The East Coast Open at Blue Mountain!

Aug 10, 2011
by Blue Mountain Bike Park  

Blue Mountain Resort in partnership with Sirbikealot Racing, is pleased to announce the return of the East Coast Open Mountain Bike Race and Expo! Kicking off August 12th, this unique three day event encompasses a new concept in mountain bike racing, a collaboration between cross-country and downhill disciplines. This will be the only race on the East Coast that incorporates both disciplines at an elite level, as well as offering Canada’s largest prize purse with more than $10,000 in cash and prizing. In addition to the Pro-Elite category, the East Cost Open will also include Amateur and Junior categories encouraging local riders to participate.
Blue Mountain's 226 metres of vertical and terrain varying from open Canadian Shield to wooded single-track trails will make for some exciting and technical cross-country racing. Blue Mountain’s trail and events team has been working tirelessly to build a brand new trail system specifically for the race, adding to the 20 km of existing trail on resort. For kids 5 to 9 years of age, a separate, no-charge, cross-country fun race will take place Saturday afternoon to add to the family atmosphere.

Don’t miss the return of the Dual Slalom race Saturday, August 13th, from 6 to 8 pm! A throwback discipline, Dual Slalom will be familiar to anyone who raced in the late 1990s. Two riders simultaneously race down parallel courses filled with hay bales and gates as they fly over jumps and charge around berms. This amazing spectator sport is often filled with lead-changes right out in the open throughout each race.

On Sunday, August 14th, lace up your hiking shoes and come out to watch the top riders in North America race for cash in the adrenaline pumping downhill Race. Home to the largest downhill Mountain Bike Facility in Ontario, Blue Mountain is no stranger to elite racing. The exciting race will be taking place all afternoon, so make sure you don’t miss it!

For more information on the East Coast Open please visit www.bluemountain.ca. Mountain Biking at Blue Mountain is open to the public Mon-Sun from 10 am to 8 pm until September 5th (weather and conditions permitting).

About Blue Mountain Resort –
Blue Mountain, Ontario’s largest mountain resort is nestled on the shores of Georgian Bay, located 90 minutes north of Toronto. Spanning over 700 acres, Blue Mountain has become the four-season destination of the North, visited by more than 1.5 million guests a year. Winter at the resort boasts 36 ski and snowboard trails enhanced by a world-class snowmaking system. Summer months offer the largest downhill mountain biking facility in Ontario, Monterra Golf course and a private beach property among other seasonal attractions. Year-round the resort attracts visitors to over 900 luxury accommodation units and 40 unique concept restaurants, bars and retail stores in our pedestrian village.37,500 square feet of state-of-the-art conference space caters year-round to corporate meeting groups. Blue Mountain is 50% owned by Intrawest ULC. Visit www.bluemountain.ca for more information.


42 Comments

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 Great riders confirmed for this weekend, we should easily most of the fastest rippers in Canada Rob Fraser - 2011 Canada Cup Series winner Kyle Sanger - 2011 Junior National champ and fastest time in Canada at Nationals Hans Lambert - 2009 Elite DH national champ Sid Slotegraf - Muliple Top tens at Canada cups Matt Zdriluk - Top cdn 4X athlete with 14th at MSA World Cup Plus on the XC side Mikaela Kofman - National XC team Mike Garrigan - National Team member and former prov champ Mitch Bailey - National Team member Cayley Brooks - Trek Canada plenty of info at facebook page too search sirbikealot racing
  • 1 0
 is it fair to assume youre running both days regardless of weather?
  • 1 0
 Thats the plan Smile
  • 2 0
 Being from the Ontario area (Kichener), and ride a Blue a lot, have to agree with both Scott and Yanner, the insurance aspect of what was happening a few years ago really cost the biking style they wanted to build, but, not for the worse if you asked me. Right away the mountain started to build "west coast" features, far too advanced for young, novice, newbie DH riders since well, we don't even have natural drops in which to familiarize ourselves, and a lot of Ontario is big into BMX so it seems these days or straight up dirt jumping. Blue is slowly coming out of their shell as riders progress and over the past year into next a few of the trails will have some more man-made technical features to offer. At the moment, the trails are tight, twisty, and very narrow through the trees and down the escarpment, the technical aspect of many of the trails are high and any mistake will lead you surely to some injury, there really is not too much room for error. We certainly do not have the wide open trails that we watch on TV that is for sure so it's more of a slower decent at times. There are a few YouTube vids of some of the trails (i.e. Squeeker, Showcase etc., check em out). I'll be there this weekend, hoping to race in the men's open DH category. Likely get killed, but heck it's fun. Last year was a great turn-out, would expect much the same or better this year. Pls. don't diss our hills, it's all we got!! I ride a 2011 Pitch Pro, not many out there, actually I'm the only one I've seen, so if you see me, say HI!
  • 2 1
 OK im so over about hearing tha shit you guys put out there about blue for one they dont have to have biking in the summer and most places you have to wear amour raceing now like quebec and others. if you think you so good and to good for blue show up and race elite and we will see how good you do. you can go to the west coast and have jumps but ive been to alot of raceing around eastern canada and never see many jumps on a race course maybe at the end other wise nothing whistler and others places out west are great but insurence here in ontario what makes it hard for any one to have jumps so if you think your so hot come out and race if you dont and still shit blue you got some nerve
  • 1 0
 lol i don't think im too good for blue. im just sayying that i don't like wearing full body armour in the middle of summer, when i feel safer wearing the equipment i wear. And i like jumps on the trails for the FUN aspect, im not saying that im the fastest racer in ON. Have you ever ridden A-Line? you don't have to be fast down it to have fun.
  • 6 0
 wait til you see the jump line at the finish of the DH race, can you say 12 set??
  • 1 0
 ^hahaha im actually soo stoked for it
  • 2 1
 no once again wrong they dont own whistler anymore they own two hotels in whistler thats it they sold there share to the mountain because they didnt want to have the hastle and yes i have been to whitsler i spent 2 and a half weeks there and just putting this out there aline is not all cracked up to be i like garbonzo much more then the lower half of the mountain but i did like canaidian open and whistler downhill
  • 1 0
 haha ok well that's your opinion. i like flowy trails with jumps. clearly you like tech more. Didn't know you spoke for all ontario mountain bikers.
  • 1 0
 tried to pre ride the xc course today but failed. it was terribly marked got lost several times and apparently there is one section of singletrack that is two way. which is incredibly unsafe. hopefully they can turn it around for race day....
  • 3 0
 This is a great event hosted by and attended by some of the best. Looking forward to year 2 of the ECO. See you there!
  • 1 0
 Ok so there is dh and xc at blue but wheres the slopestyle! blue has to open up with a good bike park to have a slopestyle comp! Everyone always enjoys watching the riders throw down bangers!
  • 1 0
 One thing at a time young grasshopper Wink
We are workin on it
  • 3 0
 EAST COASTTTTTTTT, hell yeah. good times to be had
  • 1 0
 You canada boys are lucky, our usa Blue MT canceled there DH park this year because a lame water park....keep it upright canada
  • 1 0
 lots of people have been askin and there are now pics of the DS course up on the facebook site just search sirbikealot racing
  • 1 0
 This years is going to be soo good and very competative super stoked to see it
  • 1 0
 This years is going to be soo good and very competative super stoked to see it
  • 1 0
 Add us on twitter for race and event updates all weekend long, @eastcoastopen
  • 1 0
 good luck to everyone that can race this weekend!
  • 1 0
 it's still fun, just not as fun as it could be.
  • 1 0
 how much is the dual slalom gonna cost to enter
  • 1 0
 how much is the dual slalom gonna cost to enter
  • 1 0
 OH YEAH SO STOKED
  • 4 0
 i think we will take anything we can get here in Ontario... Its better then nothing.
  • 5 1
 Every year its getting better... theres more this year than the past couple and the trails are in top form
  • 2 0
 Well dude that isn't exactly the mountain's fault... maybe if they had better insurance but that's very costly so something else would inevitably be cut. If anything blame the douche for suing the mountain because of their own stupid mistakes. Anyways, I can't wait to see the DH footage.
  • 1 1
 Hooooooly hater.... If they get sued, obviously they do it to keep their insurance. Comon, use some common sense dude.
  • 1 0
 FYI this year they have improved their trails and have began to bring back their features. The race course this year will have jumps. As for your complaint about armour, part of it I can understand, but it is mandatory to have if you are racing in places like France or even in Quebec. For riding I agree it should be the rider's choice, or permission granted by the rider's parents if they are a minor. But to just bluntly attack them like that just doesn't accomplish anything.
  • 1 1
 Blue Mountain is owned by Intrawest, the same company that also owns Whistler. The sanitizing of the trails was in response to the incidents of a few years ago, perhaps more damage control, but it certainly goes to show the difference in mentality between most of Ontario and out West.
  • 1 0
 Chill out there kid, there's different levels of liability insurance. They obviously have insurance and don't lose it but it depends what KIND of insurance they have... take your own advice.
  • 1 0
 Kid, relax and take your own advice for a minute. Businesses can carry different insurance plans and just like any other insurance out there, you can get better insurance for more money. Some mountains cannot afford the required insurance for a park to continue to run properly despite what may happen. Also the mountain would have to invest way more money into that program to make sure everything is up to code constantly, which is a huge undertaking. To be honest I don't know why you or anyone else would be offended by what I said.
  • 1 0
 @ scott-townes - My comment wasn't towards you... It was towards that diebel fool. Lol
  • 4 0
 wrong... Intrawest owns the village of Blue Mountain. A seperate entity owns the hill and the gondola area hence the different insurance policies etc. Everyone needs to just shut up and come out and ride Blue. Who cares if there aren't any jumps or drops, the trails are still super fun to ride and the trails have been in amazing shape. If anyone's taken a rip down Haole in the past few weeks, you'll know Blue is ending off 2011 on a high note! Can't wait to see everyone and party it up this weekend, see you guys there
  • 2 0
 intrawest doesnt own whistler anymore
  • 1 0
 ooooh! hahaha... I'm an idiot. And the best part is that my internet sucks so I didn't know if it went through or not and just retyped it. My bad...
  • 1 4
 yeah, im pretty sure they still do, or at least partly own Whistler. And that's exactly what makes me mad. Blue is the only good lift access place in ON besides Horseshoe, and we have to take what we can get here in Ontario. Now one of the few good places to ride is even worse. Ahh...Onterrible.
  • 1 0
 diebel7 wrong, not owned by intrawest, check facts before you type shit on the web
  • 1 0
 Nobody forces you to ride blue diebel. Go find a hill and build your own shit, and shut the fuck up online.
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