Canada Day saw us up at Sun Peaks bright and early for a work out before Norco VPS Fest was set to begin. The Nationals course had yet to be marked but we hoped on a bit of the older course and surrounding fire roads. After the ride we hung out in the Norco tents meeting a lot of the staff, getting some photo shots and helping people get out on their Norco Demo bikes for a day of DHing. After a busy and successful day and tons of wicked draw prizes we retired to their Condo for a feast, refreshments and good times.
Never ones to stick around for long though; Sunday Keith and I were off to Revelstoke to visit his family and my soon to be in-laws and of course to do some riding. The trails in Revelstoke are so fun that we decided to shift my rest day to Tuesday to get in some more trails. So Fun! After Monday night at home, enough time to give our cats a little TLC, we were back on the road Tuesday. This time to Penticton to visit the Bike Barn and catch up with that crew. After a delicious meal and good company at the Prowse’s we were again back on the road headed home. This time to stay for a couple days!
Training resumed again on Wednesday. Saturday lent itself to course flagging and a ride at Sun Peaks. Monday Matt arrived from NB and since then we have all fallen into our pre race routines. The Nationals course will be very challenging. The women are currently scheduled for 5 laps which will amount to a sub 2 hr race (hopefully) with approx 1500m of climbing. Many of the climbs are on the steeper side. There are also several grass sections and rooty descents. Once the course is fully constructed it should have very nice flow and provide a good challenge to all those seeking the National Champion title or personal best performances.