Vernon Womens Enduro Saturday June 20, 2020

 Solstice

           Enduro

 

The scream of a whistle.
The blast of an airhorn.
The wave of an official.
And it starts?
No.
It continues.
A race is more than the day.
It’s spans more than the distance between timing mats. It starts with a commitment, and just keeps going from there. Training miles, nutrition choices, excitement, nerves, stress, sleep… a race is made up of all of this.
Embrace it.
Endure it.
Enjoy it.
Beyond the PR’s or leaderboard is true achievement. Did you take on a genuine challenge? Did you push yourself? Did you learn? Did you fail? Did you see it through? Did you show up for community a race is made up of all of this.
So sign up. Enter the race. Do the event. Join the relay. Run, ride, walk, whatever. Hold yourself accountable. Finish with a smile. I promise you, whatever your ‘race’ every moment, is worthwhile… #livbombshellenuro

emilyann204

No Pain, No Gain

Event Info

About

 

Let’s do it again! Our first race in 2019 was a huge success thanks to all the amazing ladies and volunteers that came out. We are very excited to have the second Bombshell race in the works for 2020.

Racing provides an opportunity to push your limits, embrace your inner competitive spirit, and to meet rad like-minded people. The most important thing with this race is to have FUN whether you are a first timer looking to take on a new challenge or you are a seasoned vet that is going pin-it-to-win-it. Either way the best part is hanging out with other bike-loving women.

 

We want to showcase the world class trails we have in Vernon. The North Okanagan Cycling Society (NOCS) has done amazing work with BC Parks to build responsible and sustainable trails to help converse the ecosystems and wildlife unique to Kal Park. The park also has some unique history including Cosens Bay being a training ground during WWII which meant the area was littered with ammunition, grenades, motars, etc. Before any trail can be built in the park the area has to be swept for any remaining devices. Pretty cool right? Hence our NOCS logo and the name Bombshell for the race. We are proudly going to be donating any monies generated from this race back to NOCS to keep supporting our trail fairies.

 

Registration includes:

 

  • 2 course options
  • professionally timed fly-by stages
  • on course aid stations with lots of goodies 😉 
  • schwagg bagz
  • après food & beverages
  • awesome volunteers

Schedule

Final schedule will be released closer to race day.

Enduro

Course Details

Will be released closer to race date 2020

So what’s an Enduro?? 

Great question, glad you asked. It is a race made up of multiple stages. You climb to the top of the stage and then race down. The climbing part is not timed and for this race there are no cut-off times so you can relax, pace yourself, walk if you want. Once you are at the top of the stage it’s game on! You race down one at a time, or train it, with your time starting and stopping at designated areas. 

First timer??

Here are some common questions.

How is the timing going to work for this race? Well, you will get a fancy bracelet to wear on your wrist. You tap the bracelet to a timing thingy at the start of the stage to start your time and tap your bracelet to a thingy at the end of the stage to stop your time. Your times are totaled up for an overall time which will determine what place you finish. Pretty straight forward. 

How do does the seeding work?

There will be 3 waves of start times. Before the race you can pick which wave suits you. Wave 3 is for the shredders who want to win, for ladies that have done some races before and know what’s going on (advanced racers). Wave 2 is for the ladies who still want to race but are a little more chill, maybe it’s your first time racing or maybe you have done one or two others (intermediate racers). Wave 1 is for the people who are out there to hang out and smell the roses, just there to take in the energy of the event, the goal is just to cross the finish line and crack a well deserved bevy (first time racers). 

On the trail you are encouraged to self-seed. What does that mean? It means you turn around and ask the ladies behind you, “are you fast?”…always love that question. Maybe better question “are you going to really race this stage”. If yes let those ladies go a head of you. In general the course marshals will be getting the racers to drop-in in 30 second intervals. That said, if you like to chase your buddy you can drop in right after one another. If you are really worried about the person behind you catching you, you can ask for a little more time. Which leads to the next section.

To pass and be passed?

This is part of Enduro racing so don’t be freaked out by it. There are obviously better ways then others to do this and we strongly encourage you to be respectful and calm when doing it. So this is how it goes down. If racer A is catching up to racer B on the trail, racer A says (not shouts) “racer” or “rider”. Racer B carries on until there is a safe place to pull over and does so. Racer A says “thank you!” and racer B says “get it girl!” Simple. No need to be a jerk, remember the karma gods are always watching.

Is it cool to walk my bike down tricky sections?

Absolutely. 100% okay. If there are some sections of trail you don’t think you can ride, do not let this deter you from doing the race. All trickier sections of trail will be flagged. If you aren’t feeling it, by all means walk! No need to be a hero. Way better to lose a few seconds getting off your bike then to break yourself. It’s not worth it. 

Is there something they don’t tell you about Enduros?

The inevitable wait at stage 1. Yup it happens. Despite spreading out start times there will be a bottle neck of racers at stage 1. Know that this is going to happen and don’t get bummed about it. As it gets closer to your start time and the nerves start to really jitter, make sure you get your self warmed up and the heartrate going. Doing some jumping jacks, air squats, bench press your bike over your head (kidding).

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Volunteers Needed

Volunteers stayed tuned for opportunities to help out Feb 1, 2020. Volunteer perks will include breakfast and lunch, beverages and more.

Registration Opens in 2020!

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