Bearclaw Invitational 2012 - 05 Days Before

Jul 30, 2012
by Derek Dix  
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So... You could assume that everyone is down to the wire on this thing, but you'd be somewhat wrong. The course has been finished since Saturday the 28th and Claw put in his final test lap at 8pm and called it a day. Obviously there's still minor prep going on to ensure everything is fine-tuned in terms of visuals, scaffolding structures, sponsor banners, viewing areas and beer gardens, and there will be more on that later. BUT... Point is, the course is finished and dialed in so the riders can sleep happy.

Here is the quick brief in a montage of photo and some go-pro to give you an idea of what's going on five days prior.

Just to give an idea of how dialed the course is this year Claw's done up the popular Go-Pro previews for everyone, complete with narration.

Claw giving the one-two on this years course:
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Top to bottom on the #pro-line2012:
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Top to bottom on the #am-line2012:
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Summing up the last few days is fairly easy. Thursday afternoon we worked through a few issues on the course and pointed out what needed to be remedied, Friday rolled around and there wasn't a ton of pressure so it became a day off for most. Saturday Darren got cracking on the remedies to the course quickly. The big jump after the drop was throwing people way too far and putting you into the next jump with too much speed, so we did a little switch-a-roo.

Doing the final re-arrangement for the second to last jump... Which now is a lofty spine.

The ramp for the big jump after the drop is gone, it's now the ramp from the jump after. To address the high speed issue instead of a booter Darren decided on something to get your loft on. The second to last jump is now a sort of spine, the gap is only about 8 feet with a couple feet of step-up to it. Places you incredibly well into the final quarter pipe.

Here's a quick preview of all the features and what they look like when you're not riding it...

Opening skinny entrance and exit:
Top skinny feature from the entrance and exit.

Which leads you into the first speed jump, then into a boner log:
First jump on the course into the first boner log.

From the boner log you move into the re-built hip:
Top boner log leads into the re-vised hip.

The hip sets you up to either the pro line step-up to drop, or the am boner log:
The new boner log sitting beside the step-up drop feature. This is where the pro and am lines divide.

From there they divide into their respective jump lines:
The division of the pro and am lines from off the boner log. Both are huge just one s bigger.

Here's Darren putting the seal of approval on the course:
Getting incredibly lofty on the revised jump. Higher than Amy Winehouse. This jump is in prime real-estate by the beer garden and demo tents for viewing.

With the deal sealed and the weight lifted off the shoulders, it left a nice window to hit the high seas and get our Captain Highliner on. Darren is an incredibly busy man, and this was his first time hitting the water this year for some fishing. Solid down-time after grinding so hard to get the course wrapped.

Heading out to sea some lures and some bait.

We set out to grab some halibut, and had a solid afternoon. We wrapped up, and while the day wasn't lucrative, it was more or less about the experience and the ability to soak in a minute of leisure activity.

After today there's going to be 4 days until riders start showing up, and we will keep you updated on the final finessing that will happen to get this contest together and ready for public consumption, then dive head-first into a media frenzy once things kick off.

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  • 33 0
 having the course in the woods gives a proper mtb feal (big up for location choice). i loved the way he talks us through the track while sending it. plz do a track ride n talk again.
  • 10 4
 feal? grammar nazis
  • 10 3
 naaa, it's the Welsh spelling Wink
  • 3 3
  • 5 2
  • 5 3
  • 5 5
 what am i, irish?
  • 2 2
 Yeah.. Ok
  • 22 0
 someone should make a Bearclaw soundboard including
(and more)
and then make a bearclaw game (but not excluse to one pissin' console ) and use the soundboard
  • 10 0
 he also calls everything "nice little ______" (which is hilarious when those jumps are clearly huge!!) -- add it to the soundboard list.
  • 2 0
 don't forget the "BOOYAH" from last year Claw Invitational course preview
  • 2 0
 And OH YEAA it's bike ridin time
  • 18 5
 Sickest event of the year, thats FOR SURE!
  • 12 4
  • 3 11
flag vi-collective (Jul 30, 2012 at 1:43) (Below Threshold)
 andrew you derped hard
  • 7 5
 Bearclaw course is much better.
  • 9 1
 An amazing event for sure ,sick jumps build by a legend ,epic canadian trees Wink

... but dude RAMPAGE is the event of the year !
  • 2 0
 It's between bearclaw invitational, crankworx and rampage!
  • 15 2
 Looks sick! I wonder if Semenuk will take home his 6th win?
  • 5 0
 Hes gonna do
  • 10 0
 So sick. That booter after the drop is so huge!
  • 9 1
 When i grow up i want to be like the claw.
  • 8 0
 Watch out Bearclaw, Metallica's coming with a lawsuit!
  • 2 2
 Beat me to it. None of these kids probably know what we mean.
  • 3 0
 Of course all the new génération is screwed to the point of beiing crazy about LMFAO , Lady gaga and all that shit Smile

Come on stop kidding all of us and stop to generalize !
  • 7 1
 So stoked for this comp!!
  • 2 0
 Pro course looks sooooo good. When something looks huge on a GoPro, it must be massively epic huge in real life. Good work Claw. I can't wait to see what goes down at the comp.
  • 5 0
 this guy is so humble talking about ENOURMOUS jumps...
  • 3 1
 seriously... these are huge!

"and into the new spine, oh ya"
  • 4 1
 He's talking while catching mad air....I just crapped my shorts while watching this. Both INSANE & EPIC!
  • 3 0
 That spine is sick but semenuk and mccaul are be throwing some sick tricks off that drop
  • 1 1
 which mccaul?
  • 1 0
 cam mccaul
  • 4 0
 :O sick!
  • 3 0
 The AM course looks like so much fun holy
  • 3 0
 since when does the claw ride for spank?
  • 1 0
 Sick, stoked, rad.... Rad, stoked, sick... Stoked, rad, sick... Oh I´m sorry I forgot my I´m so..., it´s so ...and that´s seriously....
  • 1 0
 just made that pro line look like the easiest thing in the world... and I'm pretty damn sure its not!
  • 1 0
 Both lines look soooo fun! Im getting my passport soon.. Next year ameteur comp for sure!
  • 3 2
 if you want to be the first man on the moon with a mtb just use the claw's pro line as a launch pad!
  • 2 3
 Course looks really fun, and i like Bearclaws attitude, but I'm really not sure if cutting trees is the right way to go ... For me, respecting nature is a big part of mountainbiking! Just my 2 cents!
  • 1 0
 Will the course be open to riders after the competition for the rest of the season?
  • 2 0
 OHH yea its bike riding time = LOL
  • 2 0
 will there be a live webcast?
  • 1 0
 I would not even make it past the skinny.
  • 1 0
 i'm waiting for Semenuk Invitational. could be awesome event
  • 1 0
 pilgrim should win this Big Grin or martin
  • 1 0
 you guys shouldve done live castings of the contest that wouldve been sick
  • 1 1
 Sorry one of my friends was on my profile trying to get me banned
  • 1 1
 Thats Nuckin Futs!
  • 1 0
 lol i get it
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