BC Bike Life

Ask Dre: Tires

In 2017 I ran a Maxxis Minion DHR II (2.3″) TR (tubeless ready ) with an EXO casing (thicker, some insurance against flats) and 3C rubber (little stickier for better traction) that was all in one tire in the front and a Maxxis IKON in the rear – 2.2″ TR, EXO, 3C.

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Sweat & Saddle Issues

Summer temperatures mean a lot of things: Rides to watering holes and streams become a lot more fun, we have to focus on staying hydrated, we get to enjoy more hours in the sun before it’s dark, and all that extra sweat can lead to some … less than comfortable moments, specifically for your nether regions.

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Riding Styles: Charge, Flow or Bliss Out?

Pre-pro-rider-career, when I was dreaming of being a ski-bum, I read ‘Inner Skiing’ by Tim Gallwey. I started mountain biking soon after that time, and this body-mind awareness approach shaped my learning progression from xc riding to professional mountain bike trials rider.

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2017 Interview with Tim Johnson

Two days ago [Sechelt to Langdale] was probably my favorite, because I still had some hands to hold on to the bars. I remember turning onto a section of trail where it looked like it had just been cut, I was in fifth so there were was the track from the dirt bike, and four other people, and then me and it was moss on either side and in my mind I was like, ‘this is exactly the photo I’ve seen a million times of riding in BC and I’m doing it right now.’

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2017 Interview with Jesse Melamed

Day 1 is really hard because it’s just such a shock to the system. I haven’t raced a full Marathon XC in probably five years and it took about a day or two to remember what it was like and how to pace yourself. It’s so much different than enduro. The first day I just went as hard as I could, and I definitely put myself at the red line and didn’t recover from that. Day 2 was better and every day I feel like I’ve just been getting better. I know when the front guys start sprinting, I know ‘okay, just let them go’ and I’ll just try to catch them on the descents. I’m happy with where I’ve been finishing – the first day I really wanted to prove that I could finish well, so after that, and I kind of did, I was like, ‘okay, I can just have fun and enjoy it more.’

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2018 Course Announced!

The changes to the BC Bike Race course this year are both big and small, but regardless of size, they all achieve the same goals; more singletrack. With the introduction of the Cowichan Valley as the new Day, 1 Squamish will be the new Day 7 and the communities in between will flow in the same order along the rugged west coast of British Columbia; Cumberland, Powell River, Earls Cove to Sechelt, Sechelt to Langdale, North Vancouver, and Squamish. Whistler, formerly the site of Day 7, will now be an optional Day 8 upgrade for racers where they experience all that it has to offer.

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Dre’s Stage Race Insider’s Tips

With his decades of competitive mountain bike racing experience, Andreas Hestler has certainly picked up a few tips and tricks to make the race experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. From Base Camp necessities to extra racing gear and team dynamics, Dre shares a few pointers for you to ponder while pulling together your gear and packing your bags for BC Bike Race.

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Dre’s Training Program: Part Three

Yes, it is structured for a professional, but all things are relative. We have had generalization so far and remember it’s the training for the training that we do, and some would even say the training should be harder than the racing. If you can make this commitment and stick to the principles, then you will be able to enjoy the BC Bike Race.

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Dre’s Training Program: Part Two

March is here and it’s time to begin phasing biking into our program, it should be making 70-80% of your regime by now unless you are completely snowed in. If that’s the case, then you will adjust your program accordingly (more XC ski and indoor cycle training to compliment).

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Dre’s Training Program: Part One

So, it’s January and you’re ready to get going, but how do you lay down a systematic approach to those goals that you’ve set? Again, I will refer to the ‘looking backward’ philosophy. If BC Bike Race is the goal, then let’s look backward from race day. You will want to include one travel and one recovery day before, from January 1, you should have roughly six months of workable time.

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