Ready to bust a nut, huck yer berries and haul balls on some of the finest singletrack known to bicycle kind? The Rossland Rubberhead Bike Festival is back Sept. 4th and 5th in Rossland, BC, with more racing, slope style and the Seven Summits poker ride action.
More details inside,
Event organizers have revived the Rossland Rubberhead
name from the glory years of racing in Rossland in the 1990’s. Last year’s September-long weekend event (formerly the Rossland Fat Tire Festival) was an outstanding success for its inaugural year and this year will prove to be bigger and better with unique and challenging race venues, ample food, beer and entertainment.
The event gets underway Saturday, Sept. 4, with the Dreadhead All-Mountain Challenge
, an up/down race on Red Mountain that will test your fitness as well as your technical downhill abilities.
The Dreadhead is a two-part race utilizing the Red Top trail to the top of Red Mountain (405 meter climb) and the revitalized, classic Red DH trail to the bottom. The up trail is relentless and almost entirely singletrack - a beautiful climb that will challenge riders to push as hard as their bodies allow.
The Dreadhead up.
The downhill will utilize the infamous Red DH “Dreadhead” trail. This course has a bit of everything: steeps, tight trees, wide open side hills with fast corners and a ripping finish down to the same spot the race started at the base of Red Mountain. Awards will go to fastest combined up and down racer based on performance relative to other racers in the respective categories.
In the afternoon following the Dreadhead, the venue will shift to Rossland’s Centennial Bike Park for the Huck-en Berries Bike Jam
) where a completely new slopestyle/dirt jump course has been constructed. The machines and diggers have been hard at work to create a course that will provide amplitude and ample options for jumpers to showcase their talents and quiver of tricks.
Johnny Korthuis flippin to the win.
The Huck-en Berries is a mountain bike slope style event for all ages. The course is made to challenge avid mountain bikers to create aerial style, finesse, creativity and best of all, fun. Riders will make their way down a course filled with intermediate and advanced features (jumps, bridges, and wall rides) to be crowned King or Queen Berry Hucker! The event will be a rider-judged, jam-style format with riders getting as many runs in as possible in a given block of time. DJ Trixy is also going to be at the bike jam spinning tracks.
New this year, the Little Grom Bike Event will offer something for the little ones too. The Little Grom will be held Saturday afternoon at the Centennial parking lot. The oval race will include best costume, fancy bike award, etc. Everyone gets a prize for participating. The 7-10yrs group will have some obstacles or go around options to ride through. Categories for best trick…and dress-up encouraged!
And while you’re taking in all the action at the Huck-en Berries and Little Grom Event, a fine array of food and beverages will be available at Centennial Park. Following the crowning of the victors, the party will kick into gear with entertainment and camaraderie into the night. But you better pace yourself a bit as the Rubberhead’s most popular and long-standing event takes place Sunday – The Seven Summits Poker Ride.
The Seven Summits Poker Ride takes place on its namesake - Rossland’s IMBA “Epic” Seven Summits (http://www.imba.com/epics/seven-summits-trail-epic
) trail. This non-competitive poker ride runs 36kms over the peaks of 7 mountains. Shuttles to the start of the Seven Summits are provided by Adrenaline Adventures.
Always a good party...
The ride begins 8-9:00 am and time to complete the course runs from a few up to 7 hours. Festivities will again commence immediately after the ride at the Lion's Campground (adjacent to Centennial Park) in Rossland, including food, beverages and…beer! The best poker hands will win amazing prizes from Revolution Cycles and Service.
For more information go to www.rosslandfattirefestival.com
or call Deanne Stevens at 250-231-1247 or email Deanne@tourismrossland.com.