2013-08-15 - Freeride Spectacle Returns to Mountain
Image: The Bearclaw Invitational brings the best mountain bikers in the world to Vancouver Island.
MOUNT WASHINGTON, BC- Qualicum Beach local Darren Berrecloth returns to the Island with over thirty of the world's best freeride mountain bikers for the Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle. The popular event takes place at Mount Washington Alpine Resort from August 22-24.
The sixth edition of the Bearclaw Invitational provides athletes with one of the last opportunities of the season to accumulate points towards the number one ranking on the Freeride Mountain Bike (FMB) World Tour. Currently, Brett Rheeder of Canada is holding onto the top position with Sam Pilgrim of Great Britain and Martin Soderstrom of Sweden trailing close behind in second and third place respectively.
“The course this year features a significant increase in the size and setup of the dirt jumps,” explains Berrecloth. “I removed most of the wood and brought in more dirt. There's also a new entry point into the course to give riders another option for dropping in.”
Riders will be competing for the biggest Bearclaw Invitational prize purse to date. $35,000 will be up for grabs on top of the FMB tour points. Pro qualifiers will be taking place Friday, August 23rd at 5pm. The Pro finals will be taking place on Saturday, August 24th at 1pm.
In addition to the pros, Berrecloth is bringing back an amateur comp for the up and comers who want to compete for a spot in the pro contest. Amateurs will get their chance to break in with the pros on Friday, August 23rd at 2pm.
Those vying for the top prize at the Bearclaw Invitational include a who's who of the FMB World Tour. This year's rider list includes: Brandon Semenuk, Cam Zink, Sam Pilgrim, Martin Soderstrom, Anthony Messere, Mike Montgomery, Sam Reynolds, Thomas Genon, Cam McCaul, Yannick Granieri, Greg Watts, Kurt Sorge, Darren Berrecloth, Kelly McGarry, Geoff Gullevich, Mitch Chubey, Antoine Bizet, Szymon Godziek, Tyler McCaul, Peter Henke, Brett Rheeder, Andrew Taylor, Tomas Zejda, Jakub Vencl, Graham Agassiz, Andreu Lacondeguy, Kyle Strait, Jack Fogelquist, Jamie Goldman, Jordie Lunn, Justin Wyper, Leo Delfour-Barsacq, Paul Genovese, Sam Dueck, Teo Gustavson and Ryan Howard.
For the uninitiated, Slopestyle mountain biking is considered the cutting edge of the sport of mountain biking. Progression and raw talent are on full display as riders take to the air and pull of tricks that simply blow the mind. The best part about the Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle- it's free for all spectators!
For more information and to check out the full event schedule, head to bearclawinvitational.com.
Rounding out the weekend of mountain biking is the BC Cup Downhill Race. The race brings competitors back to Mount Washington's legendary Monster Mile downhill track, one of the most popular on the BC Cup circuit.
The race is open to everybody from Pro/Elite to those seeking to have fun in the citizen racing categories, and everything in between! Racers can start as young as 10 years of age.
Training runs begin in the evening on Friday, August 23rd and official racing starts at 1:30pm on Sunday, August 25th. Registration, race schedule and the course map can all be found on the event site at mountwashington.ca.
Mount Washington Alpine 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) or fly right into Comox Harbour via Harbour Air. To find out about accommodation and package information, call Mount Washington Alpine Resort at 1-877-845-4499 toll free. Surf to www.mountwashington.ca for additional information including our live webcams.
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Freeride Spectacle Returns to Mountain