Murdoch back on top in BC Enduro series

Picton, Guibert victorious at Mt. Seymour

Over 240 racers showed up to the second stop of the BC Enduro series on at Mt. Seymour on Vancouver’s North Shore last Sunday (May 10) and the travelling Whistler contingent did not disappoint.

Conrad Murdoch put himself safely in the lead for points in the series after winning the Junior U19 category with a total time of 20 minutes, 20 seconds, following his second place result last week on the Sunshine Coast.

“I got over my cold from last week and stayed focused on the stages from practice yesterday,” said Murdoch shortly after stepping off the top of the podium. “I just made sure I kept the tires on the ground. (The course) was pretty unforgiving. You’ve got to keep focused on the lines you are taking. It’s not my type of course; I’m more for the flowy kind of stuff. I rarely come down here (to race), but it was a similar course to last year.”

In the Junior U15 division, Pemberton’s Ruben Guibert took the top spot with a time of just one second slower than Murdoch, crossing the line at 20:21.

“I have to give a shout out to Ruben for being right on my tail this race, he really put the pressure on,” said Murdoch.

Leonie Picton once again displayed her dominance in the Open Women category, taking the win with a time of 21:31, a full 34 seconds faster than runner up Amanda Sin in a field of 35 racers from regional B.C., Washington State and Oregon.

“It’s really still surprising,” said Picton, who rides for the local team Arbutus Routes. “The first (win at Sunshine Coast) hasn’t quite sunk in yet and now with the second (win) I’m really starting to feel like the training has paid off.”

Picton’s preparation for the rough course on Mt. Seymour began last Wednesday with pre-rides of all the stages, followed by another course survey on the Saturday prior to the event with careful consideration of which lines to take on race day.

“After stage one I was feeling fairly confident, but I still had to avoid getting over confident and still stick my lines and keep it smooth,” said Picton. “The trails are definitely well established and that kind of makes it more fun. There were some sections where you could see the trail rutted out almost a foot down from the normal line. There’s more exposed rocks, more exposed roots; it’s very ‘point and shoot.’ As long as you’re looking ahead enough, it works out.”

Other local results included Craig Wilson and Michael Watt taking second and third respectively in the Open Men category as well as Jennifer McTavish and Nina Arnold managing 13th and 20th respectively in the Open Women. In the Pro Men, Whistler local and Santa Cruz Nomads rider Dylan Wolsky came in seventh with Spencer Wight following in 11th place.

Most of the Whistler riders on the BC Enduro circuit are expected to take part in the GO Fest Enduro this Saturday (May 16), taking place in the Whistler Valley and Whistler Bike Park.

For full results of the BC Enduro head to bcenduro.com.

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