But the thought remained...either we are getting soft, or we're raising a hell of a good crop of Crossers. I think it's the latter and the fact that a bunch of Teenagers came out to race the Blubber Burn Classic says something about our community. Great to have you out there, but...please don't crash
|Mark Curbwizard bunny hopping the barrier. ©Nick Kupiak|
|Scramble Le Mans start. ©Nick Kupiak|
The 6th Blubber Burn Classic is in the books. We had about 35 racers out there along with a few dedicated spectators. The attendance was a bit lower than last year but the mix of racers was more diverse than in the past. We had an 11 year old racing against a 52 year old. We had women coming down from Cumberland and Campell River to race (where were the guys?!). We had racers and spectators from Vancouver as well as a peppering of the good old crew from Vic. A nicely rounded group of racers made for a fun race.
|Blake rode the whole race on just a front brake. ©Nick Kupiak|
|Jamie drops in on Niteshift. He only rode the whole trail once...©Nick Kupiak|
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|Jamie ripping on Niteshift. ©Nick Kupiak|
After the fast guys blew by, I dialed it back a notch. I was so cross-eyed at this point that I was having a hard time with depth perception. So after chilling out a bit, things got a lot smoother and probably not a lot slower. This "strategy" netted me a surprising third place finish due to untimely flats for Terry and Scotty and a "bio-mechanical" for Drew. I was then closely followed by Curb and Clay for 4th and 5th respectively.
|Clay Webb targets the Blubber Burn and gets faster every year|
A special mention goes out to Ethan Paulie (14) who finished first in the youth "category." I guess we'll have to have non alcoholic prizes for those guys next year.
|Only the finest "dad beers" for the winners. @Nick Kupiak|
|Rob cracks a celebratory beer (he has no blubber to burn). ©Nick Kupiak|
|Best dressed: Terry McKall photo: Nick Kupiac|
- Rob Parkin -Red Bull
- Raphael Lalumiere -Russ Hays
- Halldor(ss) -NZ-Kiwi racing/Naked
- Curbwizard -Team LeMond
- Clay Webb(ss) -Search and Rescue, Vancouver Island div.
- Cam Maysmith -Maysmith Cycles / Columbus420
- Jamie Cameron -Naked Scotland
- Blake The one brake wonder(ss) (Blair finished in this spot but gets DQ'ed for his MTB...Dang!)
- Warren Cederberg -Pro City Racing
- Andrew Russel -Wheelers
- Joele Guynup MacKenzie-Eric the Cat racing/Campagnolo
- Kelly Jones -Steed
- Emilia Thy -The Waverly
- Roanne English
- Kiya Kelly River City Racing