Rider Perspective: Canadian XC National Championships

2014-07-28 15:09:04
Excerpt from Pinkbike.com
Words by Evan Guthrie
Coming off of a massive block of training in June, I was now geared to get some racing back in the legs. June also marked the hardest month I’ve ever done on the bike. Throw in some BC cross-country races, my first Enduro race and great times at home with family and friends meant it was well spent.
Approaching a Canada Cup in Sudbury the weekend before Nationals was the first test. A big goal was staying consistent with results and to improve my second overall in the Canada Cup series. The race went alright, although fifth place on the podium is good, it’s not what I wanted. Plus, my body didn’t perform the way I know it was capable of. Satisfied with how I battled and made the most of what cards I was dealt with on the day.
Photo by Jeremy Allen - Wet Pixels Studio

Photo: Jeremy Allen
Our 2014 Canadian National Championships were held at Hardwood Hills in Ontario. After racing a Canada Cup the weekend before in Subury, ON the Norco Factory Team enjoyed a relaxing, yet focused, pre-race week at our accommodations in Horseshoe Valley.
Pre-race BBQ ing with the Norco Factory Team

Nationals came and I had one of the best days racing a bike that I can remember. Finishing up 5th in senior elite men at the National Championships is hard to come by. Our crop of racers is fast and not just in Canada but around the globe. For example: Geoff Kabush is a 3X Olympian and World Cup winner, Max Plaxton also an Olympian is a multi-time national champ and world championship medallist, Derek Zandstra was reigning national champ and Raphael Gagne has had Canada’s best World Cup results this season. Back in 2009 I was fortunate enough to share the World Championship podium in the team relay with Geoff, Raphael and Catharine Pendrel. So yes, 5th against those guys is great, but the story behind the race is much more than a 5th on paper.
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