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June 27/03 8:03 am - Blizzard Bike Club, Ride for the Wild Roses, NAS-Track, Whistler Summer Gravity Festival

Posted by Editoress on 06/27/03

Blizzard Bike Club - Fort St. John, BC - June 26th
Courtesy Pat Ferris

Stephen Ferris won a close one on the 16 km. Baldonnel Thursday night time trial circuit. Only nineteen seconds separated the top four riders. Stephen's time was 25:14 with Mike Hientzman only 18 seconds back in second. Pat Ferris and Vaughn Hildebrand were only a further one-second back, tied for 3rd spot. Roger St. Jean was 5th at 27:52.

Joseph Gladysz had 28:18, edging out David Ferris by three seconds for 6th place. Gary Hilderman was 8th at 29:58, Jean Guillemette 30:09 and Richard Wood 30:37 for the top ten times.

Ross Garbutt had 31:13 for 11th, Owen Giebelhaus 32:25, Wendy Hilderbrand 32:57, Sam Keats 34:02, Anathalie Redmond 36:02 and Melissa Bowe 49:39.

Dayna Stickel did 17:50 for the 8 km distance.

The Blizzard riders are on to road race the Challenge Cup #2 in Grande Prairie, Sunday. The GP Boys will make it tough for the locals as they are finding and fielding a larger, tougher group of riders.

July 1st, Stephen and Pat Ferris will be in Edmonton for the Alberta Sanctioned Canada Day Criterium.

Ride for the Wild Roses Two-Up Time Trial, Calgary AB
Courtesy Rebecca Wilkinson, Race Organizer

When: July 5th, 2003. (registration- 9:00-10:30am, race begins at 11:00am)

Details of the Event: The two-up time trial will begin on Grandvalley Road at 11:00, with teams starting at 2 minute intervals. The course proceeds 18km north at which point there is a turnaround.

Race Day registration: Register as a team on the morning of the event

Location: Mitford Pond Recreation Area (same a this year's Prairie Steamer) -West of Hwy 1A. Mitford Pond is located on Westrock Road off Hwy 22, approx: 1km South of Hwy 1A and Hwy 22 Intersection.

Fee: The entry fee is 40$ per team.

Categories: 1/2, 3, 4, 5, Women, Paralympic (note: teams may be composed of riders from different categories, with placing being accorded to the highest ranked rider.)

Please note that this event is a charity fundraiser. All proceeds raised are to be donated to the Lance Armstrong Foundation to aid in cancer research. Depending on the turnout I will try to award cash prizes to all categories, however, because this is a charity event I am trying to send as much money to the Foundation as possible. Bike Stores around the city have been very surportive in this venture, offering merchandise prizes.

I hope you all come out to have some fun and take part in a very good cause. If you have any friends or family that wish to help or would like to participate, please let them know about the race.

Track Racing in Detroit

NAS-Track's Madison Racing League Race 2 takes place tonight (July 27th) at the Velodrome at Bloomer Park.

6:15 - AA sprints & madison (formerly called A- racers)
- AA's miss & out will take place approx. 7:45pm
6:35 - A's warm-up
7pm - A's racing begins
8:45 - Winner's lap

Whistler Summer Gravity Festival

World's Best Mountain Bikers To Compete

Whistler, B.C. - The world's top mountain bike athletes will convene in Whistler July 14-20 for the inaugural Whistler Summer Gravity Festival, featuring three world class competitive events - Joyride Bikercross, Air Downhill and the Slopestyle Expression Session - each showcasing various elements of freeriding, the increasingly popular offshoot of mountain biking.

Joyride Bikercross, the opening event of the Whistler Summer Gravity Festival on July 14, was a huge hit with the crowd in 2002. This year, spectators can expect to find top freeriders such as Wade Simmons and current World Cup Downhill leader Cedric Gracia and others in an intense four-person head-to-head race finishing at the base of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. "Joyride Bikercross is unique," says professional freerider and Whistlerite, Cory Derpak, "to have the world's best freeriders and World Cup dowhillers competing against each other is unheard of."

The Air Downhill on July 15 is a spine-tingling race down the Whistler Bike Park's famous A-Line trail, a smooth and fast track with more than 100 jumps and berms, that twists and turns its way down Whistler Mountain. Like Joyride Bikercross, the start list will include an impressive list of top competitors, but in a race against the clock.

Both Joyride Bikercross and the Air Downhill are also open to four-wheel custom bikes, designed for wheelchair athletes who use gravity to race down the mountain. "Joyride Bikercross gives us a platform, and that's all the disabled community ever needs. So this [event] is very cool, and hopefully it will continue to grow," said four-wheel competitor Stacy Kohut after last year's event.

British Columbia is home to many of the top freeride mountain bikers on the planet and the Slopestyle Expression Session on July 19 showcases the skill and daring of this amazing group of athletes. Fifteen of the world's top performers in the sport will demonstrate their jumping expertise on a man-made dirt course complete with natural and man-made obstacles, stunts and rails. New to Whistler, this judged competition is invitation-only and takes place at the base of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

Freeriding is mountain biking's fast growing and rebellious faction that has increased momentum in recent years to establish itself as an important part of the sport. Born from the steep trails of Vancouver's North Shore nearly a decade ago, and shaped by films like Kranked, the freeride movement has greatly influenced bike technology, inspired new magazines, affected fashion, sparked world-class events and helped grow the sport. The Whistler Bike Park Package includes a pass to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and three nights accommodation starting from $165 Cdn ($109 US) per person, valid July 10 to September 8, 2003, available by calling Whistler's Official Central Reservations Service 1-800-WHISTLER (1-800-944-7853). Bike rentals, service, guided tours and trail locations are available at or through the Whistler Activity Centre at 604-938-2769 or toll-free 1-800-944-7853.

The Whistler Summer Gravity Festival is a seven-day celebration of mountain biking, July 14-20, 2003 showcasing the downhill, freeride, cross-country and trials disciplines in a series of both competitive and participatory events. Featured events include the Tim Horton's Canadian National Mountain Bike Championships; Joyride Bikercross; the World's Largest Loonie Race; daily special athlete and industry events; camps and clinics.

Event information is available at, and Media accreditation is available at


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