BCSS 2018 Mountain Biking Championship

May 28, 2018 by  
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Boys Gr 11-12 Joe Davies, Pemberton Secondary School
Girls Gr 11-12 Emily Williams, Salmon Arms Secondary
Boys Gr 10 Nathan Pruner, Windsor Secondary
Girls Gr 10 Mickaela Hoskin, Howe Sound Secondary School
Boys Gr 9 Cody Wessels, Vernon Christian School
Girls Gr 9 Sienna Dickson, Don Ross Middle School
Boys Gr 8 Jacob Hepburn, Shuswap Middle School
Girls Gr 8 Kaila Lafreniere, Whistler Secondary


Girls Gr 8 Kaila Lafreniere, Whistler Secondary
Boys Gr 8 Kenzo Okazaki, Whistler Secondary
Girls Gr 9 Sienna Dickson, Don Ross Middle School
Boys Gr 9 Haydyn Wynter, Coast Mountain Academy
Girls Gr 10 Camie Rushbrook, Whistler Secondary
Boys Gr 10-12 Calvin Hepburn, Salmon Arm Secondary
Girls Gr 11-12 Emily Williams, Salmon Arm Secondary
Boys Gr 11-12 Jermey Helly, Valleyview Secondary School


1st Salmon Arm Secondary
2nd Whistler Secondary
3rd Pemberton Secondary

Individual Results



David Charette battles around the course for a silver medal in the cross-country event at the 2017 B.C. High School Mountain Biking provincials. (Image contributed)

Salmon Arm Secondary hosts B.C. mountain biking championships

Over 200 riders expected to hit the trails May 25-26

  • May. 19, 2018 12:00 a.m.

Salmon Arm Secondary School will be hosting the annual B.C. School Sports Mountain Bike Championships May 26, putting their teams up against the strongest riders from schools across B.C..

The championships feature two different categories, separating racers into cross-country and enduro divisions which each feature a bracket for senior (grades 11-12) and junior (grades 8-10) riders. Over 200 riders are expected to register for the championships, with nearly 40 of them competing on behalf of Salmon Arm Secondary and Shuswap Middle School.

Historically Salmon Arm has been known to field the largest team at these championships, likely due to the popularity of mountain biking and sheer number of trails in the Shuswap.

Chris Stromgren, who coaches the SAS mountain bike teams, says of the local riders “I think they are feeling confident, we’ve got some really good talent, should have some top results especially in the senior girls and senior boys divisions.”

The all-mountain cross-country races will be held on a 12km course for the senior riders and a 9km course for the junior riders, with approximately 500m of elevation gain throughout the track. Riders will be challenged with a short road climb to start the race, followed by lengthy sections of winding single track with three more road sections to facilitate passing.

Stromgren says these championship courses are likely to be more physically demanding than any previous High School Mountain Biking Championship course and riders have been advised to prepare accordingly.

“In years past the championship courses haven’t included as much single track trail,” he says. “So these kids are really going to be challenged with some gruelling climbs on single track trails which will challenge their cardio, their endurance and their skills.”

A map of the senior cross-country course can be found on the Trail Forks website by clicking this link, while the junior cross country course can be viewed by clicking this link.

The enduro course will see riders attempting to outlast one another and complete laps of three sections, totalling approximately 10.5km for the senior riders and 8.5km for the junior riders. There will be plenty of up-and-down sections along the course which will test riders’ endurance on the upswing and their downhill speed skills on the downswing.

A map of the enduro course can be viewed on the Trail Forks website by clicking this link.

While Stromgren notes the SAS and SMS teams are going into these championships with a distinct home-trail advantage, he warns of the risks of overconfidence.

“They might be going in a little bit overconfident, I’ve seen a little bit of that,” he says. “Some kids were humbled in our race yesterday on our enduro course. My top riders who had the home trail advantage didn’t necessarily win the category, there is definitely some fast riders out there.”

However, he notes the team excels in their cross-country discipline and will likely see their best results in that category.

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