Peter Bethell has recently returned from spending four weeks in Whistler, riding nearly every day and living the dream. We caught up with Peter to find out more about it.
Peter spent the first three weeks of his trip on an instructor training course, in beautiful sunny weather, leaving him a qualified Level One Professional Mountain Bike Instructor. Peter says, “I am looking forward to helping new people get into this awesome sport that I love and spreading my knowledge with everyone who wants to learn.”
As well as completing the course, Peter also competed in one of the biggest mountain bike festivals there is, Crankworx Whistler. The event Peter raced in was called the Canadian Open Downhill, with a loose and dusty track that changed a lot throughout the practice and race day. “We had two days of practice, the first one went really well and I focused on learning the track and choosing my lines. On day two the track was even more blown out and my bike took a bit of a battering on the rocks in my first practice run.” Peter managed to get his bike fixed before fitting in a couple more runs, tidying up his lines and focusing on his pace.
On race day Peter was excited, “On the big day I was really excited to race again after having a bit of a break from racing.” Going all out from the start, Peter peddled through a section that he hadn’t visited in practice, clipping his pedal on something that blew both his feet off. “I lost a bit of speed and it wasn’t how I wanted to start my first run, but the crowds were awesome the rest of the way down which made it super fun!”
Peter still came out with an incredible result, “My run was good enough for 38th and as always there was lots to take away and learn from, so that I can be better next time!” Next up for Bethell will be the New Zealand race season, with the first round of the NZDH North Island series in Rotorua at the end of September. “I am looking forward to a good summer riding the local and exploring our beautiful country throughout the national season.”