Thank you to everyone that has been following me on the social media front i.e. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
It’s been a fun season so far with its share of ups and downs starting out with a brutal long spring. My pretty, new 2014 Sherco TE300 wasn’t getting the seat time it deserved with so much snow that just wouldn’t go away in April! Thank goodness for Fierce Girl Fitness cross training to help prepare me for the first Geico AMA Endurocross event of the season on May 2nd where I had a better than normal Las Vegas race finishing 5th…I hope I have finally broke the Vegas curse on myself!
By the time the 2014 X-Games in June pulled around, I really felt ready to race. I had one of my best starts, one of the fastest laps times for gate pick, feeling super comfortable on the jumps and my Sherco pulled me through every obstacle, even the brutal hill with 2 logs positioned on it. Let me tell you, this hill was tougher than it looked. In the main, I was in 4th place until Kristie and I tangled up in the rock section, so what started out as one of my best race days, ended with 9th position…ugh! Regardless, Mom and I had a fantastic trip and absolutely love Austin, Texas and all it offers less the blistering sun burns the day before race. Maybe someday I’ll learn.
Sacramento endurocross race in June was super fun and had a great race sitting in 3rd until the 4th lap. Competition is super tough between us women and all it takes is one bobble to set you back, in my case, back to 6th place in a nanosecond! It was really exciting to run at the front of the pack for most of the race.
On the local front, due to Sacramento date conflict, I missed one of my favorite races, the Coulee Springs hare scramble, a natural grass MX track combined with single track on Alberta prairie land where you can dial in the corners and fly through the jumps…hopefully catch this race in 2015. Next was the local MRSI Challenge hare scramble held in the Southern Alberta mountains. It was my first Pro hare scramble and was a blast with loads of new trails and felt content to finish 10th against Alberta’s top Pros….oh yeah…cool!
In July, I attended a couple of endurocross events in Idaho. They are not part of a series but man, so worth racing. Tracks were definitely challenging and attracted some of the women I bash bars with in the USA and many of the top EX Pro’s too. Brought home 2 seconds and had a blast! The roster was filled with Pro’s and Women but they were sadly short of the Open Amateur ridership…I highly recommend making the trek down in 2015…I will definitely be there.
August had Dad and I travelling to the Atlanta, Georgia endurocross. I was stoked with my podium 2nd place finish. That was one gnarly race. The matrix was challenging with slippery logs that were positioned to consume motorcycles. Even the Pros were struggling. There were so many position changes in our Women’s main event, it was hard to keep track of who was out front. I ran the majority of the race in 3rd and 4th and managed to gain a position in the matrix on the last lap right before the finish. Yup, that felt GREAT! And I definitely want to spend more time in Nashville on the drive through next year…what a cool city.
At Marble Mountain harescramble last weekend, I took a bit of a setback at this local event near Rocky Mountain House. While my Sherco missed the tree entirely, I body slammed it hurting my shoulder and ending with one of my first DNF’s ever. Happy to announce that I’m healing well, thanks to cold laser therapy at Glow Health & Vitality. Gotta tell ya’, it works!
My goal is to be ready for the upcoming Red Bull Rocks & Logs endurocross September 20-21 here in Calgary, Alberta. I’m registered in the Women and Junior (16-21) class. Don’t miss out on this fantastic 2 day knock out event. It’s totally FREE to spectators!
In the market for a new bike? There are two 2014 Sherco TE300’s available for sale immediately as part of my sponsorship package with Blackfoot Direct and Sherco Canada. Both bikes have been fully maintained by Blackfoot Direct and are ready to go with new top ends. They are a great deal and the lightest motorcycle in the industry…handling is amazing and the easiest bike I have ever ridden and works great for novice to pro abilities. You get a near new bike with a huge discount! Can’t wait for the 2015’s expected on the floor shortly.
Be sure to follow me at the remaining five endurocross events spread out over October and November. I am sitting 3rd overall for the series! Check out the calendar at www.endurocross.com
P.S. All the best to Team Canada at the upcoming November 3-8, 2014 ISDE in Argentina
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