Well after Crankworx I was hoping to go to Cairns for DH World Champs, but didn't really have the right preparation as I was a bit sick for a few weeks. Still lingering actually.
Instead, I decided to up my certification for coaching, just to be better at explaining things to others, and more pro all around. Another tool of the trade. I learned more than I expected actually, and with a refresh on the fundamentals, I not only improved my personal riding, but feel a lot better about giving instruction effectively. Any who, I enjoyed it and will probably do a bit more with private lessons for people in my community. :)
Last week was the conclusion to the Crankworx World Tour, which is a worldwide mountain bike festival spanning every gravity discipline of race and freestyle. It’s massive, with something ridiculous like 300,000 spectators over 10 days in Whistler.
People come to ride the bike park, watch events, compete, party, etc. In general, it’s a pretty good time with all the stars of mountain bike in one place, and lots to do.
Jill had a great week, winning gold in Air Dh and Slalom, plus a silver in Pumptrack, which secured the the overall series win worth $25,000!....
USA NAtional Champs - July 19-23, 2017 - Located deep in the Appalachian mountain range, Snowshoe resort hosted the USA National championships for Enduro, XC, Short track, Downhill, and slalom this past weekend. Stormy conditions kept organizers on their toes all week, as even the slightest rumble of thunder could shut down lift operations and cause delays. Rain continued every night leading into race days, which made the combination of clay, mud, roots and tons of rock sections quite challenging. Jill managed to win both slalom and the downhill making this her 18th and 19th elite national titles......
Every year, Bryn and I try to do at least one coaching weekend at our partner resort- Stevens pass. The bike park has everything you need; chairlift, fun trails, food, bike shop, rentals, good people etc. It feels good to share our knowledge and help people with their riding. World Cup riders have spent a lifetime tweaking on set ups, changing things, training, studying efficiency, evolving the small details, and I'd like to think we have well trained eyes for improvement as a team. We can geek out forever on this stuff:). Just wanted to say thank you to people who attended, and Stevens for making it easy for us to do these. Keep an eye out for the next one:)