Over the past couple weeks, my brother and I have been working on making videos on Youtube, and we also created a new Instagram page. The name we’re calling them is Livin’ Large. It tells our story and shows what we get up to on the wild west coast. There will be bikes, cars, trucks, and all the other crazy and exciting things we get up to!

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Check out our first video!

 

Nutrition Revolution

January 30, 2017 — Leave a comment

One thing I have struggled with a bit in regards to racing is nutrition. Thing have taken a radical change recently, and I am making steps to no longer having to be worried that I’m being held back by what I eat.

It is not easy, but I am cutting out all sugar and processed carbohydrates to eat only whole “real” foods. By doing this, I will have more energy throughout the day and during competition. Not having everybody in the family do it and having normal food in the house is really difficult, but that will just help me become stronger.

 

Stay tuned for more updates!

The Time Is Now

January 15, 2017 — 1 Comment

With all this snow and Ice that has cut off biking around here for a while, I’ve had some time to think about other ways to make money. I haven’t seriously considered going to school and getting a “normal” job until I was finished with my biking career, but working part time to allow time for training and riding at lower level jobs isn’t really cutting it financially. I keep thinking that I need to come up with a big idea to make money.

 

Just thinking or planning to do something is one thing, but it’ll never go anywhere if there isn’t any action. I have realized that is what has been lacking in my search for this big idea. It is time to take action and try some of the things I have been thinking about doing.

New Truck!

December 12, 2016 — Leave a comment

After a while of searching on craigslist I finally found a truck that suited my needs! I originally wanted a 67-72 model Chevy C10, but all the ones that were in my price range were all rusted out and would cost more to fix them than I could get selling it after I fixed it. The ones with no rust were professionally restored and cost almost as much as a brand new truck, so I decided to start looking for the next year model, 73-86. After looking at a few of them which were still pretty expensive and they had rust or other issues, I stumbled upon one that seemed almost perfect.

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It is a 1975 K10 Stepside. A true 4×4 with no rust! The other great thing about it was the price. It was quite a bit lower than the other trucks I was looking at and didn’t have any of the problems that they did. There are a few things I need to work on but it is a solid truck and I am honored to own such a beautiful beast!

I’ll post more updates of the work I’m doing once it happens!

BC Cup Finals Fernie

August 29, 2016 — Leave a comment

August has been a busy month with Silverstar, Crankworx and now the BC Cup Finals in Fernie. The team has come a long way since the first race in April, and the final race has come a lot sooner than everybody had expected.

We heard through social media that there may be two different courses in Fernie this year, with the original one that went through the infamous steeps being only for Pros and Jr. Ex. It would be decided on Friday night weather or not everybody would be skipping the steeps, or just the Sport categories.

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Saturday came around and a big sign on the top said that the Pros and Jr. Ex would go down the steeps while all other categories would ride the new section. This was disappointing news to those who knew they could ride the steeps but weren’t allowed to. That’s just how racing goes sometimes, so some riders had to learn a new course while others had to navigate the steeps!

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Even on Friday afternoon, the course was getting so beat up it was barely recognizable from the morning, and Saturday was even worse. It did sprinkle a bit on Friday night, but that did absolutely nothing to help the course other than to keep a little bit of dust down so following could be a bit easier. Saturday was mostly the same with more lines beginning to develop to go around all the big holes.

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Sunday morning came around and riders were all stoked to get on the mountain to get some practice before the last race of the season. With not many racers at the final round, start times were a bit closer to the end of practice than usual, and with the course starting half way down the mountain, some riders didn’t have a lot of time to get their bikes tuned up, but everybody made their start time and was stoked on the fast blown out course!

 

Photo By Danielle Baker

Photo By Danielle Baker

Photo By Danielle Baker

Photo By Danielle Baker

C4 Results:

Adam Woodhouse 1st (Sr. Men)

Blake Bunting 2nd (Jr. Ex)

Jacob Stefiuk 3rd (Jr. Ex)

Adrian Lee 11th (Jr. Sport)

Levi Harapnuik 15th (Pro Men)

 

 

After a weekend break, riders headed out to Silverstar for Round 4 of the BC Cup. Not all of them though. Blake Bunting and Jacob Stefiuk, were in Mont Saint Anne racing their first World Cup!

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Silverstar has always been a favorite, but this year, the organizers decided to put riders down a new top half of the track. Everybody was interested to see what the changes would be like. Instead of starting to the left of the chairlift as we got off, the course started on the right side and started with a sprint to a short tree section, then out onto more sprinting and more wide open corners and some steeper tree sections.

As usual, the team gathers for the GoPro review session on Friday night.

As usual, the team gathers for the GoPro review session on Friday night.

There were mixed feelings on the new course but it didn’t matter because everybody had to lay down their fastest times when Sunday rolled around.

As Saturday progressed, the course was getting more and more blown out, as expected with a brand new track. Ruts and lines were beginning to develop but there still wasn’t really a lot of choice on the new section because it wasn’t that technical. Even the lower part of the course didn’t have much line choice, it was all about who could ride it the fastest.

Conditions were perfect on Sunday with cloudy weather and no wind or rain.

Conditions were perfect on Sunday with cloudy weather and no wind or rain.

Sunday rolled around and conditions were the same as Saturday with super dry and dusty conditions. Riders all warmed up in the parking lot before dropping in for their practice runs. As the day progressed, the course didn’t get beat up too much more and riders were able to put down good runs without worrying about the course changing too much.

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C4 Results:

Adam Woodhouse 1st (Sr. Men)

Stephanie Denroche 2st (Jr. Women)

Caleb Harapnuik 4th (Jr. Ex)

Willem Zweirs 12th (Jr. Ex)

Levi Harapnuik 19th (Pro men)

Adrian Lee 7th (Jr. Sport)

From Panorama, riders headed back to Sun Peaks for the Canadian National Champs race. The talk was on the new track that would be more technical than previous years at Sun Peaks. It didn’t disappoint.

 

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This year, the race course started to the left of the chairlift right from the top. Half of it was already established trail and the other half was brand new so it was always changing. As practice went by, the lines started to get established and the conditions were getting dryer and more slippery.

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From the course preview which was over 7 minutes, the course looked to be quite long but the riders weren’t sure if that was because the person doing the course preview was just slow or if the course was actually that long. It turns out, it was the longest track on the circuit with the average time being over six minutes.

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It wasn’t just six minutes of an average DH track, it was an exceptionally rough track. Not overly technical, but really hard on the hands and feet. Most people didn’t even do full runs until their race run or seeding run to save strength for the race.

Sunday came around and the course went from nice and tacky to slightly dusty and slippery with most of the corners being blown out. Coming from Panorama this was an easy transition as riders wouldn’t know exactly what to expect on their race run.

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C4 Results

Adam Woodhouse: 1st (Sr. Men)

Stephanie Denroche 1st (Jr. Ex Women)

Daniel Frosse 2nd (Jr. Sport)

Blake Bunting 5th (Jr. Ex)

Adrian Lee 7th (Jr. Sport)

Jacob Stefiuk 9th (Jr. Ex)

Caleb Harapnuik 12th (Jr. Ex)

Alex Auger 21st (Jr. Ex)

Levi Harapnuik 31st (Pro Men)

 

With a one weekend break, it was off to Panorama for Round 3 of the BC and Canada Cup, so turnouts were expected to be big. The course had some new sections on it and did not disappoint! Everybody was stoked on the changes, except for that there were still the two uphill sections.

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Day 1: Practice/Seeding

Practice started out wet with showers going off and on during the day. The infamous “Dollar Sign” stayed mostly dry throughout the day and so did a lot of the root sections in the thicker trees.

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Thanks to a small TV and a GoPro, C4 can all discuss lines and go through the track without getting wet!

Come seeding time it was getting a bit wetter, but the course was still holding up nicely. In the later afternoon and during the night, the rain started to come down harder and even the dirt under the thick trees was getting soaked

Day 2: Race Day

Sunday was dry, but the rain from the previous day was still reeking havoc and there were some big holes starting to form in the rock garden half way down the course. No time to change lines, riders just had to plow through them!

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C4 Results:

Adam Woodhouse 1st (Sr. Men)

Daniel Froese 4th (Jr. Sport Men)

Jacob Stefiuk 5th (Jr. Expert)

Joseph Witwicki 6th (U17 Men)

Caleb Harapnuik 9th (Jr. Expert)

Adrian Lee 12th (Jr. Sport Men)

Blake Bunting 18th (Jr. Expert)

Levi Harapnuik 30th (Pro Men)

Riders were only home for three days before making the drive out to Kicking Horse for Round 2 of the BC Cup. Kicking Horse has always been a good course, it’s one of the gnarliest ones on the circuit. Last year, it poured rain on Saturday and Sunday and with temperatures close to 0 degrees at the top, riders weren’t all that keen on getting a lot of practice in. This year was a lot better though.

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Nothing but blue skies and smiles today!

Day 1 Practice/Seeding

Due to the mountain being so big, The course starts about 2/3rds down the mountain and you can either ride the fireroad, or a collection of trails to get to it. This could be good or bad, depending on how you thought of it. The ride to the top of the race course could be used to warm up so the first lap of the day could be at a good speed, but mechanicals could happen before riders even got to the course.

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The course started out with some rock faces that were out in the open in between tree sections getting longer and steeper as it went. About half way down was where it got a bit less steep, but a lot rougher! Near the bottom were some sprint/pump sections which seem to change every year to try to make it less of a pedal across the mountainside. With it being the longest course on the circuit, riders had to balance the amount of practice they needed with the amount of grip strength required to make it through seeding and race run.

Ducking into the trees into a section where multiple lines were to be seen. But only one or two were race worthy.

Ducking into the trees into a section where multiple lines were to be seen. But only one or two were race worthy.

Most of the mechanicals this weekend were flat tires. It didn’t matter if you had tubes or were tubeless, punctures still happened. Thankfully it was a relatively cheap race on bike parts for most!

Scrubbing a short stepdown in the final woods section.

Keeping low on  a short stepdown in the final woods section.

After seeding wrapped up, the riders studied a GoPro run instead of doing a track walk to get clear on lines. Though it is an individual sport, we still are a team, and there were no “secret” lines held back.

Blake taking everybody through a run on the iPad. Thank goodness for technology!

Blake taking everybody through a run on the iPad. Thanks for technology for saving our legs!

Day 2: Race Day

Pre-Race check on the bike. 3 heads are better than 1!

Pre-Race check on the bike. 3 heads are better than 1!

The clouds threatened to rain the closer it got to race time, but for most of the riders, they had a dry course!

Sunny skies were in the background for morning practice! But clouds moved in right before race runs started.

Sunny skies were in the background for morning practice! But clouds moved in right before race runs started.

Another race done, and all riders accounted for without injury. That’s considered a success at this race considering how long and rough it is!

Adam seems to be on a winning streak, dominating Sr. Men by 6 seconds!

Adam seems to be on a winning streak, dominating Sr. Men by 6 seconds…. With a crash!!

Blake taking the win, and Jacob coming in 5th with a crash!

Blake taking the win, and Jacob coming in 5th!

The Jr. Men don't get Champagne, they get ginger ale.

The Jr. Men don’t get Champagne, they get ginger ale. Even more sticky!

C4 Results: 

Adam Woodhouse 1st (Sr. Men)

Blake Bunting 1st (Jr. Expert Men)

Jacob Stefiuk 5th (Jr. Expert Men)

Adrian Lee 6th (Jr. Sport Men)

Caleb Harapnuik 8th (Jr. Expert Men)

Levi Harapnuik 25th (Pro Men)

BC Champs Whistler

June 28, 2016 — Leave a comment

Conditions at this race compared to 12 months ago were quite different. The rain during the week and cool temperatures really made riding a lot more bearable than riding in 36 degree heat.

 

Day 1: Practice and Seeding

The course was slightly different this year, with the top section going on Upper Whistler DH and cutting across a new cut grass section out in the open under the chairlift to Lower Whistler DH. After that, it was the same as last year but continuing on with a sprint to lower Canadian open to finish right above the village.

Lift lines were long all weekend, even when you have plate priority. Typical Whistler!

Lift lines were long all weekend, even when you have plate priority. Typical Whistler!

Conditions were a little bit slippery on Saturday, but as the day went on and the sun peeked out, it started to dry out. Everybody seemed to be enjoying the course and the tricky rock face on Upper Whistler DH wasn’t as big of an concern anymore.

Sprint into the finish line

Sprint into the finish line

 

The course was in great condition for seeding and riders finally got a chance to see how they stacked up against the competition.

Day 2: Race Day

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Eyes on the prize

Eyes on the prize

Everybody was impressed at how the race went this year, with last years race needing a lot of improvement. Thank you to all the marshals, volunteers and race organizers to all the awesome work and improvements for 2016!

Blake Bunting taking another BC Champs title

Blake Bunting taking another Jr. Men BC Champs title.

Adam Woodhouse takes first place in Sr. Men

Adam Woodhouse takes first place in Sr. Men.

Stephanie Denroche with the BC Champs Jersey

Stephanie Denroche with the BC Champs Jersey in Jr. Women.

C4 Results

Stephanie Denroche 1st (Jr. Women)

Blake Bunting 1st (Jr. Expert Men)

Adam Woodhouse 1st (Sr. Men)

Joseph Witwicki 5th (U17 Men)

Caleb Harapnuik 6th (Jr. Expert Men)

Jacob Stefiuk 12th (Jr. Expert Men)

Levi Harapnuik 18th (Pro Men)

Michele Bianchi DNF (Mechanical)