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Bear Mountain Canada Cup XCO Race Report, by Devin DeBruhl

I have been looking forward to Canada for months. Always have wanted to go there to race and ride! Finally the date came. Landed and had a short drive to the airport. First thing when I got to the room was build the bike up to go ride. Always expected the best riding there and it was everything I dreamed of! The course was the most fun course I have ridden. Technical root and rock climbs, flowy downhills, and jumps! I was blown away by the course which made me super excited to race.

With some UCI points I got a second row call up. With a step climb at the start I had to give everything I got to be with the top group into the single track. I was sitting top seven the first couple laps. Then got a little gap with the 3rd and 4th rider. Second to last lap I got a major side cramp and it wouldn’t release it was just getting worse and worse. Bjorn pulled away from me and 4th place. I had to hold on the best I can with 4th so I don’t start dropping back out of podium. Held on to the finish and came across in 5th place. I was so happy to get on podium! Stoked to have a race go my way compare to the past weekends.

Before the race my bike got perfected by Julien. It looked absolutely perfect and rode like the first day I had it! Couldn’t have been able to go if it wasn’t for my parents, Julia, and Jason making it possible! It was an amazing experience and got to ride some of the best trails in the world with some fast riders!

Meet Junior Bear Athlete Izzy Heinemann

Every week we will introduce a new member of the Bear Development Team. This week, meet…

ISABELLA HEINEMANN

Racing Age: 16

Hometown: Mill Valley, CA

Race Bike of Choice: The Trek Procaliber

Favorite Training Song: I don’t have a favorite training song, I prefer to listen to the nature around me

Favorite Post-Ride Snack: Toast with almond butter and banana or toast with avocado and an egg

Growing up, whether my family was riding through Yosemite Valley, along the nearby reservoir on Bicycle Sunday, or around the school blacktop on the weekends, I have always been around bikes. I did a little mountain biking, but it wasn’t until middle school that I really got into it. I started riding with a local group and had lots of fun trying to keep up with the boys. I quickly learned to love technical challenges because while I wan’t as strong as the boys, I had a better chance of making a switchback or clearing a challenging root section. By the end of sixth grade, I knew all the local trails and was showing my parents around the mountain. I couldn’t wait to join the high school team and start racing.

During the winter I am an avid alpine skier. For the past fifteen years I’ve been skiing every weekend of the winter at Squaw Valley. I started out in the Mighty Mites program and I was skiing the entire mountain by the time that I was eight. Then I joined the race team and have been racing ever since. It started out as something that I just did, but I’ve grown to love skiing and the unique challenge of racing.

When there is not snow on the ground, you can find me camping, traveling, rock climbing, kite boarding or mountain biking. I love any type of adventure and I am always looking to try something new.

Both of my parents and my two younger sisters bike, so we’ve gone on lots of mountain biking adventures together. From Tahoe, to Moab, Baja, Downieville, and Hood River, mountain bikes have become my preferred method of exploring new places.

With my amazing friends, I have also been known to ride around the campground with five people on a tandem, raft down the Truckee river on a blowup sleeping pad, and go paddle boarding in the middle of the night.

Another one of my favorite places is Baja where I enjoy spending time with family friends, camping on the beach, snorkeling, kite boarding, and recently mountain biking.

I like to have fun, but I also like to work hard. This year I am super excited to train hard and push my limits mountain biking, gain race experience, and have lots of fun with my new amazing teammates.

YogaforMTB.com Product Review, by Ryder Uetrecht

Ryder & Bear Alum Lance Haidet stretch their hamstrings in downward dog pose.

When I was first introduced to the yogaformountainbikers.com videos by Abi, I saw an easy way to access yoga courses and lessons while keeping it short enough to not feel like a chore. With a variety of videos as short as 15 minutes, it is very easy to work whatever part of your body that may be tight or unusually sore in a short amount of time.

Ryder and Lance practice some hip-openers with pigeon pose.

If you want to work your core there are core oriented yoga workouts. If you want to open your hips there are hip opening sessions. The amount of sessions are endless and can work every aspect of your body. Abi does a wonderful job making yoga accessible to novices as well as experts. They generally run from 15 minutes to 20 minutes, meaning you can bust them out in the morning when you wake up or on your lunch break.

Ryder and Lance work on their core stability with plank pose.

I cannot recommend these enough. I can already feel a great shift with my existing cycling related tightness relieving since starting these yoga exercises a few months ago. Even when my schedule is packed I can find the time to do these and reap the rewards. There is absolutely no excuse not to do them as they will only better you going forward.

Vail Lake STXC Race Report, by Devin DeBruhl

My call up was better this race – I was about 5th row back. I was super pumped to race at Vail because it’s like a home course to me. I was a fan of the course with super fun, flowy downhills. After crashing, sitting in 4th last lap in short track Friday I knew I belong up there. I was hoping for a clean race on Sunday.

On Sunday, right out of the start I went down hard because of the two riders in front of me locked bars and went down. I was next guy to go down. I got up right away, but unfortunately I lost many positions with the crash. Around the first corner, there were only ten to fifteen riders behind me out of the massive start. Every lap, I was group hoping from one to another.

Finally, I got up to around 12th with that group. I went to make my move on that group. On my way t,o make my way up to the next group, I hit the course tape into the bushes. Then I got left behind from the group. On the last lap, Max and I were in a spot in front of another group and behind the other group. We had to pace line and help each other out to make it to the finish.

At the line, I got 17th and was the 5th American. I wasn’t happy about how the start was because I knew I could have been up there more and done great this race. I felt good and felt amazing, but unforeseen stuff happens.

I can’t thank Julia enough for all the support and my awesome teammates being by my side racing!

Meet Junior Bear Athlete Sean Middleton

Every week we will introduce a new member of the Bear Development Team. This week, meet…

SEAN MIDDLETON

Racing Age: 17

Hometown: Greenbrae, CA

Race Bike of Choice: Trek TopFuel 9.9

Favorite Training Song: Nonstop – Drake

Favorite Post-Ride Snack: Chocolate milk + a quesadilla

I started out as your average 3 year old, riding my bike with training wheels. Then one day, my older brother managed to take off my training wheels. That led to me riding a bike to school everyday since the 3rd grade. At that time, I had never thought of cycling as a sport… I was more of a baseball, basketball, soccer, swimming type of guy.

Sean was an athlete from a very young age, and was always staying active. When he was 13, he completed the Silicon Valley Kids Triathlon, which consisted of a 200 meter swim, a 6 mile bike ride, and a 1.25 mile run!

It just so happens that my father is an avid cyclist himself. He was always able to convince me to go out for a ride with him, even when I dreaded it. Every time we went out for a ride, we would return to the same fire road, and every time we rode it, I would try to get one turn further than the ride before. Luckily for me, I was able to find mountain bike racing my freshman year of high school. Ever since that first race, I knew that this was something I wanted to continue.

Nowadays, If I’m not on a bike, its probably because I’m traveling. From going into the forests to go backpacking, to getting to go on a cruise to Antarctica… I’m lucky to have the opportunity to travel so much. Getting to see all different parts of the world has been amazing. I think that all of the outdoor trips I’ve been going on my whole life have made me enjoy the outdoors even more. I appreciate our planet, and I respect mother nature. So far my favorite trip has definitely been getting to explore Sweden with my family. Other than traveling, I work on my scheduling and time management. Staying focused on school, a cycling schedule, and maintaining a social life all at the same time takes hard work and commitment!

Coming from a great town, I have always had the support from everyone around me. I was luckily enough to have an older brother that is a great influence. From being beaten up on the ground, to playing chess at night, I’ve gotten to learn how to have fun from my brother. Also, throughout my entire time cycling, I have always had my mother to guide me. I’m super happy of where mountain biking has taken me so far. It has been a great experience learning this incredible sport.