It’s been a season that has gotten completely turned upside down not once but multiple times, forcing events to drop off months in advance and leaving racers chomping at the bit for any sort of competition or fast paced adventure. The Canadian based Women’s UCI Continental Team, InstaFund La Prima Racing, made the most of the rather uneventful season by joining forces with the Fernie Gravel Grind for a truly out of the ordinary team camp on the back roads surrounding Fernie, British Columbia. Like the infamous Ghostrider on Mt. Hosmer, some rides live on forever, and this week’s unforgettable gravel adventure was certainly one of those rides. Continue Reading.
How does an elite UCI Continental Team respond when the season’s race calendar is cancelled in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic? In the case of Canadian women’s team InstaFund La Prima, if you can’t race then you go riding. And after waiting until lockdown restrictions permitted, they did exactly that. Swapping road bikes for a gravel variant before heading off to explore trails alongside the Fraser River in their British Columbia backyard.
Reflecting back on what inspired this adventure - with fellow teammate Gillian Ellsay adding her own reflections - team manager and racer Isabella Bertold describes a day spent riding gravel, swapping stories and reaffirming a connection with nature that many of us have similarly experienced over the past few months of lockdown. Continue Reading.