On the podium with Emily and Amanda - stoked about my silver medal at Hardwood. Photo: Mark Lazarski/lazarskiphoto.com

2013 Season in Review

Wow, the time has flown by this winter and I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on 2013 – probably my best season ever, despite a couple of bumps along the way. But mountain biking is all about bumps and overcoming rough patches, so I think I did all right. Canadian Championships In July, …

Pippi Longstocking on course. Photo: Paul Craig

Race Report: 2013 CX Season Wrap

And I’m spent! I wrapped up my “casual” ‘cross season yesterday with a fourth place ride at the BC GP of CX UCI event in South Surrey, which came on the heels of the Canadian Cyclo-cross Championships the day before on the same, incredibly challenging course. I had a lot of fun racing ‘cross this …

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Race Report: Canada Cup #3 – Sudbury

“I won!” Before I left for Sudbury last week, those are the two words my Mom instructed me to text her after my race. And I was not to forget the exclamation mark. Those are the two words I had been lucky enough to send her after the first and second rounds of the Canada …

On a mission as I head throught the feed a second time. Photo: Andrew Hewat

Race Report: Test of Metal

I’ve taken a week to reflect on my second ever elite Test of Metal victory last Saturday, 12 whole years since the first. A lot has changed, but it feels like most things have stayed the same. I’m still racing my bike and loving it. The Test of Metal is still a rockin’ event. Mountain …

Leading in BSP. Photo: Eric Barnabe

Race Report: Canada Cup #2 – Baie-St-Paul

I love Baie-St-Paul. The quaint town, situated in a bay on the St. Lawrence River, is picturesque and friendly, and the Canada Cup mountain bike course located behind Camping Genevrier and the local dairy, Laiterie Charlevoix, just plain rocks. I believe if there is a course tailor-made for me, it is the one in BSP. …

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Race Report: Canada Cup #1 – Mont-Tremblant

I am going to be honest, I was rather nervous before the start of the Canada Cup opener in Mont-Tremblant, QC, on May 18. First, I was the defending champion, second, I was on a brand new bike, and third, I had to wait until 2:45 p.m. for the start, which gave me a lot …

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Race Report: Ore Crusher

My first mountain bike race of 2013 finally rolled around this past weekend in the lovely hamlet of Squamish, B.C., very possibly my favourite place on earth to ride. I’d been looking forward to this event for a very long time, having missed the first FVMBA Toonie XC in Mission due to my knee injury …

Ahead of the pack on the Avail Advanced SL 1. Photo: Paul Craig

Reviewed: Giant Avail Advanced SL 1

A Comfortable, Race-Worthy High Performance Women’s Road Bike After riding and racing an extra-small aluminum unisex Giant TCR for many years, I was super excited to get my hands on a brand new Avail Advanced SL 1. This is my very first carbon bike and I was spoiled instantly by starting with the best of …

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Race Report: Race the Ridge

Ah Race the Ridge. That frenetic weekend of racing, volunteering and will it or won’t it weather. I love Race the Ridge and I hate it as well. I suppose “hate” is too strong a word, but it is a stressful time in the Local Ride family, what with the organizing and last-minute details. But …

Cat 1/2 women's field. If you're having a hard time seeing through the dirt, I'm the fifth one down the line. Photo: Paul Craig

Race Report: Barry’s Roubaix

Barry’s Roubaix is always a tough race with 5km of the 9.2km course taking place on the gravel of the Pitt Meadows Dyke system. Yesterday, April 7th, or “Roubaix Sunday”, it rained steadily throughout and the spray from the road and gravel made it extremely difficult to see. I’m still picking sand out of my …