The only competitor from the Cowichan Valley in the provincial high school mountain biking championships came home with a medal.
Representing Queen of Angels School, Stephanie Mould won the bronze medal in the Grade 9 girls cross-country event at the provincial championships held on May 28 at Burke Mountain in Coquitlam.
Mould also finished eighth in the province in the enduro (downhill) competition.
Riders attended from all over the province, but Mould was the only entrant from the Cowichan Valley in the entire championships, which have divisions for grades 8 to 12.
“There were quite a few [riders],” Mould said. “More than I thought there would be. It was weird seeing so many different teams there.”
Conditions were tricky at Burke Mountain on race day.
“It was pretty muddy that day on a lot of the downhill trails, so you had to be careful going around the corners that you didn’t wipe out,” Mould said.
Mould also rides for the Dirt Divas and Experience Cycling in Island Cup races. She has moved up to the intermediate division in this, her second year of competition.
“It’s more of a challenge [than the beginner races],” she said. “It’s twice as long, so it’s more endurance.”
There are multiple reasons why Mould enjoys the sport.
“I like the competition,” she said. “You can do it anywhere, and you can do it for a long time, whether you’re young or old.”
Mould is also an accomplished wrestler with the Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club. Among her achievements last season, she was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler in the junior girls division at the Western Canada Age Group Championships, and collected a fourth-place result at provincials.
There is definite crossover between Mould’s chosen sports.
“[Cycling] does help with wrestling, especially with endurance,” she said. “I notice at the end of some matches, I still feel good and the other person might be tired.”