Another SkisSea in the books, and this marks year three that The Bike Barn has won, slightly different teams each year, but equally great members! On a cold, snowy drive up to Big White Ski Resort it seemed likely that the mountain bike leg of the: DH ski-XC ski-Mountain bike-Road bike time trail-Run-Canoe relay may be cancelled. With fresh snow, freezing temperatures it meant the compact ice/snow on the roads would not melt, which meant danger to anyone getting on their mountain bike. I voiced my opinion very firmly, yet quietly the marshal overseeing the mountain bike. After going through the big chain of command and other people voicing their worries it became clear only the stupid would want to start the leg. After back-and-forth communication and a late call(after the race has already started) the cancellation of the MTB leg came in. Very tough decision, but safety comes first. Of course there was some people that were pissed off, but they were outnumbered and in my mind quite stupid. I love racing, I love going fast but most of all this was a fun, family, community event where an injury in this event could cancel it for future years. When racing a bike down a mountain mountain, into oncoming traffic, with ice and snow, and all levels of ability taking part, it was not a question of falling or sliding but who would be the first to slide out on a corner and get run over by an oncoming car. In past years I have averaged over 50 kilometers per hour, with points reaching excess of 90 k’s which is dangerous. I just don’t understand why some of the older experienced riders from town were pressuring to keep the stage going, yes they have bike skills, as do I, but what about the Rec team that pulled out a 20 year old Canadian Tire bike and has no clue what they are getting into? Aren’t we supposed to be making a united front and inspiring people to ride, not put others in danger? Anyway my point/rant is over. I can’t quite voice how much I appreciate Re/Max coming on board and taking over the Ski2Sea after it came close to not happening this year after 30 years of existence. I also appreciate the tough call on cancelling the MTB leg, we’re all competitors but most of all we all want to see one another smiling, and safe, at the finish line all while enjoying a hot dog and cold beverage of course!
Into the race. Once the MTB was cancelled I had the opportunity to take over the road bike time trial, which I jumped on! I had no aero gear, no light wheels. But I did have my trusty yellow/blue Bike Barn skin suit to look good. Sometimes is about looks over speed right?.. I took off, probably road my best time trial ever, sensation wise, and finished feeling tired, but a good tired. I carried on my ride to cool down and met our team down at City Park to watch our canoeists paddle up, out in the lead, we pulled them out of the water and as a team pulled the canoe across the line first. We were confused because with the cancellation of the MTB timing was a little off so some calculations had to be made until we officially new we had won. Thanks team!
That concluded my first weekend back in the Okanagan since arriving home from my six-week training block in Victoria, where I have to give a HUGE thanks to the Ewart family. Words can’t explain how great they were and how much this season will be dedicated to them because of their support. I am fitter, faster and more confident than I have ever been, which comes in perfect time as the season is just kicking off!
Thank you to all my supports, family and friends who believe in me. 2013 is going to be great!