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Denaye Giroux Blog: Successful Beginnings

denaye headAlright, so we just finished off our first of the Canadian Women’s Western Nationals in Kamloops, BC and we couldn’t be more thrilled with how everything came together. The night before the national, Camille and I were extremely nervous on how the day was going to go and how many girls were going to show up to race. After we finished up riders meeting we saw that 28 girls were signed up to race, which might be one of the highest numbers we have had out in Kamloops, and that’s with four injured top riders out for the series.
After practice was finished we knew that the racing was going to be good. All of the riders stepped up their skills from the previous year and no one looked out of place. Moto one finished up with Hailey Larson, Shelby Turner and Rachel Springman. Moto two looked like it was going to be a battle for the overall on the day when Shelby and Hailey swapped for the lead early in the race until Shelby blew over a berm and gave up a few positions. Moto two finished with Hailey Larson, Rachel Springman and Larissa McGlynn. This gave the overalls on the day to Hailey, Rachel, Shelby, followed by Larissa McGlynn, and Sara King.
I am proud for all of these girls and I am happy that they’re given a series to race that gives them a chance to show everyone out there that women can race as well.

Not being able to race this year and watching from the sidelines is definitely hard, but I must say that I am more nervous watching the motos than racing in them. Camille and I were busy all day, running around making sure everything went smoothly, and we couldn’t have done any of it without the help of Daryl Murphy, Marc Travers and Ryan Gauld, who made the day even more professional with their help.

The start of the Women’s series proved this past weekend to be above and beyond what we did last year, and it’s great to see everyone taking notice of the hard work that we did this winter. I would also like to give a shout out this week to Jamie Munro who lined up for Moto one, finished 7th and then left right after to attend her grad. Now that’s dedication right there. The next stop will be June 15 at Wildrose Cycle Park in Calgary, AB for round two. This round should be even more competitive as everyone with be gunning for Hailey. I will leave you with another Sierra Roth update, this time from Teri Yaroschak-Roth.

denaye3“It has been a long week. Sierra was hoping to do this update but the last 12 hours have her resting lots in preparation for her move to the University of Alberta Hospital tomorrow. She had many challenges over the last week including healing from her T5 and T6 break surgery, fluid in her lungs, and now we’re facing a tear on her spinal cord sac, which is causing her tremendous pain. She has had good days and bad days. We have a long road ahead of us and she is expected to be in the hospital until December. We appreciate and are honoured by all the love and support. Please understand that we get dozens of messages, calls and texts daily. Often we are not able to respond to all of them. We have a wonderful team looking out for Sierra at Foothills and we will be sad to leave them behind. We have been asked repeatedly about visitors and this I must emphasize is on a day to day, hour to hour basis. Rest right now is most important in order to allow Sierra to heal in these early stages. We love you all and thank you all for the overwhelming amount of support! Xoxo”

We will be having a fundraiser in Calgary this Saturday and Sunday for Sierra Roth. Please come out and support her, keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Hope to see you all there! 🙂



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