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Steamboat Springs — Part of Maddy Schaffrick’s charm is the understanding she has about the world around her. The 17-year-old Steamboat Springs snowboarder fully realizes the unique place she is in.
Always a prodigy, Schaffrick looks poised to be America’s next great female halfpipe snowboarder, if she isn’t already there with her recent finishes at the U.S. Grand Prix and Dew Tour.
It’s been a trying couple of years, but Schaffrick has broken down her next big goals into two simple things.
First, she wants to finish high school — and if she can wrap up three months of school work she’ll do so in January.
The second goal is a bit more ambitious.
“My focus is the sport of women’s snowboarding and how we have to step it up,” Schaffrick said. “It only takes one of us to step out and try something new. Then everyone will start following. It just needs to be one person to lead the way and everyone will start following. They’ll have to. My goal is to be able to evolve the sport.”
Schaffrick has started to reshape a sport dominated in recent years by American women Gretchen Bleiler and Kelly Clark.
Now Schaffrick is right there with the two most recognizable women in the sport, doing things on a snowboard that no woman ever has.
“The women’s halfpipe is exciting, maybe more so than the men,” said Jon Casson, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s snowboarding director and a coach who has worked with Schaffrick for years. “I mean the top five men are doing a lot of the same tricks. It hasn’t progressed. So many girls are taking it in a different direction now.
“Maddy is adding to the excitement. She’s going big and increasing her amplitude. She’s stomping everything so cleanly. She’s doing harder tricks and making these technical tricks look smooth.”
It’s been a defining three years for Schaffrick. She always identified everything she did with the sport of snowboarding, while having anything but an average teenage life. By the time she was 13 she was traveling the country and the world with riders mostly five years older. It forced her to grow up fast.
“I was 15 and all my friends in Steamboat were going to high school every day and having boyfriends and stuff like that,” Schaffrick said. “I was in another country trying to qualify for the Olympics. It was like, ‘What am I thinking?’ I was doing well in the competitions but not well enough to make the Olympics. I was like, ‘What’s the point of this?’ I did get frustrated. I was like, ‘I never want to snowboard again. I never want to ride halfpipe again.’”
In August 2010 she blew out her right knee in New Zealand. She was on a groomer run when an inexperienced skier cut her off. She flew off the run and smashed into some rocks. The nose of her board was ripped into four parts and her board split apart.
She shredded an ACL and MCL and also tore her meniscus.
The next 11 months were the most telling of her young life.
“It was extremely frustrating,” she said. “I kind of lost my mind. All professional snowboarders, and I think they would agree with me, are adrenaline junkies. The reason we snowboard is because it’s fun and kind of scary. All of a sudden to not have access to that adrenaline on a daily basis, it becomes like a drug. I was freaking out. I had no way to release any emotion.”
She came back to Steamboat and went to high school for a sustained period. She started writing poetry and short fantasy stories to express the emotions she used to get from snowboarding. She helped direct a high school musical. For a period, she became a regular teenager again.
“It gave her some perspective,” said Ashley Berger, who has worked with Schaffrick since she was 10. “It helped her remember why she does it. She does it because she loves it and not because people expect it.”
In her first competition back, Schaffrick painted her face like a tiger and stomped a run with tricks no other women in the world is doing.
The paint was a nod to her youthful exuberance, style and love of snowboarding.
Having sat out for almost a year, Schaffrick gained an education in what she wants with her life.
She’s conscious that in the not-so-distant future she could be the face of women’s snowboarding.
She has leaned on coaches like Berger and former coach Jo Rolls as well as Bleiler to figure out how to deal with the added attention and pressure of potential stardom.
“She has the amazing ability to be in the present,” Rolls said. “She doesn’t have to be the next big thing, but I think she can be if she wants to.”
Schaffrick realizes snowboarding doesn’t define her life. It’s certainly a part of who she is and what she’ll do. But now she understands it’s not her end all, be all.
“It’s a cool life,” she said. “If you ask me it doesn’t suck that much to be Maddy Schaffrick. I’m still having fun with it. But if it’s not fun, I’ll quit. Ever since I started competing when I was 9, I remember saying back then if it’s not fun, it’s not worth it.”
Yesterday Carissa Moore competed in her first heat at the Vans World Cup of surfing.
Up against the boys Carissa was pitted against Sunny Garcia (13.93) def Mitchel Coleborn (10.00), Carissa Moore (7.83) and Alain Riou (5.60). Unfortunatly, Carissa's heat was plagued with a lack of waves from the beginning and after a brief flurry of waves where Carissa posted her first scores, the surfers spent the rest of their heat waiting for a chance to post a score. The waves she did catch were impressive showing the crowd that she could stand her ground with the boys and given one of the waves that Sunny or Mitch got they would have been in trouble!
Can't wait to see her out there again and hopefully she gets another chance to ruffle the boys feathers in future competitions now she has points on the board it is just a matter of time before we see her in with the boys again.
Check out her heat here.
The Betty team is heading out to Panorama this weekend and I am super excited about trying their newest feature - the Mouse Trap. Designed by 25-year-old Kyle Wynia of Abbotsford, B.C., The Mouse Trap was Wynia's design entry into a joint contest put on by Panorama Mountain Village and Rockstar Energy Drink.
The Rockstar Bike Rodeo—Dream it, Drop it! contest had mountain and stunt bike enthusiasts enter their own stunt feature designs. Wynia's winning design was selected by a panel of judges, including pro free-rider Kurt Sorge.
The feature was debuted on July 16, 2011, and was christened by Wynia and Sorge before it was officially opened to the public; it received positive feedback from riders, spectators and Panorama staff. The new feature, The Mouse Trap, consists of a steep lead-up with a jump, which lands riders on a wooden track. At the end of the short track, riders can either launch up onto the adjacent wall and ride it across to the finishing mound, or make a full jump off the launch ramp to the mound if they so choose.
If you didn't know Panorama Mountain Village is just 15 minutes north of Invermere in B.C.'s Columbia Valley. They are open till September 4th so get out this weekend for one last chance to experience lift assisted downhill at its best. Panorama offer a variety of trails for many different levels of riding with fun stunts and challenging features for those looking for a bit of adrenaline. For more information, visit the resort's website. And we will see you there!
Schedule of Events:
XC “no drop” group rides
- Beginner – Evening Ridge, Shasta, Expresso
- Intermediate – Log Jam, Frog Jam
- Meet at Mountain Station at 5pm
DH Rides – free shuttles courtesy of Dirt Tours to Giveout Creek Trails
- 4:00 Shuttle leaving from Sacred Ride
- 5:30 Shuttle leaving from Gerick's
- First come, first Served
Fat Tire Kick Off Party: Starting at 7:30pm at Jackson’s Hole and Grill, enjoy food and drink specials and good times!
Rosemont Events: kids XC, Dirt Jump Jam, BBQ, kids activities, trials demos
10:00 sign in/registration (available for all events)
10:30 2-5 year olds race; awards
11:00 6-8 year olds race; awards
11:30 9-12 year olds race; awards
12- 2 Dirt Jump Jam
11- 2 BBQ hosted by the Kootenay Lake Outdoor Skateboard Park Society; Kids Activities – bike decorating, face painting, activities courtesy of the NDCC
5:00 Parade Gathering: meet in front of Gerick’s Cycle with decorated bikes
5:15 Parade Start – to Sacred Ride
5:45 Crit starts: 2-5 year olds
5:55 6-8 year olds
6:10 9-12 year olds
6:20 13-17 year olds
7:45 Clunker Crit – it’s free! Bring your funkiest bike and join in!
8:00 Awards (teens and adults)
Post Race party @ the Royal - they will be offering food specials and have donated prizes for the crit...even the crowd can win, so don't forget to come down and watch!
Sunday: Morning Mountain
8:00 sign-in/ registration
8:45 race instructions (@ start)
9:00 race start
11:30 race end
11:00 DH Sign on and practice runs
1:00 DH race start
We've got a kids tent and activities, so if Mom and Dad want to participate in an event, the kids will be occupied. And if you are worried about being hungry, don't be - we've got food vendors (BBQ, wraps, gelato!).
It was my birthday last week and totally contrary to my personality instead of heading out and hitting the trails I just hung out and took a day off. It was awesome to sit back and relax with the knowledge of a weekend of biking just on the horizon. This weekend past was the annual Silver Mtn Brewsfest. Silver mountain is in Kellogg, Idaho and a great place to go downhill. The Brewsfest is a super cool event; for less than the price of a regular lift ticket you get to ride the mountain bike trails, try out beers from 30 different breweries and listen to cool music.
It is not the most extensive bike park you'll ever visit but the trails are fun and super long. From the top of the world's longest single pole gondola back to the base you drop 2,200 ft, its a long way down! Three runs and I was revved up and loving life but the body was tired and ready to eat some food and drink some beer. The runs are a little bumpy but have fun flow, a few challenging sections and lots of smiles at the bottom. The gondola ride gives the legs and arms time to recover then downhill we go. To make it a full weekend you can stay on mountain and enjoy the water park too where they have the Flowrider so surfing and biking in one day is possible at Silver Mountain. This is the second year I've attended and it is definitely an annual event; check it out next year we will be there!! The more friends the more fun to be had!
After the weekend I was a little jaded, slightly stiff and in need of some yoga. BettyGoHard and Kerry Yoga had our first Hiking and Yoga event on Monday night - what a way to start the week off on the right foot! We hiked to the top of Raven Rock trail to the lookout overlooking the the town of Trail and the Columbia river - what a view!! Overlooking the Columbia, Agathe led us through a half hour gentle yoga practice; normally I have trouble stilling my mind and really getting into my practice but with the wind blowing gently and the view of the mountains it was the best yoga I have done for as long as I can remember. Thank you to the ladies that joined us and the cute guy at the bottom with the amazing quinoa fruit parfait it was the perfect way to end a perfect experience. Next week we will be doing Elder Trail high above the Columbia on the other side of Trail. Maybe I will see you there.
Have a great week
It was Australia’s day today at the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games Jucy Snowboard Cross with reigning snowboard cross world champion and X Games competitor, Alex Pullin taking out the men’s competition and Belle Brockhof taking gold in the women’s competition.
Mother nature cooperated providing blue skies and light winds; the athletes provided the entertainment in this fast paced competition that, for spectators, is similar to watching a motocross event.
“It was great to be out here today competing against some of the world’s best,” said Pullin. “The Winter Games is fantastic in that it provides another major competition during the Southern Hemisphere season. It’s critical to our training and to being in top form for the Northern Hemisphere season. I’ll definitely be back.”
Pullin went on to comment on his teammates Cameron Bolton and Andy Fischer who placed second and fourth respectively. “We’ve been working hard to bring these two developing athletes up and it was fantastic to see them step it up for this competition. All around it was an amazing day, the weather was great, the course was great and we’re all happy to be here.”
In third was America’s Chris Mahaney the second highest ranked competitor in today’s field.
Six nations were represented in the men’s field with 31 riders competing. New Zealand’s top ranked snowboard cross rider Philip Dominick was the top placing kiwi today finishing in sixth place with Cody Logan coming in just behind him in eighth.
The women’s results today proved that in snowboard cross being at the top doesn’t guarantee the win; one small mistake can see a title slipping away. In the semifinals, top ranked rider, 2010 Olympian and X Games silver medalist Callan Chythlook-Sifsof (USA) slid out while overtaking Amanda Taylor (AUS) who launched over Chythlook. This small error cost Cythlook her shot in the finals and in the end the win went to Brockhof with teammate Alexandra Lockie taking second and Japan’s Karen Iwadare rounding out the podium.
Brockhof was pleased with her result, “This is my third race back after a two year break.” Brokhof took the break after a year of too many close calls and for a time changed her focus to Slalom and Parallel Giant Slalom. “When I stopped competing I was ranked 32nd in the world; it feels good to be making a comeback. I knew with Callan in the field I needed to go flat out. I was hungry for the win today.”
There are two stages to each snowboard cross competition. The first stage sees riders taking on the course against the clock to decide in which order they race. Then riders race in heats of four where they fly down the same course at the same time as three other competitors. The first two to cross the line move to the next stage of the competition.
Olympic gold medallist, Justyna Kowalczyk has confirmed her spot at next weekend’s 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games Winter Triathlon joining a field of local athletes that also includes New Zealand Olympic biathlete, Sarah Murphy.
Featuring a 6.8km run, 12km bike and 9.5km cross country ski, all on a hard-packed snow course at Snow Farm, the event is also open to age group athletes. The sport is new to Winter Games NZ, having been a demonstration sport at the 2009 event. Winter triathlons are an exciting sport and great for low impact, high intensity training over the cold winter months attracting a broad spectrum of athletes, from multi-sporters to triathletes.
“The winter tri adds a new dimension to triathlon,” said Winter Games NZ CEO, Arthur Klap. “It’s quite novel to be biking and running on snow, all at altitude and is great fitness and a lot of fun. It’s great for spectators as well with a few thrills and spills!”
The event is part of the ITU Oceania Championships and athletes can enter at www.wintergamesnz.com/accounts/register
I am about to give you the key to speed. One phrase. Are you ready?
Don't use the brakes.
Don't look so disappointed. What were you expecting, Magic? I don't mean to not use them at all, just use them less.
One of the best ways to improve your riding is to go with someone that is faster than you. Not way faster, so that you get discouraged, but a bit faster, so you really have to work to keep up. Once you've found someone that fits the bill, try following them through some downhill singletrack. Notice how the gap keeps getting bigger? You're not doing much pedaling so it's not likely a strength issue. What could it be? I'll tell you, the faster rider is using their brakes less.
Have you ever been on a ride when, for some reason, you had no brakes, or a lot less than you wanted? Maybe a cable broke or your rims iced up or something. I know it was scary. Careening downhill, unable to slowdown to a comfortable speed, you thought you were going to die. But you survived, and you went down that hill a lot faster than you otherwise would have. If you want to go faster every ride you need to harness a bit of that experience and apply it in a more controlled manner.
Moving out of our comfort zone can make us apprehensive. To try to calm the fears of your rational mind have your irrational mind tell it this: Speed is our friend; Speed brings stability; Stability is good. The wheels underneath do more than just hold us up. They also act as gyroscopes, like those spinny things you may have played with as a kid. They're also the things that keep spacecraft stable in the vacuum of space. The faster a gyroscope spins, the more rigidity it has. This means the faster your wheels are turning the more they will fight to stay upright and pointed straight ahead, just what we want. Now you know why sometimes when you get anxious and slow down you biff, but if you stay fast and ride it out you make out okay and look like a hero.
The hard part is knowing how fast is really too fast and when to say whoa. You can set yourself up with an exercise to explore these limits. Find a section of downhill singletrack steep enough that you won't have to pedal much and fast enough that you definitely have to brake for the corners. (Keep IMBA happy and make sure you won't encounter any hikers or horses on the way down). Make your first run at your normal blistering speed. Try to note where you apply the brakes for each corner. On the next run, each time you reach for the brakes fight the impulse for one second. Remember that every bit of speed that you can carry through the turn is speed you don't have to gain back on the next straight. And that's energy in the bank, my friend, better than money. A little bit saved every corner can really add up over the course of a trail.
In all your subsequent training runs try to brake just a tick later than the time before. It is super important to ensure that you are only using one or two fingers on your brakes - no three, four or five fingers - what are you holding on with? Although some might suggest that a tip to avoid the temptation to brake too early or when you really don't need to is to ride with all eight fingers wrapped around the bars. I personnally subscribe to the theory that you should always be brake ready including uphill climbs.
The key to pushing the envelope is to do it gradually, in small increments. Riding a downhill with your front brake disconnected may make teach you how to go really fast. More likely, it'll teach you just how brittle collarbones really are. Even though improvements may seem small one corner at a time, it will add up and it will make a difference. You worked way too hard for that speed to just turn it into heat for no good reason.
Good luck and stay safe!
Thanks to Dirtworld.com Staff for more tips and biking information visit them at www.dirtworld.com
Triple BASE Comp - Expression Session, Banked Slalom and Downhill all in one day
LAKE WANAKA, New Zealand (July 11, 2011) – The legendary Triple BASE competition returns to Treble Cone this Saturday 16 July testing the mountains boarders and skiers to three thrilling events packed into one day crowning the King and Queen of the mountain 2011.
This thrilling and well established competition is back with a bang after an intermittent couple of seasons, and is sure to entertain as riders test their skills, creativity, speed and precision over three varied events.
The day kick starts with the iconic fast paced and action packed POW Banked Slalom which will see riders thundering down the Gunbarrel’s steep banked natural turns battling it out for top scorings. Running concurrently is the fun packed Rossignol Expression Session offering skiers and snowboarders a chance to show off their skills and creativity over a section of natural terrain.
The afternoon’s Bern Downhill event in the Powder Bowl will test athletes speed and technical expertise over fast steep terrain. This event is sure to see some spills and thrills as competitors race through Powder bowl.
“This is a fantastic event which showcases Treble Cone’s true diversity of terrain and is designed for all levels of local skiers and boarders to enjoy. With all this new snow, we’re super excited for a huge day at Treble Cone”, said Brent Harridge, Managing Director of BASE Wanaka.
All skiers and boarders will compete on the same courses with the best run or score for each event counting.
A great prize pool including a pair of skis and a snowboard will be up for grabs at the off mountain prize giving at 5.30pm at Mint Bar in Wanaka with an after party to follow.
Please note that places may be limited, it is advised that entrants register online to avoid disappointment. Space permitting, entries can also be made on hill from 9am on event day.
For further information visit www.treblecone.com
For further media information or images, please contact:
Anna McConville – EveNZ Consultancy
T: +64 3 443 2700
Ladies. BettyGoHard and Off Road Divas together with Phoenix Health and Fitness have created a weekend mountain biking and trail running camp jam packed full of skills, information, confidence and fun for those of you wanting to get more skills and confidence off the pavement.
Over the past few years triathlons have become an incredibly popular sporting event for people of all ages and abilities. The nature of a triathlon requiring participants to have the skills to do three different sports all in one event that can be anywhere from an hour to 12 hours long not only gives people something to strive for but is also incredibly rewarding when you get to the end. As the popularity of these sports has increased so have the level of the athletes involved, once you get good at triathlons short of running the iron man every year where do you go for more challenge with similar rewards? It seems that an answer to that question is off road. Just a few years ago no one really knew what an Xterra event was, however as triathlon’s started to increase in popularity so too did their off road counterparts. Triathletes looking for more challenge and off road junkies looking for a fix are flocking to this new sport and loving it.
What about the adventure races? The first time I heard about adventure racing I thought that it was insane – four days of slogging through forests, rafting rivers, climbing mountains, running and biking. However, these too are becoming increasingly popular the shear will power that it takes to train and then compete in these races is incredible and such a measure of our strength in so many different ways.
In saying all of this how does the average person who loves to swim, bike and run get off the pavement to join this off road, adventure racing group of athletes? It can be a little intimidating to say the least and let’s be honest even more intimidating if you are looking to get into adventure racing where your shortest race is at least 48 hours of intense activity.
Spokes and Laces is a ladies only mountain biking and trail running camp for women who want to get the skills and confidence they need to leave the pavement behind. We will be focusing on increasing your mountain biking skills and talking about racing techniques for those that are interested in participating in any off road events. Additionally, we will be breaking down trail running; the biomechanics, tips and techniques to not only make you more effective on the trail but stay injury free and have lots of fun.
Finally, it is recognized that taking on these challenges puts a lot of stress on the body; when starting a new training program not only do you need the skills to do the sport safely, you need to train properly, eat appropriately and do the exercises to ensure you acquire the fitness that you need to participate at your best otherwise there can be a lot of frustration, pain and burn out. With this in mind we have designed a personal training workshop that will enable you to identify specific needs to develop a training and nutritional programs that will help you reach YOUR goals.
Spokes & Laces Mountain Bike and Trail Running Camp
May 13, 14 & 15th, 2011
Cost $189 plus tax
What inspires you? what is it that gets you out of bed in the morning and planning your next adventure. It is amazing who you meet along the way and the stories they have of their adventures. Keep posted to the betty blog for inspiring stories about Betties just like you getting out and having fun.
o May 8th – Mothers Day Ride Clinic
o May 27-29 - Cindy Devine Skills Camp
o June 4th –Ladies Introduction to Off-Road Riding
o June 5th – Ladies Park Clinic
o June 4th – Ladies Introduction to Off-Road Riding
· Nelson – Working with Gerricks Cycle to create clinics for Nelson
o May 13–15 - Ladies Off-road Tri Clinic –focus on running and biking
o June 11th - Ladies Intro to off road riding Clinic
o June 12th - Ladies Intro to off road riding Clinic
· Silver Star
o July 15,16&17 – Fourth Annual BettyGoHard Loeka Silver Star Biking Weekend
Local Summer Camps
o July 5,6&7 – Rossland beg/int – 8-13yrs Girls
o July 11,12&13 – Rossland int – 10-15yrs Girls
o July 18,19&20 – Trail beg/int – 8-13yrs Girls
o July 21&22 – Trail beg/int – 8-13yrs Boys
o August 15&16 – Castlegar beg/int – 8-13 Girls
o August 22&23 – Castlegar beg/int – 8-13 Boys
· Working with Grand Forks Recreation & Gerricks Nelson to develop camps for Grand Forks and Nelson
Local Ride Series
o April 6th – 27th – Four Week XC Biking and Chocolate – strengthening and conditioning
o May 11th – June 1st – Four Week XC Biking and Chocolate
o May 23rd - 13th – Four Week XC Biking and Chocolate
o May 24th – 14th – Four Week Beginner Downhill Biking and Chocolate
o May 26th – 16th - Four Week Intermediate Downhill Biking and Chocolate
Local Hiking Series
o April 21st – 12th – Four Week Hiking Series
o April 19th – 10th – Four Week Hiking Series
o August 13th & 14th – Camping retreat: Hike to the Natural Arch and Dogwood Falls on the Arrow Lake just North of Castlegar