Archive for September, 2007

MUDDBUNNIES MONDAY: WEEK 4 VIDEO

September 30, 2007

SOURCE: YOUTUBE

This weeks video comes from the North Shore of Vancouver. Susan Cross has a long history of trials riding and competition. Have a look at her video ModGirl Video#2 and you’ll see why her video was chosen as the Muddbunnies Monday: Video of the Week.

AFTER-TURKEY PIPELINE BIKE PARK TUNEUP OCTOBER 8TH

September 28, 2007

SOURCE: PIPELINE

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http://www.pipelinebikepark.com/news.php\?action=fullnews&id=62

Looking for a way to sweat off that turkey grease?!

Monday October 8th, the day after thanksgiving, we’ll be holding a workparty to tune up the Pipeline Pump Track. We’ll start at 11:00am so everyone can sleep in. Then come on down to Pipeline and help us reshape all the berms, rebuild the pump rollers, move some of the jumps and make the track faster and safer.

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We’ll have snacks and drinks for everyone who helps out. Prizes for all helpers too! We’ll also be selling memberships and t-shirts to help raise money for more shovels and rakes.

Hope to see you there!

3 MUDDBUNNIES WIN THE WOMEN’S 4X SUMMER SERIES AT PIPELINE BIKE PARK

September 27, 2007

SOURCE: PIPELINE
PHOTO: DANIELLE BAKER

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JUDY GARREN TAKES THE PRO WOMEN’S TITLE FOR THE 4X SUMMER SERIES AT PIPELINE BIKE PARK. CONGRATULATIONS JUDY AND TO ALL THE WOMEN WHO RACED THIS SEASON!

Race Report: Pipeline Summer Series Final Round
Everett Hoath takes the final and the series while his girlfriend barely survives a cluster bomb attack by the race organizer.

Sunday Sept 23rd marked the final round in the Pipeline Summer Series. The Series was a really fun, but low key club event that was a good mix of riding with good friends, joking around, and racing your face off.

The final round was a toss up between Provincial 4x #1 – Adam Muys, and Pipeline Indoor Series Winner – Everett Hoath. With double points on the line, the series winner was determined in the pro main between these two riders. The race was tight right from the drop of the gate. Both riders were sporting flat pedals and it showed as they moto whipped and transferred lines from pro to am lines in an attempt to block each other out. The race piled down the 3rd straight with both riders side by each going into the last turn. Everett went inside berm, while Adam sprinted the outside. The last straight was a sprint finish for the win and the series title. Everett crossed the line just ahead of Adam to take the series.

The other winners of the series are Judy Garren – Pro Women, and Aiden Macdonald – Junior Men. Way to go guys!

Indoor Series starts November 14th! More dates and times to come, and yes, there will be a pro purse for the series final, plus a ton of prizes for the junior and open classes.

These series races are fun, SUPER cheap, and a great way to spend an evening, plus you’re guaranteed some sweet prizes from Fox Racing, Kona, and Experience Cycling!

Here’s how the series wrapped up…

Pro Women:
1st Judy Garren 20pts – Pro Women Series Champ!
2nd Chesea Trites 6pts
2nd Michelle Santos 6pts
4th Ryan Petersen 3pts

Junior:
1st Aidan MacDonald 18pts – Junior Men Series Champ!
2nd Joey Matzelle 12pts
3rd Kurt Mortensen 6pts
3rd Alex Tougas 6pts
5th Ryan 4pts
6th Brendan 3pts

Open Men:
1st Dave Ford 9pts
2nd Blake Manning 6pts
3rd Tim Gadd 4pts

Pro Men:
1st Everett Hoath 36pts – Pro Men Series Champ!
2nd Adam Muys 29pts
3rd Matt Stevens 15pts
4th Tyler Gorz 12pts
5th Ray Ray Faubert 6pts
6th Steve Edgar 4pts
6th Brian Onofrichuk 4pts
6th John Starcevic 4pts
9th Todd Castonguay 2pts
9th Martin Frano 2pts
11th Jordan Virgl 1pt
11th Joey Presley 1pt
11th Peter Jensen 1pt

HARVEST HUCKFEST 2007 – WHISTLER MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK OCT.5-7

September 26, 2007

SOURCE: WHISTLER MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK

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WHISTLER, BC, September 25, 2007 – The sixth annual Harvest Huckfest, Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s season-ender, is set to send off the season in style October 5-7, 2007. Harvest Huckfest is a celebration of another great year for the Whistler Mountain Bike Park; a year of record breaking visits, new trails, sold out Women’s Wednesdays and, of course, the most successful Kokanee Crankworx to date.

Harvest Huckfest has been going strong for five years and with events such as the Slopestyle, Air Dome Jump Jam, back by popular demand, as well as the new Team Air Downhill, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is the place to be Thanksgiving weekend. The park is in top shape and as the season winds down, line-ups get shorter and trails are less busy, perfect for ripping lap after lap.

The Bike Park has seen its fair share of big names and big events over the years and this summer was no exception. The popular film group, “The Collective” has been up in the park and just finished an epic 10-day shoot for their new film, expected to be released next April.

With pro riders such as Darren Berrecloth, Steve Smith, Steve Peat, Cam McCaul, Andrew Shandro, Matt Hunter and Thomas Vanderham taking part in the shoot, the new flick is sure to impress. “It’s rare to have all the riders in one place at one time, outside of a contest or festival,” says Jamie Houssian, “The Collective’s” producer. “The whole crew was here for the Bike Park shoot and it went off. Everyone was stoked to be able to ride Whistler in September.”

Harvest Huckfest is set to bring the whole summer together into three days of events, entertainment and celebration. As part of Huckfest, Freeride Entertainment will premiere their new movie, “Smackdown” in the Air Dome on Saturday, October 6, with two showings starting at 5:30pm (all ages) and 8:30pm (licensed event). Tickets are $15 at Guest Relations in the village until the day of, with the remainder at the door before the show.

Registration and Event Details for Harvest Huckfest:
Foreign riders will need proof of travel insurance prior to registration.

Air Dome Jump Jam
Friday, October 5, 5-9pm
The Air Dome Jump Jam is back this year giving riders the opportunity to demonstrate their best tricks in the Air Dome.
Qualifier: 5 – 7pm. Jam format with three judges.
Finals: 7 – 9pm. Each rider will have a set amount of time to ride for the judges.
Categories: Pro, Sport, Amateur. No age categories.
Entry Fee: $25
Training: Air Dome will be open to registered riders only for training on the day of the event from 3pm – 5pm. Mandatory check in is from 4pm – 4:45pm at the Air Dome on the day of the event.

Team Air Downhill
Saturday, October 6, 12pm
New! This event consists of a team of four riders (one member must be of the opposite sex) each racing down A-Line for a combined time.
Training: 10-11pm.
Entry Fee: $25 per person based on a team of four riders.
Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Registration opens September 12. All participants must attend a mandatory check-in on event day from 9:30am – 11:30am at the base of the Bike Park.

Slopestyle
Sunday, October 7, 12pm
The weekend will finish off with an Amateur Slopestyle in the Boneyard. Riders will have two runs to show the judges their skills.
Training: Saturday, October 6, 2pm and Sunday, October 7, 10am
Entry Fee: $25
Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Registration opens September 12. All participants must attend a mandatory event day check-in from 10am – 12pm at the base of the Bike Park.
**Foreign riders will need to provide proof of travel insurance to participate in this event**

Pre-registration is strongly recommended and can be done at Guest Relations or by calling 1-800-766-0449.

For more information on the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and Harvest Huckfest visit WhistlerBlackcomb.com.

MUDDBUNNIES MONDAY: WEEK 3 VIDEO

September 23, 2007

SOURCE: YOUTUBE/NORCO.COM

FIONN GRIFFITH

Okay so this is Fionn’s older video but she kicked ass back then the same way she’s kickin’ ass now. You can also check out her latest video @ Norco.com

SPYDER FREERYDE DH TECHNICAL AND LIFESTYLE APPAREL

September 20, 2007

Source: Turner PR/PINKBIKE

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Introducing First-Ever d3o™Body Armor Technology in Downhill Mountain Biking

Spyder brings on a new mountain-based collection for Spring ’08: Freeryde. Charging into the future of protective apparel for the adrenaline-seeking set, Spyder’s innovative concept products and hyper-constructed styles will serve to revolutionize the sport with an intensity of purpose that only Spyder’s imagination can produce. Freeryde’s technical fabrication spills over into style, utility flows into design, and advanced engineering becomes sexy. The result? A line that earns technical cred out the gate, and extra points for innovative mountain style. With roots firmly planted in adrenaline sports from downhill mountain biking to slopestyle, we are the technical and lifestyle brand for those who Freeryde.

TECHNICAL OFFERING:

d3o™ Armored Top
Watch out kids, it’s the wunderkind of body armor and an industry first in downhill mountain biking protective apparel. Spyder collaborated with revolutionary fabric technology labs d3o™ and SuperFabric® to create the ultimate in body armor – a compression top that protects with reactive material d3o containing “Intelligent Molecules” and fabric that resists punctures and rips so prevalent in impact-prone sports.

d3o™ (dee-three-oh) Intelligent Shock Absorption pads are anatomically molded to cover the shoulder, tricep, elbow and forearm like a protective soft exoskeleton. d3o™ has molecules that flow when you move but reactively lock together on impact to absorb the shock energy. The intelligent molecules in d3o™ dynamically respond to varying levels of pressure. At low levels, d3o™ provides maximum comfort, and at high levels, maximum shock absorption. This means you can forget about your protection, and concentrate on your performance. Once pressure is lifted, d3o™ is soft and flexible, giving you complete freedom of movement. The reaction is instant and repeatable. The material’s expandable molded shape is configured to promote air passage for improved breathability.

Covering the d3o™ pads is SuperFabric® brand technology, an advanced, multi-step engineered process that takes ordinary fabrics and transforms them into a variety of unique, protective solutions. These new fabrics can be engineered for optimum resistance to cuts, punctures, and abrasions while remaining highly flexible, lightweight, and breathable. SuperFabric® brand materials are ideal for high speed impact sports, as they serve as armor to protect your body and apparel against branches, rocks, wipeouts, collisions, and other physical conflicts that cause wear and tear.

To prevent uncomfortable zipper stacking, Spyder placed an asymmetrical zipper from clavicle to rib cage. Further comfort consideration comes in the form of mesh panels located at body hotspots and inner fold areas, such as the elbow.

The Armored Top’s super-stretch fabric is so accommodating that we made it gender-neutral. It’s available in XS – LG. Two colorway choices include Fog (light gray) and Gargoyle (deep gray). MSRP: $350

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d3o™ Ultimate Chamois Short
Spyder carries on the d3o™ technology story in the Ultimate Chamois bike short. Designed as base layer protection for wear under loose shorts, this compression piece has intelligent-molecule d3o™ padding (see d3o™ Armored Top) across the hips, thighs and tailbone to shield against impact. The Italian chamois pad is designed to protect and support, providing a central channel in the perineal area to support the male anatomy, plus multi-thickness padding for greater “sit-bone” cushioning. Extremely soft side wings and an ergonomic fit allows for comfort without the bulk of a standard cross-country chamois. Spyder focused on motion-considered utility, bringing in a breathable, wicking, anatomically accommodating stretch fabric and a comfortable lower back mesh panel.

The d3o™ Ultimate Chamois is available in a men’s and women’s version, both in black. Men’s sizing: S – XXL. Women’s Sizing: XS – XL. Men’s MSRP: $270, Women’s MSRP: $220

LIFESTYLE OFFERING:

Next, with a nod to our design inspiration, we’ve rolled out a full line of men’s and women’s product. Each style speaks mountain culture and street fashion – a language that Spyder mastered over three decades of living in Mountain Time Zone. The collection translates from sport-specific design to a lifestyle aesthetic; no matter where you wear it, it fits right in. From canvas jackets worn over cotton T-shirts to denim weave shorts, Freeryde is the long-awaited Spring line from Spyder.

Women’s Four Star Tank:

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Summer in the mountains undoubtedly calls for women to liberate their bodies in tank tops. Spyder seized the opportunity to offer a unique twist on so simple a pleasure; the Four Star Tank is a reversible women’s top with the illusion of wearing one distinct tank over another. To create the effect, there are two different styles of tanks – scoop-neck and racer-back – a mix of 2 fabrics, and distinctly separate hues. Reverse the tank to its coordinating colorway, and you completely switch up the appearance. The tank gods will smile on this development. The Four Star comes in two reversible colorways: white/Neon Floyd (pink), and Bug (olive)/Mermaid (turquoise)/Neon Green in sizes XS – XL. MSRP: $55

Mistress Jacket:

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When the weather’s a bitch, show who’s in charge by whipping out the Mistress Jacket. This zip-front hoody has 10,000mm waterproof, breathable fabric that’ll keep you dry until you hit the end of your journey. The Mistress also guards against wind, making it the perfect adventure partner. Available in XS – XL, in Metal (gray)/Neon Floyd (pink) or Aubergine (plum)/Lemon. MSRP: $175.

PIPELINE BIKE PARK: RACE REPORT FOR PUMP RACE #9

September 19, 2007

SOURCE: PIPELINE
PHOTOS: James Healey

Nick Goertzen finally breaks the Tyler Gorz win streak as Layne Nyhaug takes the Women’s title.

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Pump Race #9 started with the sun shining straight into the riders eyes and ended with two riders that luckily wore bright gear so we could actually see them railing the track after the sun dropped like a rock.

A record number of riders showed up and split the group into 3 brackets. Long time mid pack pros were forced into the open class by a flurry of rookie rocket pump racers who showed up to their hand at pump racing.

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5 time pump track champ Tyler Gorz, suffering from torn ligaments, didn’t hold anything back as he wowed the crowd with his double manuals and fresh fashion sense. National BMX #3, Damian “Polar Bear” Lachance, fresh from his move from Ottawa, dialed in the track and pulled in a 4th place in pro. And Layne Nyhaug, railed her way through the pedalers class to take over the women’s championship.

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Here’s how it all looked after someone turned on a flashlight:

Pedaling Class:
1st Layne Nyhaug
2nd Paige Zarazun
3rd Aiden MacDonald
4th Judy Garren

Open Men:
1st Raoul Faubert
2nd O-Show Onofrichuk
3rd The President
4th Nick “Rockstar” Benetti

Pro Men:
1st Nick “A Game” Goertzen
2nd Bad News Muys
3rd Tyler “my ankle hurts” Gorz
4th Damien “The Polar Bear” LaChance

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the race! More pump races to come and check the gallery for lots of great pics by James Healey.

THE VEGAS RESISTANCE

September 19, 2007

Source: The Vegas Resistance

Striving to offer more for our customers, September 26-28th will signify far more than another tradeshow year, it will mark the launch of the first annual Vegas Resistance!

A collaboration of true rider owned companies that want to offer their customers an alternative to the standard “tradeshow booth”, The Vegas Resistance opens its doors to allow dealers, media, and more an opportunity to not only learn about their 2008 offerings, but more so, to relax in an environment that is much more comfortable and conducive to discussion.

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Tired of smoke tainted casino air, conversation held at shouting level volumes, overall general hype, and the inability to spend the time we desire with each and every one of our customers, this is our opportunity to give back to those who have stood by us and continue to support us on the front lines.

Featuring deity, Transition, Rockgardn, Canfield Brothers, and Spectrum Techwear, come join us, put your feet up, escape the heat, and walk away with a better understanding of who we are and what makes us different.

“Every year we end the tradeshow season wishing we had more time to spend with those that have supported us. Molding to the norm is not something that we are accustomed to and with a hope to break from the discomfort, chaos, and distraction of the typical tradeshow, we look forward to bringing something different to people and allowing them the chance to relax, have a drink, and get a run through our new 2008 product line. It is much more our style and to be able to partner with a solid group of companies, only makes it better!” Eric Davies, deity Owner.

Hosted at the Summer Bay Resort Villas, a short half-block shaded walk from the Sands Expo Center, each Vegas Resistance company will be offering a hospitality suite where customers can sit down, relax, eat, drink, and interact in an non-pressured setting. It is not about collared shirts, suits, and ties. It is about rider owned companies banding together and having the opportunity to hear what our customers have to say on a platform that is not rushed or caught up in the rat race of standard tradeshow fare.

“We don’t like to do something just because everyone else is doing it which is why this new venue is so appealing. We did it last year and the response was amazing. Our dealers loved coming by to hang out, crash on our ultra comfortable couch and drink some cold beverages while getting away from the typical Vegas scene. We are stoked to have more rider owned companies jump on board and see the real value in this. Doing the Vegas Resistance is more of a reflection of who we are as a company and a desire to be different and connect with our customers on a more intimate level” Kevin Menard, Transition Bikes Owner

Make sure to visit http://www.vegasresistance.com for company contact information, details, directions, and more, so print out a map, get ready for Vegas, and come join the Resistance September 26-28th!

MUDDBUNNIES NOTE: Stay tuned for an official Muddbunnies Bike Review of the new female-specific, freeride, prototype bike from Transition Bikes by the one and only: Sharon Bader!

TARA LLANES ROAD TO RECOVERY FUND

September 19, 2007

Tara Llanes Road to Recovery Fund

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“On Saturday September 1st 2007, the BMX and mountain biking worlds suffered a tremendous tragedy. While competing in the Jeep King of the Mountain finale in Beaver Creek Colorado, one of the greatest athletes the sport has known, Tara Llanes, suffered a horrific crash during the first run of her semi-final heat. Tara was rushed to Vail Valley Hospital, then airlifted to Denver Health Hospital a short time later. Following seven hours of surgery to the back and spinal cord, it was determined she had no feeling from the waist down.”

A website had been built to help Tara with her recovery. The website lets you donate to the Tara Llanes “Road to Recovery Fund” and also lets you send Tara your best wishes. Please take a moment to visit her website. Donations will go a long way…

The thoughts and prayers of all the Muddbunnies are with you Tara, and we wish you well on the journey that lies ahead of you.

Please take a moment and visit Tara’s website http://www.tarallanesroadtorecovery.com/

2007 B.C. BIKE RACE RECAP

September 19, 2007

SOURCE: BC Bike Race
PHOTOS: DAVE SILVER

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On July 1st, Canada Day, communities of all descriptions across Canada host festivities to celebrate this great country in which we live. On July 1st 2007, roughly 200 of the global mountain biking community joined together on Vancouver Island to celebrate the inaugural launch of BC Bike Race – The Pacific Traverse and Ride Guide was there to capture the moment. In fact, Ride Guide captured many moments of the BCBR – from its start on the Island to its finish in world-renowned Whistler.

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For those of you who haven’t heard of it yet (though I’m sure you will!), BCBR is a 7-day mountain bike stage race that winds its way from Victoria to Whistler and treats racers to some of the very best singletrack mountain biking trails that beautiful British Columbia has to offer. In fact, this race differentiates itself from the other epic mountain bike stage races around the globe due to the sheer volume of squeals-and-giggles-inducing singletrack trails artfully woven together throughout its spectacular race course.

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The race is the brainchild of Dean Payne, known for his involvement in the adventure racing community with his Sea2Summit races. Dean enlisted legendary Canadian mountain bike racer Andreas Hestler as lead course designer, and gathered a solid team of seasoned events experts to produce the race.

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With the sun shining and the sky blue, BC Bike Race stared out in the small community of Sooke, just outside the provincial capital Victoria, BC. Day 1 destination: picturesque Lake Cowichan, roughly 110kms away. From lengthy logging road to rolling reclaimed rail trail riders worked to settle into a comfortable groove that would carry them through the next 7 days. Besides the amazing scenery, the day’s highlights included a playful rip through the swooping singletrack nestled in the Burnt Bridge and Can-Am mountain bike areas.

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On Day 2, racers pushed through some lengthy logging roads, which got sticky at times and really warmed up the legs for the persistent 700m climb past the second aid station. Their perseverance to reach the top was paid in spades with a 20km ripping descent and 900+m elevation loss towards the finish in Port Alberni. And to sweeten the pot just a little, race directors threw in some sweet singletrack at the end of the day’s ride. An amazing meal that night provided the very necessary fuel for the Day 3 challenge that lay ahead.

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Day 3 was a monster of a day, with a huge 800m ascent in just under 2km thrown into the mix. Along the way racers were treated to some spectacular views that took the edge off the pain of what seemed like an endless climb. But what a treat at the top – a 10km ripping descent down a quiet logging road that led right into the amazing singletrack trail network for which the finish area of Cumberland is renowned! Trails like Bucket ‘o Blood, Soggy Biscuit and Space Nugget were a huge hit with riders and made for a great finish to a tough tough day.

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Everyone awoke early on Day 4 for the first of two ferry rides from Vancouver Island to the Sunshine Coast. The weather was spectacular and the view from the ferry unforgettable. Partway through the crossing, our entire group of BCBR racers and crew gathered together on the top deck for an aerial photograph taken from the BCBR helicopter. The final shot was very cool…and so was the breeze on deck! With a start right at the ferry terminal on the Sunshine Coast, the backdrop was unbeatable. Racers worked their way into a huge day of stitched together singletrack that carried them from Earl’s Cove into the seaside village of Sechelt, where they experienced a traditional Squamish Nation ceremony in the Nation’s longhouse. Along with a taste of some wicked Sunshine Coast trails, our group got a taste of some interesting aboriginal culture.

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By far, the highlight of the week was Day 5, where racers were treated to almost 50km of the best singletrack that Sechelt has to offer. The renowned Rat Race trail system consists of countless buff, fast singletrack gems that always leave xc lovers grinning from ear to ear…and Day 5 was no exception! Though it wasn’t downhill glory all day long – riders had to earn their turns with some good uphill slogs, but every meter gained translated into ridiculous fun on the downside…including the fantastic 7km blast to the finish at the Langdale ferry terminal. Still giddy from the ride, racers rolled straight onto the ferry for a relaxing and scenic voyage to Horseshoe Bay where they were transported to Squamish to chill out before the seemingly daunting climb of Day 6.

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After 5 full days of riding, the profile for Day 6 almost loomed before the racers. Tired legs would be tested by a large portion of the famous Cheakamus Challenge route that climbed through the spectacular Cheakamus canyon and into the Brandywine trail system enroute to the village of Whistler. It was a beautiful, hot and sunny day, which made for dusty trails and spectacular scenery. On top of a series of relentless climbs, racers ripped through challenging yet super-fun singletrack trails including Trash, River Runs Through It, Billy Epic and Rebob – all some of the best that this area has to offer. With the peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb as the backdrop, our tenacious group of riders tucked in for one last night in Base Camp before the grand finale of Day 7.

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Just to mix things up a little, racers kicked off Day 7 flying down a cable-line at speeds up to 100km/h at Skyline on Cougar Mountain! With hearts a-pumping and adrenaline surging from the recent flight, riders inched their bikes up to the start line and blasted off in 1 minute intervals to challenge the final trails of the race in time trial format. Once again, the best of Whistler singletrack was on tap, with Thrill Me Kill Me, Comfortably Numb and the Green Lake trail strung together. And once again, teams crossed the finish line with humongous grins and at last collected their hard-earned finisher’s medals. One awards ceremony and huge after-party later and the inaugural running of BC Bike Race – The Pacific Traverse was etched in the history books. No doubt racers left this great event with visions of incredible BC singletrack dancing in their heads. Come join us for the ride, and you’ll see why!

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