Ken Hurd

July 3, 2011

Furious 3 – The Final Leg

Stage Three (the final leg) of the inaugural Fernie edition of the Furious 3 mountain bike race is in the bag! It was another early morning start (8am) for racers, and despite an initial false start due to reports there was a train blocking the route out of town, everything got underway smoothly.

There were ominously dark clouds looming overhead at times this morning, but talking to racers at the start line, moods were high, and everyone was looking forward to a shorter day (32km) with less climbing and possibly the best day of singletrack yet! Race organizers expected things to happen fast, with the lead racers coming in around the 2 hour mark – and they weren’t far off, because after only 1 hour and 50 minutes we saw our first two racers across the line. – Read More –

July 2, 2011

Furious 3 – Stage Two

Stage Two of the Furious 3 mountain bike race began with an early morning 8am start, as racers were sent off in three waves. The first wave was comprised of the racers who’d posted the fastest times yesterday. Team Mike & Mike (Team PEDAL) were in this group today, having come in an impressive 7th yesterday. Ken, despite having to take a time penalty after his crash, was seeded solidly in the second wave (59th).

Speaking to him this morning, even after crashing hard yesterday, he was in an Advil-induced state of high-optimism, and with a new front wheel (Thanks to Sam Mothana and good folks at the Guide Hut) Ken was looking forward to getting out on the trails. That said, the looming 4,400 feet of elevation had him, and everyone I spoke to, feeling a little apprehensive. Tired and stiff legs, bumps and scrapes are pretty common-place badges of honour for most racers on day two of a stage race. – Read More –

July 1, 2011

Furious 3 – Stage One

Riders rolled into the start area en mass with gleaming bikes, and high expectations for the first day of Fernie singletrack, and based on what everyone said afterwards, it delivered in spades.

Though the first stage today, was by some measure, ‘short’ (40km), the elevation gain more than made up for it, with the course sending riders up steep, slick-rooted (still wet from the rains yesterday) and technical singletrack, before rewarding them with well-known epic Fernie downhills. This made the first stage a fast one overall, with lead riders coming in just under the 2 hour 10 minute mark! – Read More –

December 16, 2010

Cowbell the film

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 –

April 20, 2010

Shot the gap, and failed

This weekend was my very first road race. I had been looking forward to it for weeks. The Prairie Roubaix, hosted my Speed Theory in Calgary. Racing in Calgary is always nice. I mean you’re in the foothills, with great views of the mountains just west, and of course I get to see my buddy Ken.

I drove up Saturday morning so I’d be there in time for a ‘funzies’ ride put on by Dead Goat. Tim set up a course, starting from his place it led us all over. Me, not being from Calgary, I was lost a lot of the time, but I didn’t care at all. It was 23 degrees, sunny and I was riding a brand new carbon Lapierre Xelius 200, courtesy of Edmonton’s friendly neighbourhood River Valley Cycle. What a machine! Super stiff and responsive. The bike literally surges with each pedal stroke. It was nuts how much I loved this bike. And, I have to give it credit where credit is due on the hill climb challenge we did from the bottom of Canadian Olympic Park (COP) up to the Tea House. I flew up that steep, switchback road, cranking over that 42 tooth inside ring to just eek out a win in the A group. My closest rival, Ken Hurd of course, just 2 seconds behind me.  This might be the only thing I beat Ken at all season, so good times, indeed. Hill climb victory aside, Sunday was going to be the real race. – Read More –