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RRVRVX Race Report - with Video


I still keep mixing up the name, but after some fact checking on the ABA website, I can confirm this past weekends race was called the Royal River Valley Rumble V: the Extended Edition. Yep, that's a mouthful! Anyways, Sunridge Ski Area played host to Hardcore's 5th RRVR race, this year in a 5 hour endurance format.

Having not strapped on a race plate since CX Nationals in October last year, I didn't really know what to expect from myself. It's been a hectic whirlwind of a Spring, and I hadn't ridden longer than 3 hours yet this year. So 5 hours of Sunridge's nasty elevation wouldn't be a problem, right?

Having not pre-ridden the course, I relied on some second-hand tips, mainly that the trails were extremely slick with a cm worth of slick, wet mud coating the majority of the trails. Knowing that there were at least 50 people lined up at the start line, I did not want to get caught in the inevitable bottle necks that would occur throughout the first lap. So off the start, I made a point of sticking as close to the front as I could.


Photo credit: Nick Croken at RedlinePhotography

It had rained overnight, which made for an incredibly slick trail in many spots, so putting in some effort to stay out front was probably for the best as we slipped and slid our way down some of the twisty descents. By the beginning of lap 2, the effort I had put in was catching up to me, however on the bright side, the trail conditions were improving quickly.

I had to drop off the pace, but because the trail conditions had improved so dramatically, I actually ended up posting a 1.5 minute faster lap, although it was also during this lap that I started getting passed by a few more riders. Everyone was using regular ABA number plates, so it was impossible to tell if passing riders were solo or on a team, although it didn't matter much. I was intent on holding my new pace, confident I could get hold it for the next 4 hours.


Photo credit: Nick Croken at RedlinePhotography

Aside from a little hiccup in nutrition (aka rushing myself through the pits and not taking on enough calories) that I think caused a bit of a drop off in my times for laps 5 and 6, things were going well. The trail conditions were as good as they could be, tacky and grippy, and after some much needed caffeine and food, I set out on my 7th and final lap. It ended up being my fastest, but still wasn't enough to make up many positions in the overall results.

A 4 hour 37 minute finish time with 7 laps was good enough for 8th place, so nothing spectacular, but still not a bad outing for my first race of the year!

Robb from the shop was out with a camera and put together this short vid, so check it out below:


Big thanks to Hardcore bikes for organizing! It's exciting to see endurance mountain bike racing return to Edmonton!

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