A few days after Race the Ridge, I found myself driving along the Hope-Princeton with my new friend Anna and our road bikes stashed in the back. We were headed to Alison Sydor’s women’s road cycling camp in the Okanagan. Anna is a young racer from Winnipeg, who is coached by Keith – my own coach. She also races for Trek-Red Truck MTB, which is the Alison Sydor connection. I was glad to have her company on the drive and the hours on the highway flew by as we chatted. On arrival in Kaleden at camp HQ, I was introduced to the campers and the coaches. It was an amazing group of inspiring women, from the leaders who were all Olympians, to the campers, some of whom were very new to riding, but incredibly stoked to learn. Events like these always bring me back to my roots and remind me about why I chose this sport in the first place. It begins with the people. Cycling is such a great social sport the bicycle is a fantastic way to explore new surroundings. I had an amazing time riding with this awesome and diverse group of women despite, some wet weather, and was sad to leave, but Anna and I had a date with the Sunshine Coaster….