Update from Bear Mountain

There has been some great training going on this past week at Bear Mountain with our Team Ontario Athletes getting super comfortable on the terrain very early on into the camp.  This has set them up well for competing tomorrow at the Canada Cup.  We wish all the athletes the best of luck!


The athletes have been keeping a Daily Project Report from the camp.  Below are a  couple of examples to gain an insight into the daily lives of our athletes in camp and preparing for competition.


Daily Report (by Dana Gilligan)

Ontario athletes trained at the “Heartland” area near Victoria today – Brody Sanderson’s Strava – https://www.strava.com/activities/505087704 the training grounds for the Canadian National MTB Team.  Weather continues to flip flop between rain and sun.  The ride started at 9:30am and accumulated 851 meters of climbing and 35km of gnarly new terrain to help us prepare for the upcoming Canada Cup Race.  Trying to be a little bit ‘safe’ on the new trails but still be challenged.  That was the name of the game.  Trail names were fun to read as you blasted down them.  Favourites included – TORPEDO, WHOS YER DADDY, SNAKES/LADDERS, TRILLIUM TRAIL and SOFA KING.  The trail are a combined Buckwallow and Tremblant with their own unique flare.

Tomorrow we head to Bear Mountain for some reps on the actual race course.  The course is supposed to be a bit more manicured than the stuff we rode today.  Here is a link to the Bear Mountain Canada Cup Course –  http://www.pinkbike.com/video/436066/ .

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Daily Report (by Soren Meeuwisse)

Today was my first day in Victoria, and luckily it was a (mostly) sunny one! I arrived late last night, and being still on the Ontario time zone, woke up at 6am to hit the day.

It started off pouring rain as everyone had a slow morning. Kevin, Marc, and I had a quick grocery run before Ty and Brodie got a drive over to ride the Heartland trails. I built my bike up, as Dana and Marc went for a road spin. I got in a quick exploration spin before lunch just as the sun began to shine, then everyone headed over to Bear Mt.  Kevin assumed the role of a “professional” photographer as we got some Team Ontario shots with the beautiful views and gnarly course. After looking pretty for the camera, the guys went back to the house, and Dana, Kevin, and I rode a few laps of the course. Once all back at the house, a bike wash was in need before the amazing Andy from Broadway Cycles came over to be our team mechanic. Thanks Andy!!!

Dinner was beyond delicious as we stuffed ourselves with rice, salmon, beans, salad, and then a fruit salad for dessert. The team meeting consisted of watching videos of the course, analyzing our lines for the race two days! I would call that a successful first day in Victoria.

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