We had a lot of plans for our days off this week. Hiking and camping was the big one. Then the skies unleashed and it very quickly saturated everything. When we saw that the weather was to turn for the worse I wasn’t too disappointed because I could still have a bit of fun in the Phat Wednesday race. I planned to race it early then head back up and try and snap some race shots before heading to the patio. It was, however, too wet for the race as well and it was postponed. I still went up and rode the bike park. It was amongst the wettest conditions I have ridden in for a long time. It was still incredibly fun.
Since I didn’t get the chance to get any material from either hiking/camping or biking I thought I’d use material from a Phat Wednesday event last year when they raced the Canadian Open trail. I was out of action due to an injury sustained while biking and although the injury hindered my camera holding abilities I was able to get a couple of shaky shots.
The Phat Wednesday race series always draws a huge turnout. Most Wednesdays throughout the summer a trail is chosen and roughly 250-300 riders race down with a rider starting every 30 seconds. My general goal for this races is to survive and not to be overtaken. The fee to participate is only $2 and that buys a race entry, a beer at the GLC and an entry into the draw prizes where anything from an incredibly fashionable Bud Light t-shirt to Rock Shox forks can be won. The atmosphere is usually pretty awesome.
The photo’s posted today all come from the aforementioned Canadian Open race last summer. The trail builders had been hard at work rebuilding and fixing the trail for the annual Crankworx festival. There are some incredible riders that show up to race these races and this particular event saw downhill World Cup hopeful Steve Smith take the top spot on the podium.