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April 17/03 1:57 am - Spring Tune-Up Fundraiser, Matt Hunter Wins 2003 Ultimate Freeride Challenge

Posted by Editoress on 04/17/03

Spring Tune-Up Fundraiser
Courtesy Maogosha Pyjor, BikeShare Coordinator

BikeShare party to keep Yellow Bikes rolling in Toronto
Wednesday, April 23 at 7 PM
Bambu By The Lake, 245 Queen's Quay West (E of Spadina)
Event & BikeShare Info: (416) 504-2918 /

$10 Cover at the Door

The Community Bicycle Network and Bambu By The Lake host BikeShare's Spring Tune-Up! Fundraiser. Party to 300 minutes of Toronto1s Finest Performers and help keep those distinctive Yellow Bikes rolling $10 at a time!

Join CBN in celebrating and welcoming our newest hub, the Bambu, while recognizing the tremendous support of many individual volunteers, local
artists and supporting businesses.

Entertainment Line-up:
• DJ Catch spinning soul, 80's hip-hop and kickass rock n' roll
• stand-up comedian The Jazer
• juggler D. Jason McCann
• choreographer/dancer Marlee Cargill
• musicians Timothy Vaughan Gentle, Gentleman Reg, Currently in These United States and Off the International Radar rock the house.
• sizzling rhythms of afro, brazilian, soul and funk from the turntables of DJ Senor Vishal.

Those who can't wait to spring forward can also sign up for a BikeShare membership and sign out their very first Yellow Bike that night at the Bambu By The Lake, BikeShare's newest hub!

About BikeShare & the Community Bicycle Network
Entering its 3rd year, BikeShare, also known as the Yellow Bike Program, is an innovative community bicycle-lending program of the Community Bicycle Network (CBN). An annual CBN Membership of $40 or a BikeShare membership of $25 allows over 450 member cyclists to sign out a set of wheels - complete with carrier basket - for daily use from any one of its networked hubs in downtown Toronto. BikeShare is made possible through the support and commitment of over a dozen participating businesses, community centres and the City of Toronto, who volunteer both space as well as staff time as hub administrators.

BikeShare sponsors include Transport Canada's MOST (Moving on Sustainable Transportation) Program, Ontario Power Generation, TD Friends of the Environment, Mountain Equipment Co-op and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.

CBN is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting community-based sustainable transportation initiatives within the City of Toronto since 1993. Besides BikeShare, CBN supports community bike clubs, Wenches with Wrenches, West Toronto Rail Path Initiative, a bike trailer rental program and is in the process of setting up a tool co-op. The organization also works in partnership with a spectrum of cycling, transportation and pedestrian groups across Toronto.

For more information about BikeShare and the Community Bicycle Network log onto

Matt Hunter Wins 2003 Ultimate Freeride Challenge
Courtesy Race Face

Race Face Components Inc., one of North America's leading producers of high performance mountain bike components and clothing, is proud to announce that Matt Hunter has won the second annual Ultimate Freeride Challenge.

This contest, now in its second year, calls for riders to submit one-minute freeriding videos for Race Face's online community to view and vote for which riders they wanted to see advance to future rounds. Over a six week period, the sixteen competitors were narrowed down to two finalists - Matt Hunter and Cameron McCaul. Both riders were brought down to the Sea Otter Classic and on April 12th at 9:30pm, Race Face announced the winner in front of hundreds attending the star studded Kranked V premiere.

"It's really quite amazing" says Race Face's Marshall Rutman, "We were announcing the winner of the second annual UFC at the premiere for a film which stars the winner of our first contest. Tyler did an amazing job this year. By winning the UFC, he had some serious media attention focussed on him. He took full advantage of this window of opportunity, working hard to prove himself as one of the best freeriders in the sport. Matt knows he's got some big shoes to fill and we're going to help him as best we can".

Matt Hunter is 19 years old and further proof there's something special in the water in Kamloops, British Columbia. This small Canadian town has spawned Brett Tippie, Richie Schley, Wade Simmons and Dustin Adams. It's also rumoured that Roland Green has spent some quality time in the "loops".

"I'm really excited to have Matt on the team" continues Rutman "He's a solid rider but even more importantly he's got strong character. The maturity he's shown throughout the contest, how he's handled the tremendous pressure and attention he's received - it speaks great volumes for what kind of person he is. I'm really looking forward to seeing what the future holds for him."

The attention Matt's received from the UFC is already paying off. He's been approached by several bike manufacturers and a verbal shout out to Specialized upon winning the contest indicates he'll be receiving some support from this industry giant. Matt's also been approached by Adidas eyewear - who already sponsor Race Face riders Tyler Klassen and Darren Berrecloth.

The Race Face website has been updated, showing a wrap up video of the contest, complete with footage from the winner announcement at the Kranked V premiere. Thanks to Freeride Entertainment for producing the video and Cory LeClerc for providing the announcement footy.


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