• THE LADIES OF SUGAR SHOW­DOWN

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LALENA DE­SAU­TELS VAN­COU­VER, BRI­TISH COLUMBIA Where did you learn to jump? “Two years ago, I started with skate parks. I was living in Cal­gary and I didn’t know what to do in the win­ter so I bought a dirt jumper and a shovel and shov­elled the snow off the skate park and rode there.” Goal: “I wanted to learn tricks, but I in­jured my­self so now I’m try­ing to get the fun­da­men­tals more di­alled. I know I’m too ag­gres­sive some­times, so I’m try­ing to make it more flowy. Ev­ery time I take a clinic I take some­thing away from it. When some­one tells me to do some­thing, I can fix the body me­chan­ics.” What’s the big­gest thing you’ve learned to­day? “To slow down, not lit­er­ally, but just to re­lax more. I’ve al­ways been told I have two speeds; on and off. I’m try­ing to find the mid­dle speed and just re­lax my body a lit­tle bit and let the bike do more work.” “A big shout out to Kat for hav­ing faith that women’s rid­ing can progress.”

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