The Bearclaw Invitational is a Gold level slopestyle mountain bike event built and designed by myself, Darren Berrecloth. In partnership with Mount Washington Alpine Resort I’ve been able to pull off six successful years of contest innovation since its birth in 2005. The course itself is built in and amongst massive cedar and fir trees along with many wood built feature to promote a West Coast feel. Not only is it the best looking course on the FMBA World Tour, but I’m proud to say is now a permanent course. While watching the action, riders and spectators alike can take in panoramic views of Strathcona Park valley while to cheering from the beer garden. Although this event is one of the most challenging of the season, it’s always a rider favourite!Here is a look at the course finals from 2012
|Bearclaw Invitational is definitely my favorite event of the year! The atmosphere is insane, we are in the middle of the forest and the track looks like it's been there since forever! Skinny drops, logs, big jumps, it's a proper slopestyle course! I can't wait to be there again! - Yannick Granieri|
Pro qualifyingAugust 24th
Bearclaw invatational slopestyle event
Whip off competition
Mile DH race
Twenty five of the worlds best international slope style riders will once again throw down for the $35,000 prize purse. The weekend of the even has been moved to August 22-24th. In addition to the pro event there will be an amateur contest as well so all the shredders out there can throw down on the smaller side of the course. The top two riders from the amateur event will be invited to compete in the pro event, so all you shredders out there that want to break into the Freeride World Tour, this is your chance, so put it in your calendars and don’t miss out!
|It's a rider's comp. Built by riders, for riders and everyone is genuinely pumped to be there. - Cam Zink|
Seating runs will go down Friday evening for the pros and the finals will be held on Saturday at 1pm for the pros. The amateur contest will be held on Friday at 2pm. Competitors that are under the age of 18 please read the waiver details on the website. Practice starts on Thursday for the pros and amateurs, but check the website for all the details
Photo sequence by Ian Hylands
www.bearclawinvitational.comAbout Mount Washington
|Claw's contest is rad because he knows what the riders like. Being in the scene himself, he designs the course, format, atmosphere and the general feel of the contest to cater to the riders. A fun course and a fun atmosphere to compete in always makes for an epic event and an even better show for the fans. - Greg Watts|
Mount Washington Alpine Resort is located in one of the most beautiful geographical locations on the planet. It is located in the middle of Vancouver Island on the eastern side. The resort is 3 hours north of Victoria, BCʼs capital, and over 300,000 Islanders live within an hour and half drive to the mountain. Vancouver is 3 hours from Mount Washington (ferry time included). The resort is easily accessible via the four lane Inland Island Highway from each major centre. On mountain, riders are treated to views of the Paciﬁc Ocean, Strathcona Provincial Park and the stunning Coast Mountain Range, all while negotiating a world-class network of trails a vertical mile above sea level. The mountain is the third most visited resort in BC for both skiing and summer hiking.