Archive for the ‘NATIONAL NEWS’ Category


February 25, 2008

SOURCE: Commencal

Micayla Gatto has been a phenom in Canadian DH racing for years now, after pulling off back to back National DH Junior Womens titles and a Bronze at World Championships, she up’d the ante this year by dominating the Canadian National Series winning all her races and taking the National Womens Elite/Pro title. Micayla has already started off 2008 with a 3rd place finish at the Downtown DH race in Chile! Watch for her competing at World Cups around the globe.




February 21, 2008


Duke’s Cycle Had Stood At Same Location For Almost 100 Years


It’s been owned and run by the same family, in the same location, for almost 100 years. That alone made Duke’s cycle unique. The fact that it was linked to so many fond memories, made it part of Toronto’s proud history.

On Wednesday, however, the business, owned by the Duke family since 1914, was devastated by a furious blaze that toppled several local stores along Queen near Bathurst.

Sales manager at Duke’s, Mark Newman, spoke to CityNews about the tragic fire and the store’s future.

“Obviously it’s too soon to tell what is going to happen … the building is completely gone. But we’re definitely going to rebuild and get something going. We’ll probably start something up in the neighborhood.”

The blaze couldn’t have hit at a worse time.

“We actually had our full inventory inside the store,” Newman reveals. “We just received almost everything. So probably about a million dollars worth of inventory is completely gone.”

“It’s tough to see a landmark like this gone. It’s probably the longest-standing bike store in North America that is continuously owned and operated by the same family and same location without moving. So it’s devastating.”

Despite the magnitude of the loss, Newman is grateful no one was hurt.

“Nobody was hurt. Nobody was injured. I mean as bad as it is, it’s only stuff. They’re bricks and wood. It’s metal. We can rebuild and replace that. I mean it’s really more of the sentimental attachment. We had a lot of historical stuff inside the building.”

“I feel really bad for Mr. Duke,” he concludes. “He’s in his 80s. He still works three days a week. Him and his wife still come to the store. That’s going to be a devastating blow to them.”

For another report and video footage of this story by The Star, click here


October 9, 2007



Richard Juryn and seven friends set out on an epic, season-capping adventure on Saturday morning. Their plan was to kayak from Deep Cove to Anvil Island, run to the top, paddle back to the mainland and then cycle to Whistler. After their climb to the top of Anvil the weather turned foul. Despite the increasing swell they decided to make for the mainland. Soon after, the weather deteriorated further and amid seven foot swells and 85 km/h winds the kayak containing Denis Fontaine and Cheryl Beatty capsized. Richard Juryn and his paddling partner, Graham Tutti, attempted to rescue Fontaine and paddle with him toward Porteau Cove while another picked up Beatty and made it safely back to Anvil Island. Fontaine climbed into the centre hatch of the double kayak but in the foul weather it began to take on water and eventually sank.

The three men were rescued after over an hour in the water but Richard Juryn and Denis Fontaine could not be revived.

Richard was one of the most energetic and tenacious advocates for mountain biking the North Shore has ever seen. He spearheaded countless fund raising endeavours and was instrumental in getting new people involved in the North Shore Mountain Bike Association. Richard also dreamt up and ran the highly successful North Shore Mountain Bike Festival and Conference which was so well received that it became the World Mountain Bike Conference the following year. If there was a mountain biking event happening on the North Shore you could bet that Richard was involved in some way to ensure success.


Earlier this year Richard organized a riding trip with some friends to celebrate his 50th birthday. Rather than Moab or Colorado the group headed to Mongolia for a more unique and remote challenge. On October 25th a slide show was scheduled as an opportunity for Richard to share images and thoughts from this once in a lifetime adventure. It appears at this point that the event will go ahead as a tribute to Richard and Denis.

I unfortunately didn’t know Denis but I can tell you that Richard Juryn was an incredible person. Always smiling and brimming with energy, no challenge was too great for him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him – and the hole he leaves in the local mountain biking community cannot be filled.

Richard is survived by his wife Jill and his two teenaged children.


July 22, 2007

Source: Eastern Front/PINKBIKE

With the excitement of Crankworx just around the corner, Three/Sixty Sports Group and Eastern Front Visual are proud to announce an addition to the Crankworx Nightlife, The White Hot Summer Party, hosted by Aaron Chase.


Get decked out in your finest white apparel and be ready to party with the top dogs in the mountain bike industry in a true summer environment.

The party, presented in part by Banquet ( along with official media partner Decline Magazine, will take place on Wednesday July 25, 2007 at Garfinkels Nightclub in Whistler Village starting at 9pm.

The party goes through the night with your host Aaron Chase ripping it up in the club instead of on the hill. “I’m stoked to be a part of Crankworx in a different way this year,” said Chase, who in addition to hosting the party is also an official Crankworx Judge, “I can’t wait to hang out with all my friends and fans at the party.”

The White Hot Summer Party is open to anyone age 19+. Limited space has been reserved for media.

All media inquiries can be directed to Doug Smith at Three/Sixty Sports Group, Prospective publications should make arrangements for passes ahead of time. All other requests can be directed to Ryan Denehy at Eastern Front,

Mount Washington Alpine Resort to host the 2007 Tim Hortons National Mountain Bike Championships

July 11, 2007

header_left.gifFrom July 19th to the 22nd, Canada’s best downhill and cross-country mountain bike racers will be visiting beautiful Vancouver Island. Mount Washington Alpine Resort, home of the Island’s premiere mountain bike park, plays host to the 2007 Tim Hortons National Mountain Bike Championships.

“One of our goals over the last couple of years has been to host the National Championships,” explains Mike Manara, Mount Washington’s Race Director. “We’ve hosted Canada Cup and BC Provincial races in previous years but this will be our biggest race to date. We’re honoured to be staging this year’s National Championships.”

Over 400 riders from across Canada are expected to compete in the four day competition. Racers scheduled to compete in this year’s championships include local riding sensations Kiara Bisaro (2006 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist) and Geoff Kabush (currently 3rd in World UCI MTB rankings), both of Courtenay, BC. Other Islanders competing at this year’s National Championships include Max Plaxton and Seamus McGrath. Both riders are off to an unbelievable start this season with impressive placings at early season international events.

The Monster Mile, Mount Washington’s notorious downhill course, will be ready to test the skills of Canada’s fastest downhill racers at the Nationals in July. But, Downhill racers aren’t the only athletes being challenged by the mountain; cross-country racers will have to negotiate Mount Washington’s physically demanding XC loop and overcome that all-too-familiar leg burn.

Mount Washington urges the Vancouver Island community to get out and cheer on both national and local racers. If you would like to contribute some of your time to the event, volunteering is the perfect way to get close to the action. People are needed for marshalling, information, registration, plus a host of other key positions. If you’re interested, email for more details.

For more information and registration information, visit the mountain’s Canada Cup website at

Mount Washington Alpine Resort opens for summer sightseeing on June 22, 2007 and mountain biking by June 30th (trail conditions permitting). The Resort is located 30 minutes above The Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. WestJet, Air Canada, Central Mountain Air and Pacific Coastal Airlines service the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ). For accommodation and package information, call Mount Washington Alpine Resort at 1-888-231-1499 toll free or locally at 338-1386. Surf to for additional information including the live mountain cam.

Date:Wed May 2, 2007
Source: Mount Washington


July 10, 2007


Stephen Murray is a BMX Athlete that could use help from the BMX community. Stephen is a professional dirt jumper that is well known for his amazing tricks like double back flips, 360 back flips, turndown back flips and so much more.

Stephen Murray came to the United States from New Castle Great Britain over 10 years ago with a dream of riding with the best athletes in the sport. He came over here originally as a BMX racer but quickly took to Dirt Jumping and Freestyle in the scene of Huntington Beach and Sheep Hills.


2001 and 2002 marked the biggest year for Stephen Murray of his career. He won the Gold Medal in Dirt Jumping at X Games and back to back wins at the Gravity Games, the two biggest contests at the time.

Stephen is quoted on his own riding style, “I go 110%, go big and send it!” (

On Friday June 22nd at the AST Dew Tour BMX Dirt Finals in Baltimore, MD, Stephen Murray took a horrific fall on the final set of the dirt section while sending a double back flip. Stephen has received career ending injuries to his spinal cord and vertebrae.

Unlike the NFL or other major professional sports which have unions that provide funds to athletes who are injured, BMX has nothing like this. BMX however is much more like a family than any other sport. Now is the time we need to reach out and support one of our family members like never before.

The injuries that Stephen sustained are no doubt going to affect him for a life time. Medical bills alone can reach astronomical dollar amounts. As a BMX community we have the power to help him. Stephen is a young 27 years old and is the financial provider for a wife and two young children.

This message has the potential to reach millions. Even if you are only able to donate $1 if we did it all together we can accomplish a great deal. This is for real, this is an opportunity to help out one of the most loved riders in our sport. Please find it in your hearts to contribute any dollar amount that you can, and say a prayer for Stephen Murray and his family in this difficult time.


Here are three ways you can contribute:

Email with the dollar amount you would like to contribute. You will then receive an email back with the invoice that leads you directly to a Pay Pal Secure account where you can pay by credit card or bank account number.

Mail a check payable to Stephen Murray Family Fund:

92 Corporate Park Ste. C #171

Irvine, CA 92606

Make a bank deposit or wire funds directly to:

Stephen Murray Family Fund

Bank of America

4500 Barranca Parkway

Irvine, CA 92614

Routing # 121000358

Account # 1015867459

If you are a minor get your parents permission first. Donate today, don’t hesitate.


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.


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.

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.


June 12, 2007

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.


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

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


Aimee Dunn – Team Muddbunnies
Photo: Corey Toews

Edith Jansen – Team Muddbunnies
Photo: Corey Toews

Lisa Howies Bike – Team Muddbunnies
Photo: Corey Toews

Mt. Washington Season Passes at Oak Bay Bikes

June 7, 2007


Score a deal for a season of riding at Mt. Wash.
Saturday June 9th from 12-4

This Saturday from noon to four at Oak Bay Bikes in Victoria you can hook up a season or riding at the Island’s only lift-accessed destination – Mt. Washington. This weekend you’ll be able to pick up a season pass for $225 along with a bonus special gift from Oak Bay Bikes.

The Bike Park is scheduled to open on June 30th and don’t forget that on August 4th the Bearclaw invitiational (aka Clawworx) will host some of the best slopestyle riders in the world.

Mount Washington Alpine Resort introduces over $50,000 in bike park improvements this summer. Developments and new events for summer 2007 include:
* a new novice route off the top of the Hawk Chair
* two new mountain skill centres
* new bike carriers for the high-speed Eagle Express Chair
* the all-new Norco Learn to Ride Week from July 9th to the 13th
* extended evening riding hours until Labour Day
* the new Sleeman’s Jump Jam comp on August 25th
* and a new intermediate trail called Timewarp

OAKBAY BIKES IS LOCATED AT 1990 Oak Bay Ave. Give them a call at 250.598.4111 if you have any questions.

*Oak Bay Bikes currently sponsors our very own Island Bunnie: Erin Lewis – Team Muddbunnies!


June 6, 2007

Source: Rumblefest

The village of Port Alice and N.I.T.R.O. (North Island Trail Riders Organization) Present:

Rumblefest Mountain Bike Festival June 9th and 10th, 2007

Rumble Mountain Rage Cross-Country June 9, 2007 12:00pm Start.

This is the event that started it all. Back in 1994 it was an 80 km mountain bike race on surrounding logging roads. These days, racers want single track trails and Port Alice delivers. The incredibly fast and fun ‘Rager’s Rush’ trail is the reward for the grueling climb up the side of Rumble Mountain. On this 3.5 km course racers are either hammering uphill or blasting downhill, no flat sections here.

New in 2004 was the cross-country’s induction into the Island Cup Series, a race series that covers Vancouver Island from tip to tip. The growing ‘grass roots’ race series regularly brings out a mix of top caliber athletes, weekend warriors, and beginner riders. Organizers expect 2007 events to attract upwards of 100 racers per event. Racers compete for points at each event to determine ’Island Cup Champions’ in each class at the end of the series.

Rumblefest has something for everyone, mountain biker or not. Depending on course and weather conditions up to 28 km await the Expert category racers. Intermediate and Beginner racers get smaller doses of the same course. The race caters to all ages and is open to kids as young as 12. As well, more senior racers can enter the 45 years + category. The relatively short 3.5 km laps means great, non-stop action for spectators, volunteers and racers.

Unique to Rumblefest is the PARTY category, born out of the legendary Single-speed cross-country category. The P.A.R.T.Y. category welcomes those sick mountain bikers who race their single geared mountain bikes, but also welcomes the not-to-serious rider, on any type of bike. It allows riders to enjoy the incredible Rumblefest course at their own pace; maybe even have a break or two at the course side Legion. Its five full laps or bust for the P.A.R.T.Y. class.

Rumble Tumble Downhill Sunday June 10 2007, 10:00am Start:

Arguably the Island’s best downhill race, Sunday’s Rumble Tumble continues with its proven success formula. Give racers a ride to the top of the course and let gravity do the rest. The final stop on the Island Cup Downhill Series, and a double points race, it is always a real pleaser. Top times will be in the two and a half minute range as racers haul down the mountain at break-neck speed. Spectators bring your camera, the action is unbelievable! Racers bring you full face helmets, they are mandatory.

Like the cross-country the downhill features Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert Classes for both men and women. Beginner and intermediate racers follow the same downhill trail (Rager’s Rush) that Saturday’s cross-country races on. Experts are further challenged by a new piece added on to the top of Rager’s rush in 2006.

Après Race Activities :

The salmon BBQ with all the fixings always pleases and is a Rumblefest tradition. Local volunteers pull out all the stops to ensure racers and festival goers are full and happy, in fact anyone can feast for $7.00 a plate!

Once bellies are full the awards ceremony will commence. Port Alice is not only famous for its food, but its generous prize list is legendary. In addition to medals for top finishers all racers have an equal shot at loaded draw prize table.

Funky Bike Olympics:

The IOC hasn’t shut us down yet! Besides we have been doing this stuff for years, they can’t stop us! It all began with a ‘Bike Toss’ started as impromptu entertainment as racers impatiently awaited slow-to-come race results. Years later it has morphed into a real crowd pleaser with spectators and the kids going for the gold in events like bike limbo, 10 speed catwalk, ghost ride contest, the favorite: “Can You Ride This?!”, where the brave attempt to ride novelty bikes on our crazy obstacle course.

Kid’s Race:

Realizing that kids under 12 wanted in on the action, organizers added this event in 2003. In this race, everyone on is a winner and the focus is on having fun on the short, but challenging loop around the community centre. It is free for all, but participants must have a guardian’s permission and a helmet. The Kids race is held after the cross-country awards ceremony on Saturday. An additional course is set up for the really young riders, which is training wheel friendly.


The local campsite, Ozzie Land features camping with full hook ups, but if you’re just looking for a tent spot we have free camping at the downhill finish area. If you’re looking for a solid roof over your head, the Quatsino Chalet is a full service hotel. The Chalet is also home to the Sunday morning (8am-10am) breakfast buffet so you can fill your tank before a full day of downhill racing!

Village of Port Alice
Rumblefest Web Site