July Roundup!

With Mountain Bike Nationals, an Epic Stage Race in the Canadian Rockies, and a full calendar of Coaching and Mentoring, July is the month our women dream of during the hard winter training months.

Sarah Kaufmann started July with a local race. The Utah mountain bike-racing scene has had new life injected with new ownership of the local series, the Intermountain Cup. With bigger fields, more fun courses and bigger payouts, Sarah was excited to support the series. At 8,000′ at Snowbird resort, riders were rewarded with a fun and singletrack heavy course. Sarah rode to second place after three laps chasing good friend and fellow Stan’s athlete, Erica Tingey.

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Sarah on the podium at the Intermountain Cup

In mid-July, Sue, Vicki, Nina and Sarah all attended Mountain Bike Nationals in Pennsylvania. Vicki Barclay, our native Scot, couldn’t race the elite pro cross country race since she is not a US Citizen. Her residency status did allow her to race the singlespeed race, however, so she jumped at the chance. Vicki took the lead early and never looked back crossing the line in first, and claiming the stars and stripes jersey.

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Vicki on the way to winning the singlespeed race

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Singlespeed Nationals women’s Podium

Next up was the elite women’s XC race. Coming off of an impressive 3rd place finish at marathon nationals, Nina Baum battled some early race fatigue, but put in solid performance to finish 16th. After recent illness, Sarah had her own battles to fight, but similarly put in a good performance, finishing only a few spots behind in 19th.

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The versatile Nina Baum

The Super D race saw a fantastic return to the nationals podium from Sue Haywood, who finished in 2nd place, just a few seconds behind Georgia Gould. Sue was flying fast on her Cannondale Trigger over the rough rocks.  Sue is looking forward to next year’s Nationals where they will drop Super D and add Enduro.

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Super D Nationals women’s podium

The last race of national’s weekend was the STXC. Nina finished in 16th, while Sarah unfortunately had a bad fall, resulting in a fractured collarbone. Sarah has since undergone surgery to repair the fracture. She hopes to recover in time for some late season XC racing and a few CX races.

Jenny Smith spent July feverishly preparing for the Leadville 100, while juggling being a mom, AND a coach for the Western State Colorado University cycling team (kudos Jenny!). In mid-July Jenny raced the Breck 68. After an early race mechanical, Jenny went on to finish in 6th place. The following weekend, she got in some great preparation for the road sections of the Leadville 100 course by racing the Masters Colorado State Road Championships. Showing her excellent form, Jenny won the event in a sprint finish.

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Jenny at the finish of the Breck 68

The last week of July saw Jenny coaching and hosting a high school mountain bike camp. This was the camp’s second year, and doubled in size from last year. 20 high school students including 4 young women got to stay on campus, learn bike skills, ride lifts to descend on crested butte mountain resort and ride Doctor Park a high country non motorized back country loop.

Mical Dyck’s July was jammed packed with a wide variety of different events.  She finished off the last few days of June with 3 days of amazing racing at the Fernie 3.  It was a hard fought battle against some fast women on some of the most amazing and fun trails. Mical finished the race in 2nd to World Cup racer Sandra Walters.

July started off with an amazing 7 day backcountry mountain bikepacking trip from Durango Colorado to Moab Utah, the San Juan Huts 9. Hitting lightning and hail and rain at 12000 ft on day one, to 113 degrees and dry lightning at on day five, it was an amazing hut to hut trip.  The Cannondale Scalpel was a great workhorse, turning her super lightweight racing machine into a bikepacking machine with Apidura bike bags and Stan’s Crest wheels.

After a marathon drive back to Victoria, Mical decided to participate in a ramped up version of the Rapha Women’s 100; a small group of women riding for 2 days, at a hilly 110km each day, complete with camping gear, smores and bourbon!

Singletrack 6 (formerly the Transrockies) was just a short week away, and Mical was joined by teammates Shannon Gibson and Nina Baum.  6 days of racing through the mountains with hundreds of other people that are super stoked to just be on their bikes!!  Doesn’t get any better than this.

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Nina and Mical at Singletrack 6

The Cannondale Scalpel with Stan’s NoTubes Valors was the obvious choice for this race. Day 1 in Bragg Creek was a shock to the system, so much climbing, but so much descending.  Day 2 in Nipika was the rooty technical fun and punishment that is always expected of that area.  Day 3 in Radium was a pure sufferfest for Mical, starting the day off slightly dehydrated; she spent most of the day in survival mode in the exposed heat.  Day 4 and 5 in Golden were amazing fun, getting to ride the old school Mount 7 Pychosis and the fast flowly Moonraker trails.  And Day 6 finished a very hot week on the awesome trails of Revelstoke.  After 6 days of racing, Mical finished 2nd behind Kate Aardal in the overall, but winning the timed downhill section for the week. Nina and co-ed partner Daniel finished 2nd overall, with Shannon finishing an impressive 7th overall in the women’s race.

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Singletrack 6 overall podium, Mical 2nd

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Nina and co-ed partner Daniel

The warm and long days of summer are what our mountain bike team lives for. We love nothing more than being at as many events as possible, racing our hearts, teaching and mentoring other women to the joys of mountain biking, while promoting all of our wonderful Sponsors!

 

 

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