Now that fall has hit, it’s time to look back at the racing season that went down on the 2019 Norco Canadian Enduro Series. With 6 stops spread across 3 provinces, finishing off with the first-ever sanctioned National Enduro Championships, it certainly was a summer to remember.
Stop 1: Vedder Mountain, BC
The series kicked off with a sold out race in Chilliwack, on an absolute classic course. The signature opening event featured the largest female turn out ever for a series stop, and saw an incredibly competitive race, ultimately won by Norco’s own Jill Kintner. Whether its the trails, the vibes or the scenery, Vedder Mountain never disappoints.
Stop 2: Harper Mountain, BC
Following the loam of Vedder, the series heads to the dusty and loose Harper Mountain of Kamloops, BC. We had a mix of fresh dirt and old favourites on the course, and the unique Harper Mountain atmosphere that makes this event a rider favourite. At one point we had to close a stage briefly for a team of horses crossing the trail, but honestly, that's one of the things we love about Harper Mountain.
Stop 3: Revelstoke, BC
If you've never heard of Revelstoke or ridden here, you're seriously missing out. The recurring theme of the race was "How do I move here?" and many racers were labeling this "The Perfect Race". We truly had a mix of almost type of trail, soil and fall-line. The trails in Revelstoke are one thing to come for, but Revelstoke's true strength is its community. Topping things off was Norco riders Max Leyen and Evan Wall taking win in the Pro Men and Under-21 Men, respectively.
Stop 4: Blue Mountain, ON – Sea Otter Canada
The first-ever Sea Otter Canada went down at Blue Mountain Resort in Ontario in 2019. The event was also an EWS Qualifier, which was the only EWS Qualifier in Eastern Canada this year. Racers were treated to an exceptional course prepared by the Blue Mountain Resort team utilizing trails that are not normally open to the public and finishing three of five stages right in the heart of the expo area. Our personal favourite was stage one which had riders finish their stage on the dual slalom course!
Stop 5: Crowsnest Pas, AB
Riding here is an absolute treat; there are high Alpine hike-a-bikes, flow trails that will blow your mind with natural on-off features, singletrack for days and some crazy scenic views. Throw in a bite to eat at any one of the local restaurants (Captain’s Pizza and Stones Throw are a few of our favourites) and you’ve got yourself a vacation to remember. The weekend was highlighted by Norco Canadian Enduro Team members Evan Wall (U21) and Jacob Tooke (U21) taking the two fastest times of the day for the men.
Stop 6: Panorama, BC
The final stop of the summer was at Panorama Resort in Invermere, BC for the Norco Canadian Enduro Championships. It was the first time in the history of enduro racing in Canada that Cycling Canada sanctioned an Elite National Champion.
When you think of what it means to be #PureCanada – everything Panorama comes to mind. Steep, exposed, rugged mountains create a dramatic and very Canadian backdrop for a race full of equal drama. Riders pedalled just over 45kms and descended more than 4,500m. In the U21 Category, we had Norco Canadian Enduro Team rider Evan Wall with a clean sweep on the day and fellow Norco rider Julia Long taking the win for the women.
A massive thank you to this year's series supporters, especially anyone who volunteered with and anyone who helped with a shuttle, a beverage, or a spare tube!