ZEP Racing Programs 2018

ZEP Racing Programs 2018

ZEP Racing

ZEP RACING
2018 RACE PROGRAMS
Zemery Foster – B.C. Cup Overall Winner – Jr. Sport. Photo by Rob McNicol

After 10 years of coaching riders and training instructors in Whistler, B.C., 2017 saw ZEP MTB Campsestablish its first race team. ZEP Racing has just completed its inaugural season on the BC Downhill series. Lead by Head Coach Rhys Ellis, the team made its presence known in the downhill community. With constant laughs and banter from the pits, paired with a consistent podium presence the first season was one to remember.

“I think we have made our mark on the BC Cup series as a fun and focused team in 2017. The goal for 2018 is to build on that success by continuing to add motivated riders to our teams, focus on the process of improvement and have a ton of fun while we do it.” – Rhys Ellis, ZEP Race Team Head Coach

ZEP Racing is now looking for new recruits for the 2018 season.The goal of ZEP Racing is to create an environment where riders can thrive through camaraderie, hard work and ultimately, a lot of fun. If you are a rider committed to developing your racing and would like to do so in a positive fun environment this could be the place for you.

ZEP Racing

Dakota Boyer – In the Zone. Photo by Kaz Yamamura

ZEP offers two different training programs for athletes looking to join the ZEP Race Team, the Performance program and the Development program. Each program is designed for athletes looking to join a fun, yet hardworking and professional, downhill race team.

Performace Program

The Performance Program is for an athlete who has experienced racing the B.C. Cups and wants to take their skills and progression to the next level. This program is a season-long commitment and is a great opportunity to build friendships and camaraderie with a tight-knit team of riders. The team will meet for three spring training camps and 9 riding days to focus on technical and tactical development, leading up to the race season.

The Performance Program also includes on track coaching and pit support at all B.C. Cup races, Crankworx. The coaching shifts from technical development in the pre-season to technical application, tactical development and psychological coaching in race season.

Three Spring Training Camps and Ride Days:

Sunshine Coast Spring Break Camp
Whistler Bike Park Opening Weekend Camp
North Shore Camp
Ride Days throughout May and June

Races:

Port Angeles NW Cup
B.C. Cup Series
National Championships & select Canada Cup events
Crankworx

Includes:

• Total of 48 coaching sessions
• Nutrition and Sport Psychology Sessions – Nutrition and Sport Psychology will be continually integrated into the day-to-day team activities.
• Team race kit
• Pro deals available on ZEP Brand Partners
• Pit support at B.C. Cup race series

July 16th Panorama July 23rd KHMR Sept 3rd Big White Sept 17th Steve Smith Memorial BC Cup Finals at Mount Washington

Rhys Ellis – ZEP Racing Head Coach – 10th National Championships. Photo by Kaz Yamamura

Development Program

The Development Program is for riders who have tried a few downhill races and would like to get more involved in racing. This is a great option for someone looking to increase their skills on the bike and develop their abilities as a racer but is not quite ready or able to commit to a full season. In the pre-season, the team will meet for one spring training camp and ride days leading up to the race season. These sessions focus on technical skill development to prepare for the season.

The Development Program includes on track coaching and pit support at four B.C. Cup races and Crankworx. This phase of coaching focuses on technical application, tactical development and psychological coaching in the race season.

Two Spring Training Camps:

Sunshine Coast Spring Break Camp: 3 days pedal – 2 days CGP
Whistler Bike Park Opening Weekend Camp: 3 days Whistler Bike Park

Races:

4 B.C. Cup Series Races

Includes:

• 20 coaching sessions
• Nutrition and Sport Psychology Sessions – Nutrition and Sport Psychology will be continually integrated into the day-to-day team activities.
•Pro deal ZEP Brand Partners

July 16th Panorama July 23rd KHMR Sept 3rd Big White Sept 17th Steve Smith Memorial BC Cup Finals at Mount Washington

Stephanie Denroche – B.C. Cup 2nd Overall Pro Women. Photo by Rob McNicol

Junior Race Team

This program is for the young shredders, ages 10-12, looking to join their first, fun, mountain bike race team. The goal for this team is to have fun while building the skills of these youngsters, to develop safer, happier, stronger riders.

The ZEP Junior Race Team will work with the same coach Wednesdays and Saturdays, throughout the bike park season. This allows the coach to get to know your athlete and develop those advanced skills that require more time and practice. They will combine bike park sessions and trail ride sessions to work on all aspects of mountain biking, to develop a well-rounded rider and foster passion for all aspects of the sport.

ZEP Coaches always maximize lessons for safety, risk management and skill progression, so your little tykes can build the skills without the spills! This program also includes race-coaching and support at select Kidsworx and Phat Kidz races,

Dates: May 19th – September 1st, 2018.

Includes:

• ZEP Junior Race Team Jersey
• 30 sessions
• High fives and fun times
• Kidsworx & Phat Kids Race Support
• Progress Reports Mid & End Of Season

info seracing.ca

Rhys is 100% hands-on, training and competing with the athletes, guiding them through every track walk, practice lap and race run! Photo by Kaz Yamamura

In addition to our Race Team Programs, ZEP is offering Junior Race Camps and Private Coaching for riders wanting to learn more about racing or simply wanting to push their skills further. To apply for a place on the team or for more information, please visit us at www.zepracing.com or email [email protected]

Sponsors:

Transition Bikes
ANVL Components
Troy Lee Designs
Evolution Whistler


MENTIONS: @zeptechniques

Mac Ride Releases Child Seat to Get Families Mountain Biking

Mac Ride Releases Child Seat to Get Families Mountain Biking

  Matt Hunter and his son Robbie enjoying some laps on the pumptrack at the Bike Ranch in Kamloops.
Mac Ride is a child-seat system that allows children to experience off-road riding at a younger age while developing skills that they will be able to transfer to their own bikes. Mounted to the steerer and seat post and running along the top tube, it places your child in front of you and allows them to place their hands directly on the handlebars. The stirrups give them the experience of pedals and allow them to stand up over bumps. “With Mac Ride, as it’s built for off-road use, we can head out on more adventurous outings with single track trails and swooshy berms, which keeps the cycling more interesting for our eldest, Savannah,” explains Mac Ride Co-Creator, Ashley Howard. “When our son, Mackinley, was 3 and started enjoying cruising trails on his run bike, we would take both his run bike and Mac Ride with us. It meant that we could stay out all day, swapping between the two – Mac Riding up the hills, and cruising down them as a family.” This innovative product is a fun new way to get the whole family out on the trails sooner!
Glen Dobson – father, mountain biker, and engineer – designed Mac Ride when he couldn’t find a viable solution that would allow him to take his young son out on the trails. He and Ashley quickly realized that while there were plenty of child bike seats on the market, there wasn’t a product that met their specific needs. The existing models offered bulky, hard plastic, molded seats that transferred the bumps from the trail to the child, harnesses that keep the child strapped to the bike even in the event of a fall, and hard plastic or steel foot protectors that prevent the child from standing up in anticipation of rougher terrain. The biggest deterrent they found with conventional rear-mounted child bike seats is that the child will often lean out causing balance issues and the rider had to take their eyes off the trail or road to check on them. When Glen and Ashley researched other front mounted seats they found they were all quickly outgrown and for much younger children than their kids at the time.
bigquotes We saw a lot of great things in a variety of bike seats, but couldn’t find a solution that met all of our needs. I got to work pulling together all of the best bits and landed on Mac Ride – a lean design that is more engaging for the child is easy to take on and off and is compatible with almost any bike. Glen Dobson, Mac Ride Co-Creator
bigquotes Mac Ride has really expanded the range of our rides. Now we have an option to all ride together, far beyond when a child’s legs run out of pedaling power. Matt Hunter

Understanding what they didn’t want was the first step for Glen in creating Mac Ride. It was important to put the child in front to give them the same view of the trail as the rider and allow them to chat and interact. From there he positioned them with their hands on the handlebars to feel the steering and to balance themselves and added the stirrups to allow them to stand up and lean in the corners. The seat is a non-slip silicon design similar to a horse saddle that uses a pommel for comfort and security going both up and downhill. The seat is designed to support kids from ages 2 to 5 and with the lack of bulkiness, it provides a richer, closer interaction between the rider and passenger. It also takes advantage of the bike’s existing suspension and allows for a more comfortable ride. Lastly, Mac Ride positions the child on the bike without seat belts or straps, allowing them to find their own balance within the safety of their parents’ protective arms, if a fall occurred, the child would come away from the bike with the rider, rather than being strapped to the bike.

bigquotes Robbie loves it. He is always asking me to find little jumps and corners to hit. I think it helps him to see what he can do when he’s on his own bike too.Matt Hunter

The attention to detail for safety, usability, and longevity of Mac Ride are the result of many years in the testing and designing phase. Mac Ride is built with forged aircraft grade aluminum making is lightweight but also strong and stiff. The seat uses high-quality silicon rubber for comfort – and durability. The unique mounting system replaces a spacer on your steerer tube with a custom one that allows Mac Ride front clamp to attach around it. The rear clamp uses a quick release bolt to tighten it around your seat post – this is compatible with dropper posts as well. The headset spacer is the only item that is left on your bike when the seat is removed, meaning that it can quickly be taken on and off your bike between solo rides and family rides or swapped between bikes – it takes less than 1 minute to put it on or take it off a bike. With a variety of front mount spacers available Mac Ride fits a wide range of bikes from old commuters to the newest carbon mountain bikes. It is important to note that there is no damage to or adverse effects on the bike frame; the weight of the child mimics that of the rider and is evenly distributed on two very strong points that are intended for heavy loads. Not only does this make the seat safe for even carbon frames, but also easier to maneuver than other similar child seats on the market.

bigquotes Mac Ride has enabled us to ride as a family, first and foremost, so that’s an easy win. Being able to take Myla places, with her bike strapped onto our backpacks, while using Mac Ride allows her to ride around lakes, past waterfalls, and old growth trees on her own and ride in places that are just too far for her to get to under her own power. She can feel the air in her hair, see the cool trees, and beautiful forest. She can experience the flow of trails and travel at speeds not available to her – within reason, obviously – with her limited ability, fitness, and experience at age 6. These moments are priceless and give her a real feel for why we, her parents, love mountain biking so much. The impact it has had on our family is incredible. Instead of doing the typical taking turns as parents, or not covering very much terrain, we get the keys to the castle so to speak, to be able to truly ride as a family. The positive impacts of this are invaluable and truly priceless!Darren Butler
Trying out the Mac Ride
Trying out the Mac Ride
Trying out the Mac Ride
  Myla, shown here with her dad three years ago, still enjoys using Mac Ride with her family.
Designed to adapt four different ways, Mac Ride easily grows with your child. The seat position can be moved forward and back, while the stirrups and foot strap length can be adjusted. Most importantly to your child’s comfort is that the stirrups can be pivoted both back and forth as well as up and down to allow for the best positioning.
bigquotes With Mac Ride, we could plan cycling trips again. We really wanted a child bike seat we could travel easily with so we could keep up with our active holidays. Mac Ride is simple to fold up and pop in your carry-on luggage – and is lightweight. Glen Dobson, Mac Ride Co-Creator

Mac Ride has been tested to the highest standards – the equivalent of thousands of hours of use – in an independent SGS testing lab. As Mac Ride was designed with Glen and Ashley’s own children in mind, safety was at the forefront of their design and testing. Currently, there is no safety certification for front-mounted child bike seats, but the seat does conform, with the exception of not having a strap, to an EU safety standard for child bike seats (EN 14344).

At the end of the day, Mac Ride’s most proven quality is that the kids who use it, have fun! “Our kids love it,” says Glen. “Now that our son is on a pedal bike, we explain to him where we’re going and offer him a choice of transport: his bike, a trailer bike, or Mac Ride. He’s able to gauge the distance, how his legs are feeling, and whether he’s craving that bonding time up front on Mac Ride before letting us know how he’s going to travel. His favorite time for Mac Riding right now is after school. I think he’s pretty knacked by 3 o’clock and loves to chill with me up front and chat about his day. Which is great for me too!”

For more information about Mac Ride, check out their website! 


Mentions: @endlessbiking @Mac-Ride

The Inside Line on Les Arcs

The Inside Line on Les Arcs

Photo Anthony Pease

Looking for an alpine biking holiday next summer? We have most excellent news for you!

Following the demise of one of the biggest MTB holiday providers in the area last year, the options for guided chalet holidays in Les Arcs had slimmed down considerably. Well, The Inside Line MTB is stepping it up a notch for 2018 to help fill the void. French-qualified mountain bike guide Emily Horridge is the brains behind The Inside Line, and is super-excited to be able to put this together for next summer with a sweet chalet including a massive garage for all the bikes, a garden to chill in with a beer, a trail to the door and a lift 30 seconds from it.

The Inside Line
Photo Anthony Pease
“Since setting up The Inside Line MTB, I’ve had so many enquiries asking about accommodation with food and guiding that offering chalet holidays just seemed like the obvious thing to do. We have so many amazing trails here and I love getting to know people over a whole week as well, so I’m really looking forward to having some great fun out riding with my guests next summer!”

Building on over 10 years of guiding and chalet hosting knowledge, Emily and her team know exactly how to put together a fantastic week to give you an unforgettable holiday experience that’ll leave you wanting to come back for more.

For more information check out The Inside Line MTB website and Facebook. 


MENTIONS: @gravitysgirl

British Cycling Confirm Downhill Series Dates and Venues for 2018

British Cycling Confirm Downhill Series Dates and Venues for 2018

Earlier today British Cycling announced the dates the 2018 HSBC UK National Downhill Series and HSBC UK National Downhill Championships, which will take place in Glencoe from July 21-22.

Jonathan Day, British Cycling’s head of sport, said: “We’re delighted to announce the dates for the 2018 HSBC UK National Downhill Series after a fantastic series in 2017, and it’s great that we’re able to bring the HSBC UK National Downhill Championships to Glencoe for the first time.” Read the full story on British Cycling here.

2018 HSBC UK National Downhill Series

2018 HSBC UK National Downhill Series

Round one
7-8 April
Cwmcarn

Round two
12-13 May
Fort William (C1)

Round three
30 June-1 July
Rheola

Round four
11-12 August
Rhyd-Y-Felin (C1)

Round five
22-23 September
Bringewood

2018 HSBC UK National Downhill Championships

21-22 July
Glencoe

Suzuki Nine Knights MTB 2017 Trailer

Suzuki Nine Knights MTB 2017 Trailer

Following a standout first year at Reschenpass, Italy, the Suzuki Nine Knights MTB returns to South Tyrol with a fresh take on last year’s impressive course. The “Focus Become a Knight” video contest launches a search for new talent to join Sam Reynolds (GBR) Nicholi Rogatkin (USA), Szymon Godziek (POL), Antoine Bizet (FRA) and many more for the week-long supersession, running from the 4th to the 9th of September, 2017.

Reilly Horan

Extended Course With New Elements

Brit Sam Reynolds yet again teamed up with Austrians Andi Brewi and Clemens Kaudela from Balzamico Trail Design to continue building on last year’s success. The versatile course for 2017 combines flowy lines with progressive freestyle elements offering multiple opportunities to link together longer runs with bigger tricks. Built along the avalanche mound at Haideralm in the Venosta Valley, the course includes a longer flow line, a new big bike jump line, and four different kicker options to take mountainbiking to new heights.

“The Reschenpass venue was incredible for the Suzuki Nine Knights MTB 2016,” course designer Sam Reynolds says. “Now that we have a solid foundation to build on, our massive new set-up will open the door to some world first tricks and even more creative lines. I can’t wait to get building!”

Suzuki Nine Knights

Freeride Sponsorship and Wildcards

Two amateur or pro riders can win wildcards to join invited athletes thanks to the ‘Focus Become a Knight’ online video contest. In addition to the wildcard, Focus Bikes is offering a one-year sponsorship for their favourite Freeride category submission featuring a talented non-bike sponsored rider with killer freeride and big bike skills. Meanwhile, the open category entries can highlight dirt jumps, slopestyle tricks, as well as freeride skills.

Submission deadline is the 22nd of August 2017. For more detailed information head to www.nineknightsmtb.com.

Suzuki Nine Knights

Public Contest Day

The culmination of the week’s film and photo sessions; the public contest day, will take place on Saturday the 9th of September and feature some of the biggest MTB tricks ever displayed. Pack up your sunscreen and join us at Reschenpass, South Tyrol, Italy for the final showdown.

patrick schweika

 

Olly Wilkins

 


MENTIONS: @nineknights

Whistler Bike Park Creekside Trail Expansion Now Underway – Video

Whistler Bike Park Creekside Trail Expansion Now Underway – Video

Whistler Creekside expansion
After many years in the planning and approval process, crews from three different trail building companies finally broke ground on the much anticipated construction of fifteen kilometres of new trails in the Creekside Zone. After opening this zone for bike park access in 2015, the Creekside trail expansion beginning now is the most ambitious development project in the park’s history and will be a well deserved enhancement to this zone.

Video by: Good Fortune Collective & Goldstein Productions

Ready for 2018, five new trails are being built adding fifteen kilometres to the park’s trail inventory, equalling an increase of 20% more lift accessed riding. Accessed directly from the Creekside Gondola, from Garbanzo Express/Upper Whistler Village Gondola, and from Top of the World, the new trails will be a mix of machine-built freeride and hand-built technical single track suitable for the intermediate and expert level rider. The zone is being developed to ride well for both all-mountain trail bikes and DH.

Whistler Creekside expansion

Phase 1 build plan.

This mix of trail types will give the zone more diversity, allowing a larger range of riders the ability to access it while ensuring advanced riders keep coming back. All while maintaining the personality and atmosphere that makes Creekside so special.

The Dream Build Team

The new expansion will be split between three of the world’s premier trail building teams based in Whistler. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park Trail Crew will be tackling the main machine-built low intermediate trail as well as teaming up with Gravity Logic on a low footprint machine-built single track. Gravity Logic will build two additional trails including a hand-built single track and another low footprint single track trail accessed from Highway 86. Joyride Bike Parks will be taking the final trail and making it a machine-built intermediate freeride. The purpose of this all-star build team is to ensure the trails are built with individual flavours allowing for the most diversity and a fresh approach. Each will be uniquely built giving riders a new experience on each one.

Whistler Creekside expansion

Gravity Logic is well underway on their machine-built freeride trail in the lower Creekside Zone.

Whistler Creekside expansion

The start of one of the tech trails through Creekside’s ultra green forest.

Whistler Creekside expansion

A new zone allows for a lot of creativity and cutting of new lines.

Whistler Creekside expansion

Creekside is the new gold mine for some of Whistler’s best dirt.

Whistler Creekside expansion

Sections are coming together, bit by bit.

Whistler Creekside expansion

Flagging some fresh tech.

Whistler Creekside expansion

Got the feels of Blueberry Bath Tub.

It is anticipated that all five new Creekside trails will be ready to ride for next summer’s planned opening of the Creekside Gondola in June. It is also possible that some sections of the expansion will be available to ride before the end of this season but stay tuned for updates.

Whistler Creekside expansion

The new guy, Zander Geddes, helping to ride it in.

Whistler Creekside expansion

Lula cutting in the technical line.

Whistler Creekside expansion

Some impressive bridge and feature work are being built in order to link up the trails through the rugged terrain.

Whistler Creekside expansion

Lula approving of her husband’s work.

Whistler Creekside expansion

Zander getting up to race speed.

Whistler Creekside expansion

An early taste of something that will only get better.

Whistler Creekside expansion

Hopefully more of this to come later this year.

Looking even further in the future, the Master Plan for Creekside includes a total of 56km of trails that stretch from tree line to valley floor giving riders even more options when descending from Top of the World and the Garbanzo Zone. In anticipation, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park Trail Crew are developing several new trails within the existing park for this purpose. But for now, 15km is a great start.

Riders arriving to Whistler this season can currently access the park from the Creekside Gondola and take advantage of free, secure underground parking, delicious Dusty’s BBQ, bike repair and shopping at GBB Creekside, and fewer lift lines.

View the full album of images.

Photography by: Clint Trahan

Top of the World Update – Opening This Saturday

Thanks to Mother Nature’s warm and consistent temperatures so far this summer, along with some much needed acceleration by Trail Crew, riding from the summit of Whistler Mountain will be open this Saturday. There will still be many sections where the Top of the World trail will be covered in snow but Trail Crew has been able to remove as much as possible allowing riders to descend through the alpine. As the summer heat continues the trail will only get better and better.

To purchase your Top of the World ticket visit Guest Services or call 1-800-766-0449.

#RideNowSleepLater

WMBP 2017