WEA was my first experience as a volunteer for the NSMBA, back in 2012.
I remember shaking Wade Simmons’ hand at the time, yet having no idea who he really was. I had just bought my first mountain bike a few days prior, and I was clueless about the history of mountain biking.
That moment is fresh in my mind as it had happened yesterday. He came to chat with all the volunteers, and I initially thought he was one of us; then he came to me and said, “Hi, I am Wade Simmons”, and I thought to myself, “oh, this volunteer is very formal”, so I replied, “Hi, I am Norma Ibarra”. Just a few seconds later I realized that I was wearing a Wade’s T-shirt, and got that he was kind of a big deal.
Same thing happened when I met Digger, it took me weeks to fully understand who these guys were. It is at these events that you get to meet the leaders, movers and shakers of the mountain biking community.
After 1 year of hiatus, WEA came back as part of the Sea to Sky enduro series and it was a great success. Having had the honor of meeting Wade, I can tell you the event was very much like him: chilled and fun but with a few surprises, like ice cream for everyone.
About 160 riders rode about 21 kilometers of the North Shore on Fromme. Some of the trails ridden were Floppy Bunny, Griffen, Expresso, Badden Powell, Crinkum Crankum, and Dreamweaver. The conditions were awesome, with the lovely misty forest scene we all love so much.
For this year I decided to volunteer at the last minute, and help with some final chores that the team of volleys had. Of course I also took a bit of time to get some shots, and here they are, along with a Connor McLeod video recap. Enjoy!Wade’s Excellent Adventure 2014 WEA was my first experience as a volunteer for the NSMBA, back in 2012. I remember shaking Wade Simmons’ hand at the time, yet having no idea who he really was.