ton of local speedy guys and some big guns from the city showed up so I knew I would have my work cut out for me. The course was basically two big long hard climbs and two big long descents. I started out fast, I thought it might have been a little bit over my limit but knowing the race was just over an hour long I figured I would be ok. I was able to hang on for the overall win against some very fast dudes like Kevin Calhoun and Keith Stark. I was also very pumped about my enduro times. I rode the enduro sections well within my limits and was just smooth and consistent.
Thanks to all the race organizers and volunteers of the Red race, it was such a great event. Next up is for me is the Nimby 50 in Pemberton on May 30th and then my home race the Vedder Mountain Enduro on June 14. Thanks for reading and keep the rubber side down.