Archive for March, 2007

THE RIPPER SERIES IS BACK!

March 26, 2007

SOURCE: NSMBA

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North Vancouver, BC (March 26, 2007): The North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA) is pleased to announce the infamous ‘Ripper’ series is back for another season! The 2007 Ripper series will consist of four events with the kick-off event set to take place April 14th, on Fromme Mountain in North Vancouver.

A “Ripper” is an event for anyone who loves to ride a mountain bike on the North Shore trails. Individuals can ride for fun, ride to compete or just to rip it up. Spend the day enjoying your favourite trails, meeting new riding partners and enjoy a great after party – the whole family is welcome! You can still push your limits and have fun, too. It is a ‘Ripper’ not a race.

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The 2007 ‘Specialized Presents the North Shore Ripper Powered By Jim Pattison North Shore Toyota Trucks’ features support from Specialized, Toyota, Cycles Lambert, Okanagan Springs, Outdoor Gear Canada and Cowboy Coffee as some of the featured event sponsors. Other event sponsors include Emdoubleyu Design, Silver Star Resort, Ryders Eyewear, Adidas, Endless Biking, Bella Candela, Dakine and Obsession: Bikes.

Pre-registration is strongly advised, with a limit of 150 entrants. Advance entry is $20 and day-of entries at $30 per participant. Entries sell out fast! The ‘Specialized Presents the North Shore Ripper Powered By Jim Pattison North Shore Toyota Trucks’ will require proof of insurance coverage with a signed waiver or the purchase of the NSMBA event coverage at $27. Our coverage will cover you throughout the year at other events with SORCA insurance as an acceptable alternative.

There are always prizes provided by our sponsors and a great after-party scheduled at Bella Candela’s, located at 109 West Esplanade near Lonsdale, in North Vancouver. Expect some creative challenges throughout the day and fantastic wind-up events planned throughout the event season.

Additional 2007 ‘Specialized Presents the North Shore Ripper Powered By Jim Pattison North Shore Toyota Trucks’ dates include; the ‘Super D’ May 12th, ‘CBC’ June 2nd and season wrap up event, the ‘Triple Crown’ July 7th. All proceeds from the event series supports the NSMBA’s trail maintenance program for responsible and sustainable mountain biking on the North Shore.

Updated event information will be provided on the nsmb.com and the NSMBA web site. Detailed volunteer info can be found by contacting Endless Biking. For event and membership information, it is available at nsmba.bc.ca.

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TICKET2RIDEBC, TRACY MOSELEY, WHISTLER, RIDING WEEK

March 26, 2007

SOURCE: TICKET2RIDEBC

Ticket2RideBC have teamed up with World No.1 rider Tracy Moseley to offer a women’s only riding week from 28 July – 3 August 2007.

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This week of riding and coaching will provide a fantastic opportunity for female riders of all abilities to overcome their limits, become more confident in their abilities and feel more excited about their riding than ever before. Its also an excellent place meet like-minded mountain bikers and not to mention a great chance to ride the legendary trails of the worlds most influential and diverse riding destination, WHISTLER BC. From beginner to expert, one week of riding these highly progressive trails will improve your riding like no-where else on the planet!

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We don’t just intend to let you loose on the best riding in the world all-alone… We’ve assembled a team of experts and experienced guides, who have structured a week of skills clinics and coaching just for you. These experts include none other than 2006 World Cup DH Champion, Tracy Moseley.

As well as winning World Cup Downhills, Tracy is a SMBLA qualified guide and is only too keen to share her wealth of experience with you. “I’m really looking forward to coming to ride in Whistler and also to having the opportunity to encourage women to have a go at mountain biking and hopefully progress their skills,” said Tracy.

Whether you are new to off road riding, looking to improve your technical skills, or really want to nail those drop offs and rip up the trails like a pro then our friendly, experienced coaches will guide you through new techniques and encourage you to reach new levels of riding and confidence.

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Our skills clinics cover fundamental to advanced techniques, which give novice riders the key to riding their bike the way they’ve always wanted to and helps those with more experience gain a detailed understanding of the skills they are already using. Our coaches will help you identify your strengths and areas for improvement, taking your riding to a whole new level.

Its not all about the riding though. How about learning how to set-up your bike for extra control? Or finding out what is it that you really need to carry with you for a day in the hills? We’ll be running some informal lessons throughout the week, but don’t worry its not like gong back to school. Pick up bike maintenance tips during one of our legendary lakeside lunch stops, or learn about Sports nutrition over a post ride beer!

For more info: http://ticket2ridebc.com/summer/www.php

NANAIMO SUPER D RECAP

March 22, 2007

STORY: BRIGIT JENSEN (our Island Bunnie)

The 2007 Island Cup Series started out with an event with a very unique format. The Nanaimo SuperD on March 18th, 2007 was a combined-time two-run race consisting of an 8-16 minute course. The course combined some techy downhill, flowing sections, double track climbs and a 5-person mass start. The start added a dimension that many DH racers had not seen before, competing both against yourself and other racers of different strengths and weaknesses. Because of the format, a wide range of racers, bikes and skills were present, with riders on anything from a single speed DJ bike to full DH bikes.

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The most positive thing I experienced from last years Island Cup, which definitely was present this year, was the supportive aspect of the series. All the girls and guys no matter what their skill and ability level (from beginner to National champs), were friendly and willing to help if you have questions. The great volunteers from the Arrowsmith Bike Shop and the Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club put on a first class event. I especially enjoyed the starters, one of which forgot to start our race, which was laughed off with a smile. It really took the edge off for the nervous racers!

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Team Muddbunnies: Erin Lewis

Next race dates:
April 8th -Victoria XC time trial
April 15th -Nanaimo DH

If you are interested in DH racing, the Nanaimo course is an excellent place to start. If you are interested, more information can be found at: http://www.arrowsmithmtbclub.com/
It would be great to see more women (especially Bunnies) out!

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FVMBA TRAIL DAY: VEDDER MOUNTAIN 3/25/07

March 22, 2007

SOURCE: Todd Hovde/FVMBA

Sunday, MARCH 25, 2007, 9:30 AM: Jack’s cycle in Chilliwack

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Please bring your shovels, rakes, picks and any buckets or wheelbarrows. The more people we can get out the more work we can get done so bring your parents too. Please do not bring your bike as there will be no where to put it while on the hill.There may be prizes at the end of the day but you will have to show up to find out.
Yes this will happen rain or shine.

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SPRING BREAK CLEANUP AND JUMP JAM IN THE RANCH

March 22, 2007

Source: Kamloops Bike Riders Association

SUNDAY – MARCH 25th

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Let’s close off Spring Break with some work and play in The Ranch.

Meet in The Corral dirt jumps (bottom of the trails) any time after 10AM

Bring hand tools if you have them – we’re going to rake and shape the jumps and do some general cleanup and maintenance work.

We hope to have some heavy equipment and water on site if we can arrange it in time.

If there’s something you want to see built in The Ranch, come and give us your ideas, and your help. This is your park, and it’s your efforts that will make it better.

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2007 KBRA memberships will be available by donation – so please…bring us your cash too!

4TH ANNUAL KOKANEE CRANKWORX: 7/21-29/07 WHISTLER, BC.

March 22, 2007

Source: Whistler Blackcomb

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PHOTO: A SILVER TOUCH

Three new competitions including a women’s only Pro/Am event expand festival line-up

The world’s best mountain bikers will roll into Whistler, BC for the fourth annual Kokanee Crankworx Mountain Bike Festival July 21-29. Whistler will be ground zero for nine full days of world class mountain bike events, free daily concerts and a wide range of action throughout the village for all ages including a legendary party scene.

Kokanee Crankworx has established itself as the most exciting freeride mountain bike event on the planet and cash and prizing totaling more than $50,000 will ensure a spectacle that has to be seen to be believed. The world’s best riders will convene on the hallowed dirt of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park to push the limits of mind, body and gravity for crowds numbering up to 15,000 for events such as the Kokanee Slopestyle slated for Saturday, July 28. Spectators, whether young, young at heart, hardcore enthusiast or checking out the freeride mountain bike scene for the first time, are sure to be blown away by Kokanee Crankworx with something going on at every turn.

“Every year Kokanee Crankworx outdoes itself,” says Rob McSkimming, VP of Business Development at Whistler Blackcomb. “This festival attracts the best riders in the world and they demand continuous progression from themselves and us. We are committed to providing the ultimate forum for the evolution of freeride mountain biking.”

Kokanee Crankworx’s athletic line-up has been expanded for 2007. Festival mainstays including the Kokanee Slopestyle, Air Downhill, Garbanzo Downhill and Biker X will be joined by three new events – WomenzWorx, Dual Slalom and the Canadian Open Downhill.

Pro riders Katrina Strand and Lisa Lefroy have been enlisted to help develop WomenzWorx, a two-day event designed for the ladies starting on Monday July 23. Drop-in Spokeswoman clinics, special après events, and an exciting Pro/Am event called The Gala which will group amateurs with pros in teams to compete on a four or five stage course, are just a few of the exciting elements planned.

Other new events include a Dual Slalom on Friday, July 27 and the Canadian Open Downhill on Sunday, July 29 which will feature a new downhill course in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. The entire event line-up, which takes place in Whistler Blackcomb’s famed mountain bike park and throughout Whistler Village, also includes a massive outdoor expo featuring the latest in bikes and gear, pro riding demonstrations, free live concerts and entertainment.

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“Integrating women into the WomenzWorx event is an exciting evolution of the Kokanee Crankworx experience,” says McSkimming. “As we move into our fourth year athletes and spectators can look forward to jaw-dropping freeride mountain bike action and an unbeatable summer festival experience in the epicentre of the world of freeride mountain biking.”

Kokanee Crankworx is presented in partnership by Tourism Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb and the Resort Municipality of Whistler. At centre stage of Kokanee Crankworx is the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. With over 200 km and 3,855 feet of lift-serviced gravity-fed, adrenaline-fueled descending trails, the Bike Park is the unequivocal leader of lift-accessed mountain bike parks in the world.

For more information about Kokanee Crankworx – Whistler’s premier freeride mountain bike festival – please visit www.crankworx.com. Event information for Kokanee Crankworx 2007 will be updated by April 1.

HOTWHEELS WOMEN’S CLINIC IS BACK

March 19, 2007

SOURCE: DANIELLE BAKER

Ladies!!! Check this out . . .

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Endless Biking presents Hotwheels, a women’s only camp that specializes in drops, jumps and steep line riding. Coached by professional riders and coaches, Katrina Strand and Kelli Sherbinnin, Hotwheels aims to teach the techniques necessary to drop those drops, jump those jumps and get down steep lines sucessfully and confidently!

When:
North Vancouver: March 24, 25
Whistler: August 18,19

For more information please check out endlessbiking.com, email info@endlessbiking.com or call 604.836.2517

Source: NSMB.com

DIRT SERIES

March 16, 2007

SOURCE: Dirt Series

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North America’s premier traveling mountain bike skills instruction program announces its 2007 camp dates and locations.

For the seventh consecutive season, the Dirt Series is taking to the road, venturing from its Whistler base to mountain bike destinations throughout Western Canada and the US.

Designed to offer professional, enthusiastic and supportive instruction to participants of all levels, the Dirt Series motivates beginner riders, cross-country dedicates, and freeride enthusiasts alike.

“We couldn’t think of a better environment in which to debut and demo our new Ladies Only bikes,” says Elena Ouliankina, Marketing Manager at Rocky Mountain Bicycles, longtime supporter and current title sponsor of the Dirt Series program.

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Over the course of a weekend camp, limits are overcome, plateaus are surpassed, and most significantly, riders become more confident in their abilities, and more excited about mountain biking than ever before.

Partner sponsors Sugoi, Luna, Fox Racing Shox, and Dakine, are helping take the Dirt Series by Rocky Mountain Bicycles further in 2007, to new locations in Bellingham, Washington and Park City, Utah, as well as established venues throughout BC, Alberta, Oregon, and California.

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The Dirt Series, originally established as a women’s only program, is also featuring two co-ed camps to its current schedule, as well as select corporate retreats and presence at a number of larger scale events.

However, no matter how the program grows, one thing that will never change is its dedication to world class coaching and instruction. If you look at the teaching staff you’ll see a list of national and international mountain bike accolades, but if you attend a camp you’ll find that all that matters to those athletes is how much they can help the participants learn, and how much fun they can bring to the process.

For more details, including a list of 2007 camp dates and locations, please log on to www.dirtseries.com.

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Dirt Series by Rocky Mountain Bicycles: 2007 Calendar

April 21-22
Santa Cruz, CA
The Bike Trip

April 28-29
San Rafael, CA
Mike’s Bikes

May 12-13
North Vancouver, BC
Different Bikes

May 19-20
Calgary, Alberta
The Bike Shop

May 21
Calgary, Alberta
The Bike Shop

June 2-3
Whistler, BC
Summit Sport

June 16-17
Bellingham, WA
Kulshan Cycles

June 23-24
Hood River, OR
Mountain View Cycles

June 30-July 1
Bend, OR
Pine Mountain Sports

July 7-8
Park City, UT
Cole Sport

July 14-15
North Vancouver, BC
Different Bikes

August 4-5
Whistler, BC
Snowcovers

August 11-12
Canmore, AB
Rebound Cycle

August 18-19
Fernie, BC
Ski Base / Fernie Alpine Resort

August 25-26
Blue River, BC (Co-ed)
Mike Wiegele’s Heli Skiing

September 15-16
Whistler, BC (Co-ed)
Summit Sport

The Dirt Series by Rocky Mountain Bicycles is supported by Sugoi, Fox Racing Shox, Luna, Dakine, RaceFace, Kicking Horse Coffee, Giro, crankbrothers, Brave Soldier, Maxxis, and adidas Eyewear.

Date:Thu Mar 15, 2007
Source: Sugoi Dirt Series co/ Pinkbike.com

BRODIE and MUDDBUNNIES

March 14, 2007

SOURCE: RYAN PETERSEN/BRODIE BIKES

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It’s official: Muddbunnies has officially been sponsored by Brodie under the b TEAM Racing Sponsorship program. What this means for our club members and race team is some sweet deals and support from one of the best bike manufacturers out there! Check out their 2007 lineup here brodiebikes.com

Brodie b TEAM Racing Sponsorships:
Brodie Bikes is accepting sponsorship requests for teams and clubs. We are looking for organized, well spoken ambassadors to represent Brodie Bikes at races, freeride competitions, jump jams and any other local, provincial or national events in their area. Wherever possible, the team or club will have some degree of affiliation with a local Brodie dealer. All mountain bike and cyclocross proposals will be considered.

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Muddbunnies founders: Michelle Santos and Ryan Petersen

Here’s a little bit of BRODIE HISTORY:
Paul Brodie, manufacturing custom steel hardtails, started Brodie Research and Technology in 1986. The hard-core mountain bike was a different beast than it is now, and Brodie frames were soon sought after in western Canada and the US, then in Europe, particularly Germany. Early frames were the climbMax, sovereign, eXpresso and romax.
The hand built eXpresso and sovereign models are still available.

CyberSport Ltd. assumed the worldwide distribution of Brodie bicycles in 1994. At this time five production models were offered as complete bikes, and the model lineup has expanded each year since. Production of aluminum models started appearing in 1998 and in 1999 the Holeshot was redesigned. The Holeshot with Easton Rad tubing, hydraulic disc brakes and chunky wheels with big tires was the first burly hardtail with a big fork that many people had ever seen. Although Brodie originally had been known as a custom, hand built cromoly steel hardtail company, we were fast becoming better known for our high performance bikes in all categories.

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Test riding bikes is hardwork! Here’s Ryan bailing on the Brodie Holeshot in the bowl at S.Surrey Bike Park.

We worked at designing, building and testing Scandium prototypes frames for two years before offering three models in 2001, the Rodie, Spark and Sauce. Although expensive, Scandium is a technically advanced material with many attributes to build bicycles with.

Brodie started designing/producing full suspension bikes in 1995, with the original Brodie ‘Libido’. Bikes like the “69’er”, Thumper, Diablo, Devo and Sauce followed and for 2003 the 9 Ball replaces the 8 Ball and the Demon is a totally new model.

Brodie is small bicycle company with a staff having varied cycling backgrounds in Cross Country, Downhill, Freeride, Touring/Commuting and Road Racing. As we approach our 20th year of designing bicycles we’ll continue to offer interesting bikes tailored to their intended use and within most rider’s budget.

THE ISLAND CUP SERIES

March 13, 2007

SOURCE: FIONNA TAYLOR/PINKBIKE

The Island Cup series has been supporting grass roots racing for over ten years. The races are based on fun with all levels of competitors encouraged to participate. In 2006 the island saw a huge jump in numbers, especially in the downhill series.

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Races are typically $15 plus shuttles (for downhill) and you have to have an island racing license which can be purchased at any race or you can get one day insurance. Its a great deal for a fun day of racing with great people and lots of draw prizes to be won. If you have never raced before or if you have never raced on the island then you gotta check it out.
Check Pinkbike.com AND Arrowsmith Bike Club for more details, race reminders and coverage throughout the season.

2007 Race Schedule:

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