Carcranked Bike Fest

 Pre-race meeting at the Carcross Commons on Saturday morning.

Pre-race meeting at the Carcross Commons on Saturday morning.

 Felix and Louis, getting ready for the Enduro Race.

Felix and Louis, getting ready for the Enduro Race.

 And the climbing begins (10 km of it!).

And the climbing begins (10 km of it!).

 I love that all the trail signs are in their native language too (yes, that's the least. Montana Mountain is the Carcross/Tagish First Nation sacred mountain).

I love that all the trail signs are in their native language too (yes, that's the least. Montana Mountain is the Carcross/Tagish First Nation sacred mountain).

 Stupid race. I can't even ride with them...

Stupid race. I can't even ride with them...

 Finish!

Finish!

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 Filling up their Explorer Cards, trying new trails on the mountain.

Filling up their Explorer Cards, trying new trails on the mountain.

 It's always great to end a riding day at the beach!

It's always great to end a riding day at the beach!

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 We showed the kids some old mountain biking movies on Saturday night at the Bistro (on VHS, on course, on a real old TV). Who remembers Cranked and Dirty Dreams??

We showed the kids some old mountain biking movies on Saturday night at the Bistro (on VHS, on course, on a real old TV). Who remembers Cranked and Dirty Dreams??

Enduro races are fun because the climbs are not timed, only the downhill sections are, making it a relax and social event where riders wait for their group before every downhill section. JF, Mara, Felix and Louis had a blast on the short Enduro course. There was also an Explorer punch card with stickers to collect everywhere on the trails and some trail work with the Singletrack to Success team was planned, but had to be cancelled at the last minute for family emergency. If you haven't seen the documentary Shift yet (made about the Singletrack to success project), make sure you do! It won the people's choice award at the Banff Mountain Film Festival and many more. It is a half-hour documentary about the indigenous youth from Carcross, Yukon, who have spent the past 10 years converting traditional trails around their town in to a world-class mountain biking destination -- and transforming their community and themselves along the way.