Bike racing can be a daunting world to get into. I should know. It wasn’t that many years ago that I finally warmed up to the idea, after breaking into the local MTB scene through Pedalhead group rides. As I met more and more people who rode, and found out that some of them actually raced, I realized that I might be able to do it as well. For me though, my first race was a full-on ABA event. I can’t say I was scared, but I’ll admit that I was definitely very nervous going in, so nervous in fact that I remember I almost pulled the chute! So, if you’re like I was, a rider, interested in racing but still standing on the edge of the pool scared to dive in, what do you do?
Alberta MTB Racing
With racer registration numbers struggling, and races seemingly dropping off the ABA XC MTB calander, are we seeing the slow death of the traditional 90 min XC MTB race here in Alberta?
When I first started racing, there was only one kind I wanted to do – cross country mountain bike. The problem was, I wasn’t really in good enough shape to do it. I was your typical ‘weekend warrior’, spending a couple hours per week bombing around on the single-track trails with my pals. After a while, we got bold and signed up for a few bike shop-led group rides. In that context I thought I was pretty good, and with some encouragement decided to go out for an actual race, only to have my ego shattered! The 90 mins of max effort riding required in a typical ABA MTB XC race was so far beyond me, I was shocked. I finished the race, but it damn near killed me. Afterwards, I thought long and hard about if I wanted to do another one…
Yesterday I was down at the Kokanee Edmonton Canada Cup start/finish line to put on a pre-event we’d planned to help hype up this weekend’s race. In partnership with Barry from Specialized Bikes, we hosted a demo ride and wheelie competition! Yup, a wheelie competition. Thank fully, despite threats all day to pour yet again, – Read More –
Who, at some point, hasn’t wanted to make a movie? Sarns, from Alberta MTB Racing, turned to me this last summer as we drove down to Canmore for XC MTB Nationals, and said, ‘Let’s do it. Let’s do one on cyclocross!’ Sounded like fun to me. We decided to follow four racers for a full season: Mike Sarnecki, Bridget Linder, Jason Redfern and, of course, Ken Hurd – I mean, after all, what’s a Bikeridr film without Ken Hurd? – Read More –