Archive for March 22nd, 2007

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!

Erin Lewis
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.