Norco Heads on Tour with the Clif Crankworx Summer Series

2020-07-27 14:00:44

The CLIF Crankworx Summer Series (CCSS) brings together some of the best of British Columbia’s mountain bike athletes and riding destinations in a made-for-T.V., multi-stop series. 25 invited B.C.-based riders, including four riders form the Norco roster. Through live race coverage, event highlights, weekly recaps, and more, fans will get to follow their favourite riders as they compete in Downhill, Dual Slalom, Enduro, and Air DH, and come along for the ride as they experience some of the best riding B.C. has to offer.

Norco is stoked to join Crankworx on their quest to quench the thirst of racing fans everywhere, especially given to the chance to do so in our backyard, British Columbia. Norco has jumped on as an official partner of the series, and will also have four of our athletes competing across all four disciplines

Meet the Norco athletes heading out on tour below:

Henry Fitzgerald

Age: 20

Hometown: West Vancouver, BC

Team: Norco Factory DH

Q: What aspect of racing are you most excited to have back?

I'm most excited to get back on some proper beaten down race tracks. Can't beat the state a track gets in after a weekend of practice!

Q: Of the 4 races “disciplines” which one is the most intriguing to you (or what are you looking forward to the most) and why?

I'm most excited for the downhill races. Even though it's only been since September, it's the longest I've gone without racing since I was 13. So I'm really excited to get back to that! Also looking forward to the rest of the disciplines, it'll be awesome putting my self to the test in racing I'm way less familiar with. I'm ready to feel some discomfort!

Q: What venue are you the most stoked on and why?

Sun Peaks is definitely on my mind! The terrain there is insane, such a big steep hill. Can't wait to see what the tracks will be like that we get to race.

Q: Which of your teammate do you not want to go head to head against in the Dual Slalom and why?

I'm a bit scared of Elliot, he's too nice on the outside, and I know he's got a bit of scrappiness in him somewhere. Would be a sight to see that energy come out!

Elliot Jamieson

Age: 19

Hometown: White Rock, BC

Team: Norco Factory DH

Q: What aspect of racing are you most excited to have back?

 The fun of pushing yourself to the limit against the clock. 

Q: Of the 4 races “disciplines” which one is the most intriguing to you (or what are you looking forward to the most) and why?

I'm really looking forward to racing some Enduros with the variety of tracks and as I started racing Enduros before I raced Downhill! I am also fired up for the Downhill tracks that we will be racing! 

Q: What venue are you the most stoked on and why?

 Sun Peaks because the trails are insane and I haven't raced there for a couple of years, but had some of my best early races there. I also haven't been to Kicking Horse before so that will be really cool!

Q: Which of your teammate do you not want to go head to head against in the Dual Slalom and why?

 Lucas because he is an animal on the BMX! But Henry will be smashing the grass turns off the back Hank-style so I'm hoping neither!

Lucas Cruz

Age: 19

Hometown: Pemberton, BC

Team: Norco Factory DH

Q: What aspect of racing are you most excited to have back?

The camaraderie and competitiveness between all of us racers.

Q: Of the 4 races “disciplines” which one is the most intriguing to you (or what are you looking forward to the most) and why?

Downhill of course because its my first year being in Elite and this series gives us a huge insight to where our speed is at. But also dual slalom because I love the bmx, the head to head style of it and we usually only get to race it once a year. 

Q: What venue are you the most stoked on and why?

Sun Peaks. I've always loved the bike park and the atmosphere there. The downhill track is sick too. Lots of good memories there.

Q: Which of your teammates do you not want to go head to head against in the Dual Slalom and why? 

Elliot because I feel like he’s a silent killer. Super chill all the time but can just switch on that beast mode which is what you need in slalom.

Lucy Schick

Age: 19

Hometown: Gibsons, BC

Team: Blueprint Athlete Development

Q: Of the 4 races “disciplines” which one if the most intriguing to you (or what are you looking forward to the most) and why?

I am most looking forward the DH race because I just rode my dh bike for the first time today and it was incredible! DH is also a discipline I don’t have much experience in so I’m excited to learn all the strategies. 

Q: What venue are you the most stoked on and why?

 Sun Peaks. I’ve heard so many good things about it and the trails look sick!

Q: What aspect of racing are you most excited to have back?

Crossing the finish line. It’s just such a great feeling and it always gives me a good thrill. 

Q: You are going up against of some of the biggest names in women’s mountain biking, what do you think when you see who else you are going to be riding with in this series?

I am just so excited to meet them and learn from them. They all have tons of experience in many of the events I don’t have much experience in, so I think I’ll be able to learn a lot from them. 

The series will also feature Crankworx Connect, an online expo featuring live Q&As from Crankworx athletes on-site and around the world, giveaways, tech talks, and more.

The CLIF Crankworx Summer Series will be available live on crankworx.com, pinkbike.com and EDGEsport (available to view through TV, online and digital services).