As part of our effort to promote mobility and road safety, CAA is interviewing Canadians from coast to coast on how they stay safe and share the road. Catch all the interviews here.
Claire Buchar is a mountain bike athlete and coach from Whistler, BC. After racing World Cups around the globe for many years, she’s now a local coach and professional racer in beautiful British Columbia.
How did you get into mountain biking?
It’s been a part of my life ever since I was little. It was just a big sport where I grew up on the north shore of Vancouver, and my older brother was doing it, so that’s how I got into it.
What would you say is your favourite cycling spot?
I’d have to say BC is my favourite place in the summer for sure. The whole Sea-to-Sky Corridor is a great place to live if you are a cyclist or a mountain biker. We’re so lucky to have access to little loops, or front trails after work for a quick ride, or big alpine epic riding.
Which steps do you take to prepare for a bike ride?
First I get all my gear ready. I look over my bike, do a bolt check, look at my suspension, the air pressure in the rear shock, and the front shock, and then my tire pressure. Depending on what riding conditions I am going into I grab the appropriate knee pads and elbow pads, and whatever helmet I am going to use. All it takes is one tiny mistake, like just a slide out, and you’re going against ditches with your elbows, and it’s not worth it.
What piece of advice would you give to fellow cyclists when it comes to staying safe?
Ride smart. If you’re with a group stay within your own abilities and come prepared with your own gear and tools. Be calculated, don’t take unnecessary risks, and never let your ego get in the way.
Although I don’t commute or ride on the road very often, it was still good to go through the road safety test. The information was pretty straight forward and gives anyone wanting to cycle on the road more confidence. I think it’s definitely important!
How can our readers stay up-to-date with your cycling adventures, Claire?