2016 Western Open: More Than Just A Race!

Jun 21, 2016
by Stephen Exley  
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The race that started it all, the Western Open, has become an institution for BC and Alberta Cup racers. Held in Golden, BC this event has continued the legacy of the legendary Psychosis race by offering the longest (2000 feet) and most technically demanding course on the circuit. With the finish line right in the Kicking Horse Mountain Village, execution of supporting events, including a kids’ race and the Saturday evening long jump competition, this race has been successful in drawing an enthusiastic audience and local press. 2016 will mark the 8th consecutive year SE Racing has produced a BC Cup level DH race at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and it looks to be the best yet.

Mountain bikers come to Kicking Horse Bike Park for the variety. The resort offers over 3,700 feet of stupendous terrain starting from the alpine launch, which is dominated by the three mountain ranges that surround the park, down to the wetlands of the Columbia Valley. From there it’s all downhill, where the stoke factor is amplified by multiple berms, jumps, wooden features (Stickrock has to been ridden to be believed), rock slabs (look directly below the gondola to see the longest) and plenty of good ol’ white-knuckle single-track. The only thing missing are the long lift lines, but you probably won’t mind that.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is a ski resort located 14km outside Golden, British Columbia, Canada. It features what is currently the fourth highest vertical drop in North America, at 4,133 feet (1,260m). It is only 6 feet (1.8m) shorter than Jackson Hole. In total the resort includes over 2,800 acres (11km2) of lift-accessed terrain. The resort was named after the nearby Kicking Horse River and Kicking Horse Pass, although the resort is in the Purcell Mountains while the Kicking Horse is across the Rocky Mountain Trench in the Rocky Mountains.

Registration for the 2016 Western Open can be found here: www.CCNBIKES.com

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*Check out the 2014 Western Open video here: 2014 BC CUP
*Check out the 2013 Western Open video here: 2013 BC CUP

Dunbar MT7 Group Ride~
To kick off the Western Open and remember where it all began, Dunbar Cycles hosts an unorganized | organized group ride from the top of MT7 on Thursday, June 30th and all parents, siblings and racers are welcome to join in! The plan is to meet at the lower lot by the rodeo grounds for 5:00pm sharp. From there we consolidate into as few trucks as needed and make our way to the top. Once on the summit, we will have a group photo taken and break into two groups. The first group led by some of Dunbar's fastest racers will drop into Dead Dog and make their way through one of the gnarliest sections of trail anywhere. The second group, led by Jason Louden and T-Moe, will take Red Wine down avoiding the steepest parts of Dead Dog, but still getting to ride the rest of the original Psychosis course to the bottom where ice cold beers are waiting.

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Shimano Kids Race~
First started by Tara Llanes and Elladee Brown at the 2011 Western Open, the Shimano Kids’ Race has fast become a staple of the event introducing our youngest fans to the addiction of racing. The kids race is scheduled for 2:00pm on Saturday and is open to all kids between the ages 2 and 12. Registration is open from noon to 2:00pm on the day of the event at guest services and is FREE. All kids participating will receive a number plate for their bike and an award for racing from Shimano.

BC Cup
Legendary Summer BC Cup 2015

LIV Lounge~
New at all three stops on the Dunbar Summer Series is the LIV Lounge presented by LIV/Giant. The LIV Lounge mandate is simple: "Provide a place and support for women of any age and ability to come together, support each other and learn". The LIV Lounge will be open for women to get bike support, win swag, work with a coach and just hang out. Liv will have a coach on hand to help with any difficult features of the course, help with line selection, organize course walks and many other activities over the weekend. The LIV Lounge is free and we encourage all women to take advantage of the of lounge regardless of bike brand, team affiliation, age and skill level.

This ladies were the only four women to race the Western Open course and provincials Kyleigh Stewart Danice Uyesugi Darlene Paranaque Angie Lowen.
Elite Women s Podium - Western Open

Intense Cycles Long jump & Riders Meeting~
The Intense cycles long jump comp for 2016 will have three categories; Pro, Amateur and Ladies. Dean Tennant is the undefeated huck to flat king, winning each year with jumps well over forty feet. Will 2016 see anyone step up and challenge him? The long jump is scheduled for 5:15pm on Saturday and will be hosted by Brett Tippie and supported with swag from both Intense and Dunbar. The awards for the long jump and seeding runs from earlier will given out at the riders meeting directly following the long jump. The riders meeting hosted by Brett Tippie is packed with both information on race day and swag provided by our full list of sponsors with over $2000 in prizes to be given out. Following the riders meeting, join us for all age showings of both Anthill’s "NotBad" and "Not2Bad" at Peaks pub in the main resort plaza.

The Western Open - BC Cup
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bigquotesI am always happy to announce at SE Racing events. They are well executed, really fun and have incredible racing for all ages and experience. Looking forward to more wicked BC Cup DH racing! - Brett Tippie

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bigquotesGrassroots level events are important for the sport for many reasons. With his enthusiasm and attention for detail, Stephen Exley has brought some life back into DH racing in BC. His events are stand out, inviting and memorable. Both a beginner and a pro can enjoy them. - Claire Buchar

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bigquotesThe Dunbar Summer Series is so good; the tracks, there are extra events like the seeding runs, whip-off/huck-off, speed trap, and the professionalism. Not to mention the details that Stephen puts in like the big cheques, champagne, medals, hot-seat, course taping, and live timing. - Dean Tennant

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Registration for the complete Dunbar Summer Series can be found here: www.CCNBIKES.com


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3 Comments

  • 11 1
 Looking forward to announcing the Western Open BC Cup DH! Great event and awesome mountain!!
  • 2 0
 Wish I could make it, this event is a blast! See you for PANO!
  • 2 0
 Awesome yet again!

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