So the season is well under way now, and a lot has happened over the last 8 weeks!
The season really started off in March I guess, when I began coaching for the Squamish High School Mountain Bike training program. This program is an outdoor leadership program and is aimed at introducing kids to both the training aspects and coaching aspects of mountain biking and is a great way to create some amazing athletes and lifelong cycling enthusiasts for years to come – It was also an awesome opportunity to become more involved with the Squamish community, which I now call home. On top of the Squamish high school program, I also began a youth indoor cycling training program, through RIM Cycling, to help keep the kids fit through the winter months and introduce some of the younger athletes to power training on spin bikes. It was extremely rewarding to here the kids comment on how much easier trail riding was this year after going through program!
In April things heated up with a handful of coaching clinics I did as part of the “Dirt Series” mountain bike program, which focus on creating a process to skill development in an encouraging atmosphere! I was able to get my new Juliana Roubion, built up with all new Hope Technology parts, just days before leaving and was stoked to head south to the sunshine in California and log some serious miles on the new machine! My 10-day trip to California would consist of six full days of infusing MTB skill development for a variety of levels of women and men in the Santa Cruz area, as well as some down-time to get some serious training in. This is my second year coaching for the Dirt Series program and it was great to see returning riders and getting to see how they’ve improved and how much they better themselves over the course of a weekend! This year, Dirt Series also had one of its youngest participants ever, a talented young female rider at the age of 12, in attendance and I had the pleasure of coaching her. There is so much talent coming up in the women’s field and I’m excited for what’s to come!
Following my 10-days coaching in California, I had a mad dash to finish building up my new V10 DH bike for round one of the Pro-GRT DH race series, held in Port Angeles. I approached this race as a chance to get familiar with the new DH rig and treated it as a warm-up to prep for World Cup racing in Europe.