Category: Life in the Koots
John Gibson just had one of his images of Mike and Ramin posted on Photo of the Day at Bike Mag.
It has taken forever this year, and in quite a few bowls and ridges the snow still remains but a lot of the incredible alpine around Nelson has started to open up and offer up some great big rides! Past weekend offered up 12,710 ft of descending in two rides!
After an incredible day it was decided that more was needed and we headed off to Rossland to do another great Kootenay descent. From the Seven summits trail most people pedal right by Old Glory but there is an incredible ride from the top of that bad boy all the way down to the Columbia river.
Feels so good to up high in the mtns and ripping singletrack that only gets ridden a handful of times a year. Sadly the days are getting shorter but there is still plenty of time to get some more great rides in. Hope you are doing the same!
The next weekend was the Western Open BC Cup at Kicking Horse Mt in Golden. My parents came up for the last Canada Cup and than I stayed with them for the week and weekend of the BC Cup. We camped out in our Westfalia van. The course was the same as last year except a bit rougher and drier. It was a lot of fun practicing and racing on the course because it’s so fast and loose. My race run was very good, I got a bit loose and put everything I had into the last horribly long pedal. When I came down I had the second fastest time of the day and fastest in Junior. I stayed in the hotseat until the last junior, a local racer Riley Suhan, came down and bumped me out. I was very happy with my result because it was Riley’s home track and he’s unbelievably fast on it. At the end of the day I finished 2nd in Junior and had the 14th fastest time of the day.
After all these races I finished 4th in the Canada Cup series, 1st seventeen year old in Canada. I am also leading the BC Cup series in Junior with two more races to go.
I am still waiting to hear if I’ve been selected for the National team to go to World Championships in Switzerland. There are four Junior riders going and I am in contention as I finished fourth in the Canada Cup series, but nothings official yet. That was one of my goals this year was to make it to Worlds and I am anxiously waiting to hear if that will become a reality.
I’d also like to give a shout out to NRG enterprises for helping me out a couple times on my trip. I was stuck and needed some parts twice and both times they pulled through and got me the right parts when I needed them.
Some Good Reasons to Night Ride
So combine the facts that I run a small mountain bike tour business here in Nelson, BC and work a semi-full time job as well, it means that opportunities to actually find chances to feed my riding addiction can be a bit challenging at times. But, I have been lucky enough to get my hands on a Hope Vision Two LED night light and all of a sudden, the window for shredding trails is wide open.
Never mind the ability to avoid the beat-down from the heat of a long summer day, or getting some needed saddle time when the amount of daylight is shortening, but take a look at these photos I was lucky enough to capture on my own night rides, and if this doesn’t make you want to go out and try it for yourself, well, then I don’t know what else I can say.
Full moon night ride – Peak 1 – SHOOOH!!
Brake fix on the peak before a mellow 5500ft descent.
Full moon night ride – Peak 2.
The bright lights of Nelson again.
Check out the article on Pink Bike about Chromag Bikes 6th annual show and shine event.