The Norco Canadian Enduro Series (NCES) kicked off at Vedder Mountain, Chilliwack, B.C., with a huge bang this past weekend. Endless sunshine, tons of bikes, fast trails and stoked racers and spectators made this event one of a kind, making us excited for the rest of the race series!
The Norco Canadian Enduro Series, formerly known as the Canadian National Enduro Series, is only in its fourth year but is already a staple in the B.C. race calendar. With eight races and stops in four provinces between May and July, the NCES continues to grow in popularity as a national race series and continues to support the bike community and local trail organizations. Being such a vital event for our community, we are more than excited to be the title sponsor for the whole race series this year.
Dedicated trail builders with the Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association have worked hard to curate an impeccable trail network for the first stop of the NCES this past weekend. The 30-kilometer-long Enduro race took place on Sunday and featured more than 2000 meters of elevation, challenging racers on five stages with an average race time of more than 30 minutes. Over 350 riders took over the fast and rugged trails of Chilliwack for a full day of white-knuckle Enduro action – one of them was 5-time Queen of Crankworx, Mountain Bike World Champion and Olympic medalist Jill Kintner.
With Kintner taking a step back from Crankworx and challenging herself more with national Enduro events and select Enduro World Series races, she proved her diverse MTB skills once more and took the win in the Pro Women’s category this past weekend.
“The Norco Canadian Enduro Series out at Vedder Mountain was such a good event. These trails are worth visiting for sure. The race had some long steep climbs, and incredible descents with endless flow. Learning to endure is tough. Big day out in the mountains, but we did it! 6200 feet of climbing, 5.5 hrs, 2000 calories, 5 stages, 2 playlists, and basically 1.5 sight laps. I had a great day sweating it out with everyone.”
– Jill Kintner
Norco women’s ambassador Jo Peters was at the start gate as well, finishing 14th
in the Pro Women’s category. Norco Canadian Enduro Development Team’s Jacob Tooke had a great start but a crash on Stage 4 set him back for the day, finishing 11th
in the U21 Men's category. Teammate Evan Wall was out with a wrist injury, while Max Leyen was competing in the EWS Madeira, Portugal. Norco Factory Team DH rider Elliot Jamieson had a strong day until a mechanical. He finished 12th in the U21 Men's. Jack Menzies from the Norco Blueprint Development Team pushed his Norco Range hard, earning himself the top step of the podium in the competitive men’s field of the U21 category.
Find the full race results here
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