2012-08-15 - The Monster Returns!
Image: The Monster Mile rises once again this weekend!
Photo Credit: Mount Washington Alpine Resort
The BC Cup Provincial Championships return to Mount Washington August 24-26th. The big announcement for the race this season- Monster Mile returns! The Mile, one of the most challenging downhill mountain bike trails on the circuit, is back after a two-year hiatus.
“Obviously, we're stoked to reopen Monster Mile for the Provincial Champs,” explains Bike Park Manager Mike Manara. “We know the DH racers love that course so it will be big news in the racing community and shows our commitment to our Bike Park operations.”
The double-black diamond Monster Mile lives up to its name. Long, demanding and strikingly old school- it's the kind of trail that creates legends and breaks champions. The Mile is notorious in the race community and the only reason it was held back for two years was snow.
“It's hard to believe that snow kept the trail out of commission for that long,” adds Manara.
After receiving three massive snow seasons in a row, the Monster Mile was literally still buried in snow as late as August when BC Cup events were happening at the mountain.
With warmer than average weather over the last month and hard work by the Mount Washington trail crew, the Mile will reopen once again. It opens for a sneak peek weekend on August 18-19th. The trail closes again midweek then reopens for training runs and the BC Cup Provincial Championships from August 24-26th.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort and Cycling BC are partnering once again to bring BC's best racers to Vancouver Island. The BC Cup Race Series incorporates both downhill and cross-country disciplines of mountain biking.
The events begin Saturday, August 25th with the cross-country races and end Sunday, August 26th with the speed and thrills of the downhill. Brett Tippie, freeride legend and Director of Good Times, will be making the call and no doubt laughing his way through the weekend!
Even with BC's best XC and DH riders in attendance, you don't need to be a pro to experience what Mount Washington's BC Cup is all about.
“We like to support our local racers and give them a chance to race at higher profile events like the BC Cup. There is a Citizen class for amateur riders looking to test their skills on our XC loop and Monster Mile.”
Categories for the BC Cup are wide-ranging, where competitors race from as early as 10 years of age in the U15 category to over 50 years of age in the venerable Masters category.
If you’re not a racer but love to volunteer at great events, the mountain could use a hand. Volunteers are needed to help the races run smoothly and the the best part is you get front-row seat of the racers in action! No previous bike race experience is necessary.
For all race information including course maps, racing fees, schedules, volunteering and everything else you need to know about the BC Cup at Mount Washington, head to mountwashington.ca.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort hosts the BC Cup Provincial Championships on August 24-26th! The resort is located 30 minutes above The Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. WestJet, Central Mountain Air, and Pacific Coastal Airlines service the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ). To find out about accommodation and package information, call Mount Washington Alpine Resort at 1-888-231-1499 toll free or locally at 250-338-1386. Surf to www.mountwashington.ca for additional information including live webcams.
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The Monster Returns!