The Dunbar Summer Series downhill races included several young bikers from Fernie this year, with one taking the top spot in the national championship in Kicking Horse.
The races passed through Fernie the weekend of July 17 for the Downhill Canada / BC Cup. It then moved on to Panorama for the same competition on July 20. Last, it went to Kicking Horse for the Downhill Canadian National Championship on July 24.
Local Isaac Hulme won the Canadian National Downhill Championship in his category, according to his mother Tanya Currie, who is familiar with the downhill bike scene in town.
Hulme said that winning the national championship in his category was unexpected.
“I was very happy to win it, since it was a great way to end my racing season.”
Hulme also came in second in the U17 Sport Men in Fernie, and first in Panorama. There were up to 45 boys in the U17 Men Sport category from all over Canada, according to Currie.
Hulme said that Kicking Horse was his favourite course.
“It was long and tiring, however, I really enjoyed practicing the course.
“All of the courses were really fun.”
According to Currie, Joy Attalla came third in the UCI Junior Women category in the Kicking Horse national championship, following her competing in the Junior World Cup circuit.
Kate McKenzie came second in U17 Women in Panorama and second in the Nationals.
Maggie Sutherland placed fifth in Fernie in the U15 Women category, fourth in Panorama, and fifth in Nationals.
Ben Johnson competed in all three of the Dunbar series, coming in 16th in Fernie, 28th in Panorama, and 17th in Nationals (even though he took a fall in the latter).
Emma Proulx was registered to compete in all three but broke her foot in practice in Fernie.
Jaxon Miller and Layne Elliot competed in just the Fernie race, and both had falls but placed 29th and 36th respectively.
Hulme said that his favourite part about racing is having fun biking with friends, meeting new people and trying hard on the race.
“Everyone is so keen on biking. It’s such an awesome scene,” he said.
“It is really cool to see how fast the pro’s race. It is inspiring to do better.”