Supporting the volunteers and organizations that make riding better for everyone
Photo by: Sterling Lorence
TERRY MCKALL MAY 18, 20211
Shimano is celebrating its 100th anniversary by giving back. Specifically, Shimano Canada is taking the opportunity to highlight the tireless work of our those building trail and advocating for access across the country.
100 trail building took kits will be donated to cycling clubs and qualifying organizations nationwide. So much of mountain biking in Canada is run by grassroots advocacy organizations, from volunteers to builders to ambassadors, all making sure Canadians have excellent places to ride. This work requires proper trail tools.
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Anita Naidu brings anti-racism training—and COVID-19 precaution knowhow—to camps.
In a normal summer, Whistler’s Anita Naidu would be jetting all over the world for any number of reasons.
But this year, for reasons greater than just the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, she’s happy to stay closer to home.
Naidu wears a number of helmets, ranging from pro mountain biker and coach to electrical environmental engineer to anti-racism advocate, and at a time when racial injustice is in the spotlight, Naidu is sharing messages of effective allyship through sport.
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Women’s-only enduros rose up in the Sea to Sky and are now gaining a foothold across B.C.
THOUGH POP CULTURE and sports alike continue to be a man’s world of archetypal women, mountain bikers in the Sea to Sky are writing their own narratives.
Even as women continue to make up a larger portion of sport’s population, making up a majority of riders in some communities, men continue to be disproportionately represented in co-ed contests. At the 2019 Squamish Enduro, for example, men outnumbered women 199 to 32 across all categories in the full-course event.
However, a surge of new women’s-only events has created an opportunity for riders to participate on their own terms as the Sea to Sky serves as the vanguard of a movement that is starting to spread across the province.
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At first glance, you see a profile of a professional mountain bike racer. Highly focused, physically and mentally tough, has a to-the-point bluntness about it all.
UCI World Cup competitor Kate Weatherly is 100 percent that racer. She has been since her first race.
“I did my first race and came dead last,” Weatherly remembered. “That was my racing career for the first couple of years. Racing to come in not last. I had a real drive to do better and better, and I realized I have to do everything I can to beat them.”
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Over the course of the last two midnight sun filled Yukon summers a group of local Trail Builders and Groms have come together to create a new trail called Rock Lobster. The lower section of the trail is now open and ready for some action!
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