Rubberhead Bike Fest Rolls into the Kootenays

Aug 30, 2012
by Ryan Kuhn  
The Rossland Rubberhead Bike Festival is back for its fourth year with two-wheeled fun for all types, from dirt jumper/slopestyle rippers to enduro racers to cross-country heart pounders.

Seven Summits Poker Ride. Photo by Vince Boothe.

Seven Summits Poker Ride...epic singletrack, friends, costumes, prizes and party. Not a bad way to spend the September long weekend.

The always-popular Seven Summits Poker Ride goes down Sunday, Sept. 2 on the IMBA Classic Seven Summits Trail, featuring 36 kilometres of big climbs and long, flowing descents. This all-day event is all about the fun with a classic bike bash, refreshments and prizes to finish it off. Best poker hand and costumes win the day!

Seven Summits Poker Ride going down Sept. 2. Photo By Vince Boothe

The Seven Summits in Rossland, BC, is one of IMBA's Epic Rides for good reason.

“The Poker Ride has been running for 8 years now and it is always a great time on a fantastic trail, if you are prepared for it that is,” says organizer and Revolution Cycles and Service owner Tyler Merringer. “It's an expert trail and the event can only accept riders who can handle a big day in the saddle with a smile.”

Seven Summits Poker Ride going down Sept. 2. Yes a Teletubby may deal your cards. Photo by Vince Boothe.

Best hand takes the day...and sweet prizes.

Saturday, Sept. 8, will see the Dreadhead Super-D and Huck ‘n Berries Jump Jam (slope style) go down with something for everyone, including a kids pumptrack challenge.

The Dreadhead tests the fitness but is all about the fun on the down. Goes down Sept. 8 in Rossland BC. Vince Boothe photo.

In its fourth year, The Dreadhead Super D a bit of something for everyone, with gravity the primary focus.

The Dreadhead Super-D is a downhill-oriented race with a little uphill to test a racer’s fitness as well as their technical riding ability. Held on the Larch Ridge/MC trails near the Black Jack Biathlon area, this is a fun race for young and old. These trails, buffed lovingly by the Kootenay Columbia Trail Society, offer a combined 4.5 kilometres of single track and involve 120 metres of climbing and 335 metres of descent. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., with pre-rides on the course from 9 to 11 a.m. and race time high noon.

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Dig deep for the first few minutes, then pin it to win it.

Dig deep for the first few minutes, then pin it to win it.

“Last year was our first on the Larch/MC trails and feedback was very positive,” says race director Ryan Kuhn. “Expert riders can pin it and challenge themselves, while the recreational rider can come out and test themselves against their friends and foes. It’s a great race for everyone.”

The Huck en Berries Jump Jam is a rider-judged dirt jump contest held at the Centennial Jumps in Rossland, BC. Every year organizers put hours into buffing the jumps and technical features to make this a crowd favourite. Practice runs noon to 3 p.m., with the competition 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and entertainment to follow.

Throwin down at the Huck n Berries Jump Jam. The action takes place Sept. 8 in Rossland BC. Vince Boothe photo.

The Huck n' Berries course is all new and sure to be a hit with the air inclined.

“We’ve been putting countless hours into getting the course dialed,” says event director Rory Belter. “The jumps and features are completely redesigned and I think the riders will dig it. This is the only event of its type in the Kootenays.”

Johnny boosting the first jump of the Huck n Berries Jam at Centennial Park. The action goes down Sept. 8 in Rossland BC. Vince Boothe photo.

The Huck 'n Berries Jump Jam always goes off. A crowd favourite.

Organizers are currently working out food vendor options and entertainment for the Huck ‘n Berries Jam and award ceremony/party to follow, so stay tuned for more information on this exciting event.

The Dreadhead and Huck ‘n Berries events coincide with Rossland’s annual Golden City Days, a jam-packed weekend of events and entertainment including a skateboard jam, running races, roller derby and much, much more.

The kids course is back with a newly buffed pumptrack with expert and intermediate lines. Sept. 8 in Rossland BC. Vince Boothe photo.

Something for everyone...this year a new pumptrack will be the venue for the kids fun race.

Registration for all events can be made at Revolution Cycles and Service at 250.362.5688.
This event (and the amazing prizes) is brought to you by Powder Pig Excavation, Rocky Mountain Bicycles, Revolution Cycles, Cycleye, Dakine, Spank, IXS, GoPro, Giro, EVOC, Live to Ride, Honey Stinger, Camel Back, Frozen Laundry, Sweetfield Shuttles, Sleemans, Oakanagan Spring, KCTS and the City of Rossland.

Seven Summits Poker Ride after party and awards. Going down Sept. 2 in Rossland BC. Photo Vince Boothe

The after-event shenanigans are reason enough alone.

For more information:
Seven Summits Poker Ride: Tyler Merringer, 250.362.5688
Dreadhead Super-D: Ryan Kuhn, 250.231.9343
Huck ‘n Berries Jump Jam: Rory Belter, 250.231.1418.


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 Here is the promo video I made for the huck n berry jam. The whole course has changed since this video.
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 Good luck with the event! Sounds fantastic... wish I had the time to make it down to the Kootenays.

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