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July 27/05 6:41 am - Ride for the Wild Roses, Crankworx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival, Cougar Mountain Classic

Posted by Editoress on 07/27/05

Ride for the Wild Roses - Charity Fundraiser for Cancer Research

Individual Time Trial Series # 3
Sunday, July 31st, 2005 Cochrane, Alberta.

This year’s event brought to you by:
The Bike Shop, Bow Cycle and Sports, Cadence Coffee, Campione Cycles, Canada Safeway Limited, Cochrane Cycle, CJSW, The Cyclepath, Lifesport, Pedalhead Bicycle Works, The Pepsi Bottling Group, Power Bar Canada, Ridley’s Cycle, Wild Rose Brewery and United Cycle.

Race Day Registration:
9:00-10:30am July 31st at Mitford Pond Recreation Area, Cochrane, Alberta. (same as last year)
West of Hwy 1A. Mitford Pond is located on Westrock Road off Hwy 22 ~ I km South of Hwy 1A and Hwy 22 Intersection.

Entry Fee:
20$ per person. Cheques payable to Rebecca Wilkinson (100% of the proceeds raised from this event are donated to the Lance Armstrong Foundation to aid in cancer research.)
Day licences for non-ABA members will be available for purchase during registration.

Categories: 1/2, 3, 4, 5, Women A and B, Paralympic

Details of the Event:
The time trial will begin at 11:00, with riders starting at 1 minute intervals. Grand Valley Road is located ~3km West of Hwy 1A and the Hwy 22 intersection. The course proceeds ~15km north at which point there is a turnaround.

CAUTION: Turn Around Point: No traffic control at the turn around however there will be marshals present to help guide riders. RIDERS MUST YIELD TO CARS.

Please note: There will be NO PARKING allowed at the start/finish area other than the Commissaire vehicles. There are no side roads and cars are not allowed on the course. The ride from the sign on area is a perfect distance for a warm up/cool down! (~6km)

Omnium Event: This year’s Ride for the Wild Roses is part of an omnium event, being combined with the Tour de Bowness Hill Climb and Le Tour de Bowness. Riders must take part in all three events in order to be eligible for the Overall Omnium Award. Points will be awarded 8-deep (20, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2) in each of the three races. The rider accumulating the most points over the three races will be eligible for the omnium. Ties will be broken by performance at the Bow Hill Climb.

Countdown To Crankworx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival August 3 – 7, Whistler, BC

Festival Cranks up the Action for the Second Year in a Row

The countdown is on for the second annual Crankworx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival taking place in Whistler, August 3-7. Crankworx blends extreme freeride mountain biking competitions, fun family races, music and entertainment; and will showcase Whistler as the place to play and ride this summer.

This year Crankworx consists of five explosive competitions, where many of the world’s best freeride mountain bikers are sure to wow the crowds with their talent and skill. One of the highlights of the week will see Canadian National Downhill Mountain Bike Champion and local Whistler rider Tyler Morland (SRAM – Cove Bikes) hit the Park.

“Crankworx is going to go off this year,” says Morland. “Whistler is my home turf, so this event is something I would not want to miss.”

Morland has quickly become a force to reckon with, competing against mountain biking’s heavy hitters. Last year Tyler finished second to no less than Cedric Gracia, one of the world’s best all-round mountain bikers, in Crankworx Garbanzo Downhill.

“Riders like Morland continue to raise the bar for Crankworx,” says Eric Fremont, Crankworx Event Manager. “Events such as the Air Downhill were created in response to the talented riders who demand more each year from the Park and the contests we host.”

Saturday evening’s invitational Slopestyle presented by Full Throttle energy drink will once again take centre stage at Crankworx. Riders thrill spectators by choosing which features to hit and how best to impress the judges by combining elements like bar spins, nose wheelies, and suicide no-handers. Slopestyle invitations have been handed out to the most talented and accomplished freeriders ensuring a spectacular display of athleticism, not to mention fearlessness, on the course. A qualifying event will provide opportunities for a wider field of riders to participate in the finals.

The Slopestyle Invitational will feature the following confirmed heavy hitters: Cedric Gracia, Timo Pritzel, John Cowan, Richie Schley, Kirt Voreis, Darren Berrecloth, Thomas Vanderham, Wade Simmons, Robbie Bourdon, Aaron Chase, Kyle Strait, Paul Basagoitia, Cameron Zink, Cameron McCaul, Gareth Dyer, Carlin Dunne, Randy Spangler and Dave Watson.

The Jim Beam Air Downhill, in its fifth year as a Whistler summer staple, has riders descending 1200 feet over tables, drops, berms and rolls ending in Whistler Village. This race will test stamina and skill and is on its way to becoming one of Crankworx’s signature events.

Other events include: the Nissan Biker X and an all new invitational Kona Jump Jam. The Garbanzo Enduro Downhill, starting 3,400 vertical feet above the village; Trialsworx, a Biketrials Competition featuring some of the finest Biketrial riders from Canada and the United States; a village-based kid’s race; plus a WORCA (Whistler Off Road Cycling Association) race will round out the competition side of Crankworx. A Mountain Bike Industry Expo and an outdoor film festival screening of the sport’s best films will complement the five-day event.

Once again there is much more to Crankworx then just mountain biking action. The Jim Beam Outdoor Concert Series heats up on Friday August 5 from 5pm, featuring Canadian indie rock band Boy and Seattle based one man outfit Aqueduct. The good times continue on Saturday August 6 starting at 4pm with Threat from Outer Space, at 7pm dance hall meets hip hop with LA based JAH ORAH featuring BUKUE ONE from California and DJ Zac Hendrix - Del tha Funky Homosapien. Finally rounding out Saturday’s après action is the Kokanee Freeride Party at the Garibaldi Lift Company.

Throughout the village, spectators will also be treated to roving street entertainers and the illustrious Dangerous Dan, whose aerial stunt riding Flow Show delivers a jaw-dropping adaptation of North Shore style riding constructed high above the crowds. “We are really excited to host this festival,” says Arlene Schieven, Vice President Marketing of Tourism Whistler. “As the popularity of mountain biking explodes we are proud to showcase all that Whistler has to offer for all ages and abilities.”

The second annual Crankworx, August 3-7, 2005, Whistler’s summer mountain bike festival, is presented in partnership by Tourism Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb and the Resort Municipality of Whistler. At centre stage of Crankworx is the Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Bike Park. With over 200 km and 3,600 feet of lift-serviced gravity-fed, adrenaline-fueled descending trails, the Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Bike Park is the unequivocal leader of lift-accessed mountain bike parks in the world.

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Cougar Mountain Classic

Infineon Cougar Mountain Classic is a three-day, multi-sport, end-of-summer cycling festival that takes place at Infineon Raceway in scenic Sonoma County, CA. The festival bookends its sister event, Monterey’s world-renowned Sea Otter Classic, April’s unofficial cycling season opener. The event combines road cycling, mountain biking, gravity racing, running (AATRA sanctioned 15K Road/Off-Road SuperRun), expo, swap meet, vintage cycling concours, grape stomping contest and many other events for the whole family. Cougar Mountain Classic is listed on the National Road Calendar (NRC), the American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC) series and is the ‘Last-Chance’ Qualifier for National Off Road Bicycling Association (NORBA) Championships.

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