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.