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  3rd Annual Vancouver Wheelman Vintage Bicycle Swap Meet   Apr 28, 2013
3rd Annual Vancouver Wheelman Vintage Bicycle Swap Meet - Apr 28, 2013

Wheelmen Bike Swap


  Red Bull Divide & Conquer Vancouver    June 8, 2013

Canada’s best runners, bikers and kayakers will be put to the ultimate test this summer as Red Bull Divide & Conquer returns to Vancouver on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Registration is now open until June 1, 2013 (or until all 100 team spots have been filled) and Calgary’s very own The Full Dudemen dominated last year’s competition…might this year’s champs reign from the same hometown?!

Speak to Calgary resident Toby Roessingh, captain of 2012 Red Bull Divide & Conquer champion team about what it takes to tackle Vancouver’s landscape in this adrenaline-filled multi-discipline endurance race, how he plans to train for this year’s event and what keeps him coming back for more!

  • WHAT: Teams of three will consist of a mountain runner, mountain biker and whitewater kayaker. Check out last year’s race in this video for a sneak peak of what to expect this summer.
  • WHO: Speak with Calgary local and captain of 2012’s Divide & Conquer first-place team The Full Dudemen, Toby Roessingh, to hear what this year’s athletes can expect from the competition.
  • WHEN: Toby is available for interviews leading up to race day for Red Bull Divide & Conquer.
  • WHERE: We can arrange for Toby to come to you!

Red Bull Divide and Conquer returns to Vancouver to push limits by land and by water

- Registration for the extreme multi discipline race is now open as the event returns to the North Shore on June 8, 2013 -

VANCOUVER, BC – April 15, 2013 – Red Bull Divide and Conquer takes Vancouver’s landscape by storm for the second year in a row, bringing the extreme multi discipline endurance race to the breathtaking North Shore. In this epic challenge, competitors will test their grit and mettle on the mountains, rivers, and shores of Canada’s unparalleled West Coast on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 10:00am. Teams of three participants will rely on their physical and mental strength to take on a course that will include mountain running, mountain biking, and white water kayaking. Starting in the forest laden North Shore of Vancouver, the Red Bull Divide and Conquer course will snake up and down more than 8,000 meters of vertical, then make its way along the Capilano River and competitors will cross the finish line in the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean. The total distance covered by this behemoth race will be no less than 70 kilometres. Registration (http://divcon2013.eventbrite.ca) is now open to men and women.

Each team will be comprised of three competitors: a mountain runner, a mountain biker, and a kayaker. They will push their limits in a mix of locations on the North Shore of Vancouver, including Grouse Mountain. The river portion takes the course from North to West Vancouver, finishing in Ambleside Park. The anticipated race time is between four and seven hours, and the first divided team to conquer the course takes the win. Categories will include women, men and mixed but once everything is said and done, the first kayaker to cross the finish line will be crowned the champ, regardless of team dynamics.

"Red Bull Divide and Conquer is what other adventure races want to be: a real adventure,” said Canadian adventure sports legend Will Gadd. “Every segment is a legit challenge in its own right, not just some wanna-be tough event. Red Bull Divide and Conquer is a true technical race, and each segment of the competition would truly be a race in its own sport.”

Mountain Run
With the starting line located at the incredibly scenic Cleveland Park on Vancouver's North Shore, the runners will begin to gain elevation immediately with almost 6,000 feet of climbing. Runners will complete a near double ascent of Grouse Mountain while navigating the legendary technicality of the North Shore's Baden Powell Trail. The only reprieve from climbing will involve a high-speed leg thrashing descent. The journey will take them through a stunning rainforest landscape and all the way to the top of a Grouse Mountain ski run that will present unfold sweeping vistas of Vancouver down below. As if the scenery and technicality of the route in and of itself wasn't enough, athletes will run past the remains of a 1954 U.S. F86 fighter plane crash site, right on the side of Grouse Mountain.

Mountain Bike
The course will start with a five-kilometer section of fire road beginning at the top of Grouse with a slight downhill grade on a gravel road allowing for closely bunched groups to work together or separate themselves with a little effort from those chasing. Entering the first single track on Mt. Fromme, the technical games will begin. This descent is followed closely by some technical climbing along the Baden Powell that will bring the riders back for one of a series of significant ascents up the Mountain Highway, an old access road and popular local training spot. These climbs will give the riders an open connection to the legendary trails of the North Shore. Here, we will add to our thrilling initial descent a number of other trails giving speed and flow over the natural rock and root that defines the North Shore. In a final dash back towards the Cleveland Dam and the third leg of the event, riders will traverse back around the foot of Grouse Mountain on the Skyline Path. Those who have the courage to race full throttle for this entire track both up and down will experience a truly balanced course both physically and technically.

White Water Kayak
Paddling the drop and pool Capilano River is an unforgettable and challenging ten-kilometer plus read and run course that will transport the kayakers far from the urban environment that surrounds it. The run offers a variety of small feature playspots ranging from the occasional surf wave to the odd lateral spin/cartwheel pour over. Red Bull Divide and Conquer kayakers will put in with a seal launch off the rocky riverbank at the Capilano Salmon Hatchery in the shadow of the imposing Cleveland Dam. Water levels are high and reliable in June and can reach class IV but can also fluctuate quickly, depending on the dam and Mother Nature. Kayakers will close out the race, finishing an ocean leg upon completion of the Capilano River. This is the final stretch completing the circuit in Ambleside Park.

Register your team now!
Registration will be open until June 1, 2013 or until all 100 team spots are filled. Competitors must be 19 years of age or older. The cost per team is $275 and includes the official Red Bull Divide and Conquer/The North Face tee plus a voucher for food and drink at the post-event BBQ at Ambleside Park. Teams of three competitors can register online now at http://divcon2013.eventbrite.ca/. Open categories are welcome: men, women, or mixed. Red Bull Divide and Conquer will run rain or shine.

http://www.redbull.ca/cs/Satellite/en_CA/Red-Bull-Divide-and-Conquer/001243078894385


  'Where the Trail Ends' Vancouver premiere at the Vogue   Nov 09, 2012
'Where the Trail Ends' Vancouver premiere at the Vogue - Nov 09, 2012

WHERE THE TRAIL ENDS COMES TO CANADA IN TWO HIGH OCTANE EVENT SCREENINGS Red Bull Media House and Freeride Entertainment combine high tech film, sound and end-of-the-earth settings, on a stunning quest alongside a cast of the world's premier mountain biking adventurers.

It was announced today by Red Bull Media House and Freeride Entertainment that WHERE THE TRAIL ENDS, a ground-breaking mountain biking adventure film, will have its Canadian premiere at two event screenings in Toronto and Vancouver. With director Jeremy Grant and several riders in attendance, the Toronto premiere will take place on October 28th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The Vancouver premiere will follow shortly after on November 9th at the Vogue Theatre.

A new era of action sports films in the 21st century will spin further into the future with the release of WHERE THE TRAIL ENDS this fall. Produced by Red Bull Media House, in association with Freeride Entertainment, the movie is set to be a global cycling spectacle unlike anything ever captured on film. A teaser for the film and behind-the-scenes footage is available to view at www.wherethetrailends.com.

WHERE THE TRAIL ENDS is the culmination of three years of travel to the farthest reaches of the globe, including the Andean foothills of Salta, Argentina, China's challenging Gobi Desert, Nepal's near-secret Mustang region, the unexplored shorelines of British Columbia's Fraser River and Virgin, Utah – big mountain freeriding's birthplace, and punishing proving grounds.

WHERE THE TRAILE ENDS' storyline follows professional mountain bikers Darren Berrecloth, Cameron Zink, Kurt Sorge, James Doerfling, Andreu Lacondeguy and another half dozen of the world's top freeriders in an extraordinary chronicle of exploration, chaos and culture, set amongst some of the globe's most harrowing and remote natural landscapes.

Inspired by Red Bull Media House's extraordinary THE ART OF FLIGHT snowboarding documentary, this is the soul and science of exploration as defined by two wheels. "The experience of making the film is something viewers will see first-hand. It's the story of what it took to get there. And what it was like to experience the ultimate ride," says rider Darren Berrecloth, considered one of the world's preeminent freeriders. "We went into regions almost entirely unknown. We often never knew whether we'd succeed or fail, or worse."

Freeride's crews created the project's remarkably compelling tone, footage and narrative using the highest performance tools in film as well as an array of transportation and perspectives, from jet boats, helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, to the riders themselves. Partnerships with Contour (www.contour.com), hands-free HD video cameras, and Specialized Bikes were vital to the project's success.

"This is a story coming from the riders themselves," remarked Geoff Rogers, Specialized Sports Marketing Manager. "It's authentic and innovative, the way it should be."


  Red Bull Mini Drome - CBC Building, Vancouver, BC   Sept 08, 2012
Red Bull Mini Drome - CBC Building, Vancouver, BC - Sept 08, 2012

RED BULL MINI DROME RETURNS TO CANADA WITH THE ULTIMATE FIXED-GEAR COMPETITION
Vancouver to host the world’s smallest velodrome on September 8th -

VANCOUVER, BC – August 29th, 2012 – Red Bull Mini Drome, the ultimate arena to showcase one’s cycling skills, brings speed, balance, and bravado together on a steep and shrunken version to give competitors the most challenging and treacherous ride of their lives with track speeds reaching up to 50km/h. A scaled down velodrome will be constructed for the sole purpose of seeing who can complete ten laps in the shortest time. On Saturday, September 8th at 2:30 p.m., cyclists will take their street skills to the track built at CBC Building in a test of mental stamina, technical precision, and raw strength.

From its roots across the pond, in England, the world’s smallest velodrome competition will make its way to three major Canadian cities, testing the very best fixed-gear heads to test they riding prowess on the track:

Vancouver, BC - CBC Building
700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Saturday, September 8th, 2012
Qualifiers: 12 p.m. & Competition: 2:30 p.m.

Toronto, ON - Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
Qualifiers: 2 p.m. & Competition: 7:30 p.m.

Montreal, QC – New City Gas
950 Ottawa Street, Montreal
Friday, September 28th, 2012
Qualifiers: 6 p.m. & Competition: 11pm

The unique fixed gear event, open to anyone with the courage to participate in an insane and thrilling bike race that takes place on the world’s smallest velodrome. Riders will be giving up dodging trucks, streetcar tracks and cabs to test their track handling, maneuvering ability and speed. Red Bull Mini Drome brings skill, speed, balance, and bravado together on a steep and shrunken version of a track that is far from the traditional velodrome, to give competitors the most challenging and treacherous ride of their lives.

All registrants will get a time trial at which point the top riders will be placed in a bracket to go head to head with each other until there is only one cyclist left to be crowned victorious. Riders will compete in a single timed race, using the Velotrack Timing System. The riders with the quickest time across ten laps will progress through the competition to the finals, which will be a single pursuit race format.

Red Bull Mini Drome Rules

  1. Have a wheel size bigger than 26".
  2. Have a single-speed bicycle. Fixed Gear Bike: a fixed-gear bicycle (or fixed-wheel bicycle, sometimes known as a ‘fixie’) is a bicycle that has no free wheel, meaning it cannot coast, because the pedals are always moving when the bicycle is in motion.
  3. Ensure the front and back wheels are the same exact size.
  4. Have crazy courage and gusto to tackle the most skilled road cyclists in Canada.
  5. All participants must be 16 years of age or older.

About Red Bull Mini Drome

From its roots in New Zealand, several Red Bull Mini Drome events took place around the world including London, Mexico, Estonia, Poland, and for the first time in the United States last August. "Mini" means a very small version of its kind” and “drome” is a place to run or compete. These two definitions summarize the concept of Red Bull Mini Drome—provide the world’s smallest velodrome to race in solo and duel. The track of seven meters wide, four meters long, and 3.5 meters high at both ends was built of plywood.

For more information on Red Bull Mini Drome, please visit http://www.redbull.ca/minidrome


  Red Bull Joyride - Whistler   August 18, 2012
Red Bull Joyride - Whistler - August 18, 2012

RED BULL JOYRIDE FREERIDE MOUNTAIN BIKE COMPETITION RETURNS TO WHISTLER

- Red Bull Joyride will anchor the final weekend of the Crankworx Whistler, delivering a slopestyle event designed for the athletes, by the athletes -

WHISTLER, BC – July 20th, 2012 –&nbbsp;Fusing elements of slopestyle, dirt jump, and North Shore mountain biking, Red Bull Joyride will once again culminate into one gravity-fed, season-defining freeride mountain bike competition on Saturday, August 18th in Whistler, BC. Eighteen of the best riders in the business will battle it out for a chunk of the $45,000 in prize money and historical bragging rights. Each competitor will have three runs to impress the judges and test their mettle on the re-designed, custom-built course. Last year, over 25,000 wide-eyed spectators were on hand to witness history in the making as 20-year-old local boy Brandon Semenuk from Whistler, BC claimed the top step of the podium at the first ever Red Bull Joyride Freeride Mountain Bike competition. Semenuk took a look at the 2012 course and said, "the course is a great balance between big and technical".

This year's course promises to deliver more action, more riding, and less breaking. Adding two major features – a 60-foot gap and a 35-foot ddrop at the finish of the track – Whistler Bike Park ownner Paddy Kaye and his crew started working on the course in May. They have sculpted, manicured, and slaved into shape a course that will be the anchor for the ten-day spectacle known as Crankworx Whistler. Paddy relied on feedback from the top six riders from last year to give input on what they would like to see changed in 2012. The consensus was that the speed needed to be controlled a little more.

Athlete Invites Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

The world's best slopestyle athletes will show everyone what next level riding looks like. With Diamond Level FMB points and a $25,000 cash purse for first place alone in Whistler at Red Bull Joyride, the best of the best will be on course. Crankworx's slopestyle event has long been considered the most prestigious event of its kind in the world and Red Bull Joyride is a Diamond Stop, one of only two worldwide.

"These are season-defining freeride mountain bike competitions and the invitation formats ensure the best athletes compete," says Darren Kinnaird, Crankworx General Manager. For Red Bull Joyride, invitations go out to athletes based on their performance at previous Crankworx Slopestyles and their results in the FMB World Tour."

Red Bull Joyride Qualifying Format

A total of ten athletes will be automatically qualified for Red Bull Joyride on Saturday, August 18 and won't have to participate in the two full course qualifying runs on August 16, based on the following criteria:

  • Top six ranking athletes from the 2011 Red Bull Joyride (Brandon Semenuk, Cam Zink, Anthony Messere, Greg Watts, Geoff Gulevich, Cam McCaul)
  • Top 4 from 2012 Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour's 52 week ranking on July 7, 2012 (or highest previously unqualified athletes)

An additional eight athletes will be qualified based on the results of two full-course runs on August 16, limited to the 16 athletes that are not pre-qualified for Red Bull Joyride. Red Bull Joyride judges will observe the two full-course qualifying runs. Riders will be ranked based on the best score achieved of the qualifying runs to select eight athletes to advance and join the ten pre-qualified riders for Red Bull Joyride on Saturday, August 18.

Rider's List

Below is the criteria used to determine the 17 athlete invitations issued already and for the how the rest of the field will be filled out for participation in Red Bull Joyride:

  • The past winner of Crankworx Colorado Slopestyle receives a three-year automatic invite to Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler (C. McCaul, winner in 2011)
  • Top three athletes of the past three Crankworx Slopestyles receive a three-year automatic invitation to future Red Bull Joyride and Teva Best Trick Showdown events (2012 to 2014: Semenuk, Zink, Messere; 2011 to 2013: Zink, Montgomery, Groves; 2011 to 2012: Watts, Semenuk, Soderstrom;)
  • The fourth to tenth ranked athletes from the 2011 Red Bull Joyride (Watts, Gulevich, C. McCaul, T. McCaul, Sorge, Goldman, Berrecloth)
  • The winner of Crankworx Les 2 Alpes Slopestyle presented by iXS will receive a three-year automatic invite to Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler
  • Winners (or highest placing previously unqualified athlete) of the following 2012 Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour (FMB) Gold events: FISE Montpellier (Granieri, third place finish), 26Trix (Genon, first place finish), the Claymore Challenge, and the Bearclaw Invitational.
  • The top twelve athletes from the FMB 2012 52-week rankings after July 7 (Mathematically, Pilgrim and Reynolds can't fall outside top 12 by July 7).
  • The field will be rounded out with wild card invites.

Stay tuned to www.redbull.ca/joyride and connect with Red Bull through Facebook.com/redbull or Twitter.com/redbullcanada #redbulljoyride. Watch the event live on www.redbull.ca/joyride on August 18th at 4:00 p.m. PST.

NBC's Red Bull Signature Series will air Red Bull Joyride on October 6th, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. PST.

About Crankworx Whistler

The ninth annual Crankworx Whistler is presented by Whistler Blackcomb and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Crankworx Whistler is the biggest annual event held in Whistler and is also the largest freeride mountain bike festival in the world. Home to hundreds of game-changing moments in freeride mountain biking's history, Crankworx Whistler is a ten-day festival devoted to celebrating epic endurance, supreme flow, monster air and vertical-dropping riding. Crankworx Whistler attracts the downhill, slopestyle and enduro legends of the world, to defy physics and blow minds, with their hard-charging, tail-whipping, back-flipping ways. Pay homage August 10-19, 2012 at Crankworx Whistler, the most progressive freeride event of the year.


  Skull Skates Vintage Bicycle Swap   June 16, 2012
Skull Skates Vintage Bicycle Swap - June 16, 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012 Skull Skates will be hosting a Vintage Bicycle Swap from 10am until 4pm at their new location 3734 West 10th ave near Alma (bike swap located in parking lot behind the shop).


  Crankworx Whistler Announces 2012 Schedule   

CRANKWORX WHISTLER ANNOUNCES 2012 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AND BIGGEST CASH PRIZE IN DOWNHILL MOUNTAIN BIKING
World’s Largest Freeride Mountain Bike Festival Back In Whistler For Ninth Year - August 10-19, 2012

WHISTLER, BC May 8, 2012 –Crankworx Whistler will be back August 10-19, 2012 to once again defy physics, worship gravity and crown legends. The constantly evolving event line-up, including the new Dual Speed and Style presented by Avid on August 11, delivers on Crankworx’s mandate to host the most progressive freeride events in the world. One of the largest cash prize purse in downhill racing will also be offered at the Jeep Canadian Open Downhill, ensuring the best DH bikers in the world are richly rewarded in Whistler this summer.

2012 Crankworx Whistler Event Schedule:

  • Friday, August 10 Fat Tire Crit
  • Saturday, August 11 Canadian Open Enduro
  • Saturday, August 11 NEW Dual Speed and Style presented by Avid
  • Sunday, August 12 Garbanzo Downhill
  • Monday, August 13 Ride Day
  • Tuesday, August 14 TBA
  • Wednesday, August 15 Air Downhill
  • Wednesday, August 15 Deep Summer Photo Challenge
  • Thursday, August 16 Teva Best Trick Showdown
  • Thursday, August 16 Ultimate Pumptrack Challenge presented by Rock Shox
  • Friday, August 17 Red Bull Joyride qualifying
  • Friday, August 17 Dual Slalom
  • Saturday, August 18 Red Bull Joyride Finals
  • Sunday, August 19 Jeep Canadian Open Downhill

Event registration will open June 1 and mountain bikers of all ages and competitive backgrounds can sign up to compete for over $175,000 in cash and prizes. Ten days of non-stop action will attract hundreds of athletes from elite World Cup downhill racers and the top freeride stars to ambitious amateurs looking to challenge the world’s best riders.

"We are still firming up details for a few more exciting announcements, but in the meantime everyone should get the event line-up for Crankworx Whistler into their calendar," says Darren Kinnaird, General Manager of Crankworx. "We are adding a new event, the Dual Speed and Style presented by Avid. It will feature an invitational field of riders including top FMB athletes, the best dual slalom athletes and some of the best all-around riders in the world."

"The other exciting announcement is that in partnership with Jeep, we have been able to increase the prize money for the newly titled Jeep Canadian Open DH. This will be one of the richest prize purses currently offered in downhill racing with $10,000 up for grabs for the men’s first place and $5,000 for the women’s first place," says Kinnaird.

One of the highlights of 2011, the game changing Red Bull Joyride slopestyle, will return to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park for freeride glory on Saturday, August 18. The Joyride slopestyle course is being built once again by Paddy Kaye’s team at Joyride Bike Parks with major input from the riders themselves.

"We’ve compiled the rider feedback from 2011 and have started discussing new ideas with the athletes for 2012. The common theme seems to be ‘bigger,’" says Kaye.

Fusing elements of slopestyle, dirt jump and North Shore mountain biking, Red Bull will be calling on the world’s best riders to compete in Red Bull Joyride, one of only two Diamond stops on the Freeride Mountain Bike Association World Tour.

With more announcements and exciting new partnerships to announce in the coming weeks, stay tuned to www.crankworx.com and connect with Crankworx through Facebook.com/crankworx or Twitter.com/crankworx. Watch the latest video for Crankworx 2012 right now: http://crankworx.com/home.php

Home to hundreds of game-changing moments in freeride mountain biking’s history, Crankworx Whistler is a ten-day festival devoted to celebrating epic endurance, supreme flow, monster air and vertical-dropping riding. Crankworx Whistler attracts the downhill, slopestyle and enduro legends of the world, to defy physics and blow minds, with their hard-charging, tail-whipping, back-flipping ways. Pay homage August 10-19, 2012 at Crankworx Whistler, the most progressive freeride event of the year.

The ninth annual Crankworx Whistler is presented by Whistler Blackcomb and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Crankworx Whistler is the biggest annual event held in Whistler and is also the largest freeride mountain bike festival in the world. Crankworx Les 2 Alpes will take place for the first time July 9-15, 2012 and is the first Crankworx event to take place outside of North America. This new event will build on Crankworx’s legendary legacy in the arena of freeride mountain biking.


  Red Bull Divide and Conquer   North and West Vancouver - June 16, 2012
Red Bull Divide and Conquer - North and West Vancouver - June 16, 2012

THE ULTIMATE TEST FOR COMPETITORS' METTLE ON THE MOUNTAINS, RIVERS, AND SHORES
- Registration for Red Bull Divide and Conquer is now open to men and women -

Red Bull Divide and Conquer, a multi discipline endurance race on Vancouver's breathtaking North Shore, will test the competitors' mettle on the mountains, rivers, and shores of Canada's unparalleled West Coast on June 16, 2012. Teams of three participants will be challenged by a course that will include mountain running, mountain biking, and whitewater kayaking. Starting in the old growth forest laden North Shore of Vancouver, the Red Bull Divide and Conquer course will wind up and down over 8,000 meters of vertical, then make its way down the Capilano River and finish in the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean. The total distance covered by this behemoth will be no less than 70 kilometres. Registration is now open to men and women.

Each team will be composed of three competitors: a mountain runner, a mountain biker, and a kayaker. They will push their limits in a mix of locations on the North Shore of Vancouver, including Grouse Mountain. The river portion takes the course from North to West Vancouver, finishing in Ambleside Park. The anticipated race time is between five and seven hours. The first divided team to conquer the course takes the win. Categories will include women, men and mixed but once everything is said and done, the first kayaker to cross the finish line will be crowned the champ, regardless of team dynamics.

Mountain Run
Runners will kick off the race from the incredibly scenic Cleveland Park on Vancouver's North Shore with The Lions, the most iconic peaks in British Columbia's lower mainland. With almost 6,000 feet of climbing and a near double ascent of Grouse Mountain, runners will navigate the legendary technicality of the North Shore's Baden Powell Trail and will push their limits until reaching the top of the Grouse Mountain ski area, where they will tag their teammate mountain biker.

Mountain Bike
Physically and technically challenged by the mountain bike section of the Red Bull Divide and Conquer course, the mountain bikers will sharpen their skills and bring a good set of lungs with a five-kilometre-section of fireroad to begin at the top of Grouse Mountain. The competitors will enter the first single track on Mount Fromme, followed by the Baden Powell trail, which is a popular training spot. These climbs will give the riders an open connection to the legendary trails of the North Shore before the initial descent with a number of newly reworked trails giving speed and flow over the natural rock and root that define the North Shore. The door is open for any bike to win; it could be a four, five or a six-inch steed, but the pilot who wins this segment will most certainly be an All Mountain stallion.

Paddle
Paddling the drop and pool Capilano River is an unforgettable and challenging ten-kilometer plus read and run course that will transport the kayakers far from the urban environment that surrounds it. The run offers a variety of small feature playspots ranging from the occasional surf wave to the odd lateral spin/cartwheel pourover. Red Bull Divide and Conquer kayakers will put in with a seal launch off the rocky riverbank at the Capilano Salmon Hatchery in the shadow of the imposing Cleveland Dam. Water levels are high and reliable in June and can reach class IV but can also fluctuate quickly, depending on the dam and Mother Nature. Kayakers will close out the race, finishing an ocean leg upon completion of the Capilano River. This is the final stretch completing the circuit in Ambleside Park.

Register your team now!
Registration will be open until May 15, 2012 or until all 100 team spots are filled. Competitors must be 19 years of age or older. The cost per team is $275 and includes the official Red Bull Divide and Conquer/The North Face tee plus a voucher for food and drink at the post-event BBQ at Ambleside Park.

Teams of three competitors can register online now at https://redbull-divideandconquer-registration.raidthenorth.com/ or a competitor – mountain runner, mouuntain biker, or whitewater kayaker – can find a team maate on the event website via the team finder. Open categories are welcome: men, women, or mixed. Red Bull Divide and Conquer will run rain or shine.

Red Bull Divide and Conquer is a multi discipline endurance race on Vancouver's breathtaking North Shore and will test the competitors' mettle on the mountains, rivers, and shores of Canada's unparalleled West Coast.

  • What: Red Bull Divide and Conquer
  • Who: Teams of three competitors: one mountain runner, one mountain biker, and a whitewater kayaker
  • Where: North and West Vancouver, BC
  • When: Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 10 a.m.
* Team check-in is mandatory on Friday, June 15th from 6-7 p.m. at Grouse Mountain parking lot.

» Red Bull Divide and Conquer - running, biking, WW kayak race -North Vancouver - June 16th, 2012


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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  Strength in Numbers Vancouver & Whistler Premieres   April 25 & May 18, 2012
Strength in Numbers Vancouver &  Whistler Premieres - April 25 & May 18, 2012

Vancouver, BC – April 18, 2012 - Strength in Numbers is an action sports film that explores mountain bike culture through the experiences of the world's best riders. Anthill Films, in co-production with Red Bull Media House, have created a film, which will change the way the world sees mountain biking, both on and off the screen. The world premiere of the film will be on April 20, 2012 in Monterey, CA. Following the World Premiere there will be cinematic events all over the world including shows in Vancouver on April 25 and Whistler on May 18, 2012, which will be produced by Red Bull Canada and Anthill Films. Ultimately, the film's mission is to inspire and show how we are all part of a global community who love to ride. To do this, a basic version of the entire film will be streamed online for free in autumn 2012.

Strength in Numbers combines progressive action and beautiful cinematography with compelling stories to show how the many different sides of mountain biking are all connected. The filmmakers, who brought you 'The Collective', 'Roam', 'Seasons' and 'Follow Me', traveled the globe to find communities that represented the many sides of the sport, with film shoots in British Columbia, Nepal, Scotland, Austria, Switzerland, California, Utah and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. For the crew and riders, Strength in Numbers represents a way to give back and progress the sport.

THE CAST

The movie features a diverse selection of riders with some of the biggest names in the sport, including: Andrew Shandro (North Shore, BC), Brandon Semenuk (Squamish, BC), Cam McCaul (Aptos, CA), Gee Atherton (England), Graham Agassiz (Kamloops, BC), Matt Hunter (Kamloops, BC), Rene Wildhaber (Switzerland), Thomas Vanderham (North Vancouver, BC), and Wade Simmons (North Shore, BC).

The cast consists of a mix of established pros, up and comers and local riders, with Anthony Messere (Surrey, BC), Adam Billinghurst (Whistler, BC), Rachel Atherton (England), Ryan Howard (Aptos, CA), and Stevie Smith (Nanaimo, BC) also appearing in the film.

"It's been a long time coming and I can't wait to see what the Anthill boys have put together", says world cup downhill champion Gee Atherton. "For me, as a rider, it's exciting to be part of something like this – it's a chance to help progresss and grow our sport."

On May 24, Strength in Numbers will be available for all to experience with the free online premiere on http://www.redbull.com/bike and will be released afterwards on DVD+BluRay and iTunes worldwide.

To view the trailer go to: http://www.anthillfilms.com/strengthinnumbers or http://www.redbull.com/bike

Strength in Numbers is produced, written, directed and edited by Anthill Films in co-production with Red Bull Media House. Presented by Shimano and Trek in association with Contour HD, Clif Bar, Pinkbike.com and PRO Components. Additional support for the film is provided by the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, Kona, Toyota Trucks, Scion, Oakley, Easton, Evoc, Big Mountain Adventures, Verbier St. Bernard and Ride Nepal.

Strength in Numbers Vancouver Premiere

Strength in Numbers Whistler Premiere


  Mountain bikers invited to ride the new Squamish Full Nelson bike trail    Squamish, May 5, 2012

SQUAMISH MOUNTAIN BIKE COMMUNITY INVITED TO RIDE THE NEW FULL NELSON TRAIL
- Ride your bike and meet the pro’s on Full Nelson’s Opening Day, a mountain bike community project

Squamish, BC – April 26, 2012 – Mountain bikers are invited to join us on Saturday, May 5th for the Full Nelson bike trail opening in Squamish. Built by Ted Tempany and a number of volunteers, including Danny Frey, Lindsay Gosnell, Wayne Goss, Leah Orosco and Chelsea Hurford, Brandon Semenuk, and Anthill, the extension is just over a kilometre long. The trail is a golden dirt snake run that rolls, swerves, dips, and dives down the 1-km extension to Half Nelson Originally, Ted Tempany flagged the line over ten years ago and it has taken a great deal of time to get the permits in place to build this trail. They began the construction of the trail in September 2011 and since then have worked long days all winter to get the trail ready for the upcoming opening on May 5th. All levels of gravity riders (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) will be able to enjoy the Full Nelson.

"Building the trail was easy but getting permission and some budget was very difficult. Thanks to the Province of BC, SORCA, Anthill, and of course Red Bull, the first step of Full Nelson has been realized. I look forward to riding the new trail with everyone May 5," said track builder Ted Tempany.

There will be a BBQ during the day for all riders and spectators, bike suppliers on site with a demos from Giant, Rocky Mountain and Devinci, shuttle services provided + a chance to meet and ride with the pros. Keep a watch out for riders including Brandon Semenuk, Stevie Smith, Thomas Vanderham , Andrew Shandro and more….. Following the ride day, there will be a Strength in Numbers viewing at Quest University. All proceeds of the day will be donated to SORCA - the Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association.

About Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers is an action sports film that explores mountain bike culture through the experiences of the world's best riders. Anthill Films, in co-production with Red Bull Media House, have created a film, which will change the way the world sees mountain biking, both on and off the screen. Ultimately, the film’s mission is to inspire and show how we are all part of a global community who love to ride.

Strength in Numbers combines progressive action and beautiful cinematography with compelling stories to show how the many different sides of mountain biking are all connected. The movie features a diverse selection of riders with some of the biggest names in the sport, including Brandon Semenuk (Squamish, BC). Join us for the Full Nelson Bike Trail Opening Day, a mountain bike community project. Ride your bike, meet the pro’s, and join us for a BBQ. All proceeds will be donated to SORCA.

  • What: Full Nelson Bike Trail Opening Day
  • Who: Brandon Semenuk, Ted Tempany and the Squamish mountain bike community
  • Where: Coast Mountains of Squamish, BC | Meeting point is at lower parking lot on Ring Creek Road, behind Quest University.
  • When: Saturday, May 5, 2012
  • Schedule: 10am – 4pm: Ride Day
    11am – 2pm: BBQ open to the public
    8:00pm: Strength in Numbers Viewing at Quest University

About SORCA

The Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association http://www.sorca.ca/ is a mountain bike club with a focus on creating fun events for their members including social rides, Toonie, downhill Rides, trail advocacy, and maintenance. The members directly contribute to the maintenance and growth of the incredible mountain bike trail network. A big part of Squamish’s community wealth is due to the trails and dedicated volunteers make this a world-class mountain biking destination.


  2nd Annual Vancouver Wheelman Vintage Bicycle Swap Meet   Apr 28, 2012
2nd Annual Vancouver Wheelman Vintage Bicycle Swap Meet - Apr 28, 2012

2nd Annual Vancouver Wheelman Vintage Bicycle Swap Meet - Apr 28, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 11AM - 4PM, Britannia Greenway (Commercial & Napier)

http://vancouverwheelmen.com/events/annual-vintage-bike-swap


  The Dirty Girlz Bike Club AGM   Victoria, January 14, 2012

The Dirty Girlz are having their AGM this Saturday, January 14 at the Penny Farthing Pub (2228 Oak Bay Avenue) in Oak Bay, from 6 to 9pm.

We've got reasons to celebrate and news to share, so come join us! We'll hold the AGM including board member elections and then eat, drink and be merry following.

If you'd like to increase your input to the club, please consider volunteering for your board. If you would like more information about the positions available, please email us at dirtygirlzbikeclub@hotmail.com.

You'll be able to renew your membership at the event. Anyone who has renewed their membership either before or at the AGM, will be entered in a draw prize to win some awesome swag. Some of the prizes up for grab include:

  • Trek Dirt Series Dakine Hydration Pack
  • 3 day lift pass for Mt. Washington
  • Free entry to MOMAR
  • Free entry to Campbell River Mud Run Ride
  • 3 lift passes for Silver Star
  • A day trip for 2 in Cumberland with Island Mountain Rides with one night accomodation at the Riding Fool Hostel
  • Gym passes, t-shirts, stickers and lots of other cool stuff


  BIKE PARKS BC HOST WORLDCLASS MOUNTAIN BIKE COMPETITIONS   summer 2011

Best Athletes In The World Will Compete On Bike Parks BC’s Epic Stage

VANCOUVER, BC July 12, 2011 – The action for gravity-fuelled mountain bike competition is heating up across the province with Whistler’s Kokanee Crankworx leading the charge kicking off on Friday July 15.

Bike Parks BC's lift-accessed resorts are hosting mountain bike competitions all summer long, giving riders of all ages the opportunity to compete alongside some of the the best athletes in the world. With festival atmospheres, bike expos and demonstrations, and exciting spectator opportunities across the province, here are the events to get into the calendar now:

Whistler Mountain Bike Park – Kokanee Crankworx - July 15-24,
The eighth annual Kokanee Crankworx is presented by Whistler Blackcomb and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Kokanee Crankworx is the biggest annual event held in Whistler and is also the largest freeride mountain bike festival in the world. Each year the best amateur and professional freeride, downhill and slopestyle mountain bike athletes gather for a ten-day, non-stop barrage of competition and celebration.

Fernie Alpine Resort – Lost Boys Lungbuster - July 16,
This race isn’t gravity-fuelled; it is the ultimate challenge for hardcore climbers. This grueling race starts at Fernie’s base area and climbs to the top of the Timber Express Chairlift – 2,100 vertical feet.

Sun Peaks - Rocky Mountain Bikes Homecoming with Wade Simmons - July 30,
Demo the newest bikes from Rocky Mountain Bikes and ride with legend Wade Simmons. Demos from 10am to 4pm.
Test ride bikes from Banshee, Scott, Cannondale, GT and Marin in the Panorama Bike Park. More information: http://www.panoramaresort.com/DemoDay

Mount Washington - Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle - August 5 & 6,
Check out the return of Darren Berrecloth and the Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle featuring slopestyle’s best riders and a new course built by Bearclaw himself.

Mount Washington – BC Cup Provincial Championships - August 13 & 14,
Mount Washington and Cycling BC have teamed up to bring awesome Downhill and cross-country races to Vancouver Island. The XC Race is on Saturday and the DH Race on Sunday.

Fernie Alpine Resort - NOS Fernie Gravity BikeFest - August 19-21
The action kicks off with the old school Dual Slalom on Friday. The Enduro Downhill takes place on Saturday and the Classic Downhill race will take place on Sunday. The kids will shine on their bikes in the Little Critters Ride on Saturday while Bike Trials demos, live music and beer gardens will keep the plaza hopping.

Mount Washington – See Jane Jump Women’s Mountain Bike Festival - August 20 & 21,
Pro freeride mountain biker Darcy Turenne hosts her See Jane Jump Women's Mountain Bike Festival, an event that aims to aims to bring women riders of all skill levels to Mountain Washington for a weekend of riding, coaching, eating, drinking, and relaxing.

Mount Washington - Island Jump Jam Series - August 28 & September 4,
Join Jordie Lunn as he hosts the Island Series Jump Jam at the Mount Washington Alpine Resort Jump Park. The points series allows riders to throw down for fame and glory.

Silverstar Bike Park – Goat Style 2011 - August 11-13,
Goat Style Slopestyle is a Silver event on the FMB World Tour and will showcase some of the best riders in the world. The Goat Style Festival will feature an village expo, bike trials show by trials biker extraordinaire Ryan Leech, Camp of Champions air bag jump site and great events like Friday Night Lights, a showcase of intense mountain bike skill under the lights.

Don't forget to "like" www.facebook.com/bikeparksbc and follow @bikeparksbc on Twitter for all the latest news.


  Freecaster.TV Live webcasts Kokanee Crankworx events    July 16-24

Live Event Webcasts, Video On Demand And Social Media Ramp Up Interactivity

WHISTLER, BC July 11, 2011 – Whistler, BC will be the place to be July 15-24 as the biggest mountain bike festival in the world takes over for ten days of non-stop action and events. The next best thing to being in the middle of the action in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park will be found on the internet with live webcasts powered by freecaster.tv, video on demand (VOD) segments, and social media reporting of all event results and on-the-ground action, as it happens.

"Covering Kokanee Crankworx live on Freecaster.tv is another milestone for us. Mountain Bike is Freecaster's most popular sport, attracting very large audiences for each round of the UCI MTB World Cup and for the UCI MTB World Championships which we also webcast live," says Raymond Dulieu, Founder of Freecaster.tv. "To date the most popular event on Freecaster has been Red Bull Rampage 2010 and I believe Kokanee Crankworx could set a new viewership record. Worldwide, Freecaster is by far the leading website covering action sports live and I would not have felt comfortable claiming this until we could add Kokanee Crankworx to our list of events. I'm looking forward to attending the event in Whistler and to breaking new records."

Freecaster.tv will live webcast nine events, in three qualities as well as with one mobile stream. This will represent over 20 hours of live coverage; over 20 hours of replays and VOD clips; and over 100TB of data delivered to an audience in the hundreds of thousands.

  • Live Streaming Webcast Schedule for Kokanee Crankworx Events at www.freecaster.tv
  • Saturday, July 16 Dual Slalom Amateur Elimination Finals, 3:00-5:30pm
  • Dual Slalom Pro Elimination Finals, 6:00-7:45pm
  • Sunday, July 17 Canadian Open DH Pro Divisions, 3-5pm
  • Tuesday, July 19 Garbanzo DH Pro Divisions, 3:30-6pm
  • Wednesday, July 20 Jeep Air DH Pro Divisions, 3:30-5:30pm
  • Thursday, July 21 Teva Best Trick Showdown, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Thursday, July 21 Pumptrack Challenge presented by Rock Shox, 8-10pm
  • Friday, July 22 Slalom, Pro Divisions, 4:45-7:00pm
  • Saturday, July 23 Red Bull Joyride at Kokanee Crankworx, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Sunday, July 24 Canadian Open Enduro presented by Kona Stage 5, 2:30-4:30pm


  free concerts at Whistler Olympic Plaza   July 15-20, 2011

KOKANEE CRANKWORX KICKS OFF WITH FREE CONCERTS AT WHISTLER OLYMPIC PLAZA
K’NAAN and Kostaman Perform Friday, July 15; Hot Hot Heat And Current Swell July 16

WHISTLER, BC June 22, 2011 – Kokanee Crankworx, the biggest and most prestigious freeride mountain bike festival on the planet will kick off with free outdoor concerts Friday July 15 and Saturday July 16 at Whistler Olympic Plaza.

Whistler’s own Kostaman will open for reggae, funk, pop, soul and hip-hop musician/emcee K’NAAN on Friday, July 15. Then on Saturday, July 16 surf rockers Current Swell will take to the stage to open for indie stars Hot Hot Heat.

"Bringing these free concerts to Kokanee Crankworx’s epic line-up of events is very exciting," says Darren Kinnaird, Kokanee Crankworx General Manager. "Whistler Olympic Plaza is the perfect location for these kick off concerts. With artists like K’NAAN and Hot Hot Heat on board and the most talented mountain bikers in the world coming to Whistler to compete, we are looking forward to our best festival ever."

These concerts in Whistler Olympic Plaza are funded by the Resort Municipality of Whistler through the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative grant.

Kokanee Crankworx Entertainment

  • Friday, July 15, Whistler Olympic Plaza
    8pm – Kostaman
    9pm – K’NAAN
  • Saturday, July 16, Whistler Olympic Plaza
    8pm – Current Swell
    9pm – Hot Hot Heat
  • Wednesday, July 20, Fairmont Chateau Whistler
    7pm – Deep Summer Photo Challenge
    Buy tickets at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations or by calling 1.866.218.9690.


  Bike Parks BC Resort Opening Days   

WHISTLER MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK LEADS PROVINCE IN BIKE PARKS BC RESORT OPENINGS

Win Ultimate Summer Of Freeride Including Cash, Accommodation And Season Pass At Six BC Bike Parks

VANCOUVER, BC May 17, 2011 – Mountain bikers worldwide are advised to keep the following dates in their calendar clear to ensure they are available for British Columbia's best lift-accessed exhilaration at the following bike parks on their 2011 opening days.

Whistler Mountain Bike Park: Opens May 20

The Whistler Mountain Bike Park has confirmed their signature trail A-Line, and rider favourite Crank It Up, will be open for their opening day on May 20. Despite the second snowiest season in the resort's history, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park will be the first bike park in British Columbia to open.

Fernie Alpine Resort Bike Park: Opens June 25

Fernie's bike park will be featuring new bridgework on their epic trail Aggravated Assault as well as trail upgrades to Top Gun and the Skills Park.

Silver Star Bike Park: Opens June 24

Silver Star Bike Park will host the Goat Style Bike Jam Festival August 11-13 – complete with night dirt jump competition, industry expo and slopestyle event. Trail work will continue on Pro Star, the Bike Park's most advanced line.

Bike Park Sun Peaks Resort: Opens June 30

Sun Peaks invites riders to take their skills to the next level with the Sun Peaks Freeride Camp July 4-8. Coached by pro riders Matt Hunter and Graham Agassiz along with Kamloops shreds Justin Terwiel and Dylan Sherrad.

Panorama Bike Park: Opens June 25-26 / full season opening July 1

Renowned for technical singletrack with natural features and expert trails with large man-made features, Panorama's newly developed play area in the bike park features small jumps and rolls as well as some wooden features for beginners and kids.

Mount Washington Bike Park: Opens July 1

Mount Washington's experienced trail builders have created a mountain bike playground in the heart of Vancouver Island.

Experience it all with Bike Parks BC Ultimate Summer of Freeride contest. In exchange for one little sentence, the winner will ride away with a season pass at six of BC's best lift-accessed bike parks, $1,000 spending money, two nights accommodation at each resort, DH rig rentals, a half-day with a guide and two lift tickets at each park for the winner's riding buddy to be used over the 2011 summer season.

Riders are asked to answer the question, "What would you blow off to win the ultimate summer of freeride?" Tell Bike Parks BC now for a chance to ride away with the Ultimate Summer of Freeride.

Enter now and for more information and official contest rules and regulations about Bike Parks BC "Ultimate Summer of Free Ride" contest check out www.bikeparksbc.com.


  Kokanee Crankworx Unveils Red Bull Joyride Invites   

KOKANEE CRANKWORX UNVEILS NEW INVITE FORMAT FOR RED BULL JOYRIDE AND TEVA BEST TRICK SHOWDOWN

Roster Determined Through Crankworx History, FMBA Rankings And Key Event Results

WHISTLER, BC May 17, 2011 – With a whopping $25,000 on the line for first place, Kokanee Crankworx will be ensuring the best of the best are on course for the inaugural Red Bull Joyride event July 23, 2011. Kokanee Crankworx’s slopestyle event has long been considered the most prestigious event of its kind in the world. A new partnership between Kokanee Crankworx and Red Bull will next level the competition with a complete course redesign and the biggest prize purse in freeride mountain biking.

"We have developed a new invitation format that will ensure the best athletes are here in Whistler to compete in Red Bull Joyride," says Darren Kinnaird, Kokanee Crankworx General Manager. "Invitations have gone out to athletes based on their performance at previous Crankworx Slopestyles, and how they fared in the FMBA World Tour 2010."

Here are the invited athletes so far with another ten athletes to be determined by July 4:

  • Brandon Semenuk
  • Cameron Zink
  • Mike Montgomery
  • Casey Groves
  • Greg Watts
  • Martin Soderstrom
  • Andreu Lacondeguy
  • Lance McDermott
  • Sam Dueck
  • Kelly McGarry
  • Yannick Granieri
  • Jack Fogelquist
  • Amir Kabbani
  • Darren Berrecloth
  • Sam Pilgrim

Teva Best Trick Showdown and Red Bull Joyride Invitation Format
Below is the criteria used to determine the 15 athlete invitations issued already, for participation in the Teva Best Trick Showdown and the Red Bull Joyride Qualifying event on July 21:
The past winner of Crankworx Colorado Slopestyle will receive a three year automatic invite to Kokanee Crankworx (Brandon Semenuk, winner in 2009 and 2010)
Top three athletes of the past three Kokanee Crankworx Slopestyle receive a three year automatic invitation to future Red Bull Joyride and Teva Best Trick Showdown events (2011 to 2013: Cameron Zink, Mike Montgomery, Casey Groves; 2011 to 2012: Greg Watts, Brandon Semenuk, Martin Soderstrom; 2011: Andreu Lacondeguy, Lance McDermott, Brandon Semenuk)
The fourth to tenth ranked athletes, or highest previous unqualified from the 2010 Kokanee Crankworx Slopestyle (Sam Dueck, Kelly McGarry, Yannick Granieri, Jack Fogelquist, Amir Kabbani, Darren Berrecloth, Sam Pilgrim)
The following is the criteria that will be used to determine the remaining 10 athlete invitations, for participation in the Teva Best Trick Showdown and the Red Bull Joyride Qualifying event on July 21:

Winners of a 2011 Freeride Mountain Bike Association (FMBA) Gold or higher ranked event (26 Trix, Claymore Challenge, Chatel Mountain Style) prior to Kokanee Crankworx (or highest placing previously unqualified athlete for total of three athletes)
The top six ranked athletes from the FMBA 2011 rankings after July 3, 2011
Winner of the Teva Mountain Games Slopestyle on June 2-5, 2011, or the highest previously unqualified athlete
There is the potential to have two to four Wildcard spots available depending on results, to be announced by July 4, 2011.

Red Bull Joyride Qualifying Format:
A total of ten athletes will be automatically qualified for Red Bull Joyride on Saturday July 23 and won’t have to participate in the two full course qualifying runs July 21, based on the following criteria:
Top six ranking athletes from the 2010 Kokanee Crankworx Slopestyle (Zink, Montgomery, Groves, McGarry, Dueck, Granieri)
Top four athletes from the 2010 FMBA overall ranking (or highest previously unqualified athletes - Semenuk, Berrecloth, Soderstrom, Pilgrim). In subsequent years, if Kokanee Crankworx takes place in August, this will be based on current year ranking).

An additional six athletes will be qualified based on the results of two full-course runs on July 21, limited to the 15 athletes that are not pre-qualified for Red Bull Joyride. Red Bull Joyride judges will observe both the Teva Best Trick Showdown contest and the two full-course qualifying runs. Riders will be ranked based on overall performance of both Teva Best Trick Showdown and the qualifying runs to select six athletes to advance and join the ten pre-qualified riders for Red Bull Joyride on Saturday, July 23.

"With Red Bull on board and the stakes super high with $25,000 on the line for first place, Kokanee Crankworx will crown the best freeride mountain biker in the world on July 23, 2011," says Kinnaird. "We are unbelievably pumped and are counting down the days to witness the next level of mountain biking here in Whistler."

First place will take home $25,000, second $10,000, third $5,000, fourth $3,500 and fifth $1,500. Watch the first of an exclusive video series from Red Bull detailing the conception of the Joyride course design here: www.redbull.ca/Joyride.


  Kokanee Crankworx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival   Whistler, July 15-24, 2011
Kokanee Crankworx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival - Whistler, July 15-24, 2011

KOKANEE CRANKWORX ROLLS OUT 2011 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
World’s Largest Freeride Mountain Bike Festival Returns For Eighth Year July 15-24, 2011

WHISTLER, BC May 3, 2011 – Kokanee Crankworx, the biggest and most prestigious freeride mountain bike festival on the planet is back for 2011. This year’s competition promises to continue the festival’s reputation for hosting the most progressive events on two wheels.

2011 Kokanee Crankworx Event Schedule:

  • Friday, July 15 Fat Tire Crit – details TBA
  • Saturday, July 16 Dual Slalom
  • Sunday, July 17 Garbanzo Downhill
  • Tuesday, July 19 Canadian Open DH
  • Wednesday, July 20 Jeep Air Downhill
  • Wednesday, July 20 Deep Summer Photo Challenge
  • Thursday, July 21 Teva Best Trick Showdown
  • Thursday, July 21 Ultimate Pumptrack Challenge presented by Rock Shox
  • Thursday, July 21 Red Bull Joyride qualifying
  • Friday, July 22 GIANT Slalom
  • Saturday, July 23 Red Bull Joyride Finals
  • Sunday, July 24 Canadian Open Enduro Challenge presented by Kona

While all of the events on the calendar are returning from last year, there have been a couple of significant changes. First the Canadian Open DH has been moved from its closing position on the final Sunday to Tuesday July 19.

"Moving the Canadian Open DH to Tuesday will make for an action-packed start to the festival with three very different downhill events over four days. There is nowhere else in the world where downhill competitors have this kind of variety and quality of racing," says Darren Kinnaird, Kokanee Crankworx General Manager. "Shifting the Canadian Open DH will allow our national team competitors the opportunity to compete in the Kokanee Crankworx downhills and still participate in the Canadian Nationals. Further it allows us to feature the new format of the Canadian Open Enduro Challenge on the final weekend of the festival. A new format and course is being developed with the assistance of Richie Schley, and the event will be apart of the newly formed North American Enduro Tour."

With exciting new partnerships launching including the Red Bull Joyride freeride event on July 23 (read the press release here: http://pitch.pe/142837) and events getting bigger and better in typical Crankworx fashion, July will be here with ten days of freeride insanity in no time. Besides the scheduled sporting events, the Deep Summer Photo Challenge will be back for it’s third year on Wednesday July 20 and plans are being finalized for the rest of the entertainment line-up.

Stay tuned to www.crankworx.com for upcoming news and connect with Crankworx through Facebook.com/crankworx or Twitter.com/crankworx.


  Red Bull Joyride freeride mountain bike competition   Whistler, July 23, 2011
Red Bull Joyride freeride mountain bike competition - Whistler, July 23, 2011

RED BULL JOYRIDE BRINGING DIRT, DESIGN, & EVOLUTION TO KOKANEE CRANKWORX
Red Bull Joyride will anchor the final weekend of the Kokanee Crankworx Festival in Whistler B.C. delivering a slopestyle event designed for the athletes, by the athletes

VANCOUVER, BC – May 3, 2011 – When handed the keys to the mountain, you best deliver the goods. Or go big trying. Prepare for Red Bull Joyride, the newly minted anchor event of the 2011 Kokanee Crankworx Festival, on Saturday, July 23, in Whistler, BC. Fusing elements of slopestyle, dirt jump and North Shore mountain biking, Red Bull Joyride will culminate into one gravity-fed, season-defining freeride mountain bike competition, the likes of which Whistler Mountain has never seen.

Construction will begin at the base on May 1, on a course 100 percent inspired and designed by professional mountain bike athletes. While incorporating as much of the natural terrain as possible, the athletes conceived their ultimate playground, lined with gargantuan manmade features to showcase their skill and imagination. With so much talent in the room and passion on the table, we decided to capture the collaboration and design process. Watch the first of an exclusive video series here: www.redbull.ca/Joyride.

Professional mountain bike athlete Darren Berrecloth, a long-time competitor at Kokanee Crankworx, championed the process: "The opportunity for us riders to provide our ideas to Red Bull Joyride is phenomenal. With this kind of input it's sure to be a crowd pleaser and a rider favourite." Anticipating the quality of both course and competition, the Freeride Mountain Bike Association will once again recognize the slopestyle event at Kokanee Crankworx as a Diamond Stop, one of only two worldwide.

"Kokanee Crankworx is stoked to work with Red Bull to present the next generation of slopestyle competition," says Darren Kinnaird, Kokanee Crankworx General Manager. "We have been pushing the limits of competition in the arena of gravity-fuelled mountain biking with this festival for seven years and having Red Bull on board to present Joyride in our eighth year is a very big indication of our commitment to the sport's evolution."

Having incubated the course design, Red Bull is now entrusting the build to Joyride, a long-time event production, course design and construction company. Joyride started it's life cycle in 1997 when their team designed a Whistler Bike Park trail called, yup, Joyride, which is still in operation today. Owner Paddy Kaye can't wait to get started on the new course build: "The vision of what I'm doing, a rider-created and rider-built course, is the same vision the Red Bull team has, so it seems like the stars have definitely aligned."

For more info, articles and a continuing behind-the-scenes video series on the course build and athlete profiles, please visit www.redbull.ca/Joyride


   Whistler mass start downhill mountain bike race   September 11-12, 2010
Red Bull 5000 Down - Whistler mass start downhill mountain bike race - Sep 11-12, 2010

Event Schedule

  • PRACTICE: Friday, September 10th
  • QUALIFIERS: Saturday, September 11th
  • RACE: Sunday, September 12th

Mountain bikers gear up for mass start downhill race at Whistler Mountain Bike Park
- Downhill Riders Wanted: Registration still open for Red Bull 5000 Down presented by RockShox -

WHISTLER, BC – August 24, 2010 – New features on the course and a booming athlete roster of international and local elite promise an exciting second edition of Red Bull 5000 Down, hitting Whistler Mountain Bike Park on September 11 and 12, 2010. Quickly becoming known as the People’s Race, mountain bikers will gather at the peak of Whistler Mountain to descend more than 2,182 metres (7,159 feet) and a vertical of 1,530 metres (5,020 feet), and intense bar-to-bar racing as they battle side-by-side. Proximity won’t be the only challenge, as riders will also be navigating through dirt trails riddled with jumps, stunts, drops and root-strewn terrain.

All riders will need to sustain constant physical and mental effort to maintain control during the entire descent. Flying down past the Roundhouse Lodge, they will enter the world-famous Whistler Mountain Bike Park at the top of the Garbanzo Express chairlift, before riding the Park’s giant slalom course and finally crossing the finish line in Whistler Village. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to race from the peak, as Whistler Peak is usually not opened for mountain biking.

The event will draw some of the greatest North American and European riders to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Among the riders will be a combination of the sport’s emerging and established superstars, including 2008 World Champions siblings, Gee and Rachel Atherton, Canada’s leading World Cup downhiller and Whistler legend Stevie, Wade Simmons, Andrew Shandro and Olympian Andreas Hestler. "I’m super excited to come out and race the event," said Gee. 2009 female winner Katrina Stand is looking forward to coming back and defending the Woman’s title she earned during the first edition of Red Bull 5000 Down.

How to Enter

Categories are open to both men and women 17-years-old and over. Each racer will have to qualify on Saturday, September 11th for a spot in the race on Sunday, September 12. Out of the 400 qualified athletes, the fastest 250 will move on to the race on Sunday.

Registration ($80 for pass holders and $90 for non-pass holders) is open until September 9th at www.eventsonline.ca/events/redbull5000down and includes race plate and a two-day pass to the Whistler Bike Park. No on-site registration is available. Full body armor and a full-face helmet are required for all participants.

The event is free to spectators in the village.

Event Schedule:

  • Friday, September 10: 10am – 8pm: Open Training
  • Saturday, September 11: 12pm – 6pm: Qualifiers
  • Sunday, September 12: 11am: Mass Start Women
  • 12pm: Mass Start Men
  • 2pm: Awards

      For information about Whistler Blackcomb, please visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com.
      To learn more about RockShox, please go to: www.sram.com/rockshox.
      Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/redbullcanada

   Vancouver's Annual Bike Swap   June 21, 2009
Vancouver's Annual Bike Swap - June 21, 2009

Vancouver's 8th Annual Vintage Bicycle Show and Swap Meet this Sunday, June 21st

  • Sunday June 21st (Fathers Day).
  • Located at the Cambrian Welsh Hall (215 E. 17th at Main St in Vancouver) 9am to 3pm.
  • This is the place to find a cool vintage bike or project. Tons of bikes and parts dating from the 1920's 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's 1970's as well as vintage BMX, roadracer, American made balloon-tire cruisers, Banana Set bicycle, roadbikes, fixed gear, English bikes..you name it.
  • Find the parts you need for your old bike a vintage classic to ride away on or a rusty project to restore!
  • Also included in the last 3 years are vintage skateboard related items. So come on down.
  • Admission is only $2.00.
  • If you have a bike or a pile of bikes and parts this is a great venue to sell your old stuff too.
  • Vendor space is available but quite limited so contact us soon to get a space. Vendor space is only $25.00 including a table.
  • Also if you have an ori! ginal bike or nicely restored bicycle you are welcome to bring that down to put on the display stage.
  • Please contact us to let us know what you may bring to display so we can arrange space.
  • For more info email or call 604-779-7170

Vancouver's 7th annual bike swap - June 29, 2008
Vancouver's 7th annual bike swap - June 29, 2008

   Parksville Bike for Life   Sunday August 10th 2008
  • Sunday August 10th 2008 Parksville civic centre
  • CHOOSE a route - 15 km - 35 km - 70 km - 90 km - 120 km - see website for course details and start times (staggered)
  • REFRESHMENTS at start and all stations.

   2007 UCI BMX World Championships in Victoria   July 26 - 29, 2007

2007 UCI BMX World Championships in Victoria July 26 - 29
 

  • Over 2500 competitors from 40+ Nations are expected
  • hosted by westshorebmx.com

TRACK UNVEILING FIRST STEP TO BMX WORLDS

Victoria, BC –The official track for the 2007 UCI BMX World Championships received rave reviews from the Canadian National BMX team today. Six of Canada’s top BMX riders were the first to hit the track at today’s unveiling ceremony at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre.

"We’re excited to have the track open," said David Richardson, President of the Victoria BMX 2007 World Championships Society. "Feedback on the track has been fantastic," said Richardson. "It’s a great facility that will allow us to send a strong BMX contingent to the Olympics in 2008."

Victoria will host the 2007 UCI BMX World Championship, the last world-class event before the BMX sport makes its debut at the 2008 Olympics. Over 2500 athletes from 40 nations will compete at the UCI BMX World Championships July 26-29, 2007. The development and unveiling of a world-class track in Victoria is a great opportunity for Victoria and the Canadian athletes. The event will showcase both Victoria and the sport of BMX and will potentially generate $16 million in direct and indirect economic activity.

According to Samantha Cools, five-time UCI BMX World champion, the new track is world class and will be a good learning tool for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. "It’s hard and challenging, but it’s going to be fun," said Cools.

Riding the track today was a bit nerve racking, said Christine Miller. "It’s a hard track, but we need to step up and prove that we’re World’s material." Miller, 19, is confident about the upcoming World Championships because the Canadian team has a home track advantage. "It’s pretty cool. This is our track for training for the Worlds."

Tanya Dubnicoff, Canada’s national BMX coach, said riding the track today gave the team a huge advantage. "There’s not enough money in the world that could give the team this kind of advantage," she said. Pre-riding the track mentally prepares the team and allows them to get their bearings. The team will take advantage of the track by training on it every other week.

Overall the team was impressed with the layout and quality of the track. It’s smooth, fairly large and has nice short jumps. Although construction of the track began in October and recommenced two months ago after a wet winter delay, the design has been in the works for almost two years, said Daryll Michell, the track’s contractor and a previous BMX World participant. The track consists of 5000 yards of material and 200 tons of asphalt.

   BMX Pre Worlds Championships    Abbotsford July 21-22, 2007
BMX Pre Worlds Championships - Abbotsford July 21-22, 2007
  • Abbotsford Exhibition Park
  • Racing Action Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm
  • Admission $5 for Entire Weekend
  • All proceeds support amateur BMX in BC.
  • The Racers: Amateur & Professional Racing, Ages 4-50
  • Food, entertainment, 50/50, bike vendors & plenty of big jumps and high action racing.
  • more info at www.cyclingbc.net Volunteers are needed.
Come check out the World’s top BMX racers, as well as some of your home grown amateur and professional talent, as they battle it out in one of their last races before meeting again at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Racers are attending from all corners of the earth - and will truly make this a spectacular international race.

   Crankworx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival   July 21-29, 2007

Fourth Annual Kokanee Crankworx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival
July 21-29, 2007 in Whistler, BC

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

WHISTLER, BC, March 20, 2007, – 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.

more at www.crankworx.com

   Parksville Bike for Life   Sunday August 12th 2007
Parksville Bike for Life - August 12th 2007
 
  • Sunday August 12th 2007 Parksville civic centre
  • REGISTER - family of three or more - $35.00; youth less than 18 years - $10.00; adult - $15.00;
  • CHOOSE a route - 15 km - 35 km - 70 km - 90 km - 120 km - see website for course details and start times (staggered, beginning at 0830)
  • EVENT T-SHIRT for first 500 registrants. MEDALS for all youth finishers.
  • DRAW PRIZES Aug 12 (KHS bicycle, Hotel Grand Pacific package, Tigh Na Mara Spa & more).
  • REFRESHMENTS at start and all stations.

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