Archive for June, 2007

BEAR MTN RACE WEEKEND

June 25, 2007

Source: F.V.M.B.A./GARY HARDER

This year’s Bear Mountain Challenge will be the first time in 10 years that another group will be taking the reigns from Cory and his great crew that has made it that biggest mountain bike racing event in the lower main land. The Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association has stepped up to the task and you can all expect to see the same great service that you’ve come to love at the Bear Mountain event. Here’s what the weekend will look like:

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The BEAR MTN CHALLENGE in Mission BC will be on the July 7/8 weekend. The weekend should be a great time.

July 7 will be the BC XC CHAMPIONSHIP—RED mtn across from Millpond.

July 7 DH practice Bear mtn

July 8 DH RACE.

Sanctioned by cycling BC

Organized and run by FRASER VALLEY MOUNTAIN BIKERS ASSOCIATION.

www.fvmba.com
www.bearmountainchallenge.com
www.cycling.bc.ca

Both courses are ready for the race and have seen a lot of work put into them. Kudos to the boys up the road for their dedication and top notch work on the Bear race course. Cory’s moved on, thumbs up to Cory for all the work he put into this race year after year, so fvmba has taken up the race. All profits go to the fvmba , which will put it right back into the trails. We all win.

Gary Harder
president fvmba

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SOMBRIO LAUNCHES SOMBRIOGIRL

June 25, 2007

SOURCE: SOMBRIO

North Vancouver, BC – June 20, 2007— Sombrio is pleased to announce the launch of www.sombriogirl.com. This site is dedicated to showcasing the fine threads of the girl’s collection, where each garment is photographed for a complete visual understanding of the fit, style and colour ways offered. Viewers will also have the option to browse the online store, view current promotions, or read about the Sombrio Girls team’s profiles and latest adventures.

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The 2007 Sombrio Girls team includes Claire Buchar, Kathy Pruitt, Sari Joergensen, and Tracy Moseley. Each member of the Girls team reflects the different personalities of Sombrio. Whether they are traveling the globe with their bike, their camera, and their backpack to taste the world’s greatest single track, or riding at home on their favorite local trails one thing is certain- biking is their passion. This site was designed to capture a snapshot of the rider lifestyle and inspire other girls to “pin it”.

NORCO SIGNS RIDE GUIDE HOST: DARCY TURENNE

June 25, 2007

Source: Norco Bikes

Norco Performance Bikes is excited to announce that recently-named Ride Guide Host, Darcy Turenne has signed on as part of the Norco Factory Team for the ’07/08 season.

At only 23 years of age, Darcy is at the top of her game as a professional mountain bike rider. As a team rider for both the Norco, Oakley, and Dakine international MTB Teams, Darcy has proven that she more than just a pretty face, she also rips.

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Growing up in Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island, Darcy first fell into broadcasting when the Vancouver Island division of Global Television offered her a position as host of a weekly segment called “Go Biking”, after seeing her on-camera charisma while being interviewed about her role on the Canadian national downhill mountain bike team. Soon after she began guest-hosting bike and snow Ride Guide segments and then put her skills to good use by producing, writing, and hosting for the broadband television action sports station “Rip TV.” Darcy is now back full circle becoming the main face of Ride Guide bike to compliment her career as a one of the most progressive female freeride mountain bikers in the industry

Darcy first started cross country racing at 14, and later switched to downhill. Riding for several years as a Norco grassroots rider, Darcy was a two-time member of the Canadian national downhill mountain bike team and has two top ten World Championship placings under her belt. She recently stopped racing and began to dabble in the previously man’s-only world of jumping and freeriding where she competes in slopestyles and throws down for cameras around the world.

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When Darcy is not spending every free second she has on a sunny day riding her BMX at the skatepark, or her dirt jump bike at the local six pack, she also finds time to write and produce music. She also loves surfing but says she is horrible at it. Darcy just graduated from the University of Victoria with a degree in Geography and Enivronmental Studies. When she is not riding her bike, she takes in her fair share of powder days during the winter (by fair share, she means between 60 and 100 days).

Darcy is currently on a four week trip through Europe with stops in Austria, Switzerland and Norway. During this June trip, Ride Guide will be hitting all the major events including; the “Out of Bounds Weekend” in Leogang, Austria, and the Ekstremsport Veko Festival in Voss, Norway.

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For more info about Darcy’s new gig as the host of Ride Guide, check out: rideguide.ca

Or, to see Darcy’s bio, photos, and videos, you can check out her page on the Norco Factory Team site.

START OF THE SEASON FOR KBC

June 25, 2007

Source: SUNPEAKS

A little summary of what has been going on at KBC so far this year. The demand for riding at KBC became so great that we hired a cat over the Easter long weekend to clear the road to get to the top!!! That’s what we call listening to the customer… KBC style. Over the winter lots of sleds and quads were nice enough to pack down the road so the snow had to go. The trails are in great shape and it was so nice to get the season started. This is the earliest we have ever started and we are already well on our way to shattering last year’s record rider numbers. We have groups just about every weekend since the beginning of April.

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We’ve added some new accommodations to the list this year. The Plaza in downtown Kamloops is going to be a hotel for groups that want to be based in Kamloops. It’s great to be able to enjoy all the extras that come with staying in the ‘Loops’.

It’s great to have Sombrio gear right from the start this year, it has made the riding even better. No more t-shirts and cut off jeans!!!

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Brodie has put us on some great bikes this year. Damiens to be more precise. I’ve had a chance to be riding them for about two months now and Brodie nailed it with this bike. It’s a perfect fit for the trails at KBC and around Kamloops. Super responsive, almost effortless. Sometimes it’s just a little too easy. I’m nervous about getting on another bike now.

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We’ll keep you up to date on progress for this summer and all the extracurricular activities that we’re doing. We’ve been throwing live concerts at this recording studio in Kamloops. It’s been a blast!!! A little hard to hit the trails first thing the next morning but…

We want to thank all the riders who have come out this year and look forward to seeing all the crews that are booked for this season coming up. Check out our schedule and you will notice that we are starting and finishing some dates in Calgary to make it easier to get here!

Thanks again to our sponsors and we’ll see you this summer!!!

www.sombrioracing.com
www.brodiebikes.com
www.fullboarbikes.com
www.bowcycle.com

BRODIE RIDER JOANNA PETTERSON TICKET TO WORLDS

June 25, 2007

Source: Brodie Bikes

Brodie b Team pro Joanna Petterson got an early season invite to represent her native South African Cycling Federation at the World Championships in Scotland later this summer. A resident of Hawaii, the South African born rider does most of her racing in North America, where she’s the reigning NORBA 4X champion.

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In what’s becoming a familiar sight, Petterson found her way to the podium two more times this past weekend at the NORBA stop in Deer Valley, UT. Petterson beat Brodie teammate Jackie Harmony in the small final for a 3rd place finish in Dual Slalom. She then capped the weekend with a 4th place podium finish in DH despite a pretty big crash mid-course that among other things broke her finger. Since Sea Otter, her first races back from injury, Petterson has been on the podium in every single race this season.

The next stop for Petterson is the World Cup in Mt. Ste. Anne, PQ.

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Petterson on the podium with team mate Jackie Harmony

About Joanna Petterson:
Joanna is the reining NORBA 4X and DS champion. Born in South Africa, she spends her off season training in Hawaii. Outside of racing 4X and DH, she’s passionate about riding XC, road, cruisers, or anything else. Off the pedals (which is rare) she surfs and snowboards.

Her sponsors include: Brodie bikes, Hayes brakes, Maxxis tires, Industry Nine wheels, SDG saddles, SIC components, Crank Brothers pedals, FLY Racing gear, THE helmets, Harlot apparel, Lake shoes, and Utopia Optics.

SHIMANO XTR “SHADOW” REAR DERAILLEUR

June 25, 2007

Source: Shimano Europe

Shimano presents a new XTR rear derailleur RD-M972, developed with the revolutionary “Shadow” technology that was introduced recently in the new Deore XT group. “Shadow” realizes an extra thin profile to minimize the chance of getting hit by a rock. A tree trunk. Or whatever else lies waiting on the trail.

The Shadow derailleur is 11-18 mm smaller than a conventional derailleur and it has a much thinner profile than any other rear derailleur in the market.

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Furthermore it features an increased vertical stability to prevent hitting the chain stay in very bumpy terrain. No need to worry about your derailleur when taking extremely technical trails at high speed. Your derailleur will be steady and perform its tasks flawlessly.

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This XTR deraileur has a modern, technical appearance characterized by a slightly redesigned “X”-shaped outer plate and a full carbon cage that combines a lightweight design with superior rigidity. The weight has been reduced to 180 grams that makes it the lightest derailleur in the Shimano range.

RD-M972 features a crispy shift feeling and the cable routing has been shortened since less cable simply means less friction for improved response. It will be available in a short cage and a long cage version, in Top-Normal design exclusively for a perfect set-up with Shimano’s popular Rapidfire Plus shifters.

Shimano will continue to offer the current Low-Normal and Top-Normal XTR rear derailleurs so more choice than ever since XTR is “Engineered for the way you ride”!

Availability in the market: September 2007

SURREY BIKE PARK – DIRT JUMPS REBUILT

June 12, 2007

DATE: 6/12/7
SOURCE: NICOLE MOELLER
PHOTOS: MICHELLE SANTOS

The South Surrey dirt jumps were in need of some love. After a brutal winter they became mounds of dirt melting into the horizon, even the best jumpers could barely get air.

-the rebuild-
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-thanks to dudes like this, the park is reborn-
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SORCE bike club along with the City of Surrey, Jay Hoots, Andrew Cho and a swarm of young dedicated volunteers moved dirt around for 5 solid days.

-Jay bossin’ the kids around again. I think he paid them in stickers and RedBull!-
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-Andrew was stunned by the sheer beauty of these new jumps-
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By Saturday the jumps were ready to be test ridden, and many took up the challenge. The Muddbunnies rose up, shovels in hand packing dirt and pimping out the pump track.

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-Bunnies Lindsay and Ryan-
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Sunday was the big Brodie Prize draw giveaway and BBQ. Kids, adults riders, Bunnies and SORCE members all pitched in and everyone had celebratory burgers.

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-Nicole: the den mother of SWAG-
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Paul S, a little Ripper from the south shore took home the the Bordie Cretin Frame. Thanks to the Muddbunnies and Brodie for their support.

-WINNER!!!-
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-some might say this kid was luckier-
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SORCE bike club thanks everyone who came out to recreate our jumps. A total of 350 volunteer hours was put into those jumps in a matter of a few days, WAY TO GO !

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-KING OF THE HILL ROB-
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Note: I’d like to add a HUGE thanks to Nicole, Sherri and Rob for their hard work putting this all together. Nicole, you are the best!!!
Thanks also to Brodie Bikes for hookin’ us up with a Cretin frame. We raised over 140 bones to be split between SORCE and Muddbunnies Riding Club. – Ryan

FASTER & HARDER – PANORAMA’S MAD TRAPPER

June 12, 2007

DATE:6/11/7
SOURCE: Panorama Mountain Resort

Panorama Mountain Village , B.C. – The Mad Trapper Mountain Bike Downhill returns to Panorama on June the 24th and this year’s event will be faster than ever thanks to a new race trail.

The Mad Trapper has been held on Insanity for the past few years, a trail known for its gnarly, technical sections. This year’s race will be much faster, as course designer, Darcy Lehr, has decided to switch things up. The new course will run on Lookout, an A-line style trail with tight, twisty segments. “The final bottom section will be super fast and flowy in contrast to the last few years,” explains Lehr. “It will give fit racers an advantage, so if you haven’t been endurance training, you’d better get started.”

Panorama opens for the mountain bike season on Friday, June the 22nd, with the Mile 1 Quad operating between 10:00am to 5:00pm Sunday to Friday, and until 8:00pm on Saturday’s.

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The Mad Trapper race isn’t the only thing happening at Panorama on opening weekend. Bikers can test ride the latest Kona Mountain Bikes, check out the re-shaped table top jumps on Hell’s Bells, or ride the brand-new machine groomed trail, Let It Ride, a 3.2km bermed cruiser.

The old Hell’s Bells was a hybrid trail for intermediate and advanced riders featuring gap jumps of various sizes. In spring all the jumps were leveled and replaced with table tops to allow progressive improvement in jumping skills. Riders not used to air can safely roll over the table tops, until they are ready to start jumping and eventually land on the transition. According to Brad Brush, Director of Mountain Operations, the new features are part of Panorama’s commitment to growing the sport, “We wanted a jump trail that more experienced riders could hit up without undue risk,” he said.

The new and improved trail was designed and built by Jamie King, Park Supervisor and devoted biker. The trail was machine-shaped over the past two weeks, and will soon be compacted and raked in time for opening weekend.

For more information about mountain biking at Panorama and the Mad Trapper Downhill (including registration) visit www.panoramaresort.com

2007 Mad Trapper Schedule:

Friday June 22
10:00am to 5:00pm – Mile 1 Quad open for mountain biking

Saturday June 23
10:00am to 5:00pm – Mad Trapper registration in the Ski Tip Lodge

Sunday June 24
9:00am to 11:00am – Downhill rider sign-in (new registrations will not be accepted). Mandatory training run.

10:45am – Professional riders only loaded on chair

11:00am to 11:30am – Professional riders training run

12noon – Downhill race starts

Note: Awards to follow half an hour after completion of the race.

Panorama Mountain Village, located in the Purcell Mountains, has one of the largest vertical descents in North America. Quad chairlifts give access to the summit and over 100 trails, including former Heli-Ski terrain in Taynton Bowl. Panorama is also home to Greywolf, ranked British Columbia’s best golf course by Golf Digest. For more information, visit www.panoramaresort.com

KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR SOMEBUNNIES OUT THERE THIS YEAR. TEAM MUDDBUNNIES REPRESENT!!!

Aimee Dunn – Team Muddbunnies
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Photo: Corey Toews

Edith Jansen – Team Muddbunnies
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Photo: Corey Toews

Lisa Howies Bike – Team Muddbunnies
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Photo: Corey Toews

STANLEY PARK BIKE FEST – THIS SATURDAY!

June 12, 2007

DATE: 6/12/7
SOURCE: TANYA @ S.P.B.F.

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ABOUT THE BIKE FESTIVAL click here

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS click here

HOW TO GET THERE click here

VOLUNTEER click here

EVENT SPONSORS click here

CONTACT INFO click here

The 5th Annual Stanley Park Bike Festival Presents:
The first ever Park 2 Park Ride!
Vancouver, BC, June 12, 2007 – On Saturday, June 16, the Stanley Park Bike Festival will be having its first annual Park 2 Park Ride, a 25 km all-ages bike ride from Second Beach to Spanish Banks.
The Park 2 Park Ride is part of a larger-scale goal to reduce our environmental impact by encouraging people to discover and celebrate cycling as a daily mode of transportation. Registration begins at 8:30am and the ride will depart Ceperley Park near Second Beach rain or shine at 10 a.m., where they will begin riding along Vancouver’s finest shoreline to Spanish Banks and back.
Riders will also have the opportunity to meet the Cops for Cancer, Vancouver Cycling Coalition members, the MuddBunnies, Antipodes Expedition leader, Gwendal Castellan, who rode his bike from Ushuaia located at the most southern tip of South America to Inuvik, the most northern town reachable by road in Canada and members of the 2007-2008 Pole to Pole Expedition Team who will undertake a human-powered journey from the South Pole to the North Pole.
Interested participants can register for the Park 2 Park Ride online by credit card or onsite between 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the day of the ride by cash. Cost is $20.00. Children 13 years old and under can register free if accompanied by an adult.
Beginning at noon, riders will gather back at Ceperley Park where the festival will kick off with Vancouver’s own B:C:Clettes, an all-lady, bike-inspired, street performance collective. This year’s event will also include highlights from local talents, such as Kazband, DJ K, Karine Zamor, Zenobia Salik and the Broken Falls Community Hall Band. Additional events include the annual Kids Race, Bike Rodeo, Pedal Zoo and a friendly commuter challenge, where friends and families can take part in a fun cycling competition.
The Stanley Park Bike Festival is the premier bike month event. It seeks to celebrate cycling by promoting cycling as a fun and practical mode of transportation for everyone and as great way to reduce our environmental footprint.

For more information on this event, visit http://www.stanleyparkbikefest.ca.

The MUDDBUNNIES RIDING CLUB AND CO. will be attending this event and we are looking for volunteers for the following:
1. RIDE MARSHALLS – ride with the public and help maintain ride flow (for visibility all MB Ride Marshalls need to don the stylish and popular Muddbunnies tshirt or jersey)
2. BOOTH WORKERS – to provide info to the public about our riding club, enroll new members, hand out stickers
3. BOOTH SETUP AND TEAR-DOWN – setup at 10am, tear-down at 4pm

Please contact RYAN: ryanATmuddbunnies.com for more info
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Photo: Corey Toews

“Trials of the Trails”

June 11, 2007

DATE: 6/11/7
SOURCE: YOUTUBE/NSMB

Trials of the Trails
A short film by Kevin Michael Martin that examines the Shore from two perspectives.

Definately worth a look and hopefully inspiring for all of those who are considering volunteering for a trail day!