Catch Up With Lars Sternberg On The Cascadia Dirt Cup
CATCH UP WITH evoCOLLECTIVE’S LARS STERNBERG
Follow along on an Enduro journey north of the border with Lars and company as they compete in the Cascadia Dirt Cup. Read the story and check out the video recap provided by Freehub Magazine below. Enjoy!
By Lars Sternberg, Vancouver, BC: T’was a dark and stormy night, and all through the shore were creatures a fright. Long and skinny, tall and sketchy, they brought fear into the hearts of many. Who am I kidding? It was a sunny and beautiful weekend up on Seymour for the season opener of the Cascadia Dirt Cup and 2nd round of the BC Enduro Series. A near sold out collaborative event between these two series made for an excellent time on the wicked selection of 4 race stages.
To the dismay of some, and relief of others, the majority of the prominent wood features which remained rideable among a boneyard of those that aren’t were eventually closed for use during the race. This made for some humorous confusion and much debate during practice as they [the wood features] didn’t get taped off until late in the evening on Saturday prior to Sunday’s race.
It was a fantastic experience riding and racing through what felt like a Mountain Bike historical museum. There was a deep professional field including a handful of athletes enjoying a smaller scale event in between the World Series. The mellow vibe was infectious, as heard in the cheers and heckling from one racer to another.
I really enjoyed the event, and had 4 pretty solid race runs – albeit a small crash on the first race stage. It was a welcome surprise to swipe my timing chip across the final finish balise not long after noon on Sunday – and be one of the first to finish and watch the majority of the Pro field come into the awkward finish – some with grace, and others with more ‘style’.
All in all it was a great start to an awesome season. Once we turned in our homework (timing chips) it was revealed that I had secured the 4th place position overall. I finished some 7 seconds back from 3rd place of Yoann Barelli. Ahead of Yoann was Adam Craig in 2nd, and winner Josh Carlson. I’ll take it, and remember to keep it up next round.